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Kiwi Paka Waitomo

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little lodges, warm and practical. Mattresses seemed to be a bit old, like both mine and my girlfriends both sank in the middle with a few springs in your back here and there. Kitchen was well equipped, with great large fridges and large spaces to cook. Loads of table to eat at both outdoor and indoor. Showers and bathrooms...

Thank callumtyson1
Greenwich, Connecticut
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Kiwi Paka was a very basic, clean place to stay for a night, but don't expect anything special, like hangers in the closets or chairs on the decks. And I regret to say that, in a country where we found nothing but friendly people and willingness to accommodate, the Kiwi Paka was the one place where the answer was...

Thank Ira M
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The most disgusting place I've ever stayed in. We found a mouse in our bed, the room smelt disastrous and was dirty and damp. When we complained about the mouse in the bed we got moved to a different room which had blood on the wall and sink. When we asked for a refund the manager refused and was horrifically...

Thank Apryl C
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

Hi there, We apologize for the inconvenience of your stay. Our staff did do everything they could to accommodate you as we did upgrade your room when informed of the situation. Unfortunately due to the recent flooding the entire area saw an increase in mice around the village. We have everything in place to eradicate them and have done so....

Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

The hostel/lodge is quite large and so the fairly well equipped kitchen and the other amenities (bathrooms and laundry) are a bit of a distance from the room. Which isn't a huge deal. The bonus was paying for a dorm room ($35 per bed per night - which is on the expensive side of dorm accommodation) but not having to...

Thank Margaretfromoz
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Stayed 1 night with Kiwi Exp. Wasnt sure how good it would be, until we got a free upgrade to a private twin with ensuite, as the dorms were full! Twin room was spacious, and clean. Had a TV, fridge and towels provided. Beds were very comfy. Only downside was room was freezing even when heater was on. Other than...

Thank LouP456
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Waitomo for a night as part of the Contiki Big Tiki tour. Kiwi Paka has small chalets, pretty clean and a simple en suite (although the you have to go through the shower room to get to the toilet which proves to be annoying when sharing with three other people but not a massive issue!). We had...

Thank jpd1232015
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your night with us and hope you enjoyed your caving experience while visiting Waitomo. Thank you Kiwipaka Waitomo

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Stayed here as part of my Haka Tour. Kiwi Experience and another tour bus were also staying here. However, it was a pretty quiet and chilled location. Our rooms were upgraded so I was in a twin ensuite. Spacious room, TV, and towel were a welcome surprise. Bathroom was ok, but water pressure poor (whilst also getting the whole bathroom...

Thank EG27
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and the points you made have been addressed and passed onto the appropriate people.

Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Not the cleanest hostel I've seen but not too bad that I didn't want to stay. Have to pay for wifi. Beds and sheets seems and feels really old.. Nices outdoor place to spend time chatting with friends and a 3 minutes walk to the only bar in waitomo.

Thank Audrey C
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, we are now exploring alternate wifi options otherwise we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Thank you Kiwipaka Waitomo

Reviewed 1 March 2017

I stayed here for only 1 night on a Contiki tour. The location was close to everything we needed to get to. We ate at the hotel for our dinner and breakfast which was pretty good but staff weren't the friendliest. We had a double story room that was very spacious. The exterior of the whole property was really nice,...

Thank StephB1995
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

Sorry to hear our staff did not come across as friendly. We have taken that into consideration but we are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us over all and hope you will visit us again. Thank you Kiwipaka Waitomo

Swansea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This is such a chilled, spacious hostel, not for a bad price either. The kitchen was really clean and organised when I was there. Plenty of crockery. Also plenty of dining space including a terrace outside. There's a restaurant and bar onsite but I didn't use them. Bedrooms were perfectly clean, as were the bathrooms. Wifi was available at an...

Thank Izzy H
KiwiWaitomo1, Director of Sales at Kiwi Paka Waitomo, responded to this review

Awesome review and glad you enjoyed your stay in Waitomo. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and will come back to visit again. Thanks Kiwipaka Waitomo

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Waitomo Kiwipaka has backpackers accommodation as well as Chalet rooms. There is also a Pizzeria café/restaurant on site. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kiwi Paka Waitomo

Address: Kiwi Paka Waitomo School Road PO Box 26 Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Price Range: $23 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiwi Paka Waitomo 3*
Number of rooms: 47
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“Quad lodges look to be the best.”
879VICH, 16 Dec 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are budget backpackers style”
435asha, 18 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Caveman pizza is so good!”
Bioturok, 24 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Ask for extra blankets and pillows if you stay here.”
d_daisy, 21 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay here or anywhere else in Waitomo.”
Purobi, 20 Jun 2015 | Read review
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