Wellington Travel Guide

Sleep

Budget
Downtown Backpackers1 Bunny StDorm beds from $27. Single room with shared bathroom $68.
Lodge in the City152 Taranaki StPhone: +64 4 385-8560Tollfree: 0800 257 225Fax: +64 4 385-8531Price: Dorm $23, single room $50, doubles from $85
Worldwide Backpackers Wellington291 The TerraceTollfree: 0508 888 555Price: Queen, double, twin, double + single, 3 share, 4 share and 6 share
YHA292 Wakefield StTollfree: 0800 600 100Price: Dorms from $26, double/twin rooms $74 (members 18+ years)
Rowena's Lodge115 Brougham StPhone: +64 4 385-7872Camp sites from $15, dorms $23.
Boutique on 58, Victory Ave, Karori West. Airport transfer from $25. A warm New Zealand family environment. Dorms $50.
Mid-range
Villa Melina Boutique B&B89 Ludlam St, SeatounPhone: +64 4 972-1205Tollfree: 0800 MELINAPrice: From $162A 5 star bed and breakfast located 7 min from airport, Interislander, Te Papa and CBD.
Splurge
CityLife Wellington300 Lambton Quay (vehicle entrance: 14 Gilmer Terrace)Phone: +64 4 922-2800Tollfree: 0800 368 888Fax: +64 4 922-2803Four star plus, suite style hotel. Rooms on the Gilmer Terrace side face directly onto the steep hill the hotel sits on and have no view.
Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel70 Tory StPhone: +64 4 801 0780Price: From $149Studio rooms, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and penthouse suites.
Museum Hotel - Hotel de Wheels90 Cable StPhone: +64 800 994-335Price: From $149This hotel was moved to make way for the national museum.
InterContinental Hotel Wellington2 Grey StPhone: +64 4 472-2722Adjacent to the waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is the only internationally-branded 5 star hotel in Wellington.
Serviced apartments

There are several of these in Wellington, most are up the hill a little, closer to Mt Victoria (still very close to the city). Some are simpler – like just a room with shared bathroom facilities and a "mess" hall (might be closed in summer). Others are self-contained units, and some are 3-4 bedroom apartment buildings.

"Aparthotels" are pricier, but you get more, and are usually more central and have better service and facilities.

Shared house (longer stays)

A better way to get to know more locals and experience some NZ culture (if that's what you are looking for) is a shared house (a "flat" in NZ English). These are an option for stays of a month in summer while students are away – usually flats are taken for the year or at least several months). Look for "Flatmates wanted" in the local Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday newspaper (Dominion Post) classifieds.

Flats are much cheaper and usually well furnished already by the other tenants in the communal rooms. You may need to provide your own bed (you could buy a cheap one second hand for the summer), or they might be able lend you one. All flatmates share the rent, bills and chores, and occasionally food, meals and even washing too. Some flats come fully furnished, but this is not the norm.

To find flats, the locals use www.trademe.co.nz

source: Wikivoyage

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