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Pavlova Palace

Our Backpackers

As a member of  BBH, our reputation for shared accommodation for backpackers on a budget, speaks for itself.  We are located in the City of Dunedin, central to many tourist attractions, both in the city, and the surrounding areas of Otago.

With friendly, helpful staff you are assured of a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay.


We have ten spacious rooms offering shared accommodation, sleeping a maximum of 35 guests. We provide many amenities, comfortable beds, clean linen, heaters, hot water bottles and spare blankets, to ensure a fun, cosy and comfortable stay.


Our lounge area is spacious and complete with a large selection of  movies, a PlayStation, Nintendo, and flat screen TV with plenty of blankets for your comfort and enjoyment.

Kitchen & Dining

The kitchens are well equipped and capable of servicing multiple groups at once. The dining room houses a log burner that is in action throughout the winter months.

Bathroom Facilities

The showers and toilets are serviced twice daily to ensure cleanliness.


New Zealanders love to entertain in their backyards and we have built a sweet as deck including a spa pool, bbq, pizza oven, hammock set-up, outdoor pool and table tennis table. Otago can be cold in the winter months, but this is a great place to unwind outdoors no matter what the weather is doing.

We also have a public tennis and soccer court in our backyard, great for those who like to keep fit and maybe take the opportunity to learn a few simple kiwi sports!


We try to keep you entertained during your stay with us! This consists of New Zealand and international movie screenings, sports and games, pot luck dinners, pizza and BBQ nights, and live sports screenings on the flat screen TV.


We offer travel advice and provide an activities and transport booking service. We keep you up to date with what’s happening in Dunedin and Otago and train our staff so they are well equipped to answer any questions.

Do you dream of being part of the Youth Hostel lifestyle? We can help assist in finding employment in Dunedin and maybe even let you join our team!

Discounted weekly rates are available to those requiring a longer term stay in both dorm and private rooms.


What we offer

  • FREE Pavlova daily - Traditional New Zealand Dessert
  • FREE unlimited ultra fast Fibre WiFi
  • FREE Parking - on street directly in front of hostel
  • Spa Pool
  • Pizza Oven and BBQ
  • Pool / Ping Pong Table
  • Tennis / soccer Court
  • Travel and Bookings Advice desk
  • Dining room with log burner, book shelf and board games
  • TV Room with Playstation, Nintendo and DVDs
  • Warmth! Heatpump, fire place, room heaters, electric blankets, hot water bottles and extra blankets will ensure you keep cozy!
  • Two Guest PCs and FREE guest Phone
  • Laundry - Wash $4, Dry $4, washing line - Priceless!
  • Capacity for large group bookings
  • Female only dorm option
  • FREE - Tea, coffee, fresh herb gardens, dried herbs and spices, salt & pepper
  • FREE universal power plugs and electronic cable hire
  • FREE Hairdryer and straightener hire
  • FREE towel hire
  • FREE surf board and boogie board hire
  • FREE bicycle storage
  • FREE dough and sauce on our Pizza nights (weather permitting)
  • FREE sausage and bread on our BBQ nights (weather permitting)
  • FREE/communal food shelf
  • FREE cot hire
  • FREE laundry powder
  • FREE luggage storage

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I check into the backpackers early or late? Our reception is open from 9am-8pm with a check in time of 2pm. It is possible to check in at any time of the day or night. If our office is closed then we can make arrangements to leave a key out for you.

How far are you from the central city centre? We are located 650m from the central city centre, which is just a 5-10 minute walk. You will walk right past the iconic St Josephs Cathedral and Speights Ale House on your way. 

Are we able to store our luggage? Of course and this is FREE of charge.

Is there parking right outside the backpackers? Yes, there are approximately 30 free car parks directly outside the backpackers.

Is the hostel suitable for children? We are more than happy to have younger guests.

Do you accept groups? Pavlova Palace Backpackers is the perfect place to host your team. We have accommodation for a total occupancy of 35, including both single and double beds. Depending on your group size, time of year and length of stay we may be able to offer you special rates. We can offer potentially one or both of our buildings to cater for yourself.  Please just phone or email us your requirements and we’ll be able suggest how best to accommodate your group at our hostel.

Can I work for accommodation? Yes we continuously have a team of 6 or more staff who work for accommodation. We house our workers in a separate building, so they have access to their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. They also get free WiFi, use of the laundry facilities and other bonuses in return for being part of our team. Please contact us and we’ll let you know if we have a space for you.

Do you do weekly rates? Yes, we offer a weekly rate for those staying two weeks or more to explore Dunedin and Otago.

Do the Hostel provide a sleeping bag and towel? Our beds come with clean sheets, duvets and covered pillows for each bed. We also provide free towel hire. Extra pillows and blankets are also available at no cost to ensure you have a comfortable stay.

What does laundry cost? Our machines cost $4 for a wash and $4 for a dry – we supply free powder.

What sort of people stay at your backpackers? Anyone and everyone! We cater for all nationalities, ages and cultures. We can also do bookings for families, groups and sports teams.

What is a Pavlova? Pavlova – is a traditional New Zealand desert made from meringue. it has a crisp crust and soft, light inside, topped with cream, seasonal fruits such as kiwifruit and strawberries.  We make pavlova every second day so you should hopefully experience this tasty treat with your stay!