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Finlay Jack's Backpackers
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Stayed here on reading a recommendation from our Lonely Planet guide. It has a great location, with a Pak n Save opposite and a couple minutes walk into town. Reception was very helpful and also gave some great recommendations as to what to do in Taupo. Double room was lovely and clean and very spacious, with a nice en suite and fridge in the room, with couple of chairs and a table too. Only popped into the communal kitchen quickly, but it seemed very well stocked with plenty of space. Would be happy to stay there again, but the ONLY downside was the paper thin walls, and for our bad luck we were in the room next to some Brit backpackers on their last night. Their screaming, shouting and at one point fighting sounded very clear at 3am and meant we had a really bad nights sleep on our first night. Thankfully they we're gone by the next night so we slept fine. Would recommend to others, be just be aware of who your neighbours are if you can.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Keely1986
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Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

We had a double room which was very spacious. You have your own bathroom and fridge in the room.
There is free Tea & Coffee at the reception.
The kitchen/dining area was clean and well equipped.
The staff was super friendly and helpful.
It is about 5-10 min walk to the restaurants, bars, shops and the lake.
About 25-30 min walk to the Bungy Side and the Hotsprings (definitely worth going there!).

Absolutely worth staying here. 100% recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Udooo
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Clean hostel. Comfy bed. Friendly and helpful staff. good location. All single beds, not bunks in the room we stayed in. However / nothing to write home about. Didn't have very homely / cosy feel about it. Did the job as a place to stay overnight!

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
Thank DNC10
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Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Spotless clean and comfy rooms and amazingly friendly staff. Our double was huge and came with a private bathroom. We had a skydive booked and wanted to head further north directly afterwards so we checked out in the morning. Due to weather conditions the dive was first delayed and then finally postponed to the next day. They let us stay in the common area for the whole time inbetween (it isn't excactly common to do that in NZ) and even called the skydiving place for us. We would definetly recommend the place, although free wifi would have been a nice addition.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank hoeferjan
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We stayed in a double ensuite room for two nights. Blackcurrant is well-situated, away from the noise but an easy walk to Pak N Save and the main centre, restaurants, etc. The staff were helpful and friendly. The room was lovely but had the potential to be even better.

Obviously newly renovated, the room was fresh and clean and the bed comfortable. The nearly-brand-new bathroom was fantastic and the shower great.

The fridge in the room was an unexpected bonus, but it didn't make much sense to us to have the fridge but no other food storage space, nor a kettle and some mugs/plates/bowls/spoons. There is plenty of room for a couple of shelves over the fridge, so it surely would be easy enough to supply these extra amenities.

The pillows were thin, rock-hard and not comfortable.

A couple of shelves, a kettle, some crockery and cutlery, four big fluffy pillows (rather than two disappointing ones!) and a bit more attention to hanging of pictures (better placed, and one or two more as well) would turn this lovely room into something quite luxurious!

We will certainly stay here again next time we are in Taupo.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ronillian
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