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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome little bar that got busy from about 9pm and closes at 3am. Only let down was the outside area closes at 10pm so felt a bit cramped being jammed inside all night. That aside it was a really cool place to drink and party.

Thank Finnyboy
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bathrooms could do with an upgrade, the free wifi didn't work for me on my phone and the kitchen is chaos when busy! But the social vibe, happy hour drink prices, reception staff are all tip top. Good overall hostel and a great place to meet people

Thank Tom W
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Positives: large rooms. Decent bunk beds Friendly staff Has a bar on site and offers a bbq most nights for a decent price Has a pool (though I didn't use it) Very close to town and near the shops for food/anything else you wish to buy Free wifi during the day hours (7-7) The bathroom was pretty clean and the... More 

Thank Claire b
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I stayed in this hostel in April 2015, so am reviewing quite a time after my stay, during the time in which cyclone Pam hit the north of New Zealand. Power did stop for a while and we had to stay in our rooms as the weather was atrocious outside but regardless of this it was good little hostel with... More 

Thank Lois J
Dublin, Ireland
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155 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Hostel has decent facilities and it's where the kiwi bus stops. All the hostels in Paihia are pretty much in the same location and you can get a room with free WiFi elsewhere for 8 dollars a night cheaper with similar or better facilities. They also have a cat which sheds everywhere so the common area is full of cat... More 

Thank DerekMcH
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This was my first accommodation while staying in New Zealand, I stayed at this hostel for 2 nights. Not the most modern place to stay, but the staff were friendly, rooms very clean, comfy bed and good shower pressure! A bar was attached to the hostel, but I didn't find there was much noise, which was good. Would stay here... More 

Thank AnnieNight
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This was my first stop on the Kiwi Experience route and as such was only there for one night but I loved the atmosphere both in the main social areas and the bar! Location wise it's right near the beach and only a 5 minute walk or so to the main 'high street' area. I've stayed in many a hostel... More 

Thank CharlotteFoxy
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Very nice hostel that gives a really nice change to staying in all the same looking hostels. Great location close to the water and a very nice bar that always seems to be busy. Great and helpful staff and clean rooms

Thank Iris P
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Stayed here while on the Kiwi bus. The staff were very friendly and came and spoke to you even when not working. Use of the hot tub was a nice addition on the colder days. They provide a $12 BBQ dinner which was well worth the money. The rooms and clean and all have heaters.

Thank Vicky_212013
Trier, Germany
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56 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Except for the cold tub and the not too well prepared steak this hostel has got everything one needs. Clean facilities, a nice lounge and terrace and it is pretty well located. Only a few minutes walk to the city centre.

Thank Patrick S

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Base Backpackers Paihia hostel

Address: 18 Kings Road | Pipi Patch, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Sunseekers Motel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Price Range: $45 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Paihia hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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“I would avoid but if you have to then definitely go for a private room.”
 of 5 bubbles emmamJ9359UO, 16 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Avoid the 8-person dorms there is not enough room”
 of 5 bubbles 834leahj, 27 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Don't take anything of any value here.”
 of 5 bubbles Kiwifriend2014, 10 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Try to stay as far away fro the bar as possible to avoid loud party-goers.”
 of 5 bubbles Elisa5311, 3 Mar 2014 | Read review
“try and get the rooms towards the back. Instead of 8 in one room these have 2 rooms of 4 people.”
 of 5 bubbles Lenistaylor, 11 Dec 2013 | Read review
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