Mousetrap Backpackers
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Soak up the cosy atmosphere of this character house with sub-tropical gardens. Clean, small, friendly and just 70 metres to the beach, bars and cafes and 5 minutes to the town centre. Relaxing balcony with sea views, 2 sun filled lounges with roaring fires in winter.

Books, games and laundry. 3 well-equipped kitchens and BBQs. All rooms heated. Dorms with luggage lockers. FREE… WiFi, tea & coffee, off street parking, tennis and petanque, bag storage & tour bookings service. Well-travelled hosts: Nikki & Jake.
Freephone: 0800 402 8182
Telephone: 09 402 8182
Mobile: 021 898433

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What do the guests say?


4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests noted that it felt like a second home and would definitely stay again. They also liked the view from the backpackers and location, being close to shops and restuarants.


Loved the staff


Say the location is great


Say it’s very clean


Would stay here again

What are the rooms like?

Hostel amenities

Alongside the facilities and balcony with beautiful seaviews and seating area, the Mousetrap Backpackers provides you with the following amenities:

smoking Smoking – smoking is only permitted in outdoor areas.
kitchen Kitchen – three well equipped kitchens with free tea and coffee.
laundry Laundry – coin operated washing machines, dryer and washing lines available.
storage Storage – free bag storage before check in and after check out.
heating Heating – enjoy our roaring fires in our comfy lounges during those winter evenings and the heating in all rooms.
tour guide Tour bookings – helpful recommendations and free tour bookings with some discounts available.
bbq BBQ – enjoy a few drinks around the outdoor BBQ area whilst grilling your favourite foods.
lounge Lounges – two large comfortable lounges with warm fires in winter.
parking Parking – we have free off-street and on-street parking.
wifi Internet – free 1 GB internet per day available throughout hostel.
ski gear Tennis – free entry for our guests to our local tennis court, free rackets and balls included.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is check in?

We check guests in between 13.00 and 20.00 hours.

How do I check in after hours?

Please contact the hostel in advance to arrange a late check in after 20.00 hours, but no later than 22.00 hours.

What time are the reception hours?

Our office is open from 8.00 to 20.00 hours

What time is check out?

Check out is between 8.00 to 10.00 hours.  An early check out can be arranged with reception in advance. 

Is it possible to book trips and be given local information at the hostel?

Yes we offer free tour bookings and provide guests with a free local map and explanation of the local area.

Is there a luggage storage?

Yes we offer free luggage storage before check in and after check out.

Do you offer female-only dorms?

We can ONLY offer female share dorms in the quiet winter months.

How do I pay for my room?

All payment is on arrival and you can pay by NZ dollars, Eftpos cards and VIsa or Mastercard. 

Credit cards must be present for payment (2.5% fee on credit card transactions).  We also request a $20 cash key deposit. 

Hostel location

Mousetrap Backpackers is located at 11 Kings Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Some of the activities near this location are:

  • Hole in the Rock boat tours with dolphin viewing and island stop-overs
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Sailing trips around the Islands
  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking/Paddleboarding
  • Fishing: snapper, kingfish and marlin
  • Skydiving over the Bay of Islands
  • Waitangi treaty grounds and culture show
  • Ferry to Russell to visit the flagstaff hill, museums and long beach
  • Mountain bike park
  • Bike trails
  • Walks (2 to 6 hours) Haruru falls, Opua and Russell
  • Day trips to Cape Reinga with sandboarding
  • Visiting the two largest Kauri forests in NZ
  • Wineries, glow worm caves and hotsprings