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Blackcurrant Backpackers

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20 Taniwha Street, Taupo, New Zealand
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Ranked #11 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Santiago, Chile
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed for three nights in this hostel and had a great experience, the location was very good, the garden and picnic tables were spot on and the rooms where big and tidy, as was the bathroom (excellent shower!). The kitchen and dining room were also really nice, and the owner was helpful and always trying to make you feel... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent 2 nights here as part of my recent 16 day Haka Tour. Lovely setting with outdoor and indoor communal areas. We enjoyed a lovely meal watching a beautiful sunset over the lake and mountains. We were made to feel very welcome, the rooms were good (mine was huge!!). Also well located for some local shops, a bit more of... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I contacted this hostel to book in a room and was asked all the normal questions about what room we wanted, when, etc. Eventually the woman asked where I lived and I said Wellington, to which she replied to she would not accept bookings from New Zealanders. I told her that I was a British Citizen, to which she still... More 

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Sail Lake T, Owner at Blackcurrant Backpackers, responded to this review

I am truly sorry to hear of your experience whilst trying to book accommodation at our hostel. Let me explain, We pride ourselves on being a small friendly and professional hostel and endeavour to give the best possible experience of New Zealand to our predominantly overseas visitors. We know we provide a very high standard of accommodation relative to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I lucked out here and ended up in a double bed in a four person room all to myself complete with en-suite bathroom. Regardless of this, it's a great place to stay. Clean, comfortable, good kitchen and I had a fridge in the room which I used as the kitchen ones were quite full. Would be nice to have some... More 

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Tarifa, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Blackcurrant is a very nice hostel to stay ! The owner is a great person and very helpful. When i was there he told me to come for sailing but as it was my end of travel in NZ and i was saving money to do Tongariro crossing, i told him i couldn't afford it, well he said "you come... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

From the very beginning, I had a great stay at the Blackcurrant Backpackers. David, the manager, is a great, very friendly and helpful person. He made me feel welcome and at home right away. I spent two nights in the girls' dorm, which is very spacious, with two separate rooms, and offering comfortable single beds (no bunks). The bathroom is... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had a spacious and comfortable room double ensuite room on the first floor. Although the room is basic, and the decor a little scuffed, it is a hostel and we had no complaints. The bed was comfortable and the room and the bathroom were very clean. Despite the warning from the young man in reception that "People are asked... More 

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Orangeville, Canada
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Our room was huge...had two double beds, ensuite, fridge and lots of space to spread out all of our stuff. Private and common areas were clean and well-equipped, although the fridges were really crowded so glad we had our own in the room. Nice lounge space downstairs and if the weather is nice, outside areas as well. Good location...really close... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

When you get in front of the place by car, you think that it is not great, looks like a motel. But get inside, and you will find a very nice garden with tables and everything that makes a good atmosphere. We had a double bedroom and we were happy with it. Bathroom was to share with the other room... More 

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23 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

The man behind the desk (who I assume was the owner) was friendly and have us some great activity and restaurant suggestions. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The kitchen was nice and the shared space was sufficient for meal time sharing.

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