Moana Lodge – Backpackers’ Best Accommodation


Moana Lodge is a great choice for travellers looking for a backpackers in Plimmerton, part of the Porirua catchment area. Our lodge is one of only a few 5 star rated hostels in Wellington (NZ) New Zealand. Moana Lodge boasts sea views from many of its rooms, plus everyone can enjoy the views of Plimmerton Bay from the lounge area. If you are looking for stunning beachfront accommodation in Plimmerton; you should consider our facilities and room options to see if they meet your needs. We can cater for single travellers, couples, groups or families with 36 beds spread across our 13 rooms.

Facilities include a full kitchen, lounge and a roomy dining area, shared bathrooms and toilets, a courtyard area with BBQ, laundry and Internet access. Information for travellers is free and your host is very knowledgeable about the Plimmerton area, Wellington and New Zealand in general. Plimmerton is just 20 minutes north of Wellington so well positioned for exploring the Greater Wellington Region.


Single travellers can book a single room or a bed in a 4 single bed share room for a cheaper option (bunk beds). We have double rooms for couples and twin rooms for friends sharing. Families are accommodated in our family room with a double bed and 2 single beds. Most rooms are situated upstairs, please enquire for disabled access availability before booking.

Quality bedding, linen and towels, electric blankets (for Winter) and comfortable beds all provided to ensure your stay at Moana Lodge is comfortable. Treat yourself to one of our rooms with fabulous sea views across Plimmerton Bay.


We ensure our Lodge is kept clean and tidy with all facilities fully operational.

Facilities include:

  • farmhouse kitchen; fully equipped with commercial stove, dishwasher, microwave, plates, cutlery etc and includes free tea, coffee and sugar
  • guest dining room with multiple tables
  • guest lounge
  • 3 shared bathrooms
  • 3 separate toilets
  • sunny outdoor courtyard with BBQ
  • laundry
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • free travellers information
  • free use of board games and books
  • 2 on-site computers with Internet access
  • no hostel carpark but there is nearby street parking


Moana Lodge was originally built in 1926 as a guest house. Maintenance over the years has been sensitive to the original design and the lodge has retained much of its original character.

Stay Long-term

It is possible to negotiate rates for longer stays during off-peak times. A weekly rate is available as well as longer term but only between 1st May and 1st September when it is winter in New Zealand. Discount may be up to 30% of published room/bed rates.


All our rooms and the hostel is smoke free. Smoking is permitted outside in the courtyard only, for the safety and comfort of all guests.

Arrival and Departure

Office hours are between 9am and 8pm. Arrivals after 9pm must be discussed before booking and check out on departure day is 10am.

Lonely Planet

“…this exceptional backpackers right on the beach is immaculate and inviting…”

Moana Lodge is a great option for budget accommodation in Plimmerton whether you plan to stay for one night or longer by arrangement (winter only). Check out the gallery, room rates and book online at for a 5 star Plimmerton backpackers experience.


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