Overview of Laneway Backpackers

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3.0 / 5
59 reviews
Guests rated this property 2.8/5 for cleanliness.


  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry



Popular LocationCuba Street Mall3 min walk
Popular LocationMichael Fowler Centre3 min walk
Popular LocationTe Papa (Museum of New Zealand)5 min walk
AirportWellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.)17 min drive

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  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom (Private Room)

    Room amenities

    • 14 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
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  • Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

    Room amenities

    • 15 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
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  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom (Private Room)

    4.2/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 15 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
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  • Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory

    Room amenities

    • 13 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
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  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom (Private Room)

    5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 12 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
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  • Triple Room, Shared Bathroom (Private Room)

    Room amenities

    • 14 sq m
    • Sleeps 3
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  • Quadruple Room, Shared Bathroom (Private Room)

    Room amenities

    • 13 sq m
    • Sleeps 4
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About this area


Located in Wellington, Laneway Backpackers is in the city centre and near the beach. Cuba Street Mall and Oriental Parade are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's popular attractions can visit Wellington Zoo and The Weta Cave. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's going on at Westpac Stadium, or consider a night out at The Opera House.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Cuba Street Mall - 3 min walk
  • Michael Fowler Centre - 3 min walk
  • Wellington Waterfront - 3 min walk
  • Courtenay Place - 5 min walk
  • Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington Station - 19 min walk
  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) - 17 min drive

About this property

Laneway Backpackers

Wellington hostel in Te Aro, walk to Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand)
This smoke-free hostel features laundry facilities, a TV in a common area and free WiFi in public areas. All 40 rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, showers and desks.
Laneway Backpackers offers 40 forms of accommodation with free toiletries. This Wellington hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

No on-site parking available

Family friendly

Laundry facilities



Guest services

Front desk (limited hours)
Housekeeping (limited)
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage

Languages spoken



If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Wheelchair-accessible path to lift


Smoke-free property
TV in reception

Room amenities




Free toiletries
Hairdryer (on request)
Shared bathroom


Iron/ironing board (on request)



Check-in between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 5:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2 per cent

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • No on-site parking is available.

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Laneway Backpackers and receive a full refund?
Yes, Laneway Backpackers offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Laneway Backpackers cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Laneway Backpackers pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at this hostel?
This property doesn't offer parking.
What time is check-in at this property?
Check-in is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at this property?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is this hostel located?
Located in Te Aro, this hostel is steps away from The Opera House, Wellington Central Business District and Cuba Street Mall. Wellington Waterfront and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

Guest reviews

Guest rating
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • Disliked: Cleanliness

Great location. Its cheap and you get what you pay for.

Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020


  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities

There was ventilation in the room so it was ridiculously hot and stuffy in the room. There was a fan supplied thank god but really it was just blowing the hot air around. There were no towels to dry our hands in the bathroom which was a little annoying and the bathroom wasn't the cleanest however the beds were pretty comfy and the bedding was clean so that was appreciated The beds

Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020


  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Sooo dirty, as soon as you walk in you get hit with the smell of regret. Place stinks and obviously hasn’t been cleaning since the 90s. No hot water, no one advises you when you check in that there is no hot water. Beds -shit Kitchen-shit No windows that open -shit A fan that is so dirty we were unsure if we should turn it on and risk being sprayed with a deadly strain of black mould dust. Had to temp our own fate due to being cooked alive in the room. There was enough hair on the floor of the bathroom, that I thought I walked into cousin IT’S family reunion. Receptionist was lovely, but can help but think that she was luring is into a false sense of security. Negative 5 stars

Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020


  • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

This place is gross. The bathrooms are nasty, the kitchen was full of flies, the room had a musty smell and there was no ventilation to make up for the fact that there are no windows. Literally the only thing good about this place is the location. We only stayed because there were no other options left in the city otherwise we would have been out of there. If you can, I'd avoid this place.

Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020