Working Holiday / Gap Year Backpacker Hostel Accommodation

There are many seasonal jobs in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. If you are keen on working and want to also enjoy what the Bay of Plenty has to offer, you can stay with us, which means you can earn some money whilst you enjoy what the Bay of Plenty has to offer.

Taking a Gap Year, come to New Zealand and experience what the Bay of Plenty has to offer. Sun beaches, surfing, kiwifruit and so much more. If you are able to come into New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa then come and visit us at Bell Lodge check out what accommodation we have available and see what jobs we might find for you.

Opportunities for work exist with a number of local contractors, kiwifruit pack houses and family businesses. Our association with these businesses ensures we are kept informed of any seasonal jobs that might be available. We have a range of backpackers hostel rooms to suit your budget.


Stay in Tauranga Bay of Plenty

New Zealand holiday accommodation ideally located in the sunny Bay of Plenty and within easy reach of Mt Maunganui beaches, a range of shops, cafes and restaurants on the Tauranga city waterfront. There are also a range of exciting activities you can try also.

We offer clean, quiet, budget, family friendly motel accommodation, to cater to families on holiday. They are self service units, keeping the price lower allowing your dollar to go further thereby enjoying your time in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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Family friendly Motel

Bell Lodge Motels - Family friendly Motel Units

Our self-service, family friendly motels are ideal for families travelling on a budget as well as backpackers and International travellers looking for well-priced accommodation. Our backpackers may want to choose from a range of room types in our Backpackers Hostel accommodation.

As well as looking after our guests, a large part of our business is to help backpackers and gap year travellers find seasonal work so they can fund their trip, have fun and enjoy this beautiful area of New Zealand. Our locality in the heart of sunny Tauranga suburbia, is close to all the main roads around and out of the city. So travel to work, or to Tauranga’s attractions and activities is easy. A 5-minute drive takes you to Tauranga City for shopping and nightlife, and a further 5 minutes gets you to the beautiful beaches at Mount Maunganui.

Bell Lodge Backpackers Hostel is privately owned. Backpackers will enjoy our comfortable and cheap accommodation choices which are great value for money, with lots of room options.

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Rick - Backpackers Hostel Tauranga Bay of PlentyHi! .. I’m Rick. My partner Sheree and I have owned and managed Bell Lodge for over 10 years and we have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of travelers who decided to come to Tauranga either looking for the Christmas / New Year experience or those on a Gap Year looking for work to supplement their income..

Bell Lodge is a unique complex, combining affordable, family friendly Motel and Backpacker Hostel facilities for all New Zealanders and World Travelers alike.

Come and enjoy a comfortable holiday experience at an affordable price here in the Bay of Plenty.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Local Activities

We have a range of awesome activities within easy reach, something for everyone . We’ve listed a few ideas and can make recommendations to help you make the most of your time and budget. One you will enjoy is spending time relaxing in the hot pool (private or the public) at Fernland Spa Thermal Mineral Springs.

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Our Location / Contact

Bell Lodge is located in Tauranga, a city in The Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand. It’s situated around the body of water of the same name. The bay was named by Captain James Cook after he noticed the abundant food supplies at several Māori villages there, in stark contrast to the earlier observations he had made in Poverty Bay.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science and is an ideal base for visitors. You can find out more here and check out our list of things to do in the area.

We are ideally located close to exit and entry points for SH2 to and from Auckland. We offer a range of facilities at Bell Lodge to make your stay more comfortable. A map is available on our Contact Page.

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Seasonal Work

Earn while you stay. Many of our guests are world travelers taking a gap year and making the most of New Zealand by traveling on a Working Holiday Visa. We’re happy to assist in looking for seasonal work.

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On-site Facilities

We’re pretty laid back at Bell Lodge. It’s up to you when you want to focus on the fun or relaxation. You can enjoy a picnic or BBQ, or, if you prefer to spend time indoors, watch some TV or any of over 400 DVDs available at the Office.

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