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Diving the Bay of Islands with Paihia Dive

Paihia has many attractions, out on the water, up in the air and on land, but one of our favourite things to do is to take a different kind of adventure and head under the water to see what lies in store.

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Free Queenstown Activities: Hiking!

As backpackers, we love to save money anywhere we can! Queenstown is known as the “Adventure Capitol of the World!” There’s a million and one different things to do in Queenstown, but all the activities can get a bit expensive. A great way to save money while still getting to know this beautiful little city is to take advantage of all the wonderful walks and hiking tracks.

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Walks around Christchurch

Now the weather is getting warmer, it’s the time to start exploring the nature walks around Christchurch, and there are some awesome ones all within driving distance of Haka Lodge Christchurch!

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The Haka Budget

Budgeting is not an easy thing to do, let alone trying to do it while you’re travelling. Lucky for you, Haka has all the tips and tricks you need for prepping your budget to actually staying on track!

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Golden Backpack Award Winners!!!

The Results are in! We are proud to announce that Haka Lodge has won the Best Accommodation in New Zealand award from The TNT Golden Backpacks!

This is an award that is voted for by the public, by YOU, so we would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Haka Lodge. Whether you have stayed in one or more of our lodges, we are so pleased to know that our brand and our lodges were worth voting for!

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The Perks of Having a Travel Buddy

We’ve all read the blog posts about traveling alone, going off into the wild, untamed earth to find yourself, making new friends along the way but experiencing your travel adventure as a lone wolf.

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An Inside Look at Haka Lodge Auckland’s Beginnings

Charlotte, one of our staff in Haka Lodge Auckland, has been living on site since before the lodge officially opened it’s doors to guests. We asked her to give us a glimpse of what it was like to watch the magical last few days putting the final touches together in a building that hadn’t seen any life or adventure for over a year. Here is what she had to say:

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Five things to pack for your trip to NZ

If you’re planning a trip, especially one to somewhere completely new, it’s often tempting to pack everything you own, ‘just-in-case’. There is nowhere to tell you how often you’ll be going ‘out-out’, how cold it’s going to be in May in Queenstown or how wet your feet will get when you do the Tongariro Crossing. Does Winterless north really mean winterless? How many flip-flops should you bring? It can be a confusing time, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of things you definitely can’t leave at home without – so while you still might bring 12 pairs of Jandals (flip flops – you’ll need to learn the lingo too!) with you, at least you’ll know you’ve got the important things too.

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Haka Perks

There is nothing quite like staying in a hostel when you are traveling the world – the atmosphere, the people, everything is a little different to a motel or hotel. There is a camaraderie to be found amongst people who are traveling the world; independent travelers who exist within the hostel universe, helping each other, making friends and making memories. At Haka Lodge, we believe we have added a few extra perks, unique to the Haka Lodges around the country and different in each one. We go out of our way to make your stay special and don’t charge any more than your average hostel. If you’re looking for style, class and everything you need as a backpacker on a budget, check out below how we stand out from the crowd.

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Best Bunks In The World!

My grandmother always told me to invest in good shoes and a good bed – because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other! She was a wise woman, and we’ve taken her words to heart at Haka Lodge; we’ve made sure that our beds tick all the right boxes. We’d even go so far as to say that our bunks are the best bunks in the world!

Why are they so good, you ask?

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