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Right in the heart of the Arts and Culture Capital City Wellington, Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly the Downtown Backpackers) is the only budget accommodation located within easy walking distance from Wellington Railway Station, the Inter-Island Ferry and the city bus terminals.

It is only a short walk to the central shopping area, the Parliament, the harbour and Te Papa, Wellington’s fabulous Museum of New Zealand. We are the perfect place to stay on your world travel and backpacker adventure. Wellington’s Central Business District is also right at our doorstep.

Airport Shuttles drop off at our front door. The shuttles are approximately $20 per person and operate 24hours. Taking a taxi to the airport will cost approximately $35 and the trip takes around 25-30 minutes depending on the time of the day. The Airport Flyer (public bus) picks up and drops off only a short stroll away. If you would like to arrange a shuttle please contact us on otherwise see one of our friendly staff members at reception.

We are perfectly located for you to support your team at the Westpac stadium, attend an event at the TSB Arena or just visiting Wellington for a big night out or a shopping trip.


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I generally tend to stay in smaller homely backpackers, but decided to book Downtown due to its super low prices. The hostel is extremely well organised and you don’t feel like “just another backpacker”. The kitchen is great as it is an ex restaurant kitchen with loads of space and the dining room is huge […]

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