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Turtlecove Accommodation Reviews

14 Bryce Street, Whitianga, New Zealand

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96 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Our Hostess was very nice and helpful. Wish I could have stayed longer

  • 9th Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


The owner is nice and helpful. The kitchen is good. All you can eat breakfast.


Free unlimited wifi! This place was awesome! Meet so many cool ppl here and its relatively close to everything in town. Its a small town though, but your only a 5 min walk from the grocery store. I thought it was strange they only had 1 male and 1 female toilet for all the guests but it worked out fine. The staff is spectacular and the facilities are modern and clean. They have maps and recommendations of the area. Extended my stay a few extra days beyond what I planned.


Great chilled vibe at this hostel. Jack the owner is a great guy, very helpful with booking or recommending activities. Kayaks and bikes at the hostel too. Didn't get around to using the spa, maybe next time. Small town so everything is close and easy. Would def stay here again, good for long or short term stayers


Nice place, very clean, spacious, good kitchen and common areas. Beds are comfortable and the WiFi is fast and free. The kitchen is locked until 7am but they do offer free breakfast.


Very cosy, clean, personal, nice hostel with great atmosphere! Good ventilation in the rooms and great space. The shower I used only had cold water, but the other ones worked. Clean but small kitchen, great dining area and pool table! Free wi-fi and breakfast a big plus! Great and friendly staff. Close to the ferry and town.

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Hi and thank you so much for your lovely review. We appreciate you taking the time to write one for us. We are sorry you had a cold shower that should not happen as our showers run on gas so it is just a matter of changing to a new bottle once we know. We hope the rest of your journey goes well. Kindest Regards Turtlecove Crew


We are over 70 and did not appreciate being put outside in a batch where we had to walk outside to the toilet in the middle of the night in the rain the lights from the main house toilets shone straight threw our curtains so had to hang a towel over the curtain to block the light the Germany students partied till 12.30 pm so could not get to sleep had to be up at 6 am next morning had to ring Jean to come open the kitchen as it did not open until 7 for breakfast and we were leaving

  • 15th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Sad unfair review. I did not PUT you in an outside cabin that is what YOU booked yourself online, you could have changed to an ens dble inside but you did not want to pay the cost. Where the Bathrooms are and the Hostel Hours and Breakfast Time (7am not 6am) are all clearly written in the room descriptions and should have been noted on booking. The noise could have been fixed immediately had you called. Have 90yr old that love our cabins, as for the lights 30ft away upstairs? a 1st Turtlecove


The lady at the reception is very friendly and helpful. Clean and tidy environment with turtles everywhere:)

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Hi thank you for your review we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. All the best for the rest of your travels. Regards Turtlecove Crew


We had our own little cabin in the back. The room and the kitchen were both clean. The hostel was quiet but friendly. It is within walking distance to a couple of grocery stores and the "main town" (not a busy town). It was a good location to get to hot water beach and cathedral cove for a day trip (need a car or to take a tour to get to these places). Overall a good experience and would stay there again if we are back.

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Hi and thank you for taking time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the hostel and our facilities. All the best for the rest of your journey. Regards Turtlecove Crew


Woooow Turtle cove is really a vert good place to stay! It's peaceful, quiet, et the hosts are vert nice. I felt there like if I was at home! :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
thank you for your lovely review we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We really appreciate that you felt like you were at home as this is the feeling that we are trying to achieve here. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Regards Turtlecove Crew


Lovely staff, great movie options, clean kitchen, very comfortable beds.


Was out of season so understandable that the atmosphere was a little off. Decent enough spot and has pool table and darts for a few sneaky drinks

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi and thanks for taking time to write a review on our hostel we appreciate every review. Not quite sure about atmosphere being a little off as although it was out of season we had over 30 guests the night you were here and our staff got lots of compliments so I guess atmosphere is different from person to person. We do hope that you enjoyed our beds and our free breakfast and touring our beautiful Whitianga. Regards Turtlecove Crew

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