Downtown Backpackers

The Historic Hotel Waterloo was chosen to host the Queen's entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour of New Zealand. When the hotel was converted for budget accommodation, the luxuries remained.

Downtown Backpackers has a different feel to that of other budget accommodation properties in Wellington and New Zealand. Facilities such as private tiled bathrooms in most of the double, twin and single rooms, elegant staircases, high ceilings and you can't go past sampling the menu in the on-site café that is located in the old hotel's ballroom.

Rooms and Rates


Hostel facilities

  • Right in the heart of the Arts and Culture Capital City Wellington
  • Situated in the Historic Hotel Waterloo, chosen to host the Queen’s entourage on her 1953 Coronation Tour
  • Downtown House Bar – open every day
  • Café with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 24h reception
  • 24h security access
  • 24h fully equipped kitchen
  • Safety lockers
  • Security cameras
  • Swipe card access

More facilities

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sustainability and looking after the world

SustainabilityWe believe in protecting the beautiful environment of Wellington, and New Zealand and want to ensure that your children and grandchildren can visit and enjoy it too. To this end we’ve developed an environmental plan and welcome your support in this initiative.

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Check out cafe and the Downtown House Bar

Buzz BarWhen you are staying at Downtown Backpackers Wellington you must take a moment to sit back in the café and while enjoying the fabulous food, think back to how the room you are sitting in must have felt in its day as the elegant ballroom of the Historic Waterloo Hotel. Our very own Downtown House Bar, a licensed bar that opens at 4.00pm daily and specializes in fun activities and bar games every evening.

More about Downtown House Bar and Cafe

Tour, Travel, and ferry crossing

Travel ShopDowntown Backpackers Wellington has an on-site Travel Shop for booking day-trips, accommodation, travel and the vast range of activities right across New Zealand. We can also offer advice on where to eat, what to do in the city or how to best get around.

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NZ's best backpackers!!! This place is awesome. From its Art Deco orginal features, its super fast lifts, it is close to everything and it's got everything you need...without the big budget. I loved staying here.

7th August 2011

BBH Member

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