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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
  • Free WiFi
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From 513 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Best value for money
Fantastic service
Quite clean
More comfort would be nice

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

from Rs2,303
  • 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
  • Terrace
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • German

In the room

Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

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 285 reviews

Good 6.0
Good in Wellington
Good for the price. They are making exceptional changes to the motel.
au1 night trip
Very good 8.0
old but convenient part of cbd
comfortable enough for a night or 2
nz2 night business trip
Fair 4.0
Not so good, especially shared room
Weerawich, nz2 night trip
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, nz2 night business 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

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

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