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 ???? 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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural 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.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Welcome to the Cell Block! A refurbished 1960's Police Station/Jail located in the heart of the city of Whangarei..the doorway to the far north of NZ.

We offer a relaxed unique experience ( who thought a jail could feel like this)..Any way, we are 100% sure that those travellers with a taste for something unique and different will find it at the Cell Block.
Located in the city centre some 300m away from the main bus stop but we also offer free pick up from Kiwi Experience and StrayTravel drop off (1.6km away).

For a great 360 tour, copy and paste link.. hopefully will work

Most of our rooms are refurbished Jail cells.. offering 2 beds and a semi ensuite(basin and toilet) . There is also a mixed 4 bed dorm and female or male shared twin room.

Open to the outside with a roof garden, offering a sunny and tropical place to relax during your stay...

Check in 13:30 - 20:00
Check out 06:00 - 11:00

Children cannot be accommodated.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.4

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    16 Mar 2020
    It felt so safe and like a little community the people were so nice and lovely would go out of way to help you. And the place looks so nice its such a cool idea .
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    17 Feb 2020
    I loved my stay at the Cell Block! I'd have happily stayed much longer if I had more time in Whangarei. Owner is lovely, the facilities are clean, and I love the whole theme/decor of the place. No lockers in the room but there are in another area (bring your own lock). Lots of free food to be found in the kitchen and sheets are the softest I've felt in a hostel so far. Bathrooms are nice and private. There's even a little hostel cat! I would definitely recommend the Cell Block.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    05 Feb 2020
    Awesome hostel, great location, nice atmosy, everything is perfect and lovely over there
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    03 Feb 2020
    Every good and clean!
    Hong Kong China, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 Jan 2020
    Great place to stay if you are visiting Whangarei. Great atmosphere and facilities. The staff were so friendly and helpful. They were happy to assist with giving lifts to the bus pick up point. I would definitely recommend staying here.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    04 Feb 2020
    Would definitely recommand this place to anyone that wanna live a real experience instead of just finding accomodation. The atmosphere is really cosy, really make you feel like home. This old prison has been tastefully decorated, quirky bathrooms, this place is unique from A to Z. The staff was absolutely fantastic, we needed a head lamp to explore the caves ; they lended us one. Comfy beds, nice rooftop terrasse, only small downside : no locks on rooms doors and lockers outside of the rooms.
    Belgium, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    11 Dec 2019
    Very clean. Names written outside the rooms were a nice touch. Quirky place with a great atmosphere.
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    08 Jul 2020
    We stayed at Cell Block for 2 nights. Excellent location for eating/drinking out as is central town. Also an easy drive to nearby walks/hikes which is why we chose it. Lovely staff, happy to help. No locks on rooms and lockers are in a communal space which was a bit weird for a hostel. Main security was good though with keypad locks at the main entrances. Nice roof terrace which I imagine is great for socialising in summer. Kitchen was a bit small but functional.
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.6


    13 Dec 2019
    Very cool hostel with roof top terrace. Nice atmosphere. Not that much facilities but it’s definitely sufficient. Overall clean enough, just found one cockroach in the kitchen which what not so nice, but I survived it :p location is central but not special. 5min Walk to pak‘nsave
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    08 Jun 2020
    Definitely one of the very unique hostels I’ve ever stayed. Because it used to be a cell, the inside looks similar everywhere and it was like a maze. The owner and the guests were friendly which made my stay better. The kitchen was a little bit small for the amount of ppl staying there but over all had a good stay.
    Japan, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities