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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

4-starOfficial New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®
1 Bunny Street Wellington CbdWellington6011New Zealand, 800-491-6126

4-star hostel with restaurant, near Old Government Buildings
  • Free WiFi
Great location
Value for money
Best value for money
Room is all right
Vibe is not too good
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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

Hotel Info: 866-539-8117

from $12
  • Double Ensuite
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • Twin, Double & Single Ensuite
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (8 Beds)
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • 20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (6 Bed, Female Only)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Bunk Style Twin (Shared Bathroom)
  • Bunk Style Twin Ensuite
  • Single (Shared Bathroom)
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom
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At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 108 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-1 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

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

Other information

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

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Breakfast (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’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

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

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


  • In The best-rated area in Wellington
  • Old Government Buildings (5-minute walk)
  • Beehive (6-minute walk)
  • St Paul's Cathedral (7-minute walk)
  • Old St Paul's (7-minute walk)
  • Wellington Cable Car (11-minute walk)
  • Westpac Stadium (11-minute walk)
  • Civic Square (15-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) 17-min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) 42-min drive
  • Wellington Station 1-min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station 6-min drive
  • Johnsonville Raroa Station 9-min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers), Wellington

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