The Best Hostels on the Beach at Tauranga and Mount Maunganui

The Best Hostels on the Beach at Tauranga and Mount Maunganui
The beach of Tauranga is the suburb of Mount Maunganui, and its long shoreline stretches for quite a distance along the beautiful blue waters. Plenty of hostels and hotels can be found here, catering to every type of vacationer, as this spot on the North Island is usually fairly warm and dry for a significant portion of the year.

The hostels listed here cater to a variety of types of budget travelers from backpackers to surfers to partiers to couples and groups. Give them all a chance, as you can't go wrong with any of them! They each have their own vibe and cater to different personalities of travelers.

A chill yet social hostel for backpackers, couples, and families

Private Room from $44.27
Overall Rating: 80%
12 Hinau St, Mount Maunganui
Just a few blocks from the beach, Seagulls Guesthouse is situated in a quiet area only a short walk to shops and restaurants. Offering only private rooms at budget prices, with and without ensuite bathrooms, this hostel claims to be perfect for "flashpackers" who are looking for a good time at beach. Don't let the private rooms fool you, this place is still social with great common areas, including the communal kitchen, outdoor terrace and patio, and comfortable living room.

They also offer free Wi-Fi, free parking, free tea & coffee, as well as other standard hostel amenities.

Guest reviews highlight the quiet but social vibe, cleanliness of the rooms and bathrooms, and great location close to the beach and shops in town.

A large social hostel for backpackers, solo travelers, and groups

Dorm Bed from $21.10
Private Room from $32.27
Overall Rating: 87%
432 Maunganui Road 3116, Mount Maunganui
This large hostel offers a huge number of great amenities for backpackers and budget travelers. Dorms are available at great prices, and the facilities are modern and mostly clean.

Their location in the middle of town is also good, as they are close to the bus lines, the main road, and walking distance to the beach.

Amenities include free Wi-Fi, free surfboards, free bike rental, free car parking, laundry, a communal kitchen, BBQ, games, and more.

The spacious common areas are what set this hostel apart, as they provide the guests ample opportunity to meet each other, plan the day's activities, and make new friends. Large dining room tables make meals very social, as does the large outdoor terrace area with more tables and a BBQ. They also offer activities such as table tennis and video games. A separate TV viewing room is available for movies and shows.

Reviews from previous guests give this hostel high marks for the facilities, but mixed reviews for the behavior of larger groups of guests. While some guests are looking to relax, others might be keen to party, and in a hostel this size, there should be room for everyone, especially with bars and nightlife nearby.

The friendly staff can help with any advice or activities that are needed, such as booking tours or activities, finding places in town, or anything else.

A party hostel for surfers, backpackers, solo travelers, and groups

Dorm Bed from $14.27
Overall Rating: 79%
87 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
Located in the heart of the town of Mount, and very close to the beach, the location of this hostel can't be beat. It's right next to plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and nightlife as it's in the popular Mainstreet section of town and just steps from the beach.

Clean and modern facilities can be found here for great prices. Dorms of various sizes are available, including a large 16 bed dorm, and the common areas help everyone meet and mingle. The shared kitchen is large and well stocked for those wishing to cook.

Other amenities include bike rental, free Wi-Fi, surfboard rental, tour and activity booking (such as surf lessons, watersports, hiking, etc.), laundry, lockers, BBQ, games, hair dryers, and more.

Dorm Bed from $20.92
Private Room from $36.76
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 91%
105 The Strand, Tauranga
Wanderlust NZ is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service, a common room, and board games. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.

Dorm Bed from $20.92
Private Room from $26.94
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 28%
109 Devonport Road, Tauranga
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities. Laundry facilities and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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