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14 Kings Road, Paihia 0200 New Zealand
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#16 of 39 Speciality lodging in Paihia
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Complimentary instant cofffee
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Complimentary tea
Game room
Golf course
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Tennis court
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Coffee / tea maker
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Active Runner wrote a review 5 Jan
Rotorua, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family stayed in a family room of Saltwater Lodge on 26 to 30 Dec 2020. We liked the location of Saltwater Lodge because it's only a short walk to the major shops in Paihia. Our friends in Rotorua, who stayed in the other rooms, convened with us in the common room to have wonderful group dinners and breakfasts. However, our friends and I all agreed that the respective rooms where we stayed in were dusty and not up to standard. I needed to clean the bathroom in our family room to make it suitable for use. The TV in our room did not work. There were insects in the linen that made me itchy. The bed covers were dusty. The room also had very limited power points. My family members and I found the room to have a bad smell. The room were never serviced during our entire stay. Never again are we going to stay in Saltwater Lodge. Our friends also had a similar bad experience. It was a terrible place to stay and a total rip-off. Shame on you Saltwater Lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lucia L wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
Me and my friend stayed at Saltwaterlodge for two nights and we definitely recommend this hostel. Very nice staff, clean room and comfy beds! Also the area is nice to explore, we did a day trip to Russel and Paihia is a nice little town for drinks.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Oriana P wrote a review Oct 2019
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We stayed at Saltwater Lodge two nights in October and it was lovely! We booked a 6 bed dorm and got upgraded for free to a 4 bed dorm. The room and bathroom were clean and the bed comfortable. There weren't many people staying at the hostel at the time so there was more than enough space in all the common areas. The kitchen was well equiped. The best part was Ben! The manager of the hostel. He made us feel welcome from the start and recommended really cool places to see. We absolutely recommend the place and would love to be back there sometime.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from SaltWaterLodge, Manager at Saltwater Lodge
Responded 26 Oct 2019
Hey Oriana! Thanks for such a nice review! It was a pleasure to have you guys stay :) Look forward to seeing you next time.
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Helen S wrote a review Oct 2019
Quindalup, Australia378 contributions40 helpful votes
I haven't stay in a hostel for about 40 years. I was so impressed by how clean this place was. The layout was excellent with great facilities. Don't stay anywhere else and the price is unreal. Direct your dollars in staying longer but when you travel - budget is the key word so this is the place for you. Parking is available underneath the hostel. Location is fantastic with an easy walk to the shops, beach & ferry. Ben the guy at reception was a happy person who made you feel comfortable being there especially me because I am of the older generation. Several room types available to choose from to suit the individual. Well equipped kitchen to share with the other ffellow travellers and plenty of sitting available inside and outside.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Just enjoy
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Response from SaltWaterLodge, Manager at Saltwater Lodge
Responded 10 Oct 2019
Hey, thanks so much, Helen! It was lovely to have you with us and I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! I will pass that lovely feedback on to my cleaning staff :) Enjoy the rest of your travels! Ben Pearson
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James S wrote a review Aug 2019
World Traveler409 contributions128 helpful votes
Friendly, helpful staff. Appreciated the early check in, Ben! Excellent location, easy 5-minute walk from the InterCity Bus drop. Well appointed dorm rooms, spacious ensuite bathrooom, clean and spotless with frig and complimentary coffee/tea, and a real sustainable ethic at this hostel (see photo) even real drinking and wine glasses, not the usual unsustainable plastic crap. Large well-appointed kitchen and lounge area. WiFi was generally very good on downloads but a bit slow on (4-6MB) photo uploads.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from SaltWaterLodge, Manager at Saltwater Lodge
Responded 10 Oct 2019
Thanks, James! Thanks for the encouragement! We do try our best to operate in a sustainable manner and we are so glad that our guests feel the benefits of our efforts :) See you next time! Ben Pearson
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US$60 - US$95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsPaihia
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saltwater Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Saltwater Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Paihia Harbour (0.5 km), Pipi Patch Bar (0.04 km), and St Paul's Anglican Church (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Saltwater Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a golf course.
What food & drink options are available at Saltwater Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Saltwater Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Saltwater Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tipsy Oyster Tapas & Bar Restaurant, El Cafe, and Legends Restaurant.
Is Saltwater Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Paihia.
Are any cleaning services offered at Saltwater Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Saltwater Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Saltwater Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Waitangi Treaty Grounds (2.0 km), Pompallier Mission and Printery (3.3 km), and Flagstaff Hill (4.0 km).
Is Saltwater Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.