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The Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Ranked #16 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
Hamburg, Germany
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Disappointing experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

We visited the backpacker as a family for two days and rented two cabins. Toilets regularly ran out of toilet paper, the kitchen was not clean and the promised free breakfast was cancelled without prior notice supposedly because the guests did not leave the kitchen in a clean condition. This backpacker was by far the worst we visited in New Zealand.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nico M
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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136 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

This was a fabulous little gem we found. Jungle setting, superb laid back owner and staff, wonderful people... Not advertised on hostel websites so no kids and empty beer bottles kicking around everywhere. Just a lot of respectful, like minded, experienced travellers. Had a wonderful time Thank you.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bexen
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

I cannot recommend this hostel highly enough!!
The Pickled Parrot is literally the ideal place to kick back and relax; and you will struggle to find a more picturesque and idyllic location than The Bay of Islands to unwind and take zillions of stunning photos!

The vibe in the hostel is super-chilled, friendly and welcoming; everyone throughout my 4 night stay seemed to get on really well and have a fun, relaxing time. It is like an oasis of nice people!!

The owner; Rose (+ her 2 dogs; Noodle & Truffle!) is really, really helpful and nice- and the team of hostel helpers keep the whole place very clean and tidy which makes the atmosphere nice for everyone. A simple aspect that I really likes are the very nice showers that feel like a bathroom at home! (very important after a while travelling!!)
The hostel offers free bike hire, breakfast, tennis, internet etc etc - which means you can have a great stay at a very low cost! :)
Thank you Pickled Parrot!! :)

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Becca T
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Singapore, Singapore
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52 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great place, great location. The hostel is clean and the rooms are quite big and functional (best rooms we had in NZ.) The kitchen was great, well stocked but quite small but somehow works. It is always full but its okay and the vibe is great. There is a free breakfast but that is if the kitchen is clean, unfortunately both days we stayed it wasn't, which was a bit disappointing. There is a communal pc which you can use.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AngDingJiee
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Indianapolis
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

This place could have been perfect if not for the bugs. I slept in the dorm and the beds were comfortable and clean. Though no side lights which is always annoying. But I stayed here 3 nights and had great sleep all 3 nights. The hostel in general is a very quiet but also has a great social atmosphere. Met lots of great people. This isn't a party hostel which suited me. Also free wifi is included in the price which is always nice! Kitchen was a bit on the small side for as many people that were there. Hostel was full when I was there so the lounge and kitchen couldn't hold everyone. Overall nice atmosphere and facilities.

My only complaint is the bugs! Just the small little bugs like sand flies and I got lots of no see 'em bites. So bring bug spray and itch cream if you can. They kind of ruined a wonderful stayed for me. Since this is a bungalow type of place everything is outdoors. The bathrooms lead to the outdoors as well so there were always bugs in there. I would go to shower in the morning and I would wipe down the inside of the shower to get the bugs out. Also, one morning there was no toilet paper in any of the bathrooms which can easily be fixed.

Overall great stay. About 5-10 minute walk to town. They also have 2 really cute dogs, both very friendly and love attention! I would recommend this place to backpackers that like a quiet place with a good atmosphere and a good night sleep!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 151Kelly
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Roanoke, Virginia
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

After sleeping in a car for a few nights, this place was like a palace! The staff was so friendly and the facilities were amazing. Sure the kitchen was a little on the small side, but it got the job done. The toilets and showers are all BRAND NEW, and they're all individual bathrooms (as in you get your own toilet and shower! It's nicer than my bathroom back at home!) in a shared common area. We stayed in one of the outside rooms and really enjoyed it. If you're in the area, this is definitely the place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scott B
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here in Feb 2013 for 3 nights. The place is located a 5 min walk from central Paihia, and has a really nice outdoor feel to it, with the rooms around a courtyard. Rose, the manager, gave us a warm welcome and we were able to check in as soon as we arrived. The room was a double with shared facilities, which was light and airy with a comfy double bed. Bathrooms were good, recently refurbished and clean (and sufficient in number!). Basic breakfast of toast and cereal are provided, get there early to ensure you get some as milk was finished by 9am. The kitchen and common room areas are good also, with pans etc provided. This hostel requests quiet from 10pm and silence from 11pm - which is adhered to and we had good nights sleep during our stay. Paihia is a nice seaside town, with plenty of bars and restaurants catering for the backpacking community (centred around kings road) and more discerning clientele along the seafront. I would defintiely stay at the Pickled Parrot again, maybe stay somewhere else if you're looking for a party hostel though! Oh yeah, there is free wifi which is quite fast.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Address: 9 Greys Lane, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and relax at the Pickled Parrot. Enjoy free breakfast in this small personal hostel set in a sub tropical garden paradise. Friendly welcoming hosts, very clean accommodation, excellent kitchen facilities, all linen provided. Close to beach, restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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