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Finlay Jack's Backpackers

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20 Taniwha Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were only here for one night, but what we experienced was great. The staff was helpful, they held onto our bags during our activities. The rooms were great, very spacious and the beds were unbelievably soft for a hostel and the pillows were amazing. The parking was great, the location was great, the shower was great. At the last... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice hostel in a great location in Lake Taupo. I chose it coz it was on Lonely Planets "our pick" and I wasn't disappointed. Cozy clean and great staff who also helped me with organizing what to do during my 3 day stay. Don't miss the bungee jumping. Even at my age !

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Thank AlanB186337
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my stay at Finlay Jack's and have been back multiple times! The staff are great and really go out their way to make sure you're as comfortable as possible, creating a quality atmosphere. Close to paknsave, cafes and bars, they can organise any activity you'd want to do during your stay. Netflix and xbox for rainy days, clean... More 

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Lyon, France
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The heating was not enough in the room and there is nothing in the Kitchen! Very cold place. The staff only care about party and is not very concerned by the guests... The room in the main building are better than those in front. Wifi doesn't work very well in the rooms

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Really great place to stay. Clean, well equipped, real beds, lockers to store all your valuables in and super comfy bean bags to chill on 😀Finlay super nice and chilled. Definitely coming back! Plus hot Maori on site to complete the NZ experience!! Thanks YHA Taupo Marisa Doughty

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Thank Doughty27m
Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Lovely to have you back again, I think the Maori guy you are referring to is Captain Jack from Rafting New Zealand :) Kim @ Finlay Jacks More 

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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this hostel the beds were very comfortable and homely and rooms were very clean. The staff couldn't of been nicer and very helpful. The kitchen is clean and offers free coffee, tea and juice. The wifi is free and fast. This hostel is located very central to all bars and shops Pak n Save... More 

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Thank Ruth H
Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay here and thanks for the kind words! Hopefully see you back here again soon! Kim @ Finlay Jacks More 

Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Stayed for 6 nights. Paid for a room for 4 people that was ensuite. On arriving clear the bathroom was shared between 2 rooms so one shower for 8 people! One night no working heaters in room and was freezing cold! Second night the staff all went out and played music and shouted in the communal grounds until 0330. After... More 

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Thank Jamesy1984
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Great hostel with great staff! No bother for anything and extended my stay by a further three nights. Taupo is a really good place aswell. Netflix for the poorer weather was a great help also. Facilities are awesomeness aswell. Would definitely stay here again on my visit to Taupo

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Thank Chris H
Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

So happy you had a good stay with us, we would love to have you stay here again if you're ever back in Taupo. Thanks for the review! Kim @ Finlay Jacks More 

Kiel, Germany
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30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Stayed in a female dorm. Had a ood ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is not that clean and a bit too small. If it's warm, there lots of space to sit outside, but if it's colder, the hostel is lacking cozy common rooms to get in contact with other backpackers. Location is good, close to pak'n'save.

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Thank Nora W
Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I am sorry you thought the hostel was lacking atmosphere, we do try to be a very sociable place. We are currently undergoing renovations to the property so we will have bigger places to socialise in the colder weather. Hopefully see you again soon. Thanks Kim @ Finlay Jacks. More 

Newcastle, Australia
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Highlights of this hostel include the free wifi, ample parking, and the fact that the bathrooms are shared between one or two rooms. It is in a good location - the city and lake are in walking distance. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful to suggest activities based on visitor interests.

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Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for the awesome review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here! Come back again soon. Thanks, Kim @ Finlay Jacks More 

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  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Taupo's best option for comfort, convenience and great times with international friends. Here you'll find a bunk-free experience with single beds made up ready for your arrival and delightful en-suite bathrooms. We've renovated one of Taupo's most central hostels with the modern backpacker in mind. Two minutes from the supermarkets and central bus station, we have a comfy DVD lounge, huge garden, massive balcony complete with BBQ and stunning views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom) and beyond. Whether you're an adrenaline junky keen to launch yourself from a plane at 15,000 feet, looking to set sail on the Great Lake or seeking peace and tranquillity along with some of New Zealand's most beautiful walks, our staff are here to make sure your visit lives up to expectations...aim high, people! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Finlay Jack's Backpackers

Address: 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: $18 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay Jack's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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