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“Nice hostel out of the centre of Chch”

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Point Break Backpackers
Leeds, England
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“Nice hostel out of the centre of Chch”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

We stayed in this hostel which is actually in New Brighton, about a 15 minute drive out of Chch. Really friendly staff and free car parking.
The hostels pretty nice, basic but clean. Our room didn't have any windows but other rooms did, ask for a room with windows!
Kitchen is large enough but not very well equipped. Breakfast is included which is a nice touch but its only served from 9-10 so its pretty hectic with just 1 toaster and 1 kettle.
Free wifi is only 20mg which ran out really quickly. You can buy more for $2 for another 20mg.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin, Florida
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

I enjoyed my stay here but had a few problems. The things I liked were the night manager (Ronnie) she was so nice and funny and made my stay better, the view from the kitchen is very nice you can see the surrounding hills and amazing pink sunrises and also the showers are quite good with hot water and a good pressure. The not so good points were the heater in my room didn't work, you could only access internet in the kitchen or down stairs not in the rooms and you didn't get very much per day, the hostel dinners were to expensive and my bedroom carpet was really disgusting. I also found that sometimes the cleaning wasn't done very well. Over all i would come here again but hopefully some of these thing will be improved on.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

What a dump. Advertised as free breakfast with sausage and eggs but when you get there just toast and jam. Better than nothing I suppose. Bathrooms are dingy and slightly moldy. Rooms are not so great, flat well used pillows and stained mattresses / sheets. Unreal what they want to charge for this place. Common areas are very, very well worn. Nothing really in the area is of interest.

Room Tip: Rooms at another hostel would be better
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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pointbreakbp, Front Office Manager at Point Break Backpackers, responded to this review, 11 June 2013
We're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. The breakfast is a free continental breakfast, with toast and cereal.
On the brighter side, we have started to replace the pillows and some of the sheets. We're also working on providing more, better equipped social spaces.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2013

its a strange place here!
check in was fine paid $37.50 for a 2 bed mixed dorm! rooms are small, old and could do with a paint
bathrooms n showers are clean although never any toilet roll
unsure whether duvet covers are changed as strange smell
free breakfast! wheatabix tea coffee, toast but no jams (well there was but none left - once one jar is gone thats it! very poor!
near the beach, area hasnt been touched since earthquake yet but have lots of shops, cafes etc
wouldnt go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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pointbreakbp, Receptionist at Point Break Backpackers, responded to this review, 11 June 2013
Hi!
We're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. We're currently working on improving the quality of the bathrooms, sheets and pillows. The Duvet covers are changed regularly and after each guest departs.
We're sorry about the jam at breakfast. We try to have at least one jar of jam or spread available for guests. If reception had have been alerted I'm sure they would have provided another.
Repair work has just begun in New Brighton and there are lots of community revitalization projects underway.

Thanks for your feedback.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

This backpackers is a bit out of central Christchurch, approximately 20mins on the bus (these to come regularly and only $3.20) on the plus side it is right beside New Brighton beach! I booked a twin room, there was a mix up in my booking but the staff were really great at sorting it out and accommodating my needs. The rooms were good, very clean. The bathrooms were "tired" but well cleaned. The real good point about this place is that it has a cafe and computers (cheap internet) on site.

Room Tip: Private rooms are available if you don't want to stay in dorms.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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pointbreakbp, Front Office Manager at Point Break Backpackers, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Hi

Thanks for the review and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the mix up and thank you for being understanding of our error.

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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

felt really good when i finally found a bed in christchurch, when we arrived the room was pretty bare, one double bed a television with sparse channels and some didnt work the kitchen was okay found it weird there was no utensils and you had to pay to borrow cups and saucers...

yes there was a free barbeque although this was simply sausages salad and bread which was good, but i wouldnt say a barbeque mainly as it was indoors....

also there was a free breakfast which was jam on toast and poached eggs but they werent even nice, ive had much better included breakfasts at cheaper better places.

we were annoyed by two drunk english people in the television room who antagonised my boyfriend for no real reason which made me feel annoyed and want to leave.

furthermore after waking up early to leave someone had been sick in the hall and in the girls toilets sink which was disgusting and it wasnt moved or cleaned and i had to tell reception and she didnt really bat an eyelid.


i didnt know to what extent new brighton was affected by the earthquake but i did not feel safe here i am sorry to say the beach was lovely but that is about it. i have heard more stories about new brighton being more affected and very run down and if i would have known this i probably wouldnt of stayed here...

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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pointbreakbp, Front Office Manager at Point Break Backpackers, responded to this review, 21 June 2013
Hi
We're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay.
We take a deposit for kitchen equipment in an effort the keep the kitchen clean and tidy.
We've changed up the free BBQ to cheap dinners on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We've recently had a beef roast and toad in the hole.
The repairs have begun in New Brighton and it's now a lot friendlier place. There was recently a community project to paint several miles of murals on the newly exposed walls.

Thanks for your feedback.
Ben
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Augsburg, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Good point are nice kitchen, nice beds, cheap internet

Bad points are: High price for an hostel, far from the city if you don't have a car, and the owner should smile a bit more..

But anyway, this is a good memory of NZ for me, we had so crazzy parties here..

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Point Break Backpackers
Address: 6 Union Street, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Point Break Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Point Break is the budget, clean and funky accommodation with 58 beds consisting of dorms (6,8 share), twins, doubles and family rooms with share bathrooms. Facilities include free car parking, free baggage storage, internet access, self-catered kitchen, TV room, laundry, heaters etc. We are located in the heart of shopping mall and only 300m to New Brighton beach. Outside door you will find art galleries, funky gift shops, library, banks, restaurants, our Point Break Cafe etc. ... more   less 
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