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 9.7

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.9

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.6

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    09 Oct 2019
    Absolutely amazing hostel, host was super generous and lovely, good spirited people and exceptional paua patties
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    19 Sep 2019
    Lovely spot with very friendly and hospitable staff. Would happily stay here again!
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    11 Sep 2019
    I haven't taken the time to write reviews for any of the other tons of hostels I've stayed in, but this one really warranted one. She spent 30 minutes on the phone just to get me on a kayak tour. As everyone has said, Nicci is absolutely fabulous, and treats you like a member of the family. That is worth everything for me, especially being on the road backpacking for months. The folks here are all wonderful and she has some long timers that will help you get acquainted. Thanks for everything!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    09 Sep 2019
    Absolutely wish I could have stayed here longer! The best hostel I have yet to stay at in NZ and the states. A homey feeling with plenty of privacy. Everyone was eager to give suggestion on what to do around the area and the beds were super cozy
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    21 Aug 2019
    Wonderful staff, Nicci was so welcoming and motherly :) Food was offered for dinner and breakfast, was a shame we were sick and didnt want to spread it around hence we didn't join :( Room and bathroom was clean and hot bottles was provided as well. The whole environment was very open and friendly! Would stay again the next time we decide to venture into charlotte sounds!
    Singapore, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    04 Sep 2019
    Such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere created by the family dinners each night. One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. Thanks for having me!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    10 Aug 2019
    Lovely spot lovely host, great breakfast but was very loud at night, might have been a one off due to a party
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    17 Sep 2019
    Had a lovely stay at Piwaka - Nikki makes everyone feel at home, free breakfast and soup for dinner. Dorms are nice and spacious, could do with a few more outlets. Common room has a nice family feel, but a bit no frills. Would definitely stay again!
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    09 Oct 2019
    Don’t knock this place until you try it! Honestly weird at first glance, but turned out great. Clean and comfy and the owner is SO sweet — she makes an amazing breakfast and dinner (both free!) “just to get people together” (her words!). No lockers, and room door doesn’t really lock but my things felt pretty secure. If it was high season and lots more people coming and going, would want my things secure. Comfy beds, even in bunks.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    09 Sep 2019
    Older house and it was very cold, but very warm and friendly people! Very homey!!
    USA, Female, 25-30
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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