Kina Backpackers provides true value for money on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes from downtown Auckland, New Zealand. It’s your very own piece of paradise. Formally known as Waiheke Island Hostel, the backpackers is now leased by Erin & Luke.

Kina Backpackers offers million dollar views for the budget conscious, the location cannot be beat!  Enjoy the big sea views over Onetangi from the large front lawn where you can have a bbq with friends or relax with a book in the hammock. Wake up to the sound of the seagulls or Tui’s and head down the hill for a walk or run along Onetangi Beach (with its 2.5 K of beautiful white sand) to end up at a local beachside cafe for a morning coffee.  Enjoy an afternoon stroll to one (or two) of several award winning Waiheke Island vineyards for wine tasting or bite to eat.  Miro/Casita Miro, Obsidian, The Hay Paddock, Stonyridge,and Te Motu vineyards or sample a the local boutique brew at Wild on Waiheke they are all within walking distance. The choice is yours.

Rates includes linen, full kitchen, sky & WIFI is available for a small fee, all new shared bathrooms and a spacious lounge area. Suitable for singles, couples to large groups up to 40 people. We have 3 Dorm rooms sleeping from 5 people, double rooms and Twin bunk rooms. All bedding and linen is included in every room.

Luke and Erin your hosts and Owners of Kina, are happy to share their local knowledge and offer advice on tours, attractions and activates in the area to help plan your time on Waiheke.  Guests can be assured of the bestvalue for money here so come along and enjoy this family run laid back backpackers located steps from many of the islands best attractions.

What our guests say

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Phone: call +64 9 3728971 or +64 21 2253929 text/call

Address is 419 Sea View road, Wiaheke Island

The operators of Kina Backpackers are also the owners, guests can be assured of friendly helpful service. Come and enjoy the laid back backpackers a hostel with the touch of homely atmosphere.

We have capacity for 48 people with a variety of room offers from en suite dorm(family room), doubles, to bunk rooms.
We have a large fully equipped kitchen, new bathrooms and crisp cotton sheets.
Spacious lounge with amazing views and dining area all with wireless Internet facilities. The backpackers comes with a raft of history starting off life as a army barracks and was moved to the site to house young adults in the 70’s, the property itself is owned by the Auckland City Council the land itself was previously owned by Catherine Mitchell.

Everywhere you look, there are breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Come and meet Erin & Luke and their family and of course their pet dog a border collie “Tiny”, our Aim is to make you feel like you have a home away from home- often called part of the “Kina Whanau”.

Kina~ definition is a type of sea urchin found throughout New Zealand.

Waiheke activities

What ever your budget there is something for everyone

  • Chill out.. relax & unwind
  • Sample our fantastic local foods & wines
  • Spend the afternoon at café or pubs
  • Visit the Art galleries
  • Shop or go to the local market held every Saturday in Ostend
  • Go to local cinema with couches and relax and enjoy a movie
  • Visit wineries, olive groves  or beaches
  • Swimming, snorkeling or surfing
  • Mountain Biking & paint ball
  • Go Fishing or diving in Hauraki Gulf
  • Bush or Beach walks
  • Go swimming with the dolphins
  • Visit Motutapu or Rangitoto
  • Go on a guided tour around the island or discover it yourself
  • What ever your desire or budget the  choice is here @ Kina Backpackers

Facilities & services

  • (FREE USE)Full Linen(cotton sheets) supplied & blankets
  • Free car parking
  • Vending machine
  • Towels & snorkeling gear
  • Free use of barbeque
  • Laundry:
    • Washing machine
    • Clothes dryer
  • WiFi Internet access
  • Desktops computers
  • New bathrooms and wheelchair access bathrooms a hairdryer available.
  • Portacot & Highchair available on request
  • Sky TV
  • Playstation 2
  • DVD Player with various DVD’s

  • Ecozip Adventures

    Ecozip Adventures

    EcoZip Adventures offers state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breath-taking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers aged 8 to 88.
    150 Trig Hill Road, Onetangi | 0800 2 GO ZIP | Email | Website

  • Adventure Fishing Charters

    Adventure Fishing Charters

    Morning or afternoon charters for about 4 hours with a skipper who has a lifetime of experience.
    19 Onetangi Road, Onetangi | +64 9 372 6023 | Email

  • Ross Adventures

    Ross Adventures

    Guided kayak trips available for novice and experienced kayakers.
    100 metres right off the wharf at Matiatia | +64 9 372 5550 | Email | Website

  • Wild on Waiheke

    Wild on Waiheke

    Wild on Waiheke is a unique multi-activity venue. Archery, laser clay bird shooting as well as many other activities. Tastings of Topknot Hill wines and Waiheke Island Brewery beers brewed on the premises is available.
    82 Onetangi Road, Onetangi | +64 9 372 6023 | Email | Website

What our guests have to say…. lists Kina Backpackers as a Waiheke Island Backpackers Hostel.


Please note the currency quoted is in NZ $.

The price advertised may not be the same price charged to your credit card account due to the exchange rate fluctuations.
This means that because we are based in New Zealand we have to convert your purchase to New Zealand dollars at the exchange rate on the day it is processed.

Refunds / Disputes please see terms and conditions page.

Book online here

School Group / Educational Group / Sports Group

Planning a trip? Why not Waiheke Island? Waiheke is the perfect venue for any trip regardless of age, time or budget. Being just 35min from downtown Auckland it provides so much more than just a boat ride.

The diversity of the island can go across any subject; Geography, NZ History, Biology, Art not forgetting the outdoor pursuits. It doesn’t have to be summer. Come to Waiheke for a day trip or stay for a week, we have a lot to offer and you’ll be surprised at how reasonable it can be.

Kina Backpackers sleeps up to 40 people with 3 Double bedrooms and 34 bunk facilities. We have a full kitchen, bathroom, lounge, laundry facilities, sky TV and wireless internet.

Interested or just want to know more  why not give us a call to discuss further or ask any questions that you may have we are more than happy to negotiate pricing dependent on time of year.

Auckland 09 372 8971

Getting Here

Get to the Ferry building in downtown Auckland.

Airport bus (airbus) conveniently departs from both Auckland Domestic and
International terminals and the Ferry building is a planned stop off or catch a

At the Ferry building make your way to Fullers
as they depart from downtown Auckland
to Waiheke from 5.20am almost hourly till 7.15pm when it changes to every 1 1/2
hrs the last boat departs at 11.45pm. Check the Fullers website for times and

Sealink Ferries departs from Half moon
bay which is for walk on passengers or vehicles

When you arrive

Buses (No 1, 3 & 4 for Onetangi at a cost
of $4.70) &
 Taxi’s meet all Fullers Ferries and travel to all the main
locations on the Island. Take the ONETANGI (# 4 )(1 A is best between 4.30 – 7pm weekdays as this
drops you off opposite the hostel) 
otherwise get  off at the last stop along the beachfront (7th
Ave), walk up the steps (187 of them) and the Hostel is 50 metres on your
right, if you feel like a drink stop off at the Beachfront café and we can pick
you up from there.

We always get comments on how friendly and helpful the bus drivers are so if you need help just ask and they will help

From the 9th of march we will no longer be offering pickups from any ferrys 

Other options to get to us;

Alternatively jump on the Island Hoper which you can pre -purchase tickets when you buy your ferry ticket.

Contact Information

421 Seaview Road
Waiheke Island
New Zealand

Postal Address: 
P O Box 55
Oneroa Waiheke
Island 1081

Ph: +64 9 372 8971


A booking is not confirmed until credit card details have been received, or some other form of full payment made.
Payment by: Cash, Eftpos, Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard
Enquires welcome, but bookings must have credit card details for confirmation or pay cash deposit of 15%.

All On-Line bookings will be automatically charged at the time of making your booking and be processed within 24hrs please note the booking will only be confirmed once you receive an email with your booking number and details of your stay. All other bookings your credit card will not be charged until your arrival or if you miss the cancellation deadline to booking date.
Please make sure to give us your correct email address to send you a confirmation or suggest alternatives if the room requested is not available.

Terms and conditions for Group Bookings

To secure your group booking we require a 50% non-refundable deposit upon confirmation of your groups booking. The balance in full is then due upon arrival at the hostel. The payment must be made within 7days of the initial booking inquiry.

If payment is not received within the 7 days the booking will be cancelled.

We ask final numbers are reconfirmed with the hostel at least 1 week prior to arrival. We’ll send you a rooming list to be completed and returned prior to your arrival. This will speed up the check in process as well.

All reservation requests are tentative until we have received your 50% deposit. If the deposit is not received by the due date, Kina Backpackers reserves the right to cancel your booking.

Cancellations & amendments for Group Bookings.

Cancellations made within 1 week of arrival will result in your group being charged for the full stay.
Group “no show” will also be charged in full back to the group.
Changes of up to a 10% decrease in numbers of the original size can be made without penalty, provided we are notified a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival. Any request to increase the group size will be accommodated subject to availability and the group will be charged accordingly.
In case of any discrepancies at the time of check in:
* Though not guaranteed, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate new booking requirements not reflected in the group booking confirmation
*Kina Backpackers is not responsible for any changes or discrepancies in booking details not reflected in the booking confirmation

Contact us

To inquire about group accommodation, please email us @


Check in/out

Check out time is 10.30am

Check in is anytime from 1pm

Any check-in after 10pm will incur a $25fee per person

Cancellation Policy

We have a 24hr cancellation policy – prior to the time of check in. ** except during peak period of Dec 20th till Jan 10th, Easter Holidays, Queens birthday weekend and Labor Weekend. (see below for the cancellation policy)

Cancellations made more than 24 hours before arrival, full refund less admin fee of 20%.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of arrival will be charged for the full amount of the booking.

Booking made during peak periods must cancel 1 week before arrival, Canceling within 1 week prior to arriving you will be charged for the full amount of the booking.

Peak Periods are: Dec 20th till Jan 10th, Easter Holidays, Queens birthday weekend and Labor Weekend.

All group booking’s see above for cancellation policy

A booking is not confirmed until credit card details have been received and confirmation email sent, or some other form of full payment made.
From December 20th until January 10th we have a one week cancellation policy on everything.

The 24th of Dec and the 31st of Dec are desihgnated party nights and as such no noise curfew will be in effect on these days.

In the case of a “no show” by reception closing the full amount of accommodation will be charged to credit card. If you have not arrived by following morning, any further nights booked will be cancelled. No refund as room held for you.

When arriving by car, check in is before 9pm in the summer, and 7pm in the winter.


Families are welcome, we do require that anyone under the age of 18 has a guardian.

Additional Information

Key deposit  is required at time of check in. Refunded on return of the keys at check-out.


Management reserve the right to ask you to leave for any of the following without refund for stay remaining:

Drunken or disruptive behavior,
Violence, threats of violence or Verbal abuse
Justified complaints about bad behavior
Possession of Drugs or Drug use
Willful damage to hostel property

Any damage to the room or property (including alcohol/smoking related damage) may be charged, plus a charge for any result in loss of income if applicable.

Smoking is NOT allowed inside the Backpackers. Guests who do smoke, may be also be charged alarm call out fees and any associated repairs in addition to the above mentioned costs.

Quoted Rates:

These rates apply to all reservations as quoted in association with these terms and conditions.

Rates are in New Zealand dollars and must be settled directly with Kina Backpackers in NZ dollars. All rates are inclusive of GST.

Kina Backpackers reserves the right to increase quoted rates.

Accommodation must be prepaid on check-in unless credit has been established with Kina Backpackers.

Long term accommodation payments with discounts are non-refundable, no exceptions will be made.


You can make a verbal complaint to the office or write / email the Owner or post to P.O. Box 55 Oneroa.  Any complaints will be dealt with swiftly so that your stay may be made more enjoyable here at Kina backpackers.