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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Timaru

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Where to say in Timaru on a budget?

Get off the beaten track to the classic coastal city of Timaru! Home to a little blue penguin colony, beaches, fishing, hunting, brewery tours, art galleries and more, Timaru is worth staying a night or two. With that in mind, and to keep you on that all-important backpacker budget, we’ve put together this list of backpacker hostels in Timaru!

The awkward thing is that there isn’t exactly five backpacker hostels in Timaru. However, to give you plenty of options, we’ve including some holiday parks with budget rooms for backpackers, as well as hostels in nearby towns. To learn more about what there is to do in Timaru, check out our Canterbury – Guide for Backpackers.

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1. Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

Choose from affordable single, double and dorm rooms in the Timaru Backpackers (Anchor Motel). The backpacker accommodation has two kitchens, two bathrooms, a large lounge and TVs in every room (even the dorm rooms). Relax in the gardens or fire up the barbecue in this large and friendly hostel.

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Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

2. 1873 Wanderer

For a homely stay in Timaru consider the 1873 Wanderer backpackers. This small hostel situated in a town house offers free little blue penguin tours with your enthusiastic host. The hostel has all the essential facilities and rooms expected in a hostel, as well as the option for a tent site in the garden. What’s more, it’s well within walking distance of the town centre and Caroline Bay. Note that the hostel is closed between 1 March and 1 May.

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3. Glenmark Holiday Park

Situated only a 3-minute drive from the city centre, Glenmark Holiday Park provides another affordable backpacker accommodation option in Timaru. Choose from cheap cabins and unites that are ideal for those travelling in couples or groups. Of course, there are powered sites and tent sites for camping. As well as your expected essential facilities, the holiday park also has an outdoor pool for use between November and April.

Glenmark Holiday Park

4. Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park

More backpacker accommodation awaits at the Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park! This slightly more modern holiday park has some great options for budget accommodation in the for of budget cabins, units and motel units. There are also powered and tent sites, as well as kitchen, laundry, lounge and barbecue facilities. 250mb of free WiFi is available per day.

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Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park

5. Rawhiti Backpackers (Geraldine)

Just 35 minutes from Timaru in the town of Geraldine, the Rawhiti Backpackers is a great alternative when exploring the outer Timaru district. Go white water rafting, horse trekking, stargazing and more in the Geraldine area. The Rawhiti Backpackers is a spacious backpackers which is tidy and characterful.

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