Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga, New Zealand

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Get to know Tauranga (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tauranga. To help you make friends with Tauranga before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Tauranga, New Zealand, is one of the five biggest cities in New Zealand, and is located in the Bay of Plenty region, on the country's North Island, stretching from Cape Runaway to Coromandel Peninsula. The coastline of the Bay of Plenty is more than two hundred fifty kilometres long and a popular destination for locals as well as international tourists.

Tauranga is the most populous town in the region; more than one hundred thirty thousand people permanently live in the coastal town that boasts the largest export port of the country. Besides trading and tourism, agriculture is important for the economy in Tauranga. The countryside surrounding the town is very fertile, and avocado and kiwifruit mainly are cultivated. The history of the town dates back to the thirteenth century when Maori settlers arrived in the bay. Tauranga has a local airport with regular flight connections from Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. There are frequent bus services connecting the major towns on the North Island.

Backpacking and tourism are important factors for the local economy, so you can find plenty of hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in Tauranga, New Zealand. The accommodations are spread in the city centre. Fortunately, the supply of Tauranga, New Zealand hostels is really good and you can choose from different styles and locations in Tauranga. Even if your favourite hostel in Tauranga, New Zealand, is booked out, there will be other options nearby. Consider the local summer holidays for universities and national holidays, because during these periods it could be more busy and harder to find a suitable place to stay.

If you like art, do not miss Tauranga Art Gallery, located in the heart of the city centre, and offers excellent local and international contemporary art exhibitions. Admission is free, however donations are highly welcome. The region is excellent for nature enthusiasts. White Island -- a fascinating, active volcano -- is located in the Bay of Plenty; tours are available to explore the beauty of New Zealand's only live maritime volcano. In summer, it is a perfect destination for water sport lovers, surfers, and beach goers. The beautiful coast is perfect to relax and take time out.

Written by local enthusiast for Tauranga hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Tauranga hostels Flo

FAQ about Tauranga Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Tauranga. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Tauranga. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Tauranga costs on average $24 for a dorm. A hostel in Tauranga with private rooms costs on average $80. shows all 7 Hostels in Tauranga. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 7 hostels in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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Your Packing List for Tauranga

Your Packing List for Tauranga

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Tauranga Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Tauranga, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
7 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$80 Average private room price
$22 Cheapest hostel in Tauranga
Most Tauranga hostels are located in
Otumoetai, Judea
7.7 Average rating of all hostels

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