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Purple Hen Backpackers

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Property grounds
Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (Room 4) | View from room
Shared Dormitory, Men only, Shared Bathroom (Room 2 ) | View from room
Living room
Living room

Overview of Purple Hen Backpackers

Purple Hen Backpackers

2.0 star property

8.0/10 Very good

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
227 Wharawhara Road RD2, Tahawai, 3178

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationWharawhara Track4 min drive
  • Popular LocationKatikati Murals6 min drive
  • Popular LocationHaiku Park9 min drive
  • AirportTauranga (TRG)38 min drive

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About this area


Located in Tahawai, Purple Hen Backpackers is in a rural area and in the mountains. Travellers looking for local activities can try Leveret Estate Winery and Athenree Hot Springs, while those looking to experience a bit of culture can stop by Katikati Murals. Take the opportunity to explore the area for outdoor excitement like hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Wharawhara Track - 4 min drive
  • Katikati Murals - 6 min drive
  • Haiku Park - 9 min drive
  • Mills Reef Winery - 9 min drive
  • Katikati Bird Gardens - 13 min drive

Getting around

  • Tauranga (TRG) - 38 min drive


  • Oi Sushi Limited - 6 min drive
  • Robert Harris - 6 min drive
  • Subway - 6 min drive
  • Vege and Spices - 6 min drive
  • Sushi - 6 min drive

About this property

Purple Hen Backpackers

Hostel in the mountains
Located close to Wharawhara Track and Haiku Park, Purple Hen Backpackers provides a terrace, a garden and laundry facilities. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • Free self-parking
  • A billiards/pool table, smoke-free property and a TV in the lobby
  • Barbecues and outdoor furniture
Room features
All rooms are individually furnished, and feature comforts such as separate dining areas, in addition to thoughtful touches such as free WiFi and sound-insulated walls.
Other amenities include:
  • 4 bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Patios, separate dining areas and communal kitchens



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • On-site parking available only on request
  • Free self-parking on site

Things to do

  • Billiards/pool table


  • Lockers available

Guest services

  • Change of bedsheets (on request)
  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Laundry facilities


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have any lifts
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating


  • 4 bathrooms
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dining room
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Rice cooker
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop

Outdoor space

  • Patio


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Shared accommodations
  • Soundproofing

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Check-in from 5 PM - 10 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM
Late check-out subject to availability

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; your host will greet you
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Host will greet you


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 18 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve on-site parking
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have any lifts
Guests under 18 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Purple Hen Bunk House Hostel Katikati
Purple Hen Bunk House Hostel
Purple Hen Bunk House Katikati
Purple Hen Bunk House
Purple Hen Country Lodge
Purple Hen Bunk House Hostel
Purple Hen Backpackers Tahawai
Purple Hen Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Purple Hen Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Tahawai

Frequently asked questions

Is Purple Hen Backpackers pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Purple Hen Backpackers?

Self-parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Purple Hen Backpackers?

Check-in is from 5 PM - 10 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Purple Hen Backpackers?

Checkout is at 10 AM.

Where is Purple Hen Backpackers located?

Situated in the mountains, this hostel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Wharawhara Track, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Katikati Murals and Haiku Park. Leveret Estate Winery and Athenree Hot Springs are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Purple Hen Backpackers and receive a full refund?

Yes, Purple Hen Backpackers offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Purple Hen Backpackers cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.



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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Good

Verified traveller

Travelled with group
Liked: Staff & service, amenities
Friendly staff who made nice muffins. Kiwifruit was also sweer, juicy and succulent. Inside the room we stayed in, there were quite a bit of mould. Also people snoring at night affected our sleep.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2021

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2020