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A Plus Backpackers Lodge

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41 Iwiheke Place, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The moment I stepped into this hostel I knew that I was going to like it a lot. LOTR posters everywhere, quotes and painting on the wall (prepared by travellers), friendly people and very good location. Ian, my host, picked me up at the bus stop and he arranged for me to walk through Tongariro with other travellers. Without him... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my boyfriend wanted to do Tongariro Crossing and i-Site in Wellington adviced we should just call some of the hostels. We called to A Plus Backpackers and very friendly Ian answered and advised us with the Crossing shuttles. We arrived the same night and got a nice double room. It was easy to access from outside where we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Ian the owner, is fantastic. He's so helpful, genuinly interested in you and makes a huge effort to get to know his guests and to make sure you have the best stay. His outlook on life and travelling was really inspiring and i really felt refreshed after staying here and chatting with him. He catered to everyones needs, when i... More 

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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I stayed here for two nights and Ian was helpful with giving us lifts into town and loaning us equipment for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The communal space has a nice fireplace which is really welcoming.and cozy. I really liked the paintings all around the site, especially because it shows just how many different people have stayed here. I stayed... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Really enjoyed staying here. The owner Ian is so friendly and laid back. He has a great sense of humor and is always happy to help you. The wifi here is incredibly fast and the hostel is clean! I wish I could stay here longer :) Thanks for making me feel at home! It was such a memorable stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Ian and Co. are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. You feel like you are part of an extended, international family, sitting around the fire exchanging stories of travels and life in other countries!! Hostel very clean, older style with fun quotes from previous guests all around the place. Definetly recommend this hostel to everyone. Thanks Ian... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Ian helped us out so much by connecting us with other travellers so we could get to the Tongariro! He's hilarious and makes everyone feel welcome. Fellow Canadians should be warned he will assume we are all maple syrup addicts (which I am). We stayed in a small and cozy private for $48 and it was perfect! Thanks Ian!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

I stayed at "A plus Samourai lodge" for 2 nights. I have been amazingly suprised by the warm welcoming of the owner(Ian) and have much appreciated it. During those 2 days, Ian has been very helpful by trying to manage lift for people and giving us advices. Ian and his children like learning languages and always make fun of it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I have been in this Hostel almost a week, and it was a perfect place to stay ! The family who take care of the Hostel are amazing and friendly, they will do everything to make you save money !! (For the tongariro crossing, dont book a shuttle before to talk with Ian, the host) the Hostel is very clean,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Ian, the owner, is super helpful at arranging activities and travel. Great place to relax, hangout, meet people, BBQ, watch movies, play games or just chill out. Has an indoor den, two covered outdoor areas and a huge grass yard. At $29 for a basic private room, awesome price. Kitchen gets busy, but it is totally functional and well equipped.... More 

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