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YHA Bay of Islands Paihia
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

A comfortable, well equipped and warm (rather important in the winter time....) hostel. Very conveniently located in Paihia, within walking distance of all amenities and attractions (ferry to Russell, Bay of Islands, etc...)

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

i checked in the YHA Paihia on 10 Nov 2010 and i love this hostel so much ,the room is with ensuite and clean and the bed is so comfortable ,the bunk bed didnt make any noise at all ,not like some hostel the bunk bed always make noise when some one moving and i suppose to stay 1 night only but i like this hostel and totally i keep extend until 4night ,and the kitchen always clean and so relax and feel comfortable ,i will suggest my friends stay this hostel

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 April 2010

I was in Paihia for 4 nights and I spent the first two nights at Pipi Patch (PP). Due to the noise, I decide to move to this hostel which is located further up the road (but just 1-2 mins walk to the beach) and really I couldn't have made a better choice.
I stayed in a all-girls dorm and the room much cosier compared to PP, although the bunks are smaller (refer to previous reviews). I was in the bottom bunk and the top bunk is just about a feet above. The kitchen is also a bit on the small side, but the best part was the spice rack available. I also liked the fact the dishtowels are placed aside once used and you have a clean one to start with every time you're in the kitchen. Small touch, but good one.
You'd also be greeted by an adorable mutt lounging around the place, give him a few rubs :)

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2010

Fine little hostel. private rooms are very small but clean. Very good for the price and in the heart of the action.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2010

My boyfriend and i stayed at this YHA hostel in Feb 2009 (during a 4 weeks trip of NZ) and we found this hostel in particular to be of very high standard. We booked a double room but what we actually ended up getting was more like a studio apartment. We had our own living space with small sofa, tv, fridge, lovely large balcony and private bathroom (we shared all this with one other double room). It was extremely good value as we only paid the price of a double room! The rooms were very clean and the living areas were kept tidy. Kitchen was on the smaller side but still ample room for several people to be cooking at once. It is only a short walk to the lovely beach at the end of the road. The staff were helpful and friendly.

There are several shops nearby and also some nightlife up the road (this did not affect our sleep however as once in our room we could barely hear any noise)

Take advantage of the trips offered along the beachfront - we did the day trip to Cape Reinga which was brilliant (included sand boarding on some awesome dunes!) and the next day we went out on the boat seeing dolphins.

All in all, this was my favourite hostel of the dozens we stayed at during our trip! Definately recommended :)

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

YHA Paihia is a quiet and quaint hostel at the end of Kings Rd which is the main road for hostels. It has a very nice and clean hostel (one of the only hostels I stayed at that did not have wet dish towels always hanging in the kitchen, regardless of the fact that it was fully booked when I stayed there). While the kitchen was on the small side, it was workable and had free and ample amounts of spices including sugar. In addition, it was one of the only hostels I stayed at that had a working stove!! It was a quieter hostel with a nice enclosed area outside for dining as well as tables and chairs not enclosed. I found the overall age to be on the older side (30+).
Several cons about the YHA: it did not have a swimming pool like its neighboring hostel although it is a short walk to the beach. In addition, the bunk room I stayed in, while maximizing its space, has its bunks very close (the top one is about a foot off the bottom bed although only on the lower half of the bed ie. only your legs and feet are covered by the top bunk). Unless you are claustrophobic, it really should not affect you that much.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

I stayed at the Paihia YHA during June 2009. The room was a 4 bed dorm with en-suite for NZD24. The room was very clean & tidy as was the bathroom. Towels were provided and replaced each day. The curtains were thick which kept out the cold and light and the heater quickly heated up the room. The beds were fastened to the wall so you weren’t woken up by person in the other bunk rolling over as is the case with cheaper bunk beds. The outdoor areas were clean and spacious and the kitchen was up to the normal high standards of the YHA. The computers had CD rewriters and card readers but the internet was NZD6 per hour which is expensive. Unfortunately, I was there due the winter so the hostel was dead, as was Paihia, but I can imagine this being a quality place during the summer months.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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Additional Information about YHA Bay of Islands Paihia

Address: Corner Kings Road and MacMurray Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Price Range: £27 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Bay of Islands Paihia 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Bay of Islands Paihia Located in the Far North of New Zealand , the Bay of Islands is renowned for its rich cultural hsitory and magnificent scenery and is a must-see when visiting New Zealand. Paihia, the gateway to the Bay of Islands, is a bustling seaside town with superb safe swimming beaches and is the starting point for a wide range of activities and attractionsThe YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is a purpose built two-level hostel in the heart of Paihia offering affordable, comfortable, quiet and secure accommodation for singles, couples, families and groups. It can accommodate up to 50 people in rooms ranging from single, double and shared twin to four and eight-bed dormitories, a six-bed cabin and a female-only dormitory room. All rooms have their own ensuite bathrooms.Our cosy hostel has a fully-equipped kitchen , lounge, laundry facilities and plenty of outdoor dining space. There is car parking on the street outside and tennis courts next door.Amenities, including a food market, shops, information centres, and restaurants and bars are all located within easy walking distance. The beach is 100 metres from the door and the Paihia wharf, the beginning of many of the Bay’s water-based activities, is a short stroll along the waterfront. While you are close to all the action, our hostel is secluded enough for you to enjoy a quiet and uninterrupted night’s sleep.Our staff are committed to ensuring that you have a comfortable stay and a memorable visit to our special part of the world. They will happily answer any questions, offer suggestions and assist you in planning and booking activities. ... more   less 
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