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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hokitika

Birdsong Accommodation

Where to stay in Hokitika on a backpacker budget?

This little beachside settlement on the South Island West Coast has so much to do that you’ll definitely want to stay awhile. Watch the famous Hokitika sunset from Hokitika Beach, carve your own greenstone in the jade capital of New Zealand, walk over milky blue waters at Hokitika Gorge, and so much more! Just check our Hokitika must-do list! While you’re out there making the most of this cool little town, save on the cents by staying in one of these backpacker hostels in Hokitika!

But wait a minute, there are only two official hostels in Hokitika… Well, be that as it may, we’ve thrown in a few more budget accommodation options for backpackers so that you know your options when deciding on budget accommodation in Hokitika!

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1. Mountain Jade Backpackers

Ideally located in the centre of town, Mountain Jade Backpackers is a great base for your time in Hokitika. The hostel is colourful and characterful with a large open lounge, plus all the essentials you’ll need for a budget stay: kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, etc. Whether you’re a solo backpacker looking for a cheap dorm or a family looking for motel-style accommodation, the Mountain Jade Backpackers is definitely worth considering.

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2. Birdsong Accommodation

Just outside of Hokitika town sits the Birdsong Accommodation overlooking the forest and the sea. Needless to say, there are great views from the lounge and some rooms! The hostel is a 30-minute walk from town or 10-minute walk from the Glow Worm Dell. The hostel is aptly named Birdsong due to the regular native bird visitors to their garden. There are many private rooms available as well as dorms up to four beds. What’s more, YHA members get a discount.

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Birdsong Accommodation

3. Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation & Holiday Park

As the name suggests, this motel accommodation and holiday park is situated on the beachfront of Hokitika. With budget cabins and motel rooms, this is a good value option if travelling as a couple or group. Plus, with powered sites and tent sites, it gives you a great place to camp in Hokitika too. The holiday park has all the essential communal facilities like kitchen and laundry.

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Shining Star Accomodation

4. Hokitika Holiday Park

A great value option for campervan road trippers and groups is the Hokitika Holiday Park. Stay in affordable cabins or book a powered site or tent site with access to communal facilities. There’s plenty of spacious facilities like kitchens, barbecues, laundry and lounge. Hokitika Holiday Park is just a 5-minute drive out of Hokitika.

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Hokitika Holiday Park

5. Lake Mahinapua Campsite

For a cheap camping option, whether you’re in a campervan or tent, is the Lake Mahinapua campsite. The campsite is run by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and has a cooking shelter, flushing toilets and tap water. There are around 100 spaces so you don’t need to worry about getting there too early. The campsite is a 10-minute drive south of Hokitika.

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