Saltwater Lodge
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Saltwater Lodge is Paihia’s only purpose built 5 Star Qalmark backpackers located in the hub of vibrant Kings Road Paihia just a few steps to great cafe’s, bars and 50 meters to the best swimming beach
Our 6 and 4 bed dorms are the most spacious available, they all have private ensuite bathrooms and all open out onto a wide sun-drenched deck. Each bed has its own reading light, and there is in-room lockable storage for each guest.

We can also offer you a deluxe female dorm as well. There is something for everyone at Saltwater Lodge

Our private rooms, located on the top floor, feature Californian King beds or twin if you prefer flat-screen tvs, ensuite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, under bench fridge and they too open onto a wide sun-drenched deck. All our rooms have opening windows, safe to leave open all night, for ventilation & comfort.

You will just love our BBQ area & well equipped kitchen with complementary pots of fresh herbs and salad greens, large communal common room, complimentary use of cruiser bikes, unlimited wifi, access to tennis courts and so much more
Telephone: +64 9 402 7075
Freephone: 0800 002 266
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What do the guests say?


4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests loved the well equipped kitchen, large ensuites and amenities. They also mentioned how great the location of the lodge is.


Say it’s comfortable


Say the location is great


Say it’s very clean


Say it’s a great place to stay

What are the rooms like?

6 bed dorm
double room

Hostel amenities

Alongside the well equipped facilities and ensuites with certain rooms – Saltwater Lodge offers you a number of amenities:

kitchen Kitchen – kitchen available with complimentary tea & coffee. Help yourself to tubs of free herbs & salad leaves
laundry Laundry – guests coin operated laundry and drying on-site. Laundry powder available at reception.
storage Storage – all our rooms have locakable storage for each guest (bring your own padlock) storage available at reception for luggage and personal goods should you be waiting for the bus.
bike Entertainment – complimentary cruiser bikes, tennis at local facility and games room.
bbq BBQ Area – large outdoor BBQ deck and seating.
smokefree Smoking – rooms are smoke-free, you can smoke outside in a designated area in the garden
parking Parking – we have parking onsite.  
wifi Internet – free unlimited WiFi throughout the lodge.
tour Tour bookings – helpful recommendations and free tour bookings with some discounts available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is check in?

Check in is available from 2 pm

How do I check in after hours?

There is a key lock box located outside reception. Please advise at the time of booking and we will provide you a code 

What time are reception hours? Can I check in late?

Reception hours are seasonally adjusted 8 am - 8 pm in the summer 8 am to 6 pm winter. Yes you can check in later we will provide you a code for our key lock box.

What time is check out? Can I have a late checkout?

Check out is 10 am a later check out maybe possible please check with the manager. In some cases a fee may apply. 

Do you offer female-only dorms?

Yes we have both deluxe and standard female dorms. 

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Cash, Eftpos, Visa & Mastercard.   Credit cards must be present for payment (2.5% fee on credit card transactions).  We also request a $20 cash key deposit. 

How long does it take to get into town?

The center of the Paihia village is a leisurely 10 minute walk along the beach or just a couple of minutes using one of our free cruiser bikes. 

Are there any shops or places to eat nearby?

In just a few paces you can be at cafe's and bars (less than a minute) also a convenience store

Hostel location

Saltwater Lodge is located at 14 Kings Road, Paihia, New Zealand. Some of the activities near this location are:

  • Safe swimming beach
  • Kayaking
  • All major tour providers
  • Para sailing
  • Skydive
  • Fishing
  • Mountain bike park
  • Convenience store
  • Cafe’s and bars