Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga

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Apple Tree Backpackers is a small, private hostel with friendly staff and modern facilities. The hostel provides hot showers, unlimited Wi-Fi, and also other events like movie nights or parties.

The Location

Apple Tree Backpackers is located slightly out of the way from the town centre of Tauranga. Travelers who are not driving have to take a short, ten-minute ride on a local bus to get there. However, for those who do not mind the distance, the hostel is located right by the lake in a quiet corner off the main road. Travelers can also rent kayaks from the hostel for use in the lake. The hostel is also a convenient, fifteen-minute walk away from Countdown, a large supermarket.

For travelers who are planning to visit "The Mount," this hostel would not be the best option, because you would have to take a local feeder bus to get to the city centre, before transferring to another bus traveling toward The Mount. There is no direct bus from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Bedrooms are extremely cramped, with no common spaces; there is also a lack of power sockets. However, the beds are sturdy and comfortable, and each bed is also equipped with a shelf for guests to store their phones and glasses. No lockers are provided.

The toilets are small and hot water is limited to only ten minutes; the water will turn freezing cold after ten minutes of use. Some of the cubicles have windows with no curtains, so it can be inconvenient for guests who value their privacy and modesty.

Common Spaces

There is a large, open field area in the middle of the hostel, with a little hut and hammocks. The hostel is also equipped with two TV lounges, one used for movie screening during movie nights, and the other for local television programs. The lounges are huge, with more than enough seats and space to go around.

The kitchen is well equipped with various cooking utensils. There are also shelves for food storage, and dining tables for guests. The hostel is equipped with three large fridges, but they are located at the entrance of the hostel, and can be inconvenient for guests to access when they are cooking.


Apple Tree Backpackers is a decent option for guests who prefer to stay by the lake, away from the city centre. However, it is quite a hassle to explore the area from this hostel, making it a bad option for travelers who rely on public transport or Intercity buses.
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Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
Apple Tree Backpackers, Tauranga
C. Willy Staff Reviewer
Published on Jul 19, 2017


Nested right between the beaches of Tauranga and Mt Manganui you will find our cosy newly renovated backpackers . We offer free pick-ups from the i-Site for all our new guests. We have clean and comfortable accommodation, free parking and FREE unlimited WiFi!

Relax on our laidback terrace with waterfront or garden views. Lets be honest this is a great way to meet other travellers and just relax from all that traveling.

Next to all this you can also rent one of our kayaks, mountain bikes and/or fishing rods or take one of the many walks and enjoy a day in the sun. Around the backpackers there are heaps of shops in walking distance like cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and other shops.

And don't be shy to see us as we are happy to share our knowledge of everything that is going on in town and help you plan your adventures here in the Bay of Plenty.
Don't wait just come and see what all the fuss is about and experience it yourself!

Location and Contact


• Head north on Willow St toward Hamilton St
• 600 m
• Turn left onto Brown St
• 76 m
• Slight right onto Chapel St
• 42 m
• Slight right to stay on Chapel St
• 1.1 km
• Turn left onto Maxwells Rd
• Destination will be on the right



Address: 47 Maxwell Road, Pillans Pt, Otumoetai, Tauranga, New Zealand

Distance to city center: 1.82 km

Apple Tree Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

Not listed at Hostelworld


Website Apple Tree Backpackers Tauranga
Phone Number: 006475764001
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Groups (10+ people)

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental (10)

Towels ($2)

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Camping Allowed Onsite

Clothes Dryer


Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available




Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Table Tennis

Walking Tours

Airport Pickup


Credit Card Payments

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 15

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9.00am-8.00pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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