Tombstone Motel, Lodge & Backpackers

Save 10% on all room types;  Tombstone Motel, Lodge & Backpackers offers a variety of warm rooms in a modern accommodation building catering for guests that require private rooms with en-suites, shared rooms or dorms. Take in the harbour views from your room, spa or games deck.

Our separate communal building includes a fully equipped kitchen, indoor/outdoor dining, T.V. lounge, games area with a pool table, darts, table tennis, and gym.

Available each morning is a free breakfast which consists of freshly made cheese scones, toast and tea & coffee. We provide free unlimited high speed WiFi, complimentary bikes, free off-street parking and a free shuttle bus to ferries, trains and buses.

With good local knowledge we also provide trip advice and can book your adventures – in some cases with discounted rates. Tombstone is just a 3 minute walk from the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal and 8 minutes walk into town.

(Bookings are made via our booking page, please add a note in the booking that you are a member or just give us a call or walk in with your membership, the deal is only available if you book direct and not valid with any other hostel deals, see you soon! )

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Hostel Amenities

Along with the facilities, ensuites (available with certain rooms) and residential pets, Tombstone Motel, Lodge & Backpackers provides their guests with plenty of other amenities. If you have any questions, let us know.
  • Smoke Free - Rooms are smoke free, guests can smoke outside in the courtyard.
  • Kitchen - Large communal kitchen for all our guests.
  • Laundry - Coin operated washing machine and dryer, clothes line also on site. Laundry powder available at reception.
  • Storage - Storage available for luggage or personal items.
  • BBQ - A free BBQ including a pizza oven.
  • Gaming Deck - Including a pool table, table tennis table and darts.
  • Spa Pool - Located outdoors and under shelter, enjoy our lovely spa pool with elevated views of the action below and beyond.
  • Bike Hire - Town and mountain bikes available.
  • Fitness equipment - Available free for our guests.


  • What time does check-in start?
    1pm, but you are welcome to do a bag drop and either wait until 1pm or return later to check in.
  • What time is check-out?
    Room keys need to be returned by 10am but you are welcome to stay around for awhile after this.
  • How far is it and how long does it take to walk from the Interislander Ferry Terminal to Tombstone?
    The distance is 700m and walk time is approximately 15 minutes.
  • How far is it and how long does it take to walk from the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal?
    The distance is 250m and walk time is approximately 4 minutes – note, we are booking agents for the Bluebridge ferry and can book discounted fares for you. This ferry company has a Wellington terminal that is very central to the city so very handy to accommodation, public transport and shops.
  • Is there a free shuttle?
    We run a free shuttle for arrivals and departures providing we have a driver available – this must be pre arranged – drop offs to bus, train and ferries are at specific times so please contact us to arrange.
  • Can I park my car at Tombstone?
    Yes, we have off street parking in 2 carparks, we will show you where to park when you check in.
  • Are there female only dorms at Tombstone?
    Not specifically but if you request one we can see what we can do to provide for your needs.
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Yes but your pet must sleep in your vehicle and/or be tethered where advised by management.
  • Are there cats at the hostel?
    Yes there are 2 cats, 1 dog and 1 goat.
  • Are there laundry facilities?
    Yes we have a coin operated washing machine and dryer as well as a clothes line.
  • What does the free breakfast consist of?
    Freshly baked cheese scones, toast with spreads, tea and coffee.
  • Can I arrive to check in after hours?
    Yes no problem – our reception is staffed until 10.15pm so let us know that you expect to arrive later than this and we will leave you out a map and room key. We will also email you some instructions.
  • How can I pay for my room?
    We accept cash, eftpos, we chat pay, ali pay and credit cards – we may apply a surcharge of 2.9% on credit card payments.
  • Is there a telephone for guest use?
    Yes we can provide a telephone for calls to NZ landlines and mobiles free of charge.
  • Do you have a luggage storage area?
    Yes we can look after your bags and valuables if you wish.
  • Can you provide help with planning local excursions?
    Yes we know the local offerings well and can help you to put a plan together sometimes with good discounts. We have in-depth knowledge of the Queen Charlotte Track which is good peace-of-mind.

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