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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Palmerston North

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Where to stay in Palmerston North on a backpacker budget?

Save money when staying in Palmerston North by choosing one of the backpacker accommodations! Whether you’re a traveller come to check out the bike trails, Manawatu Gorge, or Rugby Museum or a student looking for somewhere to stay while you get settled in the city, there are a few good options for backpacker hostels in Palmerston North.

Although there are not strictly five backpacker hostels in Palmerston North, we’ve made sure to include holiday parks with bunk rooms which are very similar to hostels. These accommodations are extremely affordable for any backpacker or student in Palmerston North.

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1. The Railway Hotel Backpackers

This old railway hotel has been given new life, revived as The Railway Hotel Backpackers. This good-looking hostel is well-decorated, clean and there’s plenty of space with several kitchens and lounge areas. What’s more, snacks are put in the rooms for guests, which is more than welcome for budgeting backpackers!

2. Pepper Tree Hostel

Stay in this 100 year old villa with plenty of space and friendly hosts. The Pepper Tree Hostel has all the essential facilities for backpackers including a spacious kitchen. There’s even some old-school touches like a piano, book exchange, board games and more. It’s like staying at your grannie’s! This is a BBH hostel for members benefit from a discount. Pepper Tree Hostel

3. Backpack on Campus

Thanks to all the student accommodation around Palmerston North, some student accommodation is open to backpackers, like Backpack on Campus. They offer budget single rooms with communal facilities you would expect in a hostel, like kitchen, as well as a barbecue area. Plus, there’s onsite parking. Be aware that linen needs to be hired from reception.

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Backpack on Campus

4. Palmerston North Holiday park

Another backpacker budget accommodation in Palmerston North is the Palmerston North Holiday Park. It’s the only holiday park in Palmerston North and offers cabins, flats, powered sites and tend sites at budget prices. However, linen is not provided so you will need to bring your own or a sleeping bag.

Palmerston North Holiday Park

5. Foxton Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Now that we have exhausted the backpacker accommodation in Palmerston North, let’s end with a great backpacker accommodation outside of the city. Foxton Beach is famous for kite surfing and kite land boarding – it’s a beach-lover’s playground. The Foxton Beach Top 10 Holiday Park has affordable cabins, self-contained units, powered sites and tent sites for campers! Foxton Beach is about 35 minute drive from Palmerston North.

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Foxton Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

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