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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington, New Zealand

4-starOfficial New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®
1 Bunny Street Wellington Cbd, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

4-star hostel with restaurant, near Old Government Buildings
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From 512 reviews

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Great location
Best value for money
Fantastic service
Quite clean

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington, New Zealand

from Rs2,282
  • Double Ensuite
  • Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom
  • Bunk Style Twin Ensuite
  • Single (Shared Bathroom)
  • Bunk Style Twin (Shared Bathroom)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (8 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (6 Bed, Female Only)
  • Twin, Double & Single Ensuite
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • 20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)

What’s around Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington, New Zealand


  • Heart of Wellington
  • Old Government Buildings - 3 min walk
  • St Paul's Cathedral - 6 min walk
  • Old St Paul's - 6 min walk
  • Beehive - 6 min walk
  • Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) - 11 min walk
  • Westpac Stadium - 12 min walk
  • Civic Square - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) - 17 min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) - 42 min drive
  • Wellington Station - 1 min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station - 3 min drive
  • Wellington Ngaio Station - 7 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 108 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-1 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Ecotours on site
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Nightclub
  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards or pool table
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator/lift

In the room

Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington, New Zealand’s small print

Also known as

  • Downtown Backpackers
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel Wellington
  • Downtown Backpackers Wellington

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

Optional extras

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 9 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 247 reviews

Very good 8.0
Wrong info provided re Bar Closing time :-(
When I asked when the bar closed, I was told 11pm, later found out they stopped serving drinks at 10:30pm - when I voiced my frustration, the reaction I got was not overly concerned - disappointing to say the least.
Carolyn, nzBusiness trip
Fair 4.0
Just for kids travelling
olor a cigarro en todo el piso, las camas suenan al moverse, el viento entra por las ventanas
Adolfo, nzBusiness trip
Very good 8.0
Very convenient
I had a pleasant stay at the hotel Waterloo. Even if it is a bit old, it is confortable enough and well situated. A 2 mns walk to the train and bus station, a supermarket in the train station and a snack restaurant on the first floor. The prive is very attractive and all that is a good value for money.
Muriel, auOther trip
Very good 8.0
Another good stay :-)
Had Dinner there, (the special that night) it was a yummy curry. Staff were friendly and helpful.
Carolyn, nzBusiness trip
Poor 2.0
I booked this accomodation as the website photos showed a better standard of stay than i received. Booking in at approximately 11.30pm I booked out again at 12.30pm as it was impossible to sleep in the room I had been issued. Although I was on the 5th floor other guests were using the laundry and the washing machines were making such a racket it seemed like they were in the room next to me. I asked for another room, was told there was none. I would like a refund of my charge and am considering my options to pursue this. I fully expect this review to be removed as it is negative and not likely to encourage others to stay.
Margaret, nzOther trip

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington, New Zealand

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