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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel
Ranked #18 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Canada
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“Never stay at a hostel with a bar!!!”
Reviewed 30 March 2009

Loud and crowded.
I met lots of very nice people though.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 August 2007

We stayed here for one night in a double room. It shared a bathroom and small kitchen with toaster and kettle with two other rooms which was a nice touch.

The clothes washing facilities were ok although the dryers were a little poor and i ended up drying the clothes in our room on a makeshift clothes line (it was raining outside!)

The location of this hostel was excellent - just off the main street through the town. The bar area was excellent and this hostel had the best kitchen we have ever experienced! It was extremely well equipped and lovely and clean- it even had recylcing bins for cans and glass etc.

Would definately recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2007

I stayed at the Pipi Patch for 3 nights in January 2007 in a double room. This was in a separate building to the dormitories, where the majority of travellers were staying. In my building, there were 3 double rooms, with a shared bathroom, separate WC and a kitchen.

My room contained a double bed with duvet and pillows (it was quite comfy), armchair, built-in wardrobe and a long wide ledge against one wall which was perfect for stashing my bags. One unexpected surprise was that towels were provided with the room, and these were changed daily! Everything was very clean. The shower always had hot water, though the water pressure was not that great.

Other reviewers have mentioned the nightly NZ$10 BBQ, which was good fun and a great way to meet fellow travellers or the people that were on the same backpacker bus but you never got the chance to speak to en route. There's an onsite hot tub, but I never got round to using it. The reception staff were always extremely helpful and willing to answer all questions. The only small drawback was that it closed early evening, but I'm sure that it would have been possible to find someone to help if anything had gone wrong. This is definitely not somewhere to stay if you like to get an early night's sleep - the bar is open until around midnight, and it's pretty noisy until then!

Some other useful info - the beach is right at the bottom of the road, and on the same street are a couple of good cafes, a mini mart and an internet cafe (though there is also internet access at the hostel). Most of the other hostels are on the same road. It's less than 10 minutes to walk to the waterfront where all the ferries and boat trips depart from.

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Stayed March 2007
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Reviewed 8 January 2007

This was a pretty cool hostel to stay though their hot tub was never exactly hot. They had fun BBQ's every night when a new bus rolled in with tons of food for only $10NZD per person. The rooms were nice and clean though on the small side but it did give us a great chance to getting to know our fellow Kiwi Bus travellers.

Also next door to an amazing Cafe with what my travel buddy would say have the best BLT's in the world....

  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2005

Pipi Patch is a real cutie with friendly staff and this cool BBQ every night (for $10 you get a great feed, steak, sausies, salad and a beer).
They have a spa pool and a swimming pool, after a big day out in the bay the spa is the perfect way to warm up!
The Pipi Patch Bar is the nicest place for a relaxed beer in Paihia (some are ot so nice)... anyway long story short went up for 2 days, ended up staying a week and had a great time, what a gorgeous town!

Stayed September 2005
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Property: 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #18 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Paihia hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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