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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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

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.

Covid-19 Lockdown Level Changes
Please read Alert Level protocols below.

Alert Level 1: We are open for new guests.
Please remember to regularly wash hands, follow the Alert Level info and instructions on notice board in hostel and do not travel when you are unwell. Please continue to be kind to other guests and staff.

Alert Level 2: We are open for new guests.
Additional to protocols of Alert Level 1, we also ask our guests on arrival of any symptoms, illness or issues with the covid-19 Hostel guidelines. No cash payments will be accepted.
Guests are required to scan QR code and use hand sanitiser when (leaving) and entering the building. Occupancy is limited in dorm rooms.

Alert Level 3: We are open for current guests and only accept bookings for those seeking essential accommodation or in case of an emergency.
(If accommodation is required for work, we need proof of essential job.)
Additional to protocols of Alert Level 1 and 2, we also ask our guests to fill out a declaration form on arrival, to agree with the hostels lockdown level policies. New guests will live on a separate floor level than existing guests (different bubbles). Masks must be always worn and guests are only able to leave the hostel to source essential supplies or for local exercise.

Alert Level 4: We do not accept new guests under Alert Level 4.
If we are in lockdown under Alert Level 4, we do not accept new guests.

We are Covid-Clean approved, endorsed by Qualmark NZ. We have increased cleaning protocols in all alert levels. We increase the frequency of these protocols in public areas during Alert Level 3.
We continue to monitor updates and developments from the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government.

All twin/double rooms come with duvets, (dorm beds do not, but duvets are available on request & towels can be hired for $2each).

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 onsite internet and 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 2% surcharge for credit card payments will be apply. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.9

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.7

Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • 10.0


    03 Jan 2021
    Our first experience in a Hostel (because we couldn’t find anywhere else to stay!) and we were very pleasantly surprised at how clean it was and the ‘room mates’ were all very respectful and quiet. Bed was very comfortable and clean. Kitchen was very well equiped and spotless. The owner and staff obviously take pride providing a premium accommodation.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    02 Jan 2021
    Amazingly spacious and clean hostel with comfy beds and well equipped rooms. Staff are extremely helpful and it’s a great location in Tauranga to get around from
    New Zealand, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Dec 2020
    What a wonderful backpackers, right on the edge of the Tauranga shopping area. The place has just been totally refurbished three months ago so it was very new looking. Amazing view of the harbour from the kitchen, lounge & balcony on the top floor. Rooms were very comfortable, kitchen was well stocked with equipment and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. I'll be going back. Highly recommended.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    06 Jan 2021
    Really lovely hostel, it has only been open for 2 months and is beautifully decorated. The outdoor tables and hammocks give really nice sea views. The kitchen is huge with lots of storage space and fridges. Great location close to all the bars and restaurants and very clean. Easily one of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed in. I will definitely be rebooking next time I am in Tauranga.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    02 Jan 2021
    It's situated right in the heart of the city. The setting of the hostel is in such a way that it gives you positive vibes only. Thank you, Joyce and team. -Raghvendra
    India, Male, 18-24
  • 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