The Cell Block Backpackers hostel is a refurbished 1960's jailhouse, converted in to colourful accommodation. The property is in a central location, around 450 yards from Town Basin Marina, the main intercity bus stop and Whangarei Art Museum. It is 550 yards from Claphams Clock Museum.

Enjoy a Mexican ambiance with shared kitchen and shower facilities. Free WiFi is available. The accommodation offers a rooftop garden and outdoor areas.

The rooms are mostly refurbished jail cells with their own basin and toilet.

Mt Parihaka is 1.3 miles from The Cell Block Backpackers.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

The Cell Block Backpackers has been welcoming guests since 7 Dec 2017.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Free private parking available on-site


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  • The staff speak English

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Property surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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What's nearby
  • Town Basin Marina
    0.3 miles
  • Whangarei Art Museum
    0.3 miles
  • Claphams Clock Museum
    0.3 miles
  • Northland Event Centre
    0.6 miles
  • Mt Parihaka
    1.3 miles
  • Abbey Caves
    2.3 miles
  • Ah Reed Kauri Park
    2.4 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Cafe/bar The Precinct
    0 miles
  • Cafe/bar La Familia
    0 miles
  • Cafe/bar Mc Morrissey's Irish Pub
    0.3 miles
Natural beauty
  • River Hatea River
    0.3 miles
  • Mountain Mount Parahaki
    0.6 miles
  • River Whangarei Falls
    3.7 miles
  • Sea/ocean Whangarei Heads
    18.6 miles
Closest airports
  • Whangarei Airport
    3.7 miles
  • Bay of Islands Airport
    39.5 miles
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Facilities of The Cell Block Backpackers
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
Safety & security
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Designated smoking area
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English
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Sustainable initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel

House rules
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13:30 - 20:00


00:00 - 10:30


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 3 years and above are considered adults at this property.

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Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa The Cell Block Backpackers accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please inform The Cell Block Backpackers in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about The Cell Block Backpackers

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at The Cell Block Backpackers (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private parking
    • Parking
    • Free parking

  • The Cell Block Backpackers offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • The prices at The Cell Block Backpackers may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Check-in at The Cell Block Backpackers is from 13:30, and check-out is until 10:30.

    • The Cell Block Backpackers is 200 yards from the centre of Whangarei.