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Wakatu Lodge

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Games room

Overview of Wakatu Lodge

Wakatu Lodge

2.0 star property
No-frills hostel in Nelson South with outdoor pool
8.8 out of 10 Fabulous
8.8/10 Fabulous

20 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
  • Child-friendly activities
125 Waimea Road, Nelson, 7010
Main amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Terrace
  • Arcade/games room
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/games room
  • BBQ(s)
  • Free self-parking
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Nelson South

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 6 min drive


  • Nelson Suburban Club Inc - 5 min drive
  • Victory Square Fish & Chips - 18 min walk
  • McDonald's - 3 min drive
  • Lambretta's Cafe Bar - 3 min drive
  • Domino's - 3 min drive

About this property

Wakatu Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Nelson, Wakatu Lodge is only 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from the airport. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, and freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks. The helpful staff and nice bathrooms get good marks from fellow travellers.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 16 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 9 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property for check-in information
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • BBQs


  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/games room


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Freshen up

  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access

Fees & policies


This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Wakatu Lodge Nelson
Wakatu Lodge
Wakatu Nelson
Wakatu Lodge Nelson
Wakatu Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Wakatu Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Nelson

Frequently asked questions

Does Wakatu Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Wakatu Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at Wakatu Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Wakatu Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Wakatu Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Wakatu Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 9 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Wakatu Lodge and nearby?
Wakatu Lodge has an outdoor pool and an arcade.
What's the area around Wakatu Lodge like?
Wakatu Lodge is a short 6-minute walk from Nelson College and 7 minutes' walk from Nelson Hospital.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Very enjoyable and comfortable, would stay again without doubt.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

It was great for the type of hostel it is. We had a double bed with a bunk above us and the bathroom down the hall. All was clean and staff very nice. We may have gotten the last room for miles so we were very grateful. It was a bit pricey for a hostel but that may be because it was peak time.
Angela, 1-night romance trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Awesome Lodge
Amazing staff who were SO accommodating given my really last minute needs!
Dee, 1-night business trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Very helpful staff, and pretty entrance, Flowers.
Much bigger in side, but small bed room, but clean. Use of Kitchen, fridge, microwave etc. Toilets and showers along the corridor. Large sitting and games room. Small swimming pool. More Hostel, than hotel, but very good for the price.
Paul & Judy(81), 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great facilities inside with games room. Small kitchen, but everything you need. Staff were Great!
1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Brilliant stay again
love the up grade of the lodge. love the tv's in the rooms again had a brilliant stay here
kay, 2-night business trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Quiet and comfy
Comfy bed, great night sleep, good shower, friendly staff Highly recommend staying here.
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Reasonable Pit-Stop
My girlfriend and I made a last-minute decision to stay in Nelson during a busy time in the town, and we were fortunate to find a reasonably-priced standard double room available here. It was clean, the owners were friendly, and the WiFi was pretty good. We also liked that they had a communal game/TV room with a pool table. Nelson is also a great city with plenty to do. Downsides: the room was very small, a portion of the building in the front was under construction, and the shared-bathroom showers had a 5-minute timer.
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