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Great Hostel - perfect for Waitomo Caves. Beware of Sat Navs - nearly took us 50kms from hostel as Hotel Access Road not in Sat Navs - Find Curlys Bar in Waitomo and it is behind there!
I found this place a bit expensive for what you got. My bed was caving in and although it was decently comfortable, everything just seemed a bit run down and dirty. The place needs a renovation. There was very little atmosphere and room to chill/meet people. The staff however was lovely- super friendly and helpful.
I only stayed one night, so I cannot really rate the atmosphere, staff and facilities. There are two noticeable point though: - The reception and kitchen were closed at 5:30 p.m ! I had to go to the bar next door to check-in. - A big Kiwi Experience group was there, they used all the dorms available, so I have been surprisingly upgraded to a double bed suite at the price of a 4 bed dorm. It had been a long time since I didn't use a bedroom for only myself :).
This hostel was oddly empty when we stayed there - we were literally the only guests -- but it was still kind of dirty in the kitchen. The room was fine, and the location quite nice.
The staff were really good here. They really looked after us here when we were waiting for our bus to come.