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Wiesbaden, Germany
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

A fine hostel near the beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. Friendly staff. Enough space for family. Nice outdoor breakfast possible. Clean and tidy rooms. Good for relaxing after a big tour through New Zealand.

Thank TedNubi
Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We stayed here for 3 nights in an double room with shared living/kitchen and bathroom with a twin room. This was a great set up if you are used to shared facilities as you were only sharing the kitchen and bathroom with 2 other people. We were able to make dinner every night and relax with some tv at night....

Thank Visas and V
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We stayed two nights in the ensuite room, which had everything we needed but kept the costs down. It's not modern but it's all very clean and functional - great hot shower with water pressure, clean linen, kitchen and lounge area with TV all within our booked room. There's also a laundry on site, free parking and heaps of info...

1Thank CBlight
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in a twin room with shared facilities. We had a little flat which we shared with another couple who had the to on from morn till night....it's clean, well presented and just what you pay for. The beach is over the road, the views are spectacular and the town is a short walk away, just...

Thank Nicki F
Bergen, Norway
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Stayed for one night in a 12 bed dorm. There was one toilet/shower in the room, and a few outside of the room. Even a shower right next to the communal kitchen... The hostel is very worn down, there was even mold on and around the bathroom sink. The kitchen was well equipped, but filthy, when we wanted to cook...

Thank blue0rchid
Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Really impressed with this place. The room we stayed in was comfortable and the kitchen was surprisingly well stocked with all sorts of pans and appliances so we could easily make our own food. There were coin operated laundry facilities which was handy. All the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful and gave us suggestions of where to go kayaking,...

Thank Serena D
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I absolutely satisfy with my stay here. Conveniently located in the Central part of Whitianga township, close to the town, beach and amenities. Friendly reception, furniture and bed are in good condition, clean bathrooms, toilet and kitchen. I will be back.

1Thank Cheng O
Langley City, Canada
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Right on the beach Very helpful people Literally one of the best places that we've stayed in the entire month we've been here Much better than several of the high-end motels we stayed at If you get a chance you truly should try and stay here

1Thank Les R
Reviewed 29 January 2017

I loved this place. We stayed on a mini-apartment. We had our own kitchen, great place. Dood bed. Also, it's in front of the beach, but a little bit walk to the town centre. The only (small) issue was WI-FI, it didn't work in our room that was far from the reception.

1Thank vakantiegangers010
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The best view, the lady working there was so helpful and laid back. Loved the whole atmosphere. Would go again. Stayd in a 12 bed dorm and the was three of us and that was only one available for there and we had a off to the side room with three beds in the 12 bed room which was a...

1Thank Kaylyn A

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About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Paid Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
YHA Whitianga, On the Beach Backpackers is a friendly beachfront hostel with huge bay windows with stunning views over Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula, a holiday spot loved by New Zealanders. YHA Whitianga has backpacker accommodation of multi-share rooms (some are en-suite) as well as double and twin rooms in self-contained units. Relax in our clean, comfortable home-like accommodation with all the necessary hostel facilities – well-equipped self catering kitchen, common areas and outside BBQ. ... more   less 

Additional Information about On the Beach Backpackers

Address: 46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Price Range: $46 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — On the Beach Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“Private and well equipped”
CBlight, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“book through email for special offer not booking site”
, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“There's an extra shower in what looks like a wardrobe in the kitchen.”
TomB407, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
“double, en suite room had great view”
AdamP03, 28 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Four share rooms in separate building were quieter and less crowded.”
johnsK4366KY, 30 Nov 2014 | Read review
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