My girlfriend and I stayed here in Feb 2013 for 2 nights. The hostel is in a perfect location right on the beach, you won't miss it either with the brightly painted exterior! We checked into a private double room, which shared a kitchen, living area and bathroom with another room, much like a 2 bedroom apartment. This was good, but you do feel as if you are on holiday with another couple who you don't know! The decor is 'homely', comfortable but potentially in need of an update. The staff were friendly and helpful, and are able to provide spades for hot water beach (with a $20 deposit). Whitianga is a quiet place with a very relaxed feel. There are a few bars and restaurants, the wild hog bar and restaurant was good for a drink after a hard day's walking around Cathedral cove.
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- YHA Whitianga, On the Beach Backpackers is a friendly beachfront hostel with huge bay windows with stunning views over Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula, a holiday spot loved by New Zealanders. Close to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. YHA Whitianga has accommodation to suit everyone from singles, couples and families. Free wifi and Kayaks available. ... more less
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