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Harbourside City Backpackers Reviews

105 The Strand, Tauranga, Tauranga, New Zealand

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169 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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This is the finest hostel in New Zealand!! I highly recommend that you stay here. Convenient location right in city center. Have a free bike ride over to the mountain.... watch the sun rise over the harbor from the balcony. Comfortable environment.... clean.... friendly staff. You will certainly get a positive vibe from this establishment. Only drawback here is no Wifi connection. Shame on you Alina! Haha. Join the 21st century.... take care of internet problem.


I would like to get a blanket to sleep next time because it was a bit cold without any blanket.

  • 20th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Hi, Thank you for giving us a feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you had no blanket. Our duvets are available on request and for free. We inform all our guests on check in to pick on up if you do not wish to use your own sleeping bag. After office hours our lovely Night Owl would had been more then happy to provide you with a duvet ( her room is displayed at the reception window). Next time if your stay with us we will defiantly make up for the misunderstanding. Take care & Happy travels!


Alina is an amazing human being, very kind and does her job well! Very smart, helpful and resourceful. God bless her! The hostel itself is also very clean and well maintained and in a great location by the water and night life!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, Thank you very much for your very kind words. You really made my day :) I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our 4 STAR facilities hostel with the most amazing view in town - over our beautiful harbour. Thank you for pointing out the hard work of the housekeepers. Hope you had the chance to crab one of our free bikes and explored the surroundings of Tauranga too. Take care & Happy travels! Wish you an awesome time in NZ! Aline & her always smiling Harbourside Team


Perfect located in front of the shore, nice view over the bay from the rooftop terrace. Nice, clean kitchen and rooms. Staff is really nice as well.


Follow blog link below for full review. This was a pretty quick overnight for me, but once I saw that it was in the heart of a pretty cool marina area, I wished I was staying longer. It was a quick trip to the beach and seems like there is so much to do in Tauranga. The hostel even offers bikes to explore and has a ton of different activities that they'll connect you with. Only get an hour of WiFi, but it's pretty good connection. Rooftop view from the deck is killer. http://wp.me/p6eWQf-3m


The lady that worked the night shift when we were there was amazingly helpful! The location was great, by the waterfront and amazing view from the deck.


The staff was immature and there for themselves not for service. Poor service, felty carpets, unclean fridges. Very unfortunate welcome to NZ as a first destination! Charged 4% for credit card payment which I was told was on the website. Verified and it is not. The 4% calculation was overstated on top of it. I did not like my stay and would NOT recommend it to any travellers over 35.

  • 5th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to give us a feedback. I'm actually very shocked about your comments as we have gone out of our way to make your stay very comfortable. All fridges get cleaned on a weekly basis. As May is one of our busiest month due to the kiwifruit season- it can be quiet hectic in the kitchen at times. I wish you all the best for the rest of your travels throughout Nz and all the best. Aline & The Harbourside Team


Was a good stay - nothing that you wouldn't expect of a backpacker. Kitchen messy. People friendly. Abit of noise. A lot of people hanging out in the hallways. It doesn't mention that blankets are not included in the price. Would have liked the option of a women's only dormitory

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to give us a feedback. We do pride yourself with 4STAR facilities and the Harbourside Staff works very hard to maintain our great rating. Duvets are available on request and free of charge. We do have a female only room but was fully booked on the day you stayed. We hope you enjoyed our great view over the harbour and managed to crab on of our free bikes to explore the hidden treasures around Tauranga. Take care& Happy travels! Aline & The Harbourside Team

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