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NZ Hostel Group Establishes Niche in Backpacker Industry

New Zealand Hostel Group Establishes Niche in Backpacker Industry

25 July 2017 - New Zealand has long held a torch for being one of the best places in the world to backpack, a rite of passage for the overseas traveller on an adventure of discovery while meeting likeminded people along the way. The predominant accommodation choice for the backpacker is the hostel. With over 150 hostels throughout the country and backpackers currently making up 11% of all holiday visitors into NZ and growing - the hostel market is going from strength to strength.

Belinda Hargreaves, Managing Director of the Backpacker Group owns four hostels in New Zealand, one in Dunedin, Christchurch, Rotorua and Kaikoura. With a thirst for travel, kiwi born Hargreaves has journeyed the world and wanted to give backpackers the same positive experience she enjoyed while travelling and staying in hostels.

When the opportunity was presented to purchase her first backpackers in Christchurch in 2013 she jumped at the chance. With a lot of hard work and 2 earthquakes later Hargreaves has since built up four hostels be a popular choice for backpackers in each location.

With an eye for expansion and business Hargreaves launched the Backpacker Group in 2016, an umbrella brand to promote quality New Zealand owned hostels and to encourage backpackers to book direct and stay at other Backpacker Group hostels throughout their adventure.

“Our aim is to have other hostels in New Zealand join our group with one in each location, so together we can provide the traveller with good accommodation and a top New Zealand experience,” says Hargreaves. The criteria for membership is friendly, comfortable, warm and clean facilities with highly rated feedback on travel sites such as Trip Advisor. Benefits for the traveller include discounts and special rates of travel and tourism rates.

Hargreaves is excited about the nation’s growing tourism industry and the future of the Backpacker Group. “New Zealand has aspirational appeal for overseas visitors, to able to contribute to a travellers trip of a lifetime with good hostels in prime NZ locations is rewarding and a great opportunity.”


The Backpacker Group (TBG)


Hostels owned by Belinda Hargreaves and the founding hostels of The Backpacker Group

1. Christchurch - Around the World

Around the World Backpackers provides a sanctuary from loud, large hostels. A great place to meet people from all around the world! Kick back, relax and enjoy. With a history as being nominated as one of the best small hostels in the world!

2. Kaikoura - Dusky Lodge Backpackers

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is Kaikoura’s largest hostel welcoming budget travellers, adventurers and groups. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, triples, en-suite and family rooms with heaters in all rooms. Bed linen and pillows are provided. We have 3 large kitchen’s fully equipped as well as BBQ’s on the decks free to use. Our heated pool and outdoor spa gives Dusky Lodge its unique resort feel.

3. Dunedin - Manor House Backpackers

Manor House, two adjacent 1920’s colonial New Zealand homes is home to Dunedin’s best budget backpackers. Manor House with free unlimited wifi, has rooms to suit everyone, we welcome travellers, families and we can cater for large groups. Visit Dunedin for beaches, nightlife, wildlife, NZ most beautiful peninsula, colonial history and so much more.

4. Rotorua - Rock Solid Backpackers

Our vision is simply to make it the most popular hostel in town which we have by providing a clean, modern, yet still inviting hostel with facilities not usually found in inner city hostels. Unlimited Free wifi throughout the hostel and enjoy the unique climbing wall that you can view from reception or give it a go!

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