Got some spare time to fill on an evening? Backpacker bars are a great way to meet like-minded people from all over the world. They are a good place to start when arriving in a new town or city. Obviously, these bars know that people travelling around New Zealand appreciate having fun without spending too much, so there are daily specials and discounts on food and drink. So what are the backpacker bars in New Zealand?
Usually, a backpacker bar has a partnership with a hostel meaning those staying in the hostel will get extra discounts. This is even truer with the Base and Nomads hostel network that bring the Australian backpacker party vibe to New Zealand, so it comes at no surprise that their bars designed for backpackers are literally taking over this list.
1. Loco Cantina
Due to the discounts for those staying in the Nomads and Base hostels, Loco Cantina is a go-to bar for backpackers in Queenstown. With nightly entertainment and reasonably-priced Mexican treats, you’ll struggle to get bored in Loco. Find some more awesome Queenstown bars on our list.
Location: Queenstown, South Island
2. Monsoon Bar
Have a drink by the fire after an icy day of glacier exploring. Don’t miss the all-you-can eat pizza nights. Monsoon Bar is part of the Rainforest Retreat backpackers and holiday park.
Location: Franz Josef, South Island
Next door to Base Taupo, Element bar has late-night party nights, fancy dress and quiz nights. You’ll not want to miss this on your itinerary of backpacker bars in New Zealand. Plus, they have some of the cheapest eats in Taupo.
Food and drink specials every night of the week! Located next to Base Rotorua there is always something happening at Lava Bar. Make sure you try the Lava Jars!
Location: Rotorua, North Island
8. Cassette 9
The bar on Vulcan Lane, Auckland hosts its own backpacker night every Tuesday. Win awesome travelling prizes with the Riff Raffle! Find out more in Guide to Auckland Nightlife.
Location: Auckland, North Island
9. Hello Sunshine
Whether you are staying in Base Auckland or not, we recommend scouting out this small backpacker bar situated on a balcony with a view of the Sky Tower. It’s where the pre-party action happens, open from 4pm to 10pm.
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