Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

we reserve the right to hold a refundable security deposit to cover any potential damage returned at end of stay
If numbers change within 48 hours booking will be charged the first night in full
Cancellation within 24 hrs may result in entire booking being charged

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


Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

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

Piwaka Lodge (formerly Alicante) is Picton's newest hostel accommodation being completely refurbished in 2016 but also one of Pictons oldest having been a guest house since 1947. It is situated in the heart of town, on High Street, opposite the supermarket and a stroll to cafes etc.
It is ideally positioned to take advantage of the myriad of local offerings, whether it be activity-based such as kayaking, paddle boarding, tramping, or more laid back options: cafes, restaurants, art galleries, shopping or wine tours.
We look forward to having you stay with us. Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Fresh choice supermarket and most tour operators, EcoWorld Aquarium and the Interisland ferry and Intercity bus are also within a 10 minute walk .From Interislander Picton Ferry Terminal: Head south on SH 1 (aka Auckland St). Stay on H 1 until you get to 68 Auckland St. If entering by foot or after 9pm please enter via our main entrance on 75 High street. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.6

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    06 Dec 2019
    Excellent little gem in Picton. The hosts were absolutely excellent and exceeded any expectations I may have had. Soup for everyone the night I arrived and plenty of breakfast available the following morning. Bumped from a room of 4 to my own room was nice so I had very little issues with security other than leaving my bags in the office the next morning while I went for a hike. Atmosphere was excellent, plenty of socializing while I was present. 100% would stay again.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    29 Nov 2019
    One of the best hostels in New Zealand for me!
    Netherlands, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    26 Nov 2019
    Superb hostel. Family owned and run and you can tell that Nicci and the team care about their guests. The dorms are really clean and comfortable. The bathrooms clean and big. The breakfast was superb too. Next time I pass through Picton, I'll hopefully stay here again. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
    Wales, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    15 Nov 2019
    Stayed with young kids. The family atmosphere is friendly without being a party house. Extremely hospitable staff, plus free homemade cereal and afternoon snacks made it a great stay.
    USA, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    15 Nov 2019
    This a great place to stay, has a wide variety of room options. They live on site is very passionate about what they do. They provided a small snack for dinner and the next morning had food out for breakfast. A great location that includes parking.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    05 Dec 2019
    Had an awesome experience here. Great location, Quiet and comfortable room, super friendly staff, free breakfast, and overall the best environment I have ever seen in a backpackers. Common room really brought people together, complete strangers from all over the world were discussing their favourite ways of preparing porridge as if they had known each other for years. Only concern (minor) was a lack of lockers in the rooms, and this was easily offset. 10/10, would chat about porridge again.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    18 Nov 2019
    Felt like home :) With the best breakfast and nice dinner... Thank you for having me
    Switzerland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    14 Nov 2019
    Nicci (the manager) is such a lovely woman! She made me feel so welcome and at home, had great tips about what to do in and around picton and even drove me to one of the tracks close by! The hostel itself is clean and comfortable, I really enjoyed my stay there :)
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    04 Dec 2019
    It was a fantastic hostel with such a good vibe! Nicci was amazing, the best host I’ve had by a long way! Loved it so much I cancelled my Christmas plans elsewhere to go back to stay at this lodge.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    21 Nov 2019
    Everything was great except I think new mattresses might be in store very shortly. They were really nice about giving us a 4 person room for 3 people since our originally booked 3 person one was not available. Very lovely staff!
    USA, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi