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Cactus Jacks Backpackers

1210 Haupapa St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel is definitely one of my most memorable. The facilities aren't bad and the outside courtyard is cute. The atmosphere was brill - friendly residents and staff as well as bright paintings and artwork. Loved it! My only criticisms would be that the room I was in was kinda cramped! But thanks for squeezing me in at the last... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a last minute purchase as it was raining and we were tenting. When we got into the room, the window had no screen to keep out bugs, the sheets were really dirty, kitchen closed at 9pm so we were not able to cook a hot meal as we came in late...for $60 I would expect a lot more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Our stay at cactus was great! The family who run it are wonderful along with all the resident guests. We stayed here for 4 weeks while working and enjoyed every minute. The place is very clean, showers are great especially the ones by the spa pool. The kitchen is well equipped and has free tea, coffee and sugar. There is... More 

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Rotorua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This is the second time I have come to stay at Cactus Jacks. It is an old accommodation (Heritage I believe), but is built with a Western kind of theme. Atmosphere is very relaxed & management are very informative of places to visit, see, & where to eat. Due to being old, in places it may look a little dirty,... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The atmosphere in this quirky hostel is relaxed and cosy. It does not look quite as nice in reality as in the photos though. Quite a bit of the property needs a bit of work and touching up. The room we stayed in was clean and pretty comfortable but did smell like smoke. Overall, you get what you pay for... More 

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Herning, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

We were 6 Girls staying at Cactus Jacks from the 22th to the 24th of november (2015). It was such a nice hostel for us backpackers. The nicest owner with a wide DVD collection, so we could watch a movie in the livingroom. Higly recommend this place!!!

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The photos make the place look really nice on website, when i walked in it was definitely nothing like the photos. As soon as i walked into the courtyard it smelt like urine there were big stink rubbish bins Open BBQ burning that wasnt safe for kids. We ended up not staying there and going to a different back pakas... More 

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Waikouaiti, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Really cool place to stay, very helpful friendly people :-) I was an alone female and felt very safe!!!! Place was spot on clean and warm....Wow and the artwork very very cool :-) Was very easy to find from coming on the bus from the airport and not knowing my way around :-) Handy to the main shops :-) if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

cool hostel with a courtyard, a swing, and a spa pool. very colourful with all the western/mexican themed artwork. large kitchen, lounge area, and laundry facilities. convenient location. rooms and prices are reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Ok, so it isnt really a western, but it sort of resembles it in a sort of fun way. The biggest selling point is all the awesome art work painted on the walls, doors and all the little touches here and there, to give it as much of a western feel as possible. Bonus points for being a clean place... More 

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