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My stay at Howards was fine, but it certainly doesn't make the list of top hostels at which I've stayed. The best thing is the location; it's quite close to the spot where you begin the Tongariro Crossing so getting there is easy. My dorm room was a little cramped and there are no lockers or locks on any of the doors though I imagine theft is not an issue. The bus ride to/from the Crossing is a bit pricey (NZD 30), and they charge for internet. A fine hostel at a mediocre price.
The guy on the front desk was rude and hostile. The place was really noisy. And as a final insult, we were charged $5 for a 1.5 litre bottle of water, which we had little choice but to buy from them as it was late at night and we were heading off at 6am the following day for a full day hike.
There are cats living in or around the hostel. They where not suppose to be in the houses or the dorms, but one got itself caught in one of the dorm rooms on my second night at this place. Important informations for people with allergies.
Friendly staff, very good tv room with chimney. Its possible to hire equipment for the Tongariro Tour and it is cheap. Room and bathroom was clean.