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Sunkist International Backpackers

506 Brown St, Thames 3500, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Facilities here for what you pay is really good value imo. A very nice kitchen and free breakfast in morning, clean bathrooms and lots of recreation areas to sit and relax. It's pretty central and you even get a morning shuttle if you want to tackle Pinnacles (I didn't get it) It was pretty quiet when I stayed so not... More 

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Roanne, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

When my we stayed at Sunkist we did not enjoy the vibe. The hostel was OK in general but the beds were the worst thing EVER. I considered myself lucky but my two friends ended up with bed bites all over their bodies. On top of it all the manager seemed polite at first but ended up being magnificently rude... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I have stayed at Sunkist on a few of occasions. From Sunkist I have: completed the Pinnacles Walk, Sunkist offer transport too and from the start of the walk. Used Sunkist as a base to explore the beaches and small towns in the area, Last time I went to do the Rail Trail I hired a bike from Sunkist and... More 

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New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Lovely old hotel, beautifully restored, but that's the extent of the positives! The 'hostess' was incredibly rude! Moaning and arguing from the moment we stepped through the door! Yes we were late, but we rang in advanced and what sort of accommodation business stops accepting customers at 8pm on a Friday? After moaning about that she argued for over 10... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

BEWARE! unpleasant experience... The building and furnishing is nice but the hospitality and common kindness totally lacking. Just ask them why they were asked to leave the BBH network... The woman running the place would be better of running a B&B where you can charge a premium; here you get the feeling your just a burden and not paying enough.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Lovely hostel with beautiful big garden. Breakfast provided was basic, but nice and all you need. Rooms were comfortable and the bathrooms were clean. Staff were friendly and helpful. Very cute dogs and cats living at the hostel.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I had a relaxing stay in Thames thanks to the Sunkist hostel. Room was clean and comfortable and common areas spaciousness enough for all those staying. I was surprised by how warm and quiet the hostel was for a historic building, a credit to the care taken by the owners over the restoration. The location was perfect, walking distance to... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Thanks so much Craig and Sheryl, You were so helpful and your Hauraki Rail Trail service was great - from bike hire to dropping me off at Waikino so I could get the most out of my cycling experience. Much appreciated.

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mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

we stayed here in feb during height of summer season as our first stop in NZ after landing in auckland. property is nice with good backyard, lounge and clean but small rooms. kitchen was good. there is a key deposit fee. it is just 100 metres to the beach and half a kilometre to city centre. all in all nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I have not stayed in a backpackers for years. I was rather nervous. Thanks Craig and Sheryl for welcoming me into your backpackers and for arranging my transport to Waihi so I could ride the Hauraki Rail Trail back to Thames. You made my stay easy and pleasant. You have a lovely place.

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