Every YHA or associate YHA ever stayed in New Zealand or overseas has always been of a high standard, so was not a surprise that this was not an exception. What did stand out was the attitude of staff to difficult situations. Was surprising at how they treated a person that looked and acted like he had just come out of a psychiatric ward. He received the same good treatment as any other paying guest. The manager did draw the line and tell the guy to pull up pants when they got a too low giving people a view they would rather not have. Even after he wet his bed during the night, he was still allowed to stay again after everyone though he had checked out and moved on. In my case being an idiot who left his drink bottle in Rotorua and needed a replacement in a hurry. The manager just found an old steel one he had lying around that he insisted it not be returned, which did come in handy.
An unusual feature of this hostel was the friendly animals. The place is located on a farm in the nearby paddocks were lambs, calves, pigs, horses, a goat and a deer. The deer did come with a warning to get out if it acted aggressively. In the hostel itself there was a friendly cat and a well behaved small dog, that owner likes guests to take for a walk.
The location is relatively handy to the two adventure tour operators who are neighbours next door and up the road. The glowworms cave is a short walk up the road. Although Intercity and Naked Bus both do pickups and drop offs, management can arrange pick up and drop offs. A drop off was required because bookings on the Intercity pass did not allow a pick up at the YHA.
Even though the YHA was located in the country and relatively safe, security was still quite good. There were deadbolts on all the bedrooms and security cameras in the common areas and the driveway. The deadbolts were however a little tricky to open from the outside. There was also a locked storage room and management could look after bags for the day.
Overall the bathrooms were well done. The showers were quite good with good pressure and even temperate, and extraction fans. What was annoying was the choice of materials used in the showers. In my opinion medium density fibre (MDF) has no place in wet areas. The MDF doors had suffered water damage and several were warped and difficult to close. One door the handle was almost completely useless when trying to open the door. The male toilets did have a slight lingering smell of urine. There were plenty of sinks with mirrors above for shaving. Cleanliness was of a high standard, but there was still a little visible mold in the showers.
Kitchen and dining area were large and well equipped. Good selection of cookware, crockery and cutlery, and plenty of fridge space. Two sinks and two stoves made it less likely to have to wait to use something.
The lounge has a TV with Freeview and a wide selection of DVDs. There were comfortable sofas, but why watch movies when you are in country and just sit back and relax on the deck and admire the countryside.
- 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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