Why Stay with us?

Established in 2013, The Dwellington set out to improve the standard of BACKPACKER hostels in the Capital city. Our goal was to create a place of comfort and style, in a relaxed atmosphere, providing the weary traveler with some long missed home comforts. While we feel we have gone above and beyond to make this a reality, our rates remain extremely affordable and competitive. Here are some more good reasons to stay with us:

The ferry terminals are just down the road, and we provide ferry drop offs - for free.

You can watch cat videos on your phone - with ultra fast wifi, as you enjoy a delicious free breakfast.

Two 100 year old houses have been completely renovated from the ground up, so you’ll be staying in one of the most unique, tasteful and quite simply, stunning BACKPACKERS in the world.

Location, Location, Location

  • Located in the historic hub of Thorndon - Wellington’s birthplace.
  • Straight off the motorway and right next to the Thorndon tennis club (the third oldest grass courts in the world).
  • 1 minute walk from Thorndon summer pool and the New World supermarket.
  • Five minute walk from the main bus station, the bluebridge ferry, the Beehive, Parliment Grounds and many pubs and restaurants.
  • 10 minute walk from the Interislander terminals, Westpac Stadium, Lambton Quay and Wellington’s CBD.

8 Halswell St, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand

Our Ultra Comfortable Rooms

Queen sized double beds, and custom made timber bunks all with brand new super comfy mattresses and bedding. All rooms are light and spacious, with views over the tennis courts, Thorndon and the city.

Our Services


We offer free wi-fi internet connection everywhere from the common areas to the rooms. We have desktop computers for your use. And you can print your boarding passes free of charge.


The bedding is all brand new and free of charge. Towels are available and there is a communal coin operated laundry with the best washing machines out there.


You and your possessions are always safe at The Dwellington. We have door control 24 hours a day, with surveillance cameras. Rooms are accessed by magnetic cards only. The office has a secure room for valuables. We are also directly across the road from the American Embassy whose security guards patrol the street 24/7.


We have dedicated large areas of the hostel to common spaces. Relax, socialize, eat and drink in our beautiful, spacious dining area. Make use of our stunning, state of the art kitchen, and brand new bathrooms - all over the place. Blob out in our large cosy movie room or, for the more energetic, have a game of table tennis, or make use of our free tennis and squash court access.


Our kitchen is equipped with everything you need to prepare a delicious meal. After breakfast you can cook your own food, keep your groceries in the fridge, or just help yourself from our free tea and coffee all day long.


Every day from 8h to 10h we prepare a fresh FREE breakfast of toast, a selection of spreads, cereal, milk, coffee and tea.