Saltwater Lodge Backpackers, Paihia

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Saltwater Lodge Backpackers in Paihia is a medium-sized hostel in the beachside town of Pahia. It is the closest hostel to the waterfront, only a few meters away from the beach. The hostel offers travel advice as well as tour bookings, sometimes even special deals, for the area.

The Location

The hostel has a really good location in what seems to be the backpacker street of the town. It is very close to the beach -- almost beachfront -- and about a five-minute walk from the town centre. There is a small convenience store and next door, plus cafés and bars around. Guests should be aware that the bars play music until approximately 1a.m. Parking is available and the bus station is about five minutes' walking distance (town centre).

Rooms and Bathrooms

All the rooms face the big balcony/common area outside and are spread on two stories. The doors act as big window fronts with curtains for privacy. There are six-bed dorms as well as four-bed deluxe dorms, which are more spacious as well as more comfortable. When booking the deluxe room, free towels are also provided. All rooms have very big lockers that even fit smaller backpacks or other personal items. There are also enough power sockets to keep everyone happy, but space for bags and backpacks might be a bit of an issue in the six-bed dorms as they are smaller.

All rooms feature en suite bathrooms, which are spacious and modern. There are enough hooks and space for toiletries available. Unfortunately, the shower does not come in a separate cubicle, which may result in a wet bathroom floor after the shower.

Common Spaces

The hostel has common spaces outside and inside. The outside common space is spread over two huge balconies with lots of tables where you can eat or just hang out. Inside is a big lounge area with a TV, a book exchange, and even a small fireplace! The hostel's kitchen is rather small, but offers two fridges, three sinks, and two stoves. The Wi-Fi is decent, but changes throughout the day depending how many people are using it at the time.


It is a nice place to stay and enjoy the beautiful area of Bay of Islands. The hostel is rather quiet but there is definitely a welcoming atmosphere, and for those looking to go out, there are bars just a few meters away.
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outside of the hostel
common area
common area outside
Alina Staff Reviewer
Published on Mar 19, 2018


Saltwater Lodge has set a new standard of accommodation in New Zealand, offering the country's first Qualmark five star rating for back-packer lodges. Year-round comfort, affordability and luxury make us the accommodation choice of travellers, families and groups from all over the world.

Saltwater Lodge is situated 50 metres from the beach and is still the closest backpackers to the waterfront. It is surrounded by trendy café's & bars and is only 5 minutes walk to the wharf, town centre, shops and bus terminal.

All rooms have their own en-suite bathroom, are heated and situated off a large balcony.
Large fully equipped kitchen with free tea and coffee, herbs and spices.
Spacious lounge and dining area with Internet facilities and
Free videos.
Guest gymnasium.
Guest laundry.
Disabled facilities.
Booking agent for all tours.
Bag storage is provided free of charge.
Free bikes, tennis & use of barbeque.
Free car parking available.

Location and Contact


• Getting Here Paihia is the principle waterfront town of the Bay of Islands, it is situated approximately 3½ hrs drive North of Auckland and about 1 hr north of Whangarei.
• By Air: There are several flights daily from Auckland’s Domestic airport to the Bay of Islands airport near the town of Kerikeri. For flight reservations check out Air New Zealand on Each flight is met by taxi companies who will take you on the 25 min shuttle to the Saltwater Lodge front door, for around $25-30pp.
• By Bus: Intercity, Nakedbus and Northliner Express are the main coach services and all have departures twice daily from Auckland. Northliner Express offer 25% discounts on fares for BBH, VIP, YHA and ISIC card holders and have excellent deals for Auckland-Paihia return. Links are:
• Hop-on, Hop-off backpacker bus companies like Kiwi Experience, Magic and Stray also depart daily from Auckland and can drop you at our door.



Address: 14 Kings Road (off Marsden Road), Paihia, New Zealand

Saltwater Lodge Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

Not listed at Hostelworld


Website Saltwater Lodge Backpackers Paihia
Phone Number: +64 (0)9 402 7075
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments



Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Table Tennis

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7:30 to 19:30

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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