quite simply - DO NOT STAY HERE. The woman on reception was the only nice thing here. Unfortunately she works in a horrible place. We travelled for 10 weeks round NZ, this was the worst place we stayed. How it has 72% in the BBH book is beyond me.
It was not very clean, everything in the kitchen had to be washed before and after you used it.
The bathrooms weren't very nice, ants nests round the toilets, and no soap in the ladies, I had to go and wash my hands in the Mens.
The worst bit was the bedrooms, well the beds to be exact. The mattress (I don't know how they have the front to call it that) was awful. I could pinch it and feel my fingers through it. The bed was slatted, so we spent the night sleeping on slats. it was the most uncomfortable bed we've ever slept in. absolutely terrible.
we were supposed to stay for 2 nights, we got a refund on the 2nd!
The blackwater rafting co is very good for cave trips. We did the black labyrinth tour and it was fab.
There are other hostels in waitomo, I don't care how bad their reviews are, nowhere could be worse than this place.
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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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