Onda’s Adventures

Kia ora Whanau! Welcome to my adventures! I'm a local in Mount Maunganui and especially in Mount Backpackers, and since you're staying with us i'll share some of my local knowledge and how to become a tidy kiwi just for you! Here we go!

Im Onda the Hostel cat, my day starts off like any other. I sit in front of the staff’s room and patiently wait until ‘Reggie’ hears my 80th meow. After I had the good parts of my breakfast I will sit on the stairs and watch the birds eat my leftovers. Fatten up little birdies, one day I will pounce, you just watch. Sometimes I switch it up and sit under the bench upstairs or I’ll help guard the reception desk. Then it is lunch time for the humans. They always try and pet me when I’m busy looking at their food. Can’t they see I’m swamped? Also, that piece of ham looks better in my stomach than on your bread. At three it’s time for my staff to feed me again, and I will remind her constantly, but she insists on feeding me at 5pm. Stubborn. Then I need to have a lie down for about 8 hours. I will sit and watch TV with the humans, or warm up my staff’s bed. Then it is time for my midnight snacks. She doesn’t like it when other people feed me. She calls me fat. I think she is jealous. At night I proudly roam my kingdom, checking that everything and everyone is okay, before I have another catnap to get ready for another busy day.

Here's just a few places I like to have a boogie in! My buddy Rosie has put this together to remind me which good deals and events I don't want to miss out on! I especially like the burrito's at Barrio Brothers! 

One of our biggest attractions here in Mount Maunganui is hiking the famous Mauao. In New Zealand we treasure our cultural history, before you climb our dearest Mauao, here's a bit of information for you. Kia kaha!

For those of you wanting to extend your stay while you work and save we do take long term guests all year round. We have 12 designated spots for you. If they are full our staff will put you on a waiting list. It's a great way to spend a few months getting to know this lovely area and making some life long memories with your travel whanau.