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The Pickled Parrot Backpackers

9 Greys Lane, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014
FromEtoA Auckland Central, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland Central, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Well hidden on the edge of Paihia lies the Pickled Parrot, a nice little hostel on the Bay of Islands. The whole interior is superb, the community room is big and connected to the kitchen. We didn't use the latter except for making some sandwiches but it all looked nice and tidy as well as fully equipped. Free WiFi and... More

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Munich, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I stayed a little longer than a week in the Pickled Parrot Backpackers and really enjoyed my time there. It is a very clean hostel with new bathrooms. They also have free Breakfast, free unlimited Wifi and free Bikes (very good ones, not like the other dangerous i saw in other hostels). The kitchen is really good equipped. The Backpackers... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We booked the parrot under the assumption that there would be breakfast provided and a clean room included. We arrived late, the room and the bathrooms were full of spiders and the high ceilings had not been dusted in who knows how long. The double bed was extremely uncomfortable and sagged to the middle and the curtains did not block... More

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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This is a good base in Paihia, good facilities, clean and found that a twin room was excellent value for money. It's not a big hostel so be prepared to share communal space/wait for shower in the morning. We were a bit frustrated that breakfast isn't put out if the kitchen is left in a mess (we had just arrived... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My husband and I have been travelling for ten months and I was overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness showed to us by Rose and her family, who happened to be staying over the new year break. The Pickled Parrot is a lovely, friendly place to stay and we have stayed in a lot of hostels! A lovely quiet spot... More

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Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

For the first hostel I've ever stayed in, this really put me off the entire idea! The phone is never answered and the staff is rarely (if ever) around the office/property to speak to. Staff members were also very rude when they were around for about 30 minutes in the morning to clean. The "free breakfast" is only one bland... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We visited the backpacker as a family for two days and rented two cabins. Toilets regularly ran out of toilet paper, the kitchen was not clean and the promised free breakfast was cancelled without prior notice supposedly because the guests did not leave the kitchen in a clean condition. This backpacker was by far the worst we visited in New... More

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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

This was a fabulous little gem we found. Jungle setting, superb laid back owner and staff, wonderful people... Not advertised on hostel websites so no kids and empty beer bottles kicking around everywhere. Just a lot of respectful, like minded, experienced travellers. Had a wonderful time Thank you.

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I cannot recommend this hostel highly enough!! The Pickled Parrot is literally the ideal place to kick back and relax; and you will struggle to find a more picturesque and idyllic location than The Bay of Islands to unwind and take zillions of stunning photos! The vibe in the hostel is super-chilled, friendly and welcoming; everyone throughout my 4 night... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great place, great location. The hostel is clean and the rooms are quite big and functional (best rooms we had in NZ.) The kitchen was great, well stocked but quite small but somehow works. It is always full but its okay and the vibe is great. There is a free breakfast but that is if the kitchen is clean, unfortunately... More

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Also Known As:
The Pickled Parrot Backpackers Hotel
The Pickled Parrot Backpackers Hotel Paihia
The Pickled Parrot Backpackers Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 9 Greys Lane, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 25 Specialty lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and relax at the Pickled Parrot. Enjoy free breakfast in this small personal hostel set in a sub tropical garden paradise. Friendly welcoming hosts, very clean accommodation, excellent kitchen facilities, all linen provided. Close to beach, restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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