Reviews of hostels in Wanaka



Professional hostel critics from hostelcritic.com have visited, reviewed and assessed every hostel in Wanaka.

Wanaka is a pretty alpine resort town on the banks of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand’s fourth largest lake and one of its most scenic. Surrounded by high peaks of the Southern Alps, it is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, and it offers some great walking and hiking trails for summer months. The town is much quieter than its big sister Queenstown, but offers almost as many adventure activities, the most popular being rafting, skydiving, and canyoning. There are also cruises on the lake and some good museums and the bi-annual air show, Warbirds Over Wanaka.

Wanaka is a great alternative to Queenstown if you are looking for a less crowded, more nature-oriented destination.

Click on a hostel to read our reviews (and also to write your own review), or read the overview below for more detailed comparison of all hostels in Wanaka.

Base Backpackers Wanaka
73 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 4291
(1)
YHA Purple Cow
94 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 1800
(7)
Wanaka Bakpaka
117 Lakeside Road, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 7877
(7)
Mountain View Backpackers
7 Russell Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 9010
(0)
Matterhorn South Backpackers
56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 1119
(11)
Zula Lodge
8 Wexford Street, Albert Town, Wanaka 9382
Tel (03) 443 9487
(0)
Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel
21 Russell Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 6723
(0)
Holly's Backpackers
71 Upton Street, Wanaka 9305
Tel (03) 443 8187
(4)
Lake Hawea Hostel
1 Capell Avenue, Lake Hawea, Wanaka 9345
16km north of Wanaka
Tel (03) 443 1224

The following overview of backpackers hostels in Wanaka does not include Lake Hawea Hostel and Zula Lodge as both these hostels are located outside the town centre and not accessible if you are travelling by public transport.

The best located hostel in Wanaka

Wanaka is a small town and most hostels are within a 10-minute walk to the centre of town. For the purpose of this comparison, we define Wanaka's most central point as the i-SITE visitor information centre on Ardmore Street.

Based on the proximity to Wanaka's i-SITE visitor information centre, the most central hostels in Wanaka are Matterhorn South Backpackers and Base Backpackers Wanaka.

Matterhorn South Backpackers 300m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a four-minute walk)
Base Backpackers Wanaka 400m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a five-minute walk)
Mountain View Backpackers 450m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a seven-minute walk)
YHA Purple Cow 550m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a seven-minute walk)
Holly's Backpackers 550m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a seven-minute walk)
Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel 550m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (an eight-minute walk)
Wanaka Bakpaka 750m from the i-SITE visitor information centre (a nine-minute walk)

What amenities do the hostels in Wanaka have?

Although the hostels in Wanaka may not offer resort-style facilities, they have all the basic amenities that you need.

Base Backpackers Wanaka        
YHA Purple Cow    
Wanaka Bakpaka      
Mountain View Backpackers    
Matterhorn South Backpackers        
Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel          
Holly's Backpackers        

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Wanaka

When hostelcritic.com's hostel critics visit a hostel, they work out a score out of five for the hostel’s cleanliness and maintenance. Cleanliness and maintenance are not the same thing, but they go hand-in-hand and a hostel with a high score is usually a nice place to stay, even if hostels that score well in this category may be light on facilities or feel a little sterile. It is usually a pretty safe bet if you choose a hostel with a cleanliness and maintenance score of three or higher.

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Wanaka are Base Backpackers Wanaka and Wanaka Bakpaka with YHA Purple Cow not too far behind.

Base Backpackers Wanaka
Wanaka Bakpaka
YHA Purple Cow
Mountain View Backpackers
Matterhorn South Backpackers
Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel
Holly's Backpackers

Hostels in Wanaka with the best atmosphere

Essentially, a hostel with a great atmosphere is a fun place to stay. It is somewhere where you are most likely to meet other travellers and have great memories. These are often party hostels, but that is not always the case as there are some quiet hostels that have loads of charm.

Base Backpackers Wanaka and Wanaka Bakpaka have the best atmosphere of all the hostels in Wanaka, followed by with YHA Purple Cow, Mountain View Backpackers and Matterhorn South Backpackers.

Base Backpackers Wanaka
Wanaka Bakpaka
YHA Purple Cow
Mountain View Backpackers
Matterhorn South Backpackers
Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel
Holly's Backpackers

The best hostels in Wanaka for parking

Parking is generally not an issue in a small town like Wanaka. While not all hostels offer off-street parking, it is generally easy to find parking on the street.

The following hostels in Wanaka offer parking for their guests:

The best hostels in Wanaka

The best hostels in Wanaka are Base Backpackers Wanaka, YHA Purple Cow and Wanaka Bakpaka. You can't go wrong if you book either of these hostels.