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“A perfect base for the Bay of Islands”

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The Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Ranked #15 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
Australia
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“A perfect base for the Bay of Islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

The Pickled Parrot is possibly the best hostal I have ever stayed in. We were there twice and stayed in 2 of the rooms and also had a nosey into the dorms. The rooms are spacious, spotless and the linen was also clean and good quaility. The beds look new and are very comfortable. The bathrooms are all communal, which I am not normally that keen on, but these were spotless and roomy. Nothing worse than having not enough space and hooks in the showers but this was great. Lots of hot water too. The comunal areas are large, both inside and outside and an interesting mixed group congregated there. There is TV, DVDs, a stereo, a book exchange, board games, a BBQ etc. The kitchens are well equipped and again, sparklingly clean. Rose presides over the hostal with high sprits, good humour and a mad joie de vivire. She is great. The hostal has another 5 permanent, VIP, residents - the animals. The parrot is bonkers - he miaows like a cat - and will sit on your shoulder; the cat is fluffy and likes being petted, the 2 jack russells, Smartie and Treacle are gorgous, as is Raven, a beautiful old black lab. This is the icing on the cake! Great value for money - especially as breakfast is thrown in for free!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2008

This is a lovely small hostel, really close to all the main parts of Pahia but far enough away to get good sleep. Its a 5 minute walk to the bars, shops and beach. Set back from the road you can read in the garden or chill on the veranda undisturbed by noise. The couple who run it think of lots of helpful extras and free breakfast is a bonus. The bathrooms are clean and the kitchen is well stocked. All the people I met there were friendly and chatty. I would thoroughly recommend this and wouldnt hesitate to go back.

  • Liked — The informal friendliness
  • Disliked — Nothing I loved it!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2008

The Pickled Parrot is a lovely backpackers hostel in a quiet area of Paihia close to the beach, harbour and bus stop. I stayed in a twin room and it was clean and comfortable enough. The hostel is quite small but very friendly and owner Rose is really welcoming and helpful (she can help with arranging tours and activities). The common area is large enough, with TV and internet, though the kitchen needs a new cooker. The shower area is also clean and warm. Breakfast and tea and coffee are provided free, which is a nice touch, and the various cats, dogs and parrot (yes there really is one) give it a homely feel.

  • Liked — Quiet and friendly
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled solo
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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 #15 of 28 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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