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“Don't Forget Your Earplugs!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of YHA Waitomo Juno Hall Backpackers

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YHA Waitomo Juno Hall Backpackers
600 Waitomo Caves Rd, Te Kuiti 3977, New Zealand   |  
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Don't Forget Your Earplugs!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Just come back from a couple of nights in Waitomo. Yes, Juno Hall is ideally located for rafting and a 10 minute walk into town, the setting's lovely... but wow, was it noisy! Bang, crash, wallop. Feet stomping, doors banging, people yakking... Would have got more sleep in a railway station. The problem's not the people though, it's the building. Walls are paper thin, doors don't have any softeners, floors are made of cheap chipboard. A few suggestions to the owners to improve the experience for weary travellers who need a good night's sleep after a hard day's caving/hiking/rafting:
1 (expensive) sound proof the walls + lay more solid floorboards
2 (mid-price) install anti-slam door closers in all the rooms
3 (cheap) put up a big "Please remove your shoes and leave them here" sign at the entrance
I hope the management will read this and do something because the Bangs & Crashes shouldn't detract from what is otherwise a really nice place - excessive noise is such a simple problem to resolve.

Room Tip: Not near the entrance / kitchen!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011 via mobile

Bed was a bunk bed with a double at the bottom. Stayed for a night.

Kitchen to use, free parking on premises. Had to pay for wifi though. Location was 1km away from city centre however it was right next to Waitomo Adventures which I had signed up for

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Juno Hall backpackers is a pretty cool hostel with a homely feel to it. It is located right next to the original Waitomo Caves Blackwater Rafting company. It has a few farm animals running around too including a lovely little lamb called Lucy. We were glad to decided to stay here

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

Loved the fire place. Great lounge and kitchen. Close to caves, down the road. Nearby supermarket in town. Charge for internet. Only one shower, and not very clean. Stayed in Dorm 7 which was not as well designed as the group area. The bunk beds did not have rails or ladders.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

I enjoyed my stay here. The bed was good and the lounge corner around the fireplace/tv opens up a lot of possibilities to socialize with the other guests. The wifi was quite expensive though.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

I am really glad I didn't read the rest of the reviews before I stayed here, otherwise I probably wouldn't have booked it, and that would have been a shame, cos I really enjoyed my stay at Juno Hall. It's in a beautiful setting, just up the road from the Black Water Rafting Company, and set amongst lovely countryside with rolling hills etc.

The rooms are clean and comfortable. The bathrooms are clean, showers are free, and there is plenty of space.

The communal area is really big and clean. We spent the night playing scrabble and chatting to other travelers.

The grounds have all sorts of farm animals and we took a walk around and met some very friendly pigs, goats, horses... and an extremely friendly calf called lucky.

The management is local and on-site, and very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

We stayed here for one night as we did the black water rafting cave trip. It was handy being only across the road from where we had to meet, but that was its only perks. We have been staying at Hostelling International hostels throughout our whole trip (YHA in NZ) as we are members, and we were let down by this hostel. Unfortunately it did not meet the high standards we experienced across the USA. We would have been happy to stay there if we paid significantly less- this was the main reason we weren't happy- not good value for money.
There were flies everywhere- all over the kitchen and lounge, and at night there were bugs everywhere- but this is expected in the middle of nowhere! The rooms were very stuffy, but clean. If you have a car I think you can find somewhere else to stay and drive to the cave trips.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about YHA Waitomo Juno Hall Backpackers

Address: 600 Waitomo Caves Rd, Te Kuiti 3977, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Te Kuiti
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Te Kuiti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waitomo has been entertaining guests for decades with its deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and dark waterways for generations. YHA Waitomo offers the perfect base to experience all this spectacular place has to offer. The hostel is situated on a farm and has stunning views and native forest as your backdrop. Relax in a hammock by our large swimming pool and unwind from the adrenalin activities on your doorstep. ... more   less 
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