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Finlay Jack's Backpackers
Ranked #6 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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68 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Best hostel I've stayed in!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We booked a private room for myself and 2 other friends as we were doing a road trip across the North Island. The hostel's location is great (close to all the major attractions) and the staff is super friendly. The room was close to a hotel room with an ensuite bathroom, a bar fridge and even electric blankets. The room was colourful, clean and tidy. I've travelled with friends to most parts in Australia and stayed at hostels which were pretty decent, but this place tops it all.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Voecklabruck, Austria
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

The hostel is centrally located and there's a supermarket and a warehouse nearby. The communal areas and the rooms/bathrooms are very clean. Most rooms don't have bunks and do have a bathroom. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is definitely a place to stay for some days and enjoy Taupo.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a double room with a queen and a single with ensuite. It even had a little bar fridge. It was more like a good motel quality and than backpackers. Only stayed one night but it could have been way longer it was so comfortable

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Rennes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

This backpacker is a really good one! I advise you to stay there in Taupo. It's close to the city centre, the lake, the Huka Falls, the restaurants. .. And people working at the office are really welcoming and friendly, especially Max who is always smiling! There is as well a nice kitchen and a lot of facilities (laundry, Wifi...).

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

I stayed here for two nights with some friends. We had a spacious room with comfy single beds and a very clean bathroom for our own use. The staff was friendly and provided us with useful information about the area. The kitchen offers clean cooking facilities and there are several sitting areas inside and outside. We had an awesome stay in Taupo and will come back some day!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Ziano di Fiemme, Italy
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34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Stayed two days at Blackcurrant Backpackers with some friends. Really helpful staff and amazing beds (especially if you walk the Tongariro Crossing like we did, and need to crash and rest your tired legs). The kitchen gets quite busy at night as there are only two cookers, but other than that really quite and clean hostel.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

I was torn between this place an Rainbow Lodge ...and chose the wrong one.

There was nothing wrong with blackcurrant (well, except nowhere near enough fridge space, free coffee not available until 8.30am, no bathroom hand towel/dryer, only two cookers for 50 people, expensive laundry facilities & wifi that didn't work) but based on the reviews I was expecting something maybe a little special and this was just ... well, pretty bland.

I was in a 4-share that had plenty of space, comfy bed & good, clean modern bathroom (shared with next door via adjoining doors) and it was perfectly serviceable and adequate.

I didn't find much atmosphere to the place. Perhaps because I don't drink & there were a lot of drinkers there while I was there? Or perhaps the more motel-like set-up with the kitchen across the way & up the stairs.

In summary, Blackcurrant is perfectly adequate but didn't have all the whistles & bells that other reviews led me to expect.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Finlay Jack's Backpackers
Address: 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay Jack's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taupo's best option for comfort, convenience and great times with international friends. Here you'll find a bunk-free experience with single beds made up ready for your arrival and delightful en-suite bathrooms. We've renovated one of Taupo's most central hostels with the modern backpacker in mind. Two minutes from the supermarkets and central bus station, we have a comfy DVD lounge, huge garden, massive balcony complete with BBQ and stunning views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom) and beyond. Whether you're an adrenaline junky keen to launch yourself from a plane at 15,000 feet, looking to set sail on the Great Lake or seeking peace and tranquillity along with some of New Zealand's most beautiful walks, our staff are here to make sure your visit lives up to expectations...aim high, people! ... more   less 
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