20 people found this article useful

Accommodation Guide to the Wellington Region


Find Cheap accommodation in Wellington.

The Wellington region is more than just about a capital city. From the vineyards of Wairarapa to the stunning sunsets along the Kapiti Coast, there are heaps to explore in Wellington’s districts. Whether you’re exploring the districts to see New Zealand’s white kiwi bird and visiting Lord of the Rings filming locations, or staying a while to work as part of your working holiday visa, you’re going to need to find cheap accommodation in Wellington.

Because Wellington is a pretty huge city, we have put together a quick list of the outer city districts and suburbs where you are likely to find some cheap accommodation, as well as outlining how far away they are from Wellington’s city centre. (For inner suburbs and city centre accommodation, just check out our Accommodation Guide to Wellington City Central). This accommodation guide to Wellington is also split into accommodation types, so you can just skip straight to your preferred accommodation style!

So find a place to stay in Wellington using our nifty accommodation guide to Wellington!


There is accommodation found all over Wellington. Here’s a quick rundown on what to expect in each Wellington district in relation to Wellington’s city centre. For the rest of Wellington’s inner suburbs, read our Accommodation Guide to Wellington City Central.

Note: CBD  refers to “Central Business District” i.e. Wellington’s city centre.

For more information on getting around, check out Public Transport in Wellington.

  • Lower Hutt – Location: northeast of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 19min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$150.
  • Upper Hutt – Location: north of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 32min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$145.
  • Porirua – Location: northwest of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 21min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140. Average hostel night: NZ$34
  • Kapiti Coast – Location: north of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 40min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$165. Average hostel night: NZ$30
  • Wairarapa – Location: east of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 1h20min. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140.
  • Masterton – Location: northeast of the city centre, Distance from CBD: 1h30min drive. Average weekly rent for a room: NZ$140. Average hostel night: NZ$30
Working Holiday Insurance


Hostels in Wellington

There are only 3+ hostels in the Greater Wellington region, including:

  • Moana Lodge in Plimmerton, Porirua with prices starting from NZ$34 per night.
  • Barnacles Seaside Inn in Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti with prices starting from NZ$30 per night.
  • Empire Lodge in Masterton with prices starting from NZ$30 per night.

Because of the limited accommodation in the area, we recommend booking your bed a week or two in advance in Wellington, especially in summer (the peak season in New Zealand).

You can always keep the cost of living down along with an extended stay by working for accommodation in an Auckland hostel. For tips, have a look at How to Find Work for Accommodation in New Zealand.


Renting a room in Wellington

Renting a room is common practice in Greater Wellington to keep the price to minimum when staying in Wellington long-term, usually done if you have landed a job in Wellington as part of a working holiday.

Expect a room to rent in Wellington to be around NZ$150 per week. That’s a room to yourself in a flatshare or houseshare. You may find cheaper, around the NZ$130 per week mark, for a shared room.

For advice on how to find a room to rent in Wellington, have a look at our 6 Resources to Find a Room to Rent in New Zealand. Renting a room involves a more complicated process than staying in short-term accommodation, so get clued up by reading The Paperwork Process of Renting or Flatting in New Zealand.


Airbnb in Wellington

Stay with a local in Wellington! Airbnb, the online network of people’s “spare rooms” available for accommodation, is pretty popular in Wellington, especially in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Kapiti and Wairarapa.

Although the average room price is NZ$120 per night, there are plenty of NZ$20-$42 rooms spread out around the districts of Wellington. Most of these can be found in Lower Hutt, with limited choice found in the other districts. We’ll help you toward your first Airbnb stay with this FREE NZ$50 credit.

For more information on Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand and 10 Tips to Make the Most of Airbnb in New Zealand.

Jucy Rentals

Campgrounds and holiday parks in Wellington

The Greater Wellington region has a vast choice of camping options, including 4 council campsites, 11 Department of Conservation (DoC) campsites, and 20+ commercial holiday parks. For a full list, check out Where to Camp in Wellington.

DoC campsites in the Wellington region are either free or have a fee of NZ$8-$13 per person per night. Council-run campsites are NZ$6 per night per person. There is a huge range of freedom camping sites for those with a certified self-contained vehicle.

For more information, check out Camping in Wellington.

Extra facilities and a wider range of accommodation can be found in the holiday parks and motor camps throughout the Wellington region.  You will be spoiled for choice. More information on holiday parks can be found in the Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.


Everything else you need to know about staying in Wellington.

Base Hostels
Was this article useful? Useful Useless
Help other travellers, share this article now:
Flying Kiwi
Tourism NZ
Itinerary Samples

New Zealand in a Month: Road Trip Itinerary

How to make the most of one month in New Zealand. We [...]

Tourism NZ

What is the Cost of a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

How much will your New Zealand gap year cost? Dreaming of travelling [...]

Trek Global Wellington
Hot on Backpacker Guide
Tourism NZ

What is the Cost of a Working Holiday in New Zealand?

How much will your New Zealand gap year cost? Dreaming of travelling […]

Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

What are Your Consumer Rights in New Zealand?

We all buy stuff. Despite trying to avoid it because we are […]

South Island

10 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Invercargill

How to enjoy Invercargill on a budget. Discover the secrets of the […]

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
I accept