Positives: staff (Tracy, Allie) are very nice and helpful. Place is clean, Pip does a great job of thoroughly cleaning the kitchen she is sweet too. Location is ideal in heart of Tauranga, near the i-centre whence buses leave frequently for Mount Maunganui. Nice view from large well-equipped kitchen balcony over water, sunscapes. No hassles, no fuss. Good restaurants nearby including the Turkish pizza place on Devonport, recommended.
Negatives: Do not stay in the room from hell 220, some type of machine racket goes on all night, every night, impossible to get any sleep. The bathroom did not have a lightbulb (gents) so can't see anything. The guests are a lively boozy crowd using their laptops as hip-hop radios and patio is very noisy till about 3-4AM so don't come here if you can't handle that. Rooms need updating. Fire escape is used by guests to traipse up and down, looks like it's rotting away and a tragedy waiting to happen.
In general, about backpackers in Tauranga, it appears there is no one in charge managing overall, resold recently and feeling of owners are in Northern Queenstown all year round.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our backpackers has a huge balcony with STUNNING VIEWS of the harbour, fantastic communal facilities, internet cafe, free bikes, herbs & spices, DVD's, fishing rods & we book all local activities. We accommodate up to 72 people in a variety of different rooms If you are after a CLEAN, FRIENDLY & RELAXED stay, at Harbourside Backpackers one night will turn into days. . . there is plenty to see and do - swimming with Dolpins, white-water rafting, scenic walks, surfing, relaxing on beautiful white sandy beaches and so much more! The bus station and information centre are a one-minute walk away... everything else you might need is just a short walk - we are the CENTER of town. Tauranga is a GREAT place to base yourself for a while and find work if you need your travel funds topped up! We offer weekly rates for those wanting to stay and work in the area. ... more less
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