The Tamara Backpackers Lodge

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​Contact Details​
phone: +64-6 347 6300

Welcome to Tamara Lodge

The Tamara Lodge is a spacious Edwardian villa built in 1904 as a large private home.


It has been used in a variety of ways over time including a boarding house, private hotel and 30 years as a maternity home called Cairnbrae.In 1993, it became the Tamara Backpackers Lodge and has evolved to be a place to return to.


The Tamara Backpackers Lodge strives to offer a superior standard within the Backpacker category of accommodation. You will enjoy style, serenity and space while still located in the heart of the city.


Our elegant lodge enjoys an outstanding location on the banks of the majestic Whanganui River with views of Mt Ruapehu. We are less than 1km from Wanganui’s main street, Victoria Ave. 


  • Comfortable, well appointed, heated private rooms - some have own bathroom.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage space for your supplies.
  • Doubles, twins, singles, share rooms available for individual travellers, couples, groups...
  • Separate dining room with chess, backgammon, puzzles, stereo, book exchange.
  • River or garden views.
  • Separate lounge with guitar, piano, stereo, TV
  • Large, relaxing garden with trampoline and hammocks and picnic tables.


  • Information on activities and attractions.
  • Internet 24 hour access (dsl connection) + Wireless
  • Laundry facilities.
  • Free BBQ.
  • Free Bikes.
  • Free luggage store.
  • Free pick up from bus depot on request.
  • Off street parking.


The Tamara Backpackers Lodge

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