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Kiwi Cave Rafting Backpackers

95 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
Kiwi Cave Rafting Backpackers
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Traveled to Waitomo to do some caving and arrived at this hostel just as a place to sleep before traveling to Rotorua the next morning. After a cold afternoon/evening in the caves I arrived to a clean, warm bed with good bathroom facilities. The woman in the office was even kind enough to drive me to the bus stop the... More 

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CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We booked this place because we had a long drive in from Auckland and song drive out the next day after our glow worm tour out to rotorua. We weren't expecting much. It's a bed and bathroom w a kitchen and yard. Heated blankets. tv and laundry. Sure it's a bit dirty. But you get what you pay for.

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Stockholm
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We showed up in Otorohanga without any reservation, and since it was high season there was not much to choose from. The visitor center suggested this place, which has one double room, and two rooms with multiple beds for backpackers. We booked the double room. The staff was very nice and helpful, but the place was so dirty! There were... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We originally hadn't heard of Kiwi Cave rafting, but after a bit of research we plumped for them, basically because it was the cheapest. Our room was heavily discounted when we stayed in their hostel, and it was thee cheapest price we had seen for abseiling, rock-climbing etc... (I think it was part of a deal). not really sure what... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Clean, small, right next to the rafting office. Got there late and managed to find the key after a bit of confusion. It was pitch black and the security light only stayed on about 3 seconds...not easy when trying to enter a code in a box to retrieve the key! The most expensive hostel we stayed in in nz but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

It's a good place for the night if you're doing the caving with them. They drove us into town the next day for the bus. There isn't much to actually do there though (it's out of the main town). Staff was very helpful and friendly. No one else was there, bit it was kinda nice to just relax.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

This family owned and operated facility is priceless. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left something in the air made me feel like home. I received a larger room at no extra price and enjoyed the amenities. Nothing over the top but clean and well maintained. The hostel is unlike the hustle bustle of others and isn't... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had the best time black water rafting and exploring the caves with Rap Raft nRock! At first we were a little confused at the which company to go with, but in the end we decided to go with RRR because they provide a bit of everything - Assailing, rafting, exploring, glow worms - and also because they were the... More 

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Somerset
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

I thought that the times spent in the caves was great fun. The abseil down into the gorge was spectacular as were the glow worms. The black water rafting was a bit tame to say the least, more like being on a lazy river ride. Be warned if you are claustrophobic that the guide will make you squeeze through some... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I gave my husband a voucher which still had 6 months to run, however staff charged him extra as the price had increased. I think this is very wrong, and will not be recommending anyone to use rap and raft. What bad buisness sense, come on Rap n Raft, there is too much competition out there to start doing underhand... More 

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