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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel

18 Kings Road | Pipi Patch, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly Sunseekers Motel)
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Ranked #20 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Of all the Base hostels I stayed at during my trip around New Zealand, this was definitely the best. It was one of my favourite hostels full stop. Perfect location and I liked that the dorms were more like self catering holiday chalets. We felt right at home here and I would have loved to have stayed longer. The bar... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good hostel. Best part was proximity to the beach & really nice staff around the place. Was a bit cramped sometimes but such a good location that didn't matter. Met some really cool people Would recommend. BBQ also really good perk!

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Dublin, Ireland
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60 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in an 8 bed dorm for 1 night. The dorms were en suite. It was quite small though and difficult to move around when everybody had their backpacks in. The beds were okay. Not enough sockets for everyone to charge phones etc. The hostel put on a bbq every night and had some event in the bar. We... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I stayed here 3 nights, it's an ok hostel. I was in the 8 bed female sanctuary dorm, not much of a sanctuary but the beds were comfortable and the room was located in the far corner so noise was only an issue if the windows were left open... Great location, 2 mins walk to the beach and the other... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Stayed there 1 night cause the hostel next door was full for the night, I had to pay more in Base for a 8dorms (4pax and another 4pax a bit separate by another door and share bathroom for between the 8) But when we asked for a 4bed dorm and own bathroom with my friends the reception said yes, and... More 

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South Island
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Loved my stay here. The receptionist are brilliant! Shady Maiready, Fly and Cat. Great fun in the bar on Tuesday quiz night too! Short stroll from the beach, there's a dog you can sometimes walk, pool to jump into. Great for those who've had a couple too many vino's the night before :) If you are worried about noise, (... More 

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Rimbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Stayed in the Pipi Patch for 5 nights with 8 other friends to celebrate New Years and enjoying the Bay of Islands. We loved the hot tub and pool, definitely not standard in backpacker hostels. Despite of high season we got a really good price for the accommodation. All the staff was awesome. Thank you Jess for your patience with... More 

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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

As previous reviewers have said, this is a basic, cramped hostel that can get very noisy due to the proximity of the rooms to the bar. The tiny bathrooms in the 8 bed dorms are a particular issue; there's nowhere to put clothing and towels so they don't get soaked, and having the toilet and shower in the same unit... More 

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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and were all disappointed with the stay. The hostel is very basic and cramped. There's 8 beds to a (fairly small) room and only 1 bathroom between 8 people which can be a real nightmare in the mornings. The beds are so noisy and very unstable and the duvets are dirty too! There's nowhere... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
19 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Paihia and the Bay of Islands are stunning! However, we were disappointed with the standard of accommodation we received here for the value we paid. Firstly, do not believe the hype about the pool facility as it is the size of a paddling pool and was dirty when we visited. There is quite a cramped communal space with a small... More 

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