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!
WHICH WELLINGTON District TO FIND ACCOMMODATION IN?
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
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.
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.
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