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.
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- 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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