I have stayed here on 2 separate occasions! December 2012 and Feb 2013. And the changes between this time have been incredible.
I agree with some of the comments made. This hostel was a cool place and i had a great time but i feel it was 'stuck in a rut' last year. However these were new owners who had just taken over the place, there was no rules enforced before so it was a little crazy at first. There were lots of groups, but it is a backpackers, you make friends and join in with each other..., isn't that the point of backpacking and staying in hostels?!
There were new staff in December and they did a great job of enforcing the rules, this doesn't happen overnight.
The place is spotless, I found the staff friendly and helpful, even when they aren't working and you see them about the place, they still help you out. There were free bikes, surf boards, ping pong, and the little things like free tea/coffee, and spices that make the difference.
The supermarket and beach was super close (5 mins walk)
The courtyard out the back is a sun trap and an excellent place to meet others and share stories.
The tv room with thousands of films (free) and kitchen were HUGE. Probably the biggest I have experienced in New Zealand.
I have travelled for 10 yrs and this hostel is up there in the top 5. And I will be back again and again. How this is ranked at No:33 is a joke. It's a great place. Go and see for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the Golden Backpacker for 'Best Accommodation NZ' 2014, 2016 and 2017! We've got it all: The beach, the surf, and the sun! We offer FREE onsite car parking, FREE WIFI, FREE surfboards and FREE bikes. 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. The friendly team at Pacific Coast Lodge will give genuine advice on activities and adventures to help you make the most of your stay, fom 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, in bars, 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, but most of all our culture is one that our guests call home about. ... more less
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