Just stayed here 5 nights and I've not experienced so many Mosquitos in one area.! Ok it's been a hot dry summer but sitting out (or even inside) of an evening and the insects get troublesome. Flies seemed attracted and maybe the estuary lower down the hill effected a good breeding ground?
My room (1) had a fly screen affixed to the open window which was a godsend!
Some excellent walking up the hill through bush reserves and along the river reserves also..but sadly as for Whengerei itself .. Well apart from the "Basin" Marina area.. It's one big warehouse type blocks of garish shop outlets and commercial enterprises. Hospitality was good at the hostel, clean and friendly but be aware they do allow local unemployed to stay (who whilst I stayed enjoyed a drink or two too many!).
It spoilt my stay in an otherwise nice hostel well run with good position overlooking the town. On foot it is up a steepish hill across the River from the isite (but there is a more direct shortcut) signposted off the main Riverside Drive dual carriageway (the 3rd road from the bridge "Dundass Road".) Would I stay again... Mmm sadly maybe not if I'm honest. I understand the previous manager (from talking with a regular guest) banned certain undesirable types from frequenting the hostel.. Because of past problems in this respect. The new manageress needs to take similar decisions perhaps?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ours is a small family run YHA Backpackers and Holiday Park. We are located 2 minutes walk away from the beautiful Whangarei Waterfall and Parihaka Scenic Reserve walking tracks. Stroll to town along bush lined riverside walks or laze the day away beside the swimming pool. Evenings are for soaking in the hot tub and sharing stories around the BBQ. Located 5kms north east of Whangarei City Centre on the Twin Coast Highway we provide an ideal base for diving and exploring the Poor Knight Islands. Beautiful coastal beaches and Tutukaka with its marina are a short drive away. We happily arrange diving, fishing, kayaking and snorkelling with a free pick from our gate available. Local bus stops, shops and a supermarket are all within easy walking distance. For a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in comfortable accommodation at great value for your money call in and check us out. Graham & Alison ... more less
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