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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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


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

We do offer pickup from Ferry at no cost
– but ONLY with prior arrangement
the morning of travel, ring us to arrange 
 we can meet most requests. We will pick you up
from the Orapiu ferry wharf; this is the ferry linking Waiheke to the Coromadel.
This pick would involve a small fee.

PLEASE NOTE- At times we may not
be able to pick you up
 but will be able to let you know when you ring and ask.

Other options to get to us;
Waiheke Island Taxi’s staying at Kina Backpackers; a flat fee of $25 and have vans which
can seat up to 13 people and have fleet of vehicles depending on your needs. Ph
0800 372 411 to book or make and enquiry.

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