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18 Kings Rd, Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand

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95 Total Reviews
  • 60%Value For Money
  • 60%Security
  • 100%Location
  • 60%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 100%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Having to pay for internet is rubbish but seems standard in nz. Bbq is good value. Very near to beach. Rooms arent secure as others leave doors open so anyone could walk in off the street. However nothing went missing! Used by kiwi experience so pretty rowdy. Good for partying, not for quiet few days. Kitchen is smelly and small and disgusting.


Had a fantastic time! Staff includig bar staff were all welcoming and you can have a right laugh with them. Great mix of people with the Kiwi buses coming everyday can meet lots of amazing people and the bar onsite is a great way to get to know everyone. Less than 2 mins to the beach and 5 mins into town where there is so much to do. Would 100% recommend this place...hope the rest of the Base Hostels are as good as this one! Bay of Islands has it all!


If you want a party hostel it is a good place to stay otherwise I would go somewhere else. I stayed at the Sanctuary Dorm Ensuite for girls but it wasn't much of a sanctuary as there was neither coffee or tea as was promised and the beds were wobbly metal ones and not very nice to sleep in. Moreover, there where no lockers in the room or space designated for your luggage so it was a big mess and not clean. The good things about the hostel the helpful receptionists and BBQ.

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