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.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
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  • 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 9.1

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Aug 2019
    The coolest hostel I’ve ever stayed in! It’s a really cool idea to invert jail into a hostel! It was actually quite warm and comfortable! The service was wonderful and the host was such a friendly guy! Loved the place!!!!!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    03 Jul 2019
    This hostel is a great experience by itself! Love the idea of converting an old prison building into a hostel that couldn't feel more friendly, cozy and chill. The style of the whole place is really cool and the comfy common areas encourage people to be sociable and talk to each other. Would appreciate if the room could get a bit warmer in winter but they do have extra fluffy blankets and a kind of heater in there.
    Czech Republic, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    27 May 2019
    This was one of my favorite hostels ever! Great location, excellent staff, nice comfortable bed. It’s a really cool location, and the renovations from a jail to such a fun, colorful, inviting space is awesome! The rooftop garden is particularly lovely, and there’s even a sweet cat! I’d definitely stay there again.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Apr 2019
    Great location and very friendly/helpful staff. Really enjoyed the “cell block” theme/history of the hostel. Would stay there again!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    25 May 2019
    A cool experience which we'd recommend! Lovely staff. I would come back. The fire exit near our room was left open for a while during our stay which made us feel a little insecure as there are no locks on doors (but it was closed by the morning and there are lockers, just not in the rooms). Still it was a cool place!
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.1


    07 May 2019
    Really cool hostel, being an old prison. Owner is lovely and cat is a bonus! We went during off season so it wasn't particularly busy. Great location for Whangarei
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    03 May 2019
    My only concern re staying in the Cell was the sealed windows which although authentic as a prisoner were not very welcoming as a paying guest. Can the hostel not invest in some decent ventilation in the cells if you really want to attract visitors?
    England, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    31 May 2019
    Very cool hostel environment with clean facilities and commendable staff. The older jail cell style makes it a unique experience. Definitely worth checking out.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    23 Apr 2019
    Only two showers for the whole hostel. Not a social hostel but it has a cool vibe if you are looking for somewhere a bit more relaxed. The bed is very narrow and not very comfortable but for a few days this place is very cool!
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    05 Apr 2019
    The cell block was a friendly and clean hostel. The kitchen was small and there was only two bathrooms, which wasn’t enough considering the number of guests. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, and the location was in the centre. There wasn’t a lock on the bedroom door, but a lock on the front door. Good WiFi, good parking and good kitchen facilities (even though small).
    England, All Female Group, 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