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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whakatane

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Where to Stay in Whakatane on a Budget?

Going to the marine volcano of White Island, checking out the mountain bike trails, bushwalks or surfing spots? Whakatane is a must-stop on the Bay of Plenty coastline with heaps of things to do in this coastal city. But to make the most of all the activities, you’re probably going to have to save the cents on accommodation. We can help you there with this list of backpacker hostels in Whakatane!

We consider these your best budget accommodation options in the Whakatane area with a couple of hostels in town, as well as hotels and holiday parks offering backpacker alternatives.

For more affordable ideas, check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whakatane.

1. Whakatane Hotel

The Whakatane Hotel offers both hotel and backpacker accommodation in the heart of Whakatane. Check out the hotel above the Irish Bar “The Craic” with shared bunk rooms sleeping up to four, as well as a range of private rooms. There’s free WiFi but not much in the way of shared facilities like kitchen, laundry, etc.

Check Whakatane Hotel out:

Whakatane Hotel© Whakatane Hotel

2. Karibu Backpackers

For a homely backpacker hostel ideally located in the centre of Whakatane, take a look at Karibu Backpackers. As well as dorms, private rooms and tent sites, Karibu Backpackers has all the essential facilities like laundry, lounge and kitchen as well as few added extras such as free bike hire, vegetable garden, spacious outdoor areas and more. BBH members take advantage of the BBH discount.

Karibu Backpackers© Karibu Backpackers

3. The Windsor Lodge Backpackers

A modern backpackers/motel accommodation in Whakatane city, The Windsor Lodge Backpackers is a great option for budget accommodation in Whakatane. The BBH hostel has dorms, double rooms, as well as units and motel rooms. Shared facilities include a kitchen and lounge. Free bike hire and golf club hire is available.

Windsor Lodge Backpackers© Windsor Lodge Backpackers

4. Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Just outside of Whakatane is the Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. Complete with hydro-slide pool, tennis/basketball court, beach volleyball, table tennis, mini-golf and much more! Accommodation includes powered sites and tent sites, as well as budget glamping/glaravaning, cabins and self-contained units. There are shared facilities from barbecue areas to laundry and all the other essentials in between. What’s more, there’s free WiFi! Ohope Beach Top 10 is located 17 minutes drive from Whakatane.

Check Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park out:

Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park© Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

5. Awakeri Hot Springs

This basic holiday park accommodation provides another budget option in the Whakatane area with affordable cabins and tourist flats for couples or groups, on top of the usual tent and powered sites. On top of the essential kitchen, laundry and lounge facilities, the draw-card for Awakeri Hot Springs are the hot pools with a large geothermally-heated swimming pool and smaller hot pool. Be aware that bedding must be hired, as are cooking utensils if using the large communal kitchen. Otherwise, self-contained tourist flats have kitchen utensils. Awakeri Hot Springs is located 14-minutes drive from Whakatane.

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Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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