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Perfect for group accommodation
Whether you are traveling as a school group, sports team, club, family…
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Why choose to stay at Wanderlust NZ?
Alright, adventurous traveler, let me break it down for you why picking…
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A Traveller's Guide to Working in the Kiwifruit Industry in the Bay of Plenty
If you're a traveler seeking adventure and employment, look no further than…
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Immerse yourself in Māori Culture in New Zealand
New Zealand, with its stunning landscapes and rich cultural tapestry, is a…
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Tiaki Promise - Care for New Zealand on your travels.
The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now, and for…
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Summer festivals hitting the Bay
Tauranga is the ultimate summer destination, boasting some of New Zealand's…
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The Importance of Guest Reviews for Our Hostel
Guest reviews are crucial for our hostel's success. They build trust,…
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Journeying through New Zealand's South Island: A Hitch-Hiker's Dream Come True
Hitch-hiking through New Zealand's South Island has etched itself as a…
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5 reasons why working overseas is a must!
Embarking on a journey as a working backpacker overseas is an extraordinary…
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Pinnacles hike
Looking for an unforgettable hiking experience in New Zealand? Look no…
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What is Kiwiana?
If you want to learn about New Zealand culture, you first have to know…
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What to do on a rainy day in Tauranga?
With the weather starting to get colder and wetter as the days go by, we…
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Strangers become friends
The best part about travelling is always the people you meet! At Wanderlust…
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Surfing in Tauranga
What to hit some awesome breaks and surf with some locals? The Bay of…
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Hostel 10 Commandments
There are some rules that every backpacker should live by to respect your…
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The Lost Springs
The Lost Springs is a massive tourist attraction centered in the mighty…
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The 59th National Jazz Festival - in Tauranga
Experience the electric vibe on the packed streets or an intimate music…
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Short walks around Tauranga
Visiting Tauranga is not just about the beautiful sandy shores of Mount…
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Work and Travel in NZ
The moment we all have been waiting for finally is here! New Zealand is…
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Kiwifruit season is here!
We assist our guest’s finding jobs on orchard’s and in the pack houses, in…
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Top waterfalls to visit
As you may already know, New Zealand is no stranger to hosting some of the…
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Water Adventures in the Bay
There are so many ways to enjoy Tauranga, and as you can guess, heaps of…
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A Kiwi Christmas
Nothing better than a Christmas at Wanderlust NZ! Our guests are far away…
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The Legend of Mauao
The story behind our great Mauao, Mount Maunganui
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Summer Season
Start planning for another epic summer in Tauranga!
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Hostel life during a pandemic
We want to welcome you back soon!
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Indoor activities in Tauranga
What to do on a less sunny day in the Bay of Plenty
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Bar crawling in Tauranga CBD
Where to go for the best live music, drinks and food in town!
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Winter Wander-land
Sunny winters in the Bay of Plenty
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5 Tips for backpacking in NZ
Our top tips for exploring Aotearoa on a budget.
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What makes New Zealand ‘Kiwi As’
It's all about culture, food, lingo and wildlife!
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Anzac Day
April 25th - Lest we forget
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Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble
Kia Ora Ozzy Whanau, welcome to New Zealand
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Group Bookings
What we have to offer for your group of up to 70 people!
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Tauranga's Foodie-guide
Our personally selected foodie-guide in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui
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2021 Kiwi Fruit Picking & Packing Season
Jobs in the kiwi fruit capital of New Zealand!
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An insight into the rewards Wanderlust NZ has received in the first 4…
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Sustainability and Traveling
"Traveling is in our blood, recycling is in our nature!"
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Wanderlust around the globe
Translations of the word Wanderlust from around the world
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What's it like, staying in a hostel?
There’s an insight from an adventurer…
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Getting Your Tauranga Summer Plans Sorted
You really can’t go wrong with planning to spend the summer in Tauranga –…
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Orca in Tauranga Harbour
Come and relax on our hostel outdoor balcony area overlooking the Tauranga…
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Plenty of Kiwifruit Jobs in Bay of Plenty
Kiwifruit season is year round in the Bay of Plenty which means we have…
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Our Wander-ful Launch Event
20th October, 2020, was the official launch event of our newly renovated…
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Bringing Nature Indoors with Stunning Wall Art
If you have visited one of our hostels, you will recognize the signature…
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Go Local! Tauranga accommodation providers get post-Covid future-ready
Harbourside City Backpackers owners Matt Young and Sarah Meadows in front…
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A Short History of 105 The Strand
Our beautiful historic building at 105 The Strand has actually been around…
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Tauranga's Most Instagram-able Places
We've collated a list of our top picks of best places to get that perfect…
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People Say...

Awesome customer service and staff. Really enjoyed my stay and would love to return.
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Stayed here for about 3 months in total now and can honestly say, that this is my all time favourite hostel. They are constantly trying to improve and provide a very good and friendly service. And the best thing are the good vibes at that place, you'll love it.
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Fantastic facilities right on the waterfront with easy access to public transport. Can make friends from all around the world.
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