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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel

18 Kings Road | Pipi Patch, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly Sunseekers Motel)
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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
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed staying here. I stayed in the Sanctuary women's dorm. It was really spacious and comfortable and immaculately clean. I slept really well. The hot tub was so nice to enjoy in the evening to do some star gazing- I saw the southern cross very clearly. Great value for money and location. The girl on reception was super... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Stayed here while traveling with the stray bus around New Zealand. Nice comfortable bed. Kitchen area was great plenty of space and apparatus. Pool was freezing but spa was lovely to sit and watch the stars. Onsite bar was good with different offers and chances to win bar tabs. Staff really friendly and pleasant

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

As far as hostels go in New Zealand this was actually above par, Like all base hostels you have to pay for wifi and usually its not actually worth doing because its so slow. I was booked into this hostel via the Kiwi Experience and even though I had stayed at like 4-5 base hostels already I still had to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The hostel was clean and had a very good kitchen with new utensils and a good amount of stove tops. It felt a bit crowded and you usually wake up in the middle of the night as the party people are trying to get into the bunk in the dark. You have to pay a great deal for wifi, while... More 

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Campbell River, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I will admit that I am not in my twenties anymore and thank goodness for that! I have stayed in European hostels, but this experience was an eye-opener and definitely subpar to what I have grown accustomed to in accommodation choices. I was on the Kiwi Experience bus and this was their guaranteed accommodation for Paihia so I stuck with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I will start off by saying the facilities are well maintained, my dorm was pretty comfortable and the beds are better than your usual hostel one. The swimming pool is small, but in my opinion a great addition so I don't know why some people are complaining about it. I can't remember my experience with the staff so I'll say... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

It was my 1st back packing experience and was a great one.. a neat and clean place and had good roomies. The kitchen got messy by night. It's the short 5min walking distance from the main bay area. This place has barbeque night and has a good pub attached. The staff were friendly and helpful. There is a shop next... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Hostel itself is good, seems to have fine facilities which were clean, and is located close to the centre. Not sure what it's like every other night, but when I was there it was extremely loud and full of people who turn into some sort of yelling gremlin on the consumption of a beer. Still it is a hostel so... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great location - 2 min walk to the beach, bars and restaurants. Excellent value on-site bbq every night with bar. Lovely people and helpful with local information. Would recommend for budget travelling with a smile

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I stayed here for 3 nights with my boyfriend in April 2015. We had a private room which was quite old but a good size, although a fan would have been useful. The bathroom / kitchen area was shared with 2 other rooms and was always clean. Location wise it was near the shops / restaurants and it was a... More 

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