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Additional Terms and Conditions

A 50% security deposit is required to confirm booking.
We have a strict after 10pm quiet policy.
We are not a party type backpackers and reserve the right to request people to leave the property if they behave inappropriately.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Pickled Parrot Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Pickled Parrot is a small, quiet and friendly hostel away from the noise and hustle of the ' Party Backpackers ' in Paihia! We cater for the needs of the peace-seeking traveller, located in a tranquil setting a few minutes walk from the beach.
Please note we DO have a quiet policy after 10pm , so that our guests that are going on early trips to Cape Reinga, or diving, sailing etc. can have a good sleep !
We have a large courtyard ideal for evening Barbeques, and enjoying a glass of local wine and a chat to fellow guests.
We are 3 minutes walk to a safe swimming beach, where bikes, kayaks/paddleboards and small sail boats are available for hire. The area has a wealth of history, and coastal/bush/mangrove walks. Paihia sports a fine Mountain Bike Park, with good bike hire facilities available nearby, or a cycle along the Twin Coast Cycle way can be arranged. It is ideally situated to walk the Cape Brett Walk, and is a great place to spend the night when on the Te Araroa, New Zealands Trail.

PAY ON ARRIVAL ONLY no VCC other than cancellation fees. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.6

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.2

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.6

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Jan 2020
    Really good hostel. Felt very safe as a young solo female traveller. Everywhere very clean, kitchen big and well organised and tidy. Would definitely stay again
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    27 Jan 2020
    The Pickled Parrot Hostel is just amazing. The place is so beautiful with a lot of spaces to relax and to calm down. It's really near to the beach and also to the other hostels, but it's calmer there than in the other hostels. The kitchen was really nice and the bathrooms too! I can really recommend it to everyone :)
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    24 Jan 2020
    First off, the place is spotless. Beds, bathrooms and the kitchen are cleaned everyday. The place is quiet at night even on a Friday and Saturday night. The host’s name is Cherry and she is so wonderful. She goes above and beyond for ANY guest as long as you treat the parrot with respect. It was a pleasure staying here and I will be recommending the place to my friends as well. It was an honor and privilege to stay here. Please don’t change!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Jan 2020
    Paihia is a beautiful place to visit. Plenty to do. I extended my stay because I enjoyed it so much and because the hostel is so great! Very clean, and a great place to meet other travellers. Slightly off the beaten track which is great for travellers who want a quiet stay away from the main street noise. The only cons were the noisy door handles and the kitchen closes early at 10pm. Apart from that everything was fantastic. I enjoyed meeting the cat also!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Jan 2020
    Great, relaxed hostel with amazing staff. Very modern and clean bathrooms and kitchen. There’s a big lounge area with free wifi. The owner is really organised and looks after the place. This shows especially in the small things like always having olive oil ready to use and making sure that used bathrooms are clean :-)
    Switzerland, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    10 Jan 2020
    What a fantastic find! I've stayed in Paihia several times before, but never at the Pickled Parrot - however since discovering it I would be more than happy to stay there again. Being a little set back from the rest of the accommodation in the town the hostel is much quieter than the other options, something I greatly appreciated as I relaxed in the hammock. Despite just having taken the hostel over Cherry is a great host and will do her best to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
    Scotland, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    16 Feb 2020
    I stayed here for 2 days and enjoyed it. It's REALLY quiet. Strict no noise after 10 pm rule which I liked. The atmosphere is a bit less social as a result of that and of the kind of people who are attracted to a hostel with a no noise policy. But I did see other folks who had made friends, especially the young peeps. I'm in my 40s so a bit different for me. It's very clean. The facilities are very good. Reasonable walk to the main area. Prices are really good. Would recommend!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    01 Feb 2020
    This is one of the best hostels in the area. The lady who runs it is kind and nice to talk to. It was a bit hot during summer (no fans) and the smaller two person rooms aren’t yet equipped with lockers. Overall I really enjoyed my stay and would stay longer if I could (it was all booked before I could extend).
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    01 Feb 2020
    This was the first hostel I've stayed in and it was a great experience! Cherry runs the place efficiently and with kindness and genuine concern for the guests. Ever patient, she seemed to have a solution to any questions/problems I had. The facility feels like you're in a treehouse. Lots of plants and mature trees. Very green and quiet. There is a 10pm quiet request that all the guests adhere to which is nice. This is a relaxing, peaceful, beach retreat.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    23 Jan 2020
    Lovely place, nice communal seating area out front of the dorms and rooms. Small but well equipped with plenty of bathrooms. Staff where friendly and helpful. Not a party hostel, a bit further out so quieter and more chill.
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi