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Gazebo Golden Bay Backpackers

7 Hiawatha Lane, Takaka 7110, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a great place, but be warned...its hard to leave- we only came for 1 night and ended up staying nearly a week!! It may not be a big, new and modern hostel- but it has something that you can not buy- atmosphere, feels like you've been there for ever. Paul's done a great job creating this unique home away... More 

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Takaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

i am so glad i stumbled accross this unique place, guests are number one priority and Paul makes sure everyone is happy and content while sharing his wealth of info on the surrounding area, there are bikes to use, wifi, movies, comfy sofas and chairs and plenty to cook with.. it is also unique in its clothes optional attitude, i... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Paul has really made an awesome home away from home for his guests! This place made me smile and feel good after days of big city run of the mill hostels. I feel like I have gotten back to myself and it just took one night at this wonderful place! Definitely check it out!

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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of staying with Paul (and Rachel, his adorable, loving dog) at Gazebo Backpackers for three weeks. A backpackers in name, this place quickly feels like home. Paul provides full access to the kitchen--pots, pans, spices, the works!--a cozy indoor living room (great for watching movies), a shaded outdoor patio for reading or yoga, and lush... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Nice garden. You share the owner house. Living room with a big tv and video games. Double room comfortable. Kitchen well equipped but not so much space for cooking. There is only one shower for everyone and that is not enough at all (we were 10). Above all : deplorable cleanliness. A positive point : free and fast internet. The... More 

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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

You'd be hard pressed to find a more relaxed and welcoming place. A great introduction to the laid back vibe that makes Takaka and Golden Bay so special, and a welcome addition to casual clothing optional accommodation. Both naturists and textiles will find this a homely haven with lots of freebies that many other places charge for. Plenty of accommodation... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It’s very hard to come by somewhere so welcoming, homely and peaceful while meeting many wonderful people from all walks of life, but the magical Gazebo Backpackers does exactly that. Paul, the host, is always willing to share his wealth of local knowledge and tips for Takaka and it’s surrounding areas, helping make the most of your stay in Takaka.... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Takaka has officially become one of my favorite places in New Zealand. Gazebo doesn't feel like a hostel because beyond just being a place for backpackers to kick their feet up, it's a home. Your hosts, Paul and Raichel have opened their home to travelers from all over the world. Paul is knowledgeable, generous and positive. Pitch your tent in... More 

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Barlig, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It's not the state-of-the-art sound system and ginormous communal TV, nor the big comfy beds, not even the free wifi or free computer available that made my summer at Gazebo such a special one. Staying at Gazebo is like staying with family. Paul will take time to explain about the best places to go in Golden Bay and even share... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Gazebo is a fantastically friendly place, the small size along with Paul, the owner make it a great place to really meet people and make the most of the wonderful Golden Bay atmosphere. There's so much to do in the area from relaxing on a beach and checking out the unusual shops 5 minutes slow walk down the road to... More 

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