Wellington Accommodation

Otherwise known as the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ (or affectionately referred to as ‘Windy Wellington’- never try to use an umbrella here!) New Zealand’s capital city has a plethora of different accommodation types, from budget-friendly backpackers to 5-star luxury and everything in between. Have a read of the top accommodations this art and cultural hub offers and come and experience it for yourself.

Budget-friendly accommodation:

The capital city of any country’s accommodation will most likely be a bit pricier, and budget-friendly accommodation in Wellington is no exception. 

However, there are a couple of backpackers where you will really get what you pay for, otherwise known as ‘flashpackers’:

The Marion Hostel

Located in the heart of the city on Marion Street, this hostel is a prime example of what used to be called a ‘flashpacker’. Beautifully designed and refurbished, you can choose from 6-bed, 8-bed, and 10-bed dorms, or opt to have a little more privacy with a twin or double room. With the cheapest beds available ranging from mid-late thirties, the amenities, stylish rooms and bathrooms, and views from the rooftop terrace are well worth the slightly higher price.

The Dwellington

The Dwellington is a home-style hostel located in Thorndon, just out of the city centre. With a state of the art cinema room, a squash court, tennis court, and a variety of comfortable rooms for a variety of budgets, this is one hostel that feels like a home away from home. With free breakfasts from 7 am-10 am every morning and free ferry drop-offs, the perks of this hostel are great for anyone on a budget.

Luxury Accommodation:

Being the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington has a variety of luxury accommodations, both classic and luxury.

Have a read and take your pick between the classic five-star luxury and their boutique counterparts:

Classic Luxury:

Sofitel Wellington 

Located in the heart of Wellington’s CBD, this luxurious hotel draws inspiration from local culture and French ‘art de Vivre - and you can most certainly tell.

From Classic Rooms to the epitome of luxury - the Opera Suites - the vintage golds and bronze hues of the designs will make you feel as though you’re in heaven. 

InterContinental Wellington

This modern and elegant hotel is luxury at its finest. Adjacent to the Wellington waterfront, this perfectly located accommodation is a global five-star hotel chain for a reason.

With award-winning cuisine, two restaurants on-site, and a fitness center, this is one luxury experience where you get what you pay for.

Boutique Luxury:

QT Wellington

QT Wellington is a boutique luxury hotel, located in the heart of the capital’s cultural hub. This unique accommodation is a fusion of art galleries and luxury rooms, with abstract lines, mind-boggling patterns, and creative character - perfect for both art connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

Dine at the flamboyant Hippopotamus below for a spectacular high tea experience, sip on a mouth-watering cocktail at the bar, or indulge yourself in the finest cuisine imaginable.


Located in the luxurious seaside affluence of Oriental Parade, Ohtel is a five-star boutique hotel with sweeping views across the harbour. Close to major attractions such as Oriental Bay Beach, Te Papa Museum, and Courtney Place, each room, from Studio to Deluxe, is complete with luxurious environmentally friendly amenities and is individually designed, featuring kiwiana artwork.

The ‘Middle of the Range’:

Wellington City Accommodation

This accommodation provider has a range to choose from depending on your wants and needs, from a Bed & Breakfast experience to cottages, to a studio or townhouse. Perfect for either short or long-term stays with weekly servicing, this middle of the range accommodation is great for those wanting more than a hostel, but are still on a budget.

Bella Vista Motel Wellington

This motel, located on the beautiful Evans Bay Parade near the airport, is an affordable and Qualmark-rated accommodation with family units, studio units, and spa units.

With both a cooked and continental breakfast and just a 7 minutes drive from Wellington CBD, this is the perfect place to stay if you’re wanting to be out of the central hustle and bustle of the city.

U Boutique Hotel

This funky European-style unique accommodation is located in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment district across two buildings on Frederick Street.

From self-contained twin, queen, or king studios to a family suite, there is a room for every type of traveller. 

For other great middle of the range prices, check out the wide variety of vacation rentals and houses on Airbnb.

Romantic Getaways:

Wellington is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

With stunning beaches, culture and art, world-class food and drink, and a range of activities and things to do, Wellington is the place to bring your partner on a romantic getaway.

The Lighthouse/The Keep

These quaint and quirky accommodations (owned by the same people) are located right on the shoreline in Island Bay and Houghton Bay, with spectacular views across the ocean. Spend a night in a lighthouse and watch the sunset around you, or stay in a mini stone-filled castle-Esque lodge on the beachfront.

A unique experience for anyone after something a bit different, these quirky stays make for the perfect romantic getaway.

Pipinui Point

Pipinui Point is a luxury secluded escape for anyone wanting to surprise their partner with the best of the best.

With sweeping views of the coast and farmland, perched on a cliff at 250m above sea level and complete with an outdoor hot tub, nature surrounds you at every turn. 

To top it off, the continental breakfast comes served with freshly sourced ingredients from local businesses.

What more could you ask for?

Abigail Bay Bach

This completely off the grid bach is located on Wellington’s wild south coast by Red Rocks, with breathtaking scenery and cheeky seals to keep you company from May-September.

Nestled in a Karaka Tree Grove, this totally off the grid stay has solar lights and uses gas for hot water and cooking. 

Walk around the coast and view the gannets, seals, rock pools and sand dunes, or stay indoors by the roaring fire with views of the Cook Strait in front of you.

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