Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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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  • Superb Staff
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Property Description

Our response to Covid-19.
Vaccine passports are mandatory.
Due to Covid-19 and the government moving the country into the traffic light system on the 15th of December 2021, our business has taken a health and safety risk assessment.

We are a high-risk environment with shared common spaces. Due to health and safety laws, we can implement the vaccine mandate policy to keep our staff and guests safe. Please be respectful of this decision and our staff.

We will be requiring all staff and guests over 12 to be fully vaccinated. Please be sure to have your valid ID and NZ Vaccine Pass ready on arrival, as our staff will verify these upon check-in.

We are Covid-Clean approved, endorsed by Qualmark NZ. We have increased cleaning protocols in all alert levels.
We continue to monitor updates and developments from the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government.

Come in and explore Tauranga's newest and only waterfront accommodation dedicated to celebrating the desire for discovery, adventure and exploring the world.

More than just a place to stay, our newly renovated historic building, awarded with Qualmark 5 star silver sustainable business award, is the preferred stop for travellers and young adventurers wanting high quality, affordable rooms, a great vibe and our million-dollar harbour views. We offer accommodation for the solo traveller, the holiday maker and groups. We have a great variety of rooms available from shared dorm rooms to private rooms both with shared facilities or with ensuite bathrooms and we even have our own section suitable for groups up to 30+ where you have your own lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities.

We also offer our guests help with finding local and seasonal jobs to save up for their travels.

We want you to have the best accommodation experience in New Zealand by making our home your home. We offer you a safe and fun environment to set base and we strive to minimise harm to our planet in all that we do. Our vibe is your tribe.

Come and make our destination part of your journey too.

Check in is 2pm (however you may arrive earlier as we can store your luggage, but your room may not be ready) and the front door is closed at 9pm.

Check out 10am. You are more than welcome to stay and use the facilities until 2pm, we do charge a day rate of $10pp if you wish to stay in the hostel (not in the room) after 10am until 2pm. After that you will need to pay for another night.

We also have FREE WIFI available.

All guests require valid photo identification (passport, drivers license, 18+ card) and valid credit card details on registering into the hostel. Please make sure you ALL have this to avoid disappointment.

We are situated at 105 the Strand on the waterfront in Tauranga CBD. The local bus stop and intercity bus stop is right around the corner from the backpackers.

Please note, we do charge a 50% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit for bookings over the holidays; Christmas, New Years, Easter, Labour weekend and also for bookings over the period of Bay Dreams Festival and One Love Festival.
A 3.5% surcharge for credit card payments will be apply. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.2

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    30 Aug 2022
    The female dorm I stayed in had the added bonus of an ensuite bathroom/toilet. A huge bonus when usually you share bathroom/toilet facilities with sometimes other challenging individuals. The beds were very comfortable. It is a place I would definitely stay at again. Great kitchen/lounge facilities. Very clean and well presented.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    30 Jun 2022
    What an awesome backpackers u have & glad I could share it with my son. Location is top shelf! Friendly staff who were approachable & made us feel welcome. Don't delay & book now! Kind regards Jock Heke jnr
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    15 Apr 2022
    really good people! totally recommend 🙂🙂
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    13 Apr 2021
    Modern and very clean hostel with really nice staff, facilities and super thick mattresses.
    Germany, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Mar 2021
    Great new hostel right on the waterfront. Very clean, big common areas. Really loved the deck as a great place to meet people. The staff were very helpful too, they even help you find work. This hostel is one of the best in NZ.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    23 Jan 2021
    My adult g'dtr and myself stayed two nights @ the Wanderlust. Situated on the top floor, the views across the harbour of yachts, swimmers, hills, train tracks, etc was Gr8. Next door is a busy bar-restaurant, lively + a bit noisy on Saturday night: quietened down around midnight. Hostel staff are friendly, guests were interactive + cooking delicious foods! We had 3 young women in our room, respectful + fairly quiet. Hostel was clean and good furnishings. Parking is an issue to consider.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    16 Jan 2021
    Fab place ! Meet some awesome people. So clean and comfy. Great water pressure. Will 100 percent be staying again. The staff are awesome and super friendly.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 Sep 2022
    Me & my partner had a lovely stay in Tauranga at Wanderlust. The staff was super friendly and always willing to help. We stayed in the most recent part of the hostel so all the facilities were top notched. The view over the water is absolutely incredible, definitely the place to be for sunrise/sunset.
    France, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.9


    25 Sep 2022
    Friendly staff, great view, clean rooms and very secure.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    08 Jan 2021
    Had a fantastic stay at Wanderlust, met some incredible people and shared some amazing experiences. The facilities are incredible, all very new and well looked after, and it’s located is not very far from the mount of you have a car, so not a big hassle for us. Our original plan was to spend our last night at the mount but we extended our stay an extra night because we loved it so much.
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Utensils
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi