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On the Beach Backpackers

46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This hostel has a great location and view but everything else is fairly average. The bathroom facilities attached to the 12-bed dorms are inadequate and small. There is no central social area outside except for a few rundown wooden tables around the property. The kitchen and lounge are good for cooking and relaxing but don't seem to encourage guests to... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We found the place about 20 minutes before they were closing up for the evening. The lady on reception who owned the hostel was incredibly nice and was very knowledgable on the local area. Fish and chip shop down the road is worth a visit. She will point you in the right direction. The beach is across the road and... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

had a private en suite bathroom , TV and DVDs available to watch. nice view,room faced out onto sea, clean and well stocked. Only negative is that a bit of a walk to the town centre. easy to visit new chums beach and cathedral cove from here.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Spent 6 nights there with my girlfriend. Shared a spacious flat with 2 others. Staff were very friendly and gave us loads of advice on what to do in the area. Plenty of equipment to use for free from the hostel including sea kayaks, fishing rods, spades for hot water beach, and boogie boards. Bikes available at a small cost.... More 

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is the first hostel where I really felt good when starting my trip in NZ! It is so colourful that you instantly smile when you check in. They have free kayaks, which is really good to meet people and have fun at the beach (which really is right in front of the hostel) Really cool place, where I got... More 

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I spent three wonderful nights there. We were a maximum of 7 people on my floor with a huge commun room with an open kitchen, two showers and two toilets. Really quiet, as the name said "on the beach". Not far from city center. Shuttles to cathedral cove, or bus will let/take you in front of the door! The staff... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I stayed three nights here and could easily have done more. The hostel overlooks the beautiful beach. We had a car and found there was ample parking spaces. The lady on the desk was very helpful and you could hire spades (for hot water beach) and kayaks (deposit you got back). The hostel is in a very... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Great hostel, laid back, warm, clean right opposite beach, you shouldn't stay at that old run down Cats pj's hostel in town!! when this place is soo much better! Highly recommend. Fun times thanks guys !

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Amazing owner, such a sweet lady at reception! The facilities were above and beyond, clean and modern. The best part was the free kayak rentals along with many other things to do/rent to make the most of the area. Short drive to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Brilliant facilities with a kitchen and living area for every few bedrooms. Very clean rooms although they're a tad cold due to the buildings being wooden. However, they've got plenty of heaters so it's absolutely fine. The staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable of the area which made for a great stay given how cheap it is!

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