YHA Whangarei Falls Backpackers, Whangarei

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Whangarei Falls Backpackers, a BBH hostel, is located far from the city center, but close to several nice walks. It is run by Graham and Alison, who are two fantastic, helpful hosts. They also offer 50 MB of free Wi-Fi upon check-in.

The Location

This hostel is within five minutes of Whangarei Falls and the beginning of several walks. There are a few shops nearby, but it is about an hour-and-a-half walk to the city centre. The hostel owners are happy to pick you up and drop you off for your bus with some advance notice. It is possible to take the city bus at least partway, but it does not run on Sundays. Parking is readily available.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm room is one room with ten beds split into two small, off-shoot rooms of two bunks, and one set of bunks in the middle. The smaller rooms of four are covered by a curtain. There are no in-room lockers, and room access is by key code only. The beds are comfortable, although linen is not included (but you can hire some). There is a fridge and freezer in the room and a small table with chairs. The room is comfortable enough, but there are no plugs by the beds -- only around the table and fridge -- and the curtains don't provide the kind of privacy you would like with this sort of setup.

The showers have good heat and good water pressure. There is space to change in the stall and towel racks and hooks on the wall for your clothes as well as a soap dish in the shower. The only problem is that to get to the bathrooms and showers, you have to walk a bit of a distance outside. Granted, it isn't more than a two-minute walk, but if it's 3 a.m., it definitely isn't ideal.

Common Spaces

Right next to the dorm is a large area with a canopy over it with several wooden benches and tables as well as a barbecue. Right next to it, you will find the pool and the spa pool, both of which are a little on the small side, but are a good temperature. Assuming the weather is good, these are really nice places to enjoy some company along with the sunshine.

The inside common area is split into two parts. When you first walk in, you will see a wall of books and some couches and armchairs. On the other side of the wall is the TV and some seating. There is also a computer available here for internet access.

To get to the kitchen you will have to walk outside, which can be a bit of a pain in cold weather or rain, but otherwise isn't much of an inconvenience. It's well stocked and spacious and kept very clean for a hostel kitchen. The setup does make it feel pretty cramped, but there is usually room for everyone to cook when necessary.

Since the backpackers' unit is small and isolated from the rest of the campsites, it's easy to start conversations with one another. You'll find friendly backpackers and a social atmosphere, but since it's so isolated, it's unlikely that there would be any partying going on.


If you don't have a car and are planning on going into town, this is an incredibly inconvenient hostel. But if you don't mind a walk (or you have no interest in the city) this is a great, relaxed place to stay with friendly people and good hosts.

Tyler-Rose Veguez
United States of America

Pretty nice

I appreciated the cleanliness and the down-home, family feeling. The outdoor BBQ area was GREAT, and the spa tub was nice after a long day of touring.


Nice, clean, and very friendly. The place has a pool, spa, nice kitchen, and excellent BBQ facilities. Good location on the outskirts of town but in the right direction towards Tutukaka which was perfect for me since I was going diving the next day.


Whangarei Falls Backpackers is situated on one of the roads leading out of Whangarei to the north. Coming in from Auckland, you can stop at the info centre that is on the way and ask directions and get a map. It is not close to town, and about a ten-minute drive to town centre and the waterfront. Even though they advertise that the backpackers are five minutes' walk away from the Whangarei Falls, it doesn't mean that they are situated in the coutry side or on a farm. They are on a street that at times is busy, and still in the surroundings of a suburb of Whangarei.

The backpackers and cabins don't have a cosy atmosphere, and is definitely not a party place. The decor in the rooms is very white, and although it definitely feels clean (and it is), it doesn't look cozy. The place has more of a family atmosphere, and if you are looking for a quiet place to overnight, this is the place to be.

The buildings are new and good in good condition. The rooms, kitchen, and bathrooms are all clean and well-maintained. There are only two showers for ladies and two for gents, and we didn't have a problem with not having hot water or having to wait for a shower. But in busy times this can be a problem. The kitchen was cleaned and well-equipped. They also have an outdoor barbeque facility. Facilities included, internet, lounge and TV, small swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor eating facilities, and carpark on the grounds.

Beverley Malmskog
Mozambique, Africa

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Very friendly and helpful staff. Great location. Really is just a caravan park with some rooms. Kitchen needs a but more kit I think


Very quiet hostel located outside of town. Bed was ok but cool that the room had a fridge, kettle, toaster etc. Everything was clean. Manager was lovely and very helpful.


This was a nice place to stay. It wasnt a typical backpackers...more like a campground atmosphere. It was clean and comfortable. I really liked it. It would be perfect for a family.


Lovely hostel with very friendly staff who gave great recommendations of how to spend our time. Nice outdoor area with grill and eating spaces. Facilities were clean and well-maintained. Friendly cats were a bonus! Wouldve loved to have stayed longer if time had allowed. Would definitely recommend.


Hostel at holiday park. Basic cooking facilities, hot showers and decent rooms with a breakfast bar and kettle and microwave within the rooms.


We stayed two nights in a private room. No issues with the bed or security (could lock the door) and showers were good. Communal kitchen wasn't the cleanest and the equipment in it needed to be washed again before use. The condition of the fridge was quite poor and in need of a deep clean. However, the staff were really nice and helpful and it was a great location as the Whangarei Falls were only 3 mins walk.


Awesome little spot to spend the night. Owner was very informative told me some good spots to eat and where to go to see some really beautiful scenery. Whangarei falls is right night door and a beautiful walk.


Loved this place! The man at the front desk was so helpful and gave me a bunch of fun things to do! Plus, its right next to a waterfall! You cant beat that!


Wonderful owner snd a terrific place! Loved our stay there!


Fantastic place to stay. Lovely atmosphere. And great facilities


Close to the warterfalls


Liked: It's near to waterfall Didn't like: the city is far away. there is just a bus to go there for shopping. the staff didn't take us from the busstation


Liked: Was clean and in good condition, cosy. Didn't like: I liked everything. The owners take good care of the property, and were very friendly.


Liked: They made me feel very welcome and a very happy and friendy helpful place to stay Didn't like: I didn't stay longer


Liked: Everything was conveniently located and well lit Didn't like: Choice of beds would have been nice if there is only a few staying you have the option of having a guy in your area or a girl.


Liked: Camp like setting and very spacious grounds. In a cabin like dorm for 4 with own fridge and dishes. Didn't like: That it was also for campers. Bus service terrible. No sink in room to wash the supplied dishes its, need to wash up I main kitchen. Hot tub is very small for use as a facility hot tub. Hence I did not even use.


Liked: The owners go out of their way to help in any way they can which is great. Also good to have a pool and hot tub on offer. The wifi is capped at 50mb a day which I don't think is enough for most people who need to make travel arrangements. The kitchen and bathroom facilities are good although separate buildings so whilst not a problem, less enjoyable in winter months. Aside from the tv room being available there is no atmosphere or anything going on for travellers. The dorm was spacious and secure although no lockers for valuables available. Didn't like: No lockers and no real atmosphere.


Liked: Staff were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and reasonable, Pick up from Whangarei to their hostel was at no extra charge, Facilities were by far one of the best (attention to detail such as: placement of power sockets at table level next to a table as opposed to other hostels who situate power sockets underneath a bed, umbrealla's in case it rains, sufficient hooks to put your clothes in the showers, WIFI, full utensils/cutlery, and so much more), location is fantastic in the sense it is close to the beautiful Whangerei falls and nature trails (really worth seeing), spacious communal kitchen, spacious rooms Didn't like: The property is quite far from the city centre, it is slightly far from the nearest supermarket, it has a convenience store which is sort of close, so if you come without food or a car it may be a bit uncomfortable. However this is really nitpicking and come prepared with food or go to the closest convenience store.


Liked: Mixture of Camping and BackpackerSpa with hot pool Didn't like: far from citycenter


Liked: My son loved the swings, trampoline, swimming pool and spa pool. I enjoyed the atmosphere and variety of facilities on offer. Didn't like: Only two showers for each sex. Long waiting time when fully-booked.



ur hostel is on the edge of Whangarei, yet still close to shops and only two minutes walk from lovely Whangarei Falls.

Stay with us - and go out diving the world famous Poor Knight Islands, explore the Abbey Caves or just enjoy the beauty of the Tutukaka Coast with all its beautiful bays and beaches.

We are looking forward to see you soon!

Denise & Richard

Location and Contact


Follow the signs for Whangarei Falls & Tutukaka Coast. At Whangarei Falls (Otuihau) continue past the Boundary Rd turning for the car park. Stay on the main road. You will immediately go across the bridge over the river. We are the 3rd property on the right after the bridge, look out for the big green and white sign at our front gate. If you see Sands Road you have gone too far.



Address: 12 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, New Zealand

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Website YHA Whangarei Falls Backpackers Whangarei www.whangareifalls.co.nz
Phone Number: (09)437-0609
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area

Swimming Pool



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