42b Campbell Street, Wanganui 4500
+64 2185 2100
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About Us


College House is a backpacker’s hostel located in the heart of Whanganui. 

The building itself was built and owned by a Whanganui celebrity around 80 years ago. For more than a decade it served as accommodation facility for a High School. In this period it got the name “College House”. Now 42b College House has been restored and refurbished as a backpacker hostel keeping the traditional character and architecture, as well as the great location.

As a guest, you can enjoy the large kitchen, comfortable social areas, a spacious dining room, large outdoor area and cozy rooms.


We offer well priced, but quality accommodation for the budget-oriented traveller, as well as for backpackers and groups. We are a family-run, friendly environment. Some of the perks include:

  • Free WiFi
  • Attractive group deals are available, don’t hesitate to contact us
  • Central location, major attractions and supermarkets are close by
  • Social recreational area with TV, table tennis, pool table, piano and games
  • Lovely garden area with native plants and BBQ facilities, inviting you to dine outside
  • Friendly deer, Bella, who loves carrots and people
  • A large kitchen with all facilities required for great cooking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free off-street parking
  • Check-in 1 pm – 9pm,, Checkout 10 am
  • Transport to or from the airport or the bus stop by arrangement for a small fee
  • Yummy home cooked continental breakfast for a small fee on arrangement


spacious and comfortable rooms

College House offers a choice of different rooms starting with dorm rooms (both mixed and female-only). Most of them have only 3 beds.
If you wish more privacy, you can take on of our lovely single or double rooms with garden views. All beds are made for you with bedding and linen.
Check out the rooms BBH Member

We are looking forward to welcoming you to College House!