About Haka Lodges

Why Haka lodges

About Haka LodgesHaka Lodge is the brainchild of Ryan Sanders, owner and operator of Haka Tours. Haka Lodge’s vision is simple; to provide an upmarket backpackers lodge, all the while costing no more than a normal hostel. To do this, we have installed modern facilities in all of our hostels and keep them to a very high standard. Our Paihia and Auckland lodges are brand-new and feature modern kitchens, living spaces and more. Our Queenstown and Christchurch lodges have a full-sized kitchen, modern bathrooms and plenty of living space. Each of our hostels is close to the CBD and within easy access to public transport. Plus, each of our hostels features great bonuses like unlimited free WiFi.

We aren’t owned by a big corporate company; we are 100% Kiwi and New Zealand owned! Our staff are fun, friendly and laid-back. We love our country and are passionate about sharing it with you so come and let us show you around.

At Haka Lodge, we are all about creating an upmarket experience! We have spacious, modern facilities and warm, comfortable rooms with cosy beds for a great night’s sleep. But being upmarket doesn’t mean we are stuffy – all of our lodges have a fun, relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. You won’t find any grumpy staff here; we love our jobs and love sharing New Zealand with you. Our hostels reflect our heritage which we are very proud of. Each of our hostels features stunning scenery: Our Paihia hostel has the best view in town, out over the Bay of Islands, looking towards Russell,  our Queenstown hostel looks right out to the mountains and the gondola, while our Christchurch hostel is situated in a beautiful garden with the Port Hills as the backdrop. And don’t forget Auckland – right in the heart of the city with a great view out over the harbour. For the ultimate New Zealand experience, come stay with us.

The Origins of Haka Lodges

Established in 2007, Haka Lodges and the wider Haka Tourism Group are owned by The Sanders Whānau Trust, which was established to a provide a financial platform for future tourism-based family projects as well as providing a support mechanism for whānau members when in need. The wider Sanders whānau is of British, Kāi Tahu, Tūwharetoa and Tainui descent.

Today, the Haka Tourism Group incorporates nine separate businesses and employs over 150 people and is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most awarded tourism brands.

Our Commitment to New Zealand’s Unique culture and our heritage  

Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, and continually seeking to inform ourselves and our guests about best cultural practice in relation to the Maori culture, Haka Tourism Group conducts the following cultural based initiatives:

  • We always look for ways to honour and respect cultural traditions and process. Our Haka Lodges and Haka Hotels are opened with a pōwhiri from the local iwi as well as a karakia (blessing). You can see pics of the opening and our Taupō Lodge here.
  • We employ a Māori Cultural Advisor, Eru, whose role is to develop our team’s cultural capability and knowledge, review our internal processes and protocols.
  • We believe that no visit to New Zealand is complete without an encounter with our indigenous culture, which is why the cultural education we weave into our tours is non-negotiable. Our sightseeing and adventure tour guests can learn to paddle a waka (Māori canoe), learn to carve a pendant from greenstone and bone, stay at a marae, eat a hangi, learn the myths and legends that are a cornerstone of Māori culture and a whole host of other experiences.
  • Cultural based understanding and experiences always underpin our customer experience.

Find out why we are called Haka on our parent company, Haka Tour’s website, and learn more about our initiatives to honour and promote the Māori culture of New Zealand, including the Māori Tour Manager Scholarship we launched in 2018.