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Best Backpacker Hostels in Kerikeri

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kerikeri šŸŽ’ [2024]

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Places to Stay in Kerikeri for Backpackers

In the heart of the Bay of Islands, Kerikeri is a fantastic place to stay when exploring the surrounding kauri and waterfall-filled forests and looking for seasonal fruit-picking work. you can easily stay on a budget with plenty of backpacker accommodation. So what are the best backpacker hostels in Kerikeri?

We’ll list what we recommend are the best Kerikeri hostels in this guide. The majority of hostels are working hostels, meaning that they can put you in touch with local employers for seasonal work. Find out more about What is a Working Hostel in New Zealand. As for things to do in the Bay of Islands, a great place to start is with our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in the Bay of Islands.

1. Relax a Lodge

Not your traditional backpacker accommodation, Relax a Lodge offers affordable double, twin and triple rooms in their farmhouse. Get involved with farm activities, jump in the pool, relax on the sun deck and enjoy the views of the surrounding fruit orchards. There’s free WiFi included. This BBH hostel is about 5 minutes drive from Kerikeri.

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2. Hone Heke Lodge

Stay on the outskirts of Kerikeri in the lively Hone Heke Lodge. With an outdoor undercover courtyard dining area, table tennis room, TV room and huge garden, there are plenty of places to unwind after a day’s exploring or fruit picking. Choose from dorm rooms, private rooms and motel rooms. Plus, there’s free WiFi! The hostel is about 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre.

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3. Aranga Backpackers

This large hostel is located along the river and is only five minutes walk from Kerikeri town centre. At Aranga Backpackers, choose from single rooms, double rooms, dorm rooms and camping sites with a kitchen, lounge, table tennis room and barbecue area to share. The team can help you find local jobs too. Aranga Backpackers is part of the Kerikeri Holiday Park.

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4. KeriCentral

Another awesome working hostel in the Kerikeri area, KeriCentral has long-term dorm options, as well as casual visitor rooms. As the name suggests, the hostel is centrally located in Kerikeri. Facilities include a swimming pool, free WiFi, kitchen, laundry and all those other little essentials.

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5. Bay of Islands Holiday Park

Situated between Kerikeri and Paihia, the Bay of Island Holiday Park is a good central option when looking for budget accommodation in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands Holiday Park has a mix of affordable accommodation for backpackers, from cabins to campervan and tent sites. There are all your essential communal facilities, a convenience store on-site, as well as a swimming pool and access to the river. But if you’re looking for alternative hostels in the Bay of Islands, we suggest you look at theĀ 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in the Bay of Islands.

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More About Hostels in Kerikeri

That’s it for our list of the best hostels in Kerikeri but if you want more hostel-like stays, check out the following:

Finally, if there’s anything that we’ve missed, you’re like to find it inĀ Bay of Islands – Guide for Backpackers orĀ The Travel Guide to the Bay of Islands on a Budget.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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