Pacific Coast Lodge now has new owners who took over in August 2012.
They have done a great job at giving the place a new surf and beach theme to it, with their catchphrase "Peace, Love & Sandy Feet". A big surf wave welcomes you at reception, with a fresh coat of paint throughout the downstairs and upstairs areas.
Lots of surf art, and quotations fill the rooms and hallways, and a kitchen that is clean and very well stocked. A piece of history is the old-school can opener, a cool learning curve to follow the instructions!
They have created lovely courtyard out the back, with a BBQ and a bush fence to make it a bit more private.
With 5 sets of bathrooms (depending on which room you are staying in - you either have shared bathrooms or communal facilities) there are never any queues for the facilities. Cheapest rooms of course are the bigger dorms - 10, 8, or 6 bed dorms, along with plenty of 4bed dorms... Doubles and twins available also - with good sized rooms, hand basins and full linen supplied. A nice touch are the mints on the towels, along with hot water bottles or fans available from the staff.
A mere hop skip and a jump to the beach, 500 metres away, and downtown the Mount only 650metres, along with New World Supermarket only a 9minute walk (go ahead and set your timer!)
With some free bikes, free surfboards, body boards and sand boards, not to mention ping pong, darts, tennis and Targa (a new sport invention by their nightman!), they are good value for money.
Definately recommended, but don't take my word for it. Go and see for yourself what is on offer, they can even help with finding work. If you are looking for a quiet place, this is it. If you are looking for a social place, this is also it. Party-goers are encouraged to head to the beach, the bar or to bed, but they have some good recommendations from the local watering holes, and on occasion you'll be able to score some discounts!!
A place for everyone, and everyone's place, Pacific Coast Lodge is your "beach accommodation at affordable prices"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the 2014 TNT Golden Backpacker for 'Best Accommodation NZ' and finalists for 2105! No place you'd rather be - We've got it all: The beach, the surf, and the sun! Look no further! We offer FREE onsite car parking, FREE WIFI, FREE surfboards and FREE bikes! Welcome to Pacific Coast Lodge, your 4-star flashpackers, where everyone knows your name! We are owner operated and Matt will go out of his way to make your stay a memorable one. We are magnificently located within walking distance to the beautiful shores of Mount Maunganui Beach, offering affordable accommodation for one night stays or weekly boarders looking for work.Groups are our specialty - having successfully hosted birthday celebrations, stag/hens nights, entire schools, and sports tournaments. We go out of our way to customise your requirements and can organise breakfasts, day tours or team building activities so it's one less thing to worry about! The friendly team at Pacific Coast Lodge are able to give genuine advice and offer great deals on the range of activities and adventures, to help you make the most of your stay in Mount Maunganui, ensuring that you experience the best that the Bay of Plenty has to offer - anything from swimming with Dolphins, amazing walks & hot pools, to deep sea fishing, kayaking & surfing.We are the only hostel in Mount Maunganui that actively assists you in finding work! Anything from fruit picking and orchard work, to factory and labouring jobs - we have people calling us daily for workers!The hostel is well established and provides loads of the comforts you crave from a Backpackers. ... more less
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