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“Great Location and Beds.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Finlay Jack's Backpackers

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Finlay Jack's Backpackers
Ranked #6 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Ziano di Fiemme, Italy
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34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great Location and Beds.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Stayed two days at Blackcurrant Backpackers with some friends. Really helpful staff and amazing beds (especially if you walk the Tongariro Crossing like we did, and need to crash and rest your tired legs). The kitchen gets quite busy at night as there are only two cookers, but other than that really quite and clean hostel.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

I was torn between this place an Rainbow Lodge ...and chose the wrong one.

There was nothing wrong with blackcurrant (well, except nowhere near enough fridge space, free coffee not available until 8.30am, no bathroom hand towel/dryer, only two cookers for 50 people, expensive laundry facilities & wifi that didn't work) but based on the reviews I was expecting something maybe a little special and this was just ... well, pretty bland.

I was in a 4-share that had plenty of space, comfy bed & good, clean modern bathroom (shared with next door via adjoining doors) and it was perfectly serviceable and adequate.

I didn't find much atmosphere to the place. Perhaps because I don't drink & there were a lot of drinkers there while I was there? Or perhaps the more motel-like set-up with the kitchen across the way & up the stairs.

In summary, Blackcurrant is perfectly adequate but didn't have all the whistles & bells that other reviews led me to expect.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

I stayed 10 days in the Blackcurrant Backpacker. The room, the bathroom, the kitchen, the DVD room, the staff, ... were really good and perfect. You're close to the Pack And Save but also close to everything of interest in Taupo.

Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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93 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We only stayed here for 1 night but it's in a good location in town and the facilities were really good and the rooms were great. The staff were helpful and friendly. We had a really good night sleep.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Stayed here in july for a few nights, solo female traveller...loved it, although for the time of year it was really quiet it's still up there as being one of my fav hostels so far... I love the fact you get beds instead of bunkbeds and all the staff were really friendly and helpful!! There was also a movie night one night with popcorn and blankets as it was cold!! All in all was a great stay and would stay again

Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed here on a recent get away trip from Wellington and absolutely loved it!! The staff was very friendly, always smiling, and gave great recommendations for activities and hot spots around town. Staying in a double room with en suite we found the room to be larger than expected and a great value for money. We really enjoyed the personal touches as well, the painted out door tables, laundry room, and kitchen almost felt as if staying at a mates place rather than a backpackers. Over all a great experience and must stay for anyone traveling through Taupo!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed here for two nights in a 4 bed shared dorm. The place is great. The guy on reception (who's name I don't remember) was so friendly. We stored our bags until we could check in. When we came back he showed us around the hostel and our room. There were no bunks, just four single beds with a bathroom. The bathroom had interconnecting doors so was shared between 2 rooms. It was a great modern bathroom and was spotlessly clean. There was spare duvets in our room. Only thing which may bother some people is that there were no lockers. This was not a problem to us as the place has a great feel and often we didn't even remember to lock the room door. Kitchen area was large and really sociable. Overall a fantastic stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Finlay Jack's Backpackers
Address: 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay Jack's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taupo's best option for comfort, convenience and great times with international friends. Here you'll find a bunk-free experience with single beds made up ready for your arrival and delightful en-suite bathrooms. We've renovated one of Taupo's most central hostels with the modern backpacker in mind. Two minutes from the supermarkets and central bus station, we have a comfy DVD lounge, huge garden, massive balcony complete with BBQ and stunning views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom) and beyond. Whether you're an adrenaline junky keen to launch yourself from a plane at 15,000 feet, looking to set sail on the Great Lake or seeking peace and tranquillity along with some of New Zealand's most beautiful walks, our staff are here to make sure your visit lives up to expectations...aim high, people! ... more   less 
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