I spent almost 2 months travelling around virtually all of New Zealand, and liked this hostel the best. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the facilities are first rate. The rooms are large, the beds are comfortable, and the bathrooms have spacious en-suites with large sinks. The whole facility is maintained with care. The kitchen is by far the best equipped that I've seen in any hostel, with quality appliances that actually work, and there is an ample supply of every item you would need. While I was there, the owner brought in a laundry basket of free avocados from their farm for everyone to enjoy. I also liked the spacious exterior decks with tables useful for eating, visiting, etc. The only disappointment was that my Canadian Visa credit card wouldn't work in their CADMUS EFTPOS, so I had to pay with cash. Most of the hostels in Paihia are on the same street, so they are all convenient to the beach and the town shops. This one is set back from the street, so one has to be on the lookout for it, or you'll miss seeing it. Don't pass it by!
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