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“Quiet, peaceful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Kiwi Paka Waitomo

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Kiwi Paka Waitomo
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Paphos
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Quiet, peaceful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

Very well run accommodation. My wife and I arrived with Kiwi bus and stayed one night in a chalet which had a nice clean room and comfortable bed. A little more regimented in having to hire plates and cutlery but with the deposit returned on leaving. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. It is on the expensive side of budget accommodation.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

This is on the expensive end of budget accommodation but you get what you pay for. We booked a double room which was impeccably clean with a nice bright bathroom and tea & coffee facilities. The staff were friendly, incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the local tourist attractions and even took care of our bookings and pickups for us.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

We stayed here as the Waitomo Hotel had "lost our booking" grrrr. Obviously we weren't expecting too much as this isn't what we had booked but we apologise Kiwi Paka, you were excellent! Our Chalet and the site facilites were all very clean and modern and the onsite Pizzeria had great food/coffee and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you Hotel for losing our booking as we very much enjoyed our alternative and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

Stayed here for one night with the Kiwi bus. We had a great time, the lodge was friendly, clean, centrally located (well, Waitomo is VERY small) and we slept quite well. Would recommend grabbing a drink at Curly's, the bar just across the grass. Nice place, would recommend it to friends!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

this hostel was great has everything you needed, the kitchen was good, had its own bar and food, rooms were nice, bthrooms really good, everything was really clean.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

Have stayed at Kiwi Pakas chalets in Waitomo twice now, and will try harder to find other accomodation next time we take guests down there... OK, it certainly has positives: very central location, well-managed, quite clean, reasonably friendly staff, good breakfasts. But it's certainly not great value....

Don't expect to sleep well, uncomfortable beds (too soft), paper thin walls, hear EVERYTHING going on, even people whispering outside. Also - one of my pet peeves: squeeky doors! Forget touching bathroom door unless you want to wake everybody up - before you actually use the toilet... So annoying, as this is so easy and costs nothing to fix!

Rooms are EXTREMELY basic, examples: not a single hook in the whole room, i.e. absolutely nowhere to hang clothes or wet jacket.
Only one chair in 2 person chalet, two chairs in 4-person chalet. Can't hang used clothes on them either. Yeah, it's nice with a balcony etc. but don't expect to actually be able to sit out there on anything...

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The staff were ok, not overly friendly or helpful. The beds were extremely uncomfortable, with a big dip in the middle. The first night I made my husband a cup of tea from the kettle. The second night I opened the lid of the kettle to refill it and discovered the kettle was half full of milky brown disgusting smelling water with bits floating in it. I almost threw up knowing that I had drunk from it the night before. When I mentioned this to the staff when we checked out the girl was very unhelpful and unapologetic.
The 10pm 'quiet time' was not enforced, making it very difficult to get to sleep with backpackers yelling and making noise. Very basic rooms and not worth the money we spent. We paid the same amount for the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua! ($100 NZD).
The fridge in the room was extremely noisy and had to be unplugged during the night.
The only good things I have to say were that the view was lovely and the food at the cafe was pretty good.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kiwi Paka Waitomo
Address: Kiwi Paka Waitomo School Road PO Box 26 Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiwi Paka Waitomo 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waitomo Kiwipaka has backpackers accommodation as well as Chalet rooms. There is also a Pizzeria café/restaurant on site. ... more   less 
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