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Hostels in Whangarei

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Hostels in Whangarei

HI

We are thinking of spending our first couple of nights in NZ in Whangarei, I quite fancy doing the Perfect Day Boat Cruise.

As we will be spending our money on activities rather than accomodation can someone recommend a nice friendly hostel? I had been looking at Little Earth Lodge, but just concerned it may be a little isolated from the rest of the town, would that be a bad thing, or perhaps its scenic position balances this out.

And should we order a BBH card before we leave the UK or buy on arrival?

Also, which supermarket would you recommend we use when we arrive to stock up on basics?

Cheers

Edited: 06 February 2012, 23:57
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1. Re: Hostels in Whangarei

Hi there

Little Earth Hostel is a good choice if you have car, but it is slightly isolated if you are coming by bus.

If you have a car it is not very far back into the town centre. (maybe 10-15 mins)

Another place nearer town is Bunkdown lodge, about a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

The only other place nearer to the town centre would be the backpackers in the Grand Hotel.

Are you arriving by bus or car ??

If by bus, the Intercity bus stops right next to the Grand Hotel, so could make that a more convenient option.

Since you say you want to do the perfect Day cruise, why don't you consider staying at Tutukaka Holiday Park, directly opposite the marina, they have tourist cabins which are a good cheap option.

In Tutukaka there is a decent general store and several cafes, so a good place to stay.

I can give you info on how to get to Tutukaka by shuttle bus if you don't have a car.

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I think that Little Earth Lodge offers their guests a transfer from the Intercity/Northliner stop in lower Bank Street. If you are seeking scenic beauty, their little guesthouse is located in a nice rural setting - and close to Abbey Caves as well. They can probably arrange for the Tutukaka shuttle to pick you up; except the Perfect Day cruise goes out in the morning.

Maybe a day spent in Whangarei city at the start would make for an easier way to explore the surrounding attractions. If you arrive by coach from Auckland early enough you could remain in town to visit the Town Basin, Clapham's Clocks, the Art Museum and have coffee, followed by a stroll to Mair Park across the Hatea river which you can follow along a bush track to A.H. Reed Memorial Park (kauri tree stand) and further up to the base of the Whangarei Falls.

The Grand Hotel advertises ensuite rooms for $55.00. There are plenty of dining options around the immediate area. Bunkdown Lodge is in a handy position to both town and Mair Park. Whangarei YHA is situated across the Hatea river in Riverside.

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Hi. We will be driving. Thanks for the info, and ideas of what to look at in the city, much appreciated.

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Since you a driving, Little Earth Lodge is a really good choice.

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Our more recently established Quarry Gardens situated in Russell Road in a disused metal quarry are looking fabulous at present.

In the suburb of Maunu (main road to Dargaville) there is another museum and also a Kiwi-house located in Barge Park.

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Bunkdown was pretty nice when I stayed there a couple of years ago (and I was most surprised to find it was the house I moved in to when I left school many years ago), so if you want to be in town is worth considering. The YHA can have a bit of a noise problem - the outside socialising tables are directly outside the windows of some of the rooms - but is otherwise a friendly spot. Haven't stayed in Little Earth. You can buy the BBH card at the first hostel you stay at in the chain.

Does anyone actually stay in the Grand? I did once, years ago, and it was deserted and has looked that way whenever I walk past it (I was there most recently just after Christmas).

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The Grand was certainly a lively spot during the RWC, and again during this long w/e with rugby and the cricket match!

I think it's been ticking along quietly since the Queen stayed there soon after her coronation! Really handy nowadays for backpackers and budget concious travellers.

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The Grand Hotel is actually quite a busy little place, cheap accommodation, nice Thai restaurant next door and chinese opposite, live music venue some nights, and backing onto Vine St/Quality Street which has a great selection of eating places, bars & cafes.

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9. Re: Hostels in Whangarei

Thats great, seems to be a good choice of places to stay. We'll be there at the begining of March. We have 13 nights total in NZ, no fixed itinerary as such, just places we'd like to visit so we'll "see which way the wind is blowing" as we go! Certainly sounds like Whangarei is an interesting spot to start on our way up to the north.

Still not decided whether to go for the Earth Lodge or somewhere in town, we like to have a little walk to a bar in the evening, but a bottle of wine sat outside the Lodge would make a good substitute, as it sounds very scenic!

I have been reading these forums for a couple of months now, the information has been invaluable. However, it does just make me want to visit EVERYWHERE!

Thank you to all

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