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Welcome to Paihia's only, purpose built 5 star Qualmark-rated backpacker’s accommodation.


‘Salties’ as it is affectionately known by the locals’, boasts the most spacious backpacker rooms available in Paihia just 50 metres from the beach.

With a mix of dorms and private rooms; all our rooms have their own en-suite bathroom, top quality bedding, heating to keep you cosy in winter and direct access from your room onto large balconies for your summer enjoyment.

We’ve got a comfortable communal lounge with heaps of couches, board games, books and a classic retro video collection. Add to that a fully-equipped kitchen with complimentary tea, coffee, fresh herbs and veggies from our garden and a great balcony BBQ area to mix and mingle with your fellow travellers. And don’t forget the essentials… a guest laundry and FREE wi-fi which is available throughout the lodge

There’s also FREE use of bikes to go out and explore Paihia, a tennis court, table tennis, football, bike and bag storage, on site car parking and a tour booking service. We are only 5 minutes’ walk from the village centre, bus station and wharf so reaching some of the iconic Bay of Islands activities is easy including Hole in the Rock cruises, sailing, kayaking, dolphin watching and visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of our nation.

Saltwater Lodge provides year-round comfort and affordability for individuals, families and groups from all over the world.

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Rooms with Options

Whether you are looking for a girls only dorm, a private family or double room, or just a dorm room with a bunch of others, then we have an option for you.   With private lockers, ensuite bathrooms and so many extras we know you will find comfort at the Saltwater Lodge and Backpackers.  Take a look at our great room selection and find the one that suits you!

Great Facilities

Enjoy yourself to the max, while making use of all the great facilities the Saltwater Lodge and Backpackers has to offer.  From a large communal kitchen packed with everything you could need, to the large open deck with plenty of seating, its the perfect place to base your self while exploring the region. Offering FREE bikes, indoor and outdoor dining options, loads of comfortable sofas and more......

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Look Around 

Paihia is a stunning region with so much to see and do, you will need to ensure you stay long enough to do it all!  Day kayaks, cruises, dolphin and wildlife experiences, sand boarding, walking tracks and so much more, there is something to suit everyone.  Check our our Activities page for options.

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