I stayed at Bay Adventurer in a six person dorm room for three nights while on a Kiwi Experience tour during the busy Christmas and New Year period. The atmosphere is very laid back, and the facility includes a large common area including a nice pool, hot tub, multiple picnic tables, and a TV room and kitchen. If you’re coming here on your way from Auckland you’re going to love it, as the whole scene is very chilled out and people are very friendly.
I can’t speak highly enough about the cleaning staff, particularly in the bathrooms. No matter the time of day, I never encountered a gross bathroom situation. Major props! The kitchen was always great as well (note that they will fine you if you don’t do your dishes and they catch you on the security camera, which is a good thing). One minor complaint is that the dorm room itself smelled really moldy, but it’s easy to see why when you realize that everyone is either in the pool or at the beach all day, and stuff frequently gets hung up to dry inside the rooms. Despite the smell, it was cleaned well every day by the staff. Do yourself a favor and bring one towel for the beach/pool and one for showering.
The room price is average for the area. Wi-Fi is through Global Gossip and was $4/day or $12/week while I was there, and certainly don't count on getting any cell signal on your mobile device. If you’re not coming on one of the tour buses, call ahead to make sure the office will be open for your arrival. There is lots of parking available if you’re driving up on your own.
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Adventurer Paihia, Bay Of Islands