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.

(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, see you soon!)

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Hostel Amenities

Alongside the facilities and balcony with beautiful seaviews and seating area, the Mousetrap Backpackers provides you with the following amenities:
  • WiFi - Free 1 GB internet per day available throughout hostel.
  • Smoking - Smoking is only permitted in outdoor areas.
  • Kitchen - Three well equipped kitchens with free tea and coffee.
  • Laundry - Coin operated washing machines, dryer and washing lines available.
  • Storage - Free bag storage before check in and after check out.
  • Heating - Enjoy our roaring fires in our comfy lounges during those winter evenings and the heating in all rooms.
  • Tour Bookings - Helpful recommendations and free tour bookings with some discounts available.
  • BBQ - Enjoy a few drinks around the outdoor BBQ area whilst grilling your favourite foods.
  • Lounges - Two large comfortable lounges with warm fires in winter.
  • Parking - We have free off-street and on-street parking.
  • Tennis - Free entry for our guests to our local tennis court, free rackets and balls included.


  • 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. If you are a TBG member you must book any TBG activities direct .
  • 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.

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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.