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“More like a motel than a backpackers.”
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Saltwater Lodge
Ranked #9 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
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Leeds
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“More like a motel than a backpackers.”
Reviewed May 4, 2009

This hostel has the layout of a motel, with the higher prices you would expect. It is in a good location, just a little back from the main street and beach in Pahia. Our room was large and clean with an en-suite bathroom. Even though it was a very lively place, it was easy to sleep in an upstairs room (not so sure about the dorms downstairs).

There was a large common area, possibly to cater to backapckers buses. I felt that the kitchen was too small for the hostel and was not kept as clean as the rest.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

I stayed here for 3 nights when I was at the Bay of Islands, courtesy of Magic Bus. It's one of the better hostels in the area, and 5 min away from town center. It's such a cute place, decorated like a cruise ship on the outside. i stayed in a 4 person female dorm. Room was so clean and each room has its own bathroom so you only need to share with 3 other people. It was great value, clean, friendly. They have internet there and a big kitchen but I never used it. I would stay there again, esp after seeing where my friends stayed, which was much smaller and not as nice. Definitely book in advance if you can.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Singapore
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Reviewed January 15, 2008

This is an value for money backpackers lodging. We paid NZ$90 for a ensuite room which came with a queen size bed and a double decker bed. So it can easily fit up to 4adults.Its clean, spacious and parking lots beneath the building.

Furthermore, the location is only about 5-10mins walk from the ferry terminal where the tour agents and boats are located.

Amenities wise, we were happy that the room came with a satellite TV and a fridge.

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  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Saltwater Lodge
Address: 14 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Saltwater Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 19
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