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“beautiful hostel in a fab location” 4 of 5 stars
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Punakaiki Beach Hostel
3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   4 Webb Street, Punakaiki, New Zealand   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sucre, Bolivia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“beautiful hostel in a fab location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

Very lovely, right on the beach, 500 metres' walk from the rocks. Friendly staff, good communal areas, deliberately no TV (this is a good thing!) to encourage interaction, and plenty of board games. Rooms, laundry and wifi (if you want it you have to pay $10 for the day even if you only need it for a few minutes) are all slightly pricier than other NZ hostels but it's lovely.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

I personally didn't like this hostel. Okay, so it was clean, had a nice lounge, good showers and an okay kitchen. However, I stayed in a 5 bed dorm which smelt very damp. The pillows were old and lumpy and the bed had sunk in the middle making for a awful night of sleep! The bottom bunk had loads of space above it, but this meant that the top bunk was very close to the ceiling. It meant that I couldn't sit up straight on the bed - I had to tilt my head or lie down. There was no real ladder on the bunk, so you kind of had to climb up using the rails at the end of the bed but this was not ideal as I had sore legs from doing a hike on the glacier the previous day. You also had to ensure that you didn't smash your head when you got up there, all in all it was very awkward. The curtains were also not wide enough to fit the windows properly.

The hostel is in a great location in that it really is beach front but this would not be enough to make me stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nagasaki, Japan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

This place used to advertise a spa available, but it has since been removed - which is rather sad.

Nice beach views on a clear day. Not far from the Pancake rocks.

Had to wait in line to use the showers in the morning and all and all the bathrooms were small and not very clean. There was no internet available during our stay. Overall not a good experience. This place needs some work.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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helsi85
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

we were put in the 2nd hostel, 1/2 km down the road, so we weren't actually by the beach. as previously mentioned, the building is on sale. beds were sturdy enough (for bunkbeds) and the home made bread smelled nice. didn't buy any though so I don't know how nice it was. we were meant to be picked up from the bus stop but nobody turned up so we walked. wasn't far, but it was hot and we were carrying heavy bags so not fun! apparently we were meant to ring when we arrived, but we had already given a time of when our bus would arrive and a phone call was not mentioned on booking!we were not allowed to use the laundry until 12pm because they use it to do their own washing until 12. we stayed 2 nights and when we were going to put the washing in we were told to use the washing machine at the other hostel, which had an out of order sign on it. owner said it was working again now and said we could use it, but when he realised we had checked out and were not staying a 3rd night he moaned the hostel had a lot of washing to do and were busy. so basically, we couldn't do our washing and didn't feel like we could ask for a lift to the bus stop either (leaflet advertises free pickup/drop off). would not recommend staying here. i heard the YHA place is nice, but I'd recommend staying in the tavern instead. the staff are so friendly and they were the reason we enjoyed our visit to punakaiki and meant we had somewhere to escape from the moody owner!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2009

I booked a bed in a 4-bed dorm for two nights here. The room was a decent size, but one annoying thing is that the bathrooms were one level down - through the living room. Quite a pain when your habit is to make a dash for it in your towel! There were no female only dorms available either. The kitchen area is a little small, as is the living area (it's all in the same room).

The owner makes some lovely bread though that is available to buy every morning. That's about the only thing you can buy in Punakaiki, as the only shop is in a bar and has very few things - not to mention their staff being rather rude, and that's a French talking ; )

The much-looked-forward-to hot tub was out of order, and seemed to have been for quite a while - very disappointing.

All in all, this place offers standard comfort in a lovely spot!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Numerous
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

A disappointing stay after reading the nice reviews. Yes, it was on the beach, but our room was in a building about 1/2km from the main hostel and ocean. The building where we slept is for sale and is getting no love or attention. Out of toilet paper several times, no dish soap for days, one fry pan for the whole building, more beer bottles (empty) than clean dishes, water leaking down the hallway, thin walls, etc. No internet where we were, had to walk the 1/2km to get or see anything. Good points: affordable wifi ($10 flat fee with your laptop), can borrow host's torch to explore cavern up the road, close to pancake rocks, fresh bread every day (for a fee).

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riwaka, Motueka
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

I found this place on the internet the day before I got there, It sounded like a good location so I took my chances and just turned up. The place is right on the beach (well there's a small gravel 'road'/path in between. A big house it has an elevated verandah that you can sit on and watch the waves crash onto the shore from. It's also protected so you can sit out there in all weathers.. just as well as the west coast is usually wet!

I was in a 4 bed 'share' room.. dorms are larger. Two sets of bunk beds. It was clean, had hooks and a cupboard and even a reading light clipped to the bedhead.. a big plus in my books.

The kitchen area was spacious and well equipped. The lounge area comfy with large glass sliding doors looking out to the verandah and sea. The toilets and showers downstairs were clean.

The garden was well kept and had space for tents, and there was a housebus which looked cool. Think it was available for hire? There was also a spa pool in the garden that was on between 4-9pm. It looked great and those in it seemed to enjoy the soak and the chat with others.

I was disappointed that you had to 'hire' a towel for $2. Having paid $29 to be in a 4 bed room (maybe I haven't backpacked enough recently to be in touch with pricing) I was annoyed at the thought of having to pay for a towel. When my family owned a backpackers the price included linen AND a towel!

Muffins are freshly made (daily?) and cost $2 and loaves of bread for $5. This is handy in a small place where there is a shortage of provisions in the nearby shop/cafe.

A great place to stay and I would highly recommend the location.

  • Liked — Location to beach
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 4 Webb Street, Punakaiki, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Punakaiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Punakaiki Beach Hostel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Standard accommodation for budget travelers. Enjoy our friendly atmosphere and relax to the sound of the ocean. You won't get any closer to the beach! ... more   less 
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