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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel

18 Kings Road | Pipi Patch, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly Sunseekers Motel)
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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel
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Ranked #21 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks 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
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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 March 11, 2015

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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