A backpacker hostel is a budget-oriented, shared-room ("dormitory") accommodation that accepts individual travelers (typically backpackers) or groups for short-term stays, and that provides common areas and communal facilities.
To be considered a hostel, the property must provide short-term, shared (dormitory-style) accommodation for individual travelers, though many hostels also provide private rooms.
The word "dormitory" refers to a room where travelers independently book individual beds in a shared room as opposed to booking entire rooms like in a hotel or guesthouse.
Such establishments have proven very popular in the New Zealand market and attract many of the younger travellers, domestic and international.
However, a number of these establishments have improved facilities and amenities so that they now suit and provide for an older age group – sometimes known as “Gold Card backpackers”.
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