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Bay Adventurer
Ranked #17 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
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“Great hostel!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2010

We stayed at Bay Adventurer for a few days. Nice accomodation, clean kitchen and a lounge to watch movies or TV. It was possible to use mountenbikes to tour around the Bay. You van even use a kayak for free. The owners are really nice, they even sent us an item we forgot at their hostel, for free! Great place and good prices!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2010

Visited in February with my Daughter and Son In Law and had the two bedroom apartment with balcony at the front. This was my first experience in a Backpackers but at 53 years of age it will definately not be my last! Ideally placed near bars, lovely pool and Hot Tub and brilliant facilities for 'proper' backpackers who need laundry/cooking facilities. There was a nice central communal area where travellers could get together and eat/drink and exchange their experiences and generally the whole place had a lovely chilled out feel to it with the modern extras we have come to expect nowadays. Our apartment had a fully equiped kitchen, modern tiled bathroom, TV, balcony and could sleep about 9. Would definately go back again, recommend to a friend and - a bit late in the day it has got me seriously thinking about some 'proper' backpacking if accomodation is as good as this in other places!

Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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London, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2010

The 6 bed dorm was ok, though it would feel very cramped if all 6 beds were occupied. Unfortunately, it wasn't cleaned at all - we were there 3 nights and other people came and went, so staff came in to remake the beds but didn't think to empty the overflowing bin.

The bathroom was grimy, with blocked plugholes, mouldy shower curtains and broken toilets.

The kitchen was disgusting - you wouldn't want to touch, let alone put food down, on the surfaces. The bins were overflowing. Worst was the frudge - so full it looked as if it hadn't been cleaned out for months, and somebody had put unwrapped raw meat on the top shelf so the blood dripped down onto our food on the shelf below... we threw that away and went out for dinner, but two days later the dried congealed blood was still all over the shelf! We had intended to complain to reception when we left but we had a bus to catch and reception opened late so we didn't have time.

The tables outside are good for meeting other travellers and the atmosphere is relaxed. The security guards helpfully get everyone to leave the tables at 11pm - the tendency is to head down the road to one of the bars... but there's no sign of the security guards when everyone stumbles back at 3am after the bars close, drunker and louder than before, when help in quieting them down would actually be useful.

The location is good, but since all other hostels in Paihia are on the same street, I'd strongly recommend staying at one of them instead.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Lovely self-contained apartments that were well equiped, spacious, light and clean.

However, there was loud music pumping from speakers in the central courtyard until 8pm even though there was nobody apparently listening to them. There was no obvious way of turning the music down / off once reception closed so we just had to wait (and hope) it would eventually turn itself off.

Also worth noting is that they may charge you to check in after 7pm unless you pre-arrange this with them.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

My b/f and I are in our mid twenties and we stayed at the Bay Adventurer for 2 nights in April of 2008. We booked a studio room though the hostel's website. This was the best backpackers we stayed at during our trip in New Zealand.

RECEPTION: No problems here. Our reservation was as we had requested and we actually ended up with a slightly cheaper rate - always a bonus.

ROOM: Great room on ground level. Big, clean, and private. Room had bunk beds (double on bottom single on top type), a sofa, table with two chairs and a kitchette. Kitchette had everything you'd need to prepare meals - stove top, microwave, kettle, etc. Lots of dishes and shelf space. Flat screen TV with thea couple free to air channels. Great for news/weather reports etc.

BATHROOM: Very nice. Clean and large. Nice shower with good pressure. Window and fan.

LOCATION: Great location. Easy walking distance to restaurants, the pier/beach, and a liquor store right on the corner.

OTHER: Did not use the common area so I cannot comment on it other than it looked clean. They also have laundry facilities available and off-street parking. There is a hot-tub and bbq for guest use.

  • Liked — Quiet and clean
  • Disliked — No complaints - it was great!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2007

WOW! We must say we really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in a double room and found it was the best hostel accomadation we experienced in NZ. The staff were friendly, but not THE best we'd experience however this wasnt a problem. The kitchen wasnt that great either and I'd seriously recommend they replace their hobs as they dont really get that hot but the atmosphere and area is great. Swimming pool, hot tub, bike and tennis court use are also a bonus!
The hostel was spotless during our stay and remains its standards since it won best BBH hostel in 2005. Keep it up

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bay Adventurer
Address: 26-28 Kings Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Paihia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Bay Adventurer 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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