Anchor Lodge Backpackers, Coromandel

Coromandel Town
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Anchor Lodge Backpackers is a good choice if you want to spend some time in Coromandel or visit the beaches there.

The Location

The hostel is located in Coromandel town, about three hundred meters from the town center. Coromandel town is a small town with just under two thousand inhabitants. There are three smaller supermarkets within walking distance of the hostel, along with a couple of eateries and coffee shops. The bus stop is about a ten minutes' walk from the hostel, but staff might drop you off there. The town gets busy in summer and on weekends, but will be rather quiet the rest of the time and many of the smaller shops might be closed.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The backpacker rooms are in one of the houses of which the Anchor Lodge consists. There are doubles and dorms with bunk beds of various sizes available, female-only dorms upon request. All rooms have windows. The bathrooms are separate for males and females and have two toilets each along with three showers. The bathrooms are cleaned daily. You will have to pay a fee per stay if you require a blanket and duvet. Lockers are not available in the rooms.

Common Spaces

The kitchen might be a bit small if the hostel is fully booked. There are two fridges for food storage and room for your food bags under the counter. You will get free tea and coffee. The hostel does not have tables for eating, but only a counter that separates the kitchen from the living room area. There you have some couches, a TV, and a large DVD collection along with Sky TV. Outside the hostel features a pool and a spa pool free of charge. You can also rent bicycles and helmets for free. Washing machines and a dryer are available.


If you arrive on the ferry from Auckland, their shuttle will drop you off right at the hostel. There is parking available on the hostel site. The staff will help you with planning excursions and can recommend walks and local attractions. If you want to head to Hot Water Beach, Whitianga might be a better base for your stay.


Very easy to reach and ideal starting point for a visit of Coromandel

Everything ok, the only disadvantage is that the pool and your terrace is on a parking place. It looks more like a hotel than a BBH. But it is clean, room is nice, kitchen is good. But is not the most cozy place to stay. Nearby you can eat cheap and good mussels.


Cozy and friendly

Very friendly and well-run, and includes such unusual freebies like a pool, hot tub, DVD rentals, tuktuk rides, and glow worm cave!


The newest hostel in Coromandel, the Anchor Lodge Backpackers lodge is situated within five minutes' walk from the centre. Coromandel itself is a very laid back and small township -- ideal for those who want to get away from it all. Walking the streets can sometimes feel like being on a film set, but with all the crew gone off to lunch! The hostel itself is just off the main road, which makes it easy for local buses to drop off travelers right in front of the door and also pick them up again (this is quite usual in rural New Zealand). As there is hardly any traffic at all, the road is really no concern.

One disappointing thing about the situation of Anchor Lodge is that it is nowhere near the water's edge. The website advertises "Water's edge only a stone's throw away!" -- what they do not mention, however, is that there is a huge bank of mud overgrown with bushes and shrubs and there is no way to actually get to the water. So nice strolls on the beach are not possible without a car -- the next beach is quite a ways away.

The Backpackers lodge is functional, with a well equipped kitchen, although it can get rather hot and smelly in the kitchen in the summer, as there is no adequate ventilation. It's best to take your food out to the lovely verandah with picnic tables and hammocks.

The rooms are rather cramped -- six beds, where a generous hostel would probably only put four -- but the lovely hot spa outside makes up for it. There is also a small swimming pool -- good enough to freshen you up a bit, but don't expect to be able to do more than four strokes in any one direction! Showers and toilets are mostly clean, but no soap is offered at the wash basins though. There is internet access and a pay phone. All in all a good place to stay, but maybe not the best.

Angharad Gabriel

I'm another student from Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae. It was a very nice and relaxing place to stay. There was no hassle, and they were also very nice to us sutdents. As well as learning on our trip, the staff made it fun as well.

Meremaihi A

Brilliant set up, and very clean and comfortable. Brilliant place.

Grant E

From Te Kura Maori o nga Tapuwae (southern cross campus), we had an awesome time at Anchor Lodge, the hospitality was warm and kind we had great fun.

Lindsey Kahi

Anchor Lodge Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Overall a nice place to rest in Coromandel. Right down the road from town center, and close by some pretty spots. Sue at the front desk was lovely & super helpful. Rooms were nice and warm. Only drawback was the beds looked a tiny bit dingy, but I stayed in off-season so maybe they just hadnt been brushed off in a minute, but great otherwise


The communal spaces were tired and run down. There was noone else there when I stayed so it felt a bit empty however it is well located to explore the top part of the coromandel!


Lovely location, free spa and pool!


Was a bit short on some things like stove and some essential kitchen things like oil


Liked: Spa is open very long until night Didn't like: you can hear your neighbour breathing in the very small rooms


Liked: The friendliness of staff and the cleanliness. Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: Social, really nice staff, nice buildings, liked our double room. Didn't like: Wifi wasn't free, it was $5 per day up until 10 am. If you arrive at night the wifi expires at 10 am the next day, not 24 hours later. Also, Internet was slow and would drop in and out in the evening when a lot of people were using it. You could use the wifi on multiple devices at the same time though, which was good. Would also have been better if the showers had a private section you could put your stuff in and change in.


We really enjoyed our stay!!! Thank you to the staff who helped us with the spa ;-) a very relaxing stay!


Liked: Close to town, nice location and entry direct to double room from outside. Didn't like: Nothing


Friendly staff, value for money, laundry facilities, spa, close to town


Liked: Locality, good bed, friendly staff. Didn't like: Some guests left the female toilets in a bit of a state at times.


Liked: The location of hostel was prime and it was really clean and tidy! Didn't like: Bathrooms could do with a bench I put cloths on whilst showering.


Liked: Good facilities, nice pool, spa, BBQ and free bikes. It was nice and quiet and nicely decorated and the kitchen is well equipped. Didn't like: They charge extra for a duvet which I think, when you're paying for a bed should be included too. Internet access is too expensive $2 for 15mins on the computer and $7 for WiFi until 10am the next morning. Also there are no lockers.


Liked: Staff were really good and helpful and was only a couple of minutes into the centre of town. We stayed in a private with shared bathroom which was nice and felt very cosy. Didn't like: The communal kitchen was pretty grubby (but I know this is the fault of inconsiderate guests in the most part!).The bedroom walls are paper thin so you can everything next door (including them snoring!)



Anchor Lodge's backpacker facilities offers dorm or private rooms with a full kitchen and lounge bar to relax and socialise in. Make the most of Anchor Lodge's facilities; take a dip in our outdoor heated swimming pool and spa or have a traditional Kiwi BBQ in our dedicated outdoor area.

Also available 24 hours internet access, free mountain bike hire, free DVD's, tea and coffee supplied.

Location and Contact


400 metres from Coromandel town centre. Turn left at the T-intersection when you come into town. We are 400 metres down the road opposite a park.



Address: 448 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town, Coromandel, New Zealand

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Website Anchor Lodge Backpackers Coromandel
Phone Number: +64 07 866 7992
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Breakfast (9.95)

City Tours (60)

Towels (2)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons (5)

Wi-Fi in Rooms (5)

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 8

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 14

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7:30 AM - 9:00PM (07:30-21:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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