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On the Beach Backpackers
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“Not a good hostel”
Reviewed March 5, 2009

The block we were put in had what can only be described as an animal smell in both the communal areas and the room. There was insufficient light in the dorm room. Three toasters in the kitchen, none of which worked. This is expensive compared to other hostels in New Zealand which are far superior. It just didn't feel clean.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

Stayed for 2 nights in Jan 2009 and was our favourite place in NZ as well. Stayed in a double room which was just right. Had a lovely bbq and my boyfriend was able to borrow a surf board and try out the surf on Bufalo Beach which is just across he road. Staff (particularly the owners) went out of their way to make us feel welcome and have an enjoyable stay. Would definitely recommend!

Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

This was the best place we stayed in NZ. It's a great hostel right opposite the waterfront in a lovely little town. The location is great, the staff were friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and clean and the facilities were good. There was also cheap wireless Internet access, free kayaks, free spades and beach towels to go to Hot Water Beach with. Would have loved to stay longer.

  • Liked — Friendly, helpful staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: On the Beach Backpackers
Address: 46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — On the Beach Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. YHA Whitianga has backpacker accommodation of multi-share rooms (some are en-suite) as well as double and twin rooms in self-contained units. Relax in our clean, comfortable home-like accommodation with all the necessary hostel facilities – well-equipped self catering kitchen, common areas and outside BBQ. ... more   less 
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