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Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is in a really great location, especially for those just arriving in town since it's so close to the station. They have a really great cafe that's nice and relaxing, too.

good 6 bed hostel room, ensuite bathroom. complimentary brekky for 1 morning, decent AusNZ feed. friendly staff.

This is a great bargain! The staff peopoe are all very helpful. The location is close to old historic government buildings. It is an easy walk to Te Papa, the national museum. I could not find the AC controls though.

We stayed at Downtown backpackers on our first trip to Wellington and had a great time. The staff was helpful in finding our way around, and it's a great location to walk to botanical gardens, waterfront, historic buildings, etc. The cafe downstairs is yummy too and sometimes has good specials.

1 Bunny Street Wellington Cbd Wellington

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Old Government Buildings and Beehive
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Nightclub

Located in The best-rated area in Wellington, Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) is within a 5-minute walk of Old Government Buildings and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Beehive. This 108-room, 4-star hostel has a restaurant along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a nightclub. Centrally located in Wellington, the hostel is also a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral and Old St Paul's.


You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers) enjoy features like a nightclub, free WiFi in public areas, and an arcade/game room. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. This hostel also has laundry facilities.

Room options

Double Ensuite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Bunk Style Twin Ensuite

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Single (Shared Bathroom)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1