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Sunkist Stay Bike n Hike
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Building was nice and the facilities also pretty good. Even though we didn't spend time around the commom areas they looked really nice and fun.

However, even though the room was nicely made the bed wasn't that great. The worse though was our host - she was very polite, but not very accomodating at all. She didn't let us spend time having breakfast at the kitchen after the checkout time (which is common practise around NZ) and was uptight about other details around the place. This is frustrating especially considering that Sunkist is priced a few bucks above the average backpacker price. Also, the bahtrooms are open and can be hard to get some privacy.

If you're okay with this sort of things, you might like to stay there. We won't be coming back though.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

I stayed at Sunkist for two weeks, and it is a lovely place to spend some time at. It is located in a beautiful historical building, and about a minute walk away from the waterfront. All the rooms and facilities are really nice and well up kept. There is a nice big kitchen with free coffee, tea and spices. Outside the kitchen is a great outdoor area to eat and hangout in hammocks. The owners are very lovely and welcoming people. They are more than willing to help you out and give advice on things to do around the area. They have very good bikes for rent as well. They also provide a shuttle service to the Kauaeranga Valley to do the Pinnacles hike (highly recommended!). If you ever find yourself in Thames, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Karis H
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We have stayed at Sunkist Lodge at least 4 times since the current owners have been running it. We have always enjoyed our stay.The hostel is always lovely and clean.
Free tea and coffee free movies good location. Beautiful old building, reasonably priced, helpful hosts. There is nothing not to like!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank mynda123
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

The hostel ist a nice historical building. it is clean and has a nice garden. though I totally disadvise this spot. The owner / reception woman are both extremely unpleasant. They treat you like a criminal from the first second. They are bombing you with rules and restrictions. You really feel like a child. If you´re looking for typical NZ hospitality just skip this place!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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6  Thank Martin324
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed one night before heading off on the Hauraki Rail Trail. It was a lovely stay. The rooms were clean, warm and comfortable. Kitchen, showers and common rooms were all well equipped. The owners were lovely and went out of their way to help us. Highly recommended :)

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Angi_cGlobal
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

We didnt actually get to stay the night - we just couldnt get past the massive chip on Mrs Angry's shoulder. She showered me with verbal abuse and unpleasant remarks within the first minutes. I cannot understand why she is in hospitality. After 3 very pleasant months in NZ, countless warm welcomes and friendly smiles, the people in Thames appear to be from another planet. I was reduced to tears by the treatment at Sunkist, and wouldnt recommend anyone to fall victim to the rudeness there.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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7  Thank marinelgoussard
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Some bad reviews on Tripadvisor had me worried, but my one night stay had no problems at all. The room was small but warm, clean and comfortable. The shared bathrooms and other public spaces were all pretty good, but I was out exploring the town rather than hanging around.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Thank JafaExplorer
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Address: 506 Brown Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand (Formerly Sunkist International Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
Amenities:
Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Thames
Price Range: £50 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay, Bike n Hike. Our 1860's Heritage Bed n Breakfast offers a clean and relaxing environment in our own part of the Thames Goldrush History. Catering for the established traveller looking for a relaxing place to stay. Clean and Quiet makes for a great nights sleep between your adventures. A great base for Couples or groups wanting to explore the Coromandel Peninsula and starting point for the Hauraki Rail Trail and the Kauaeranga Valley for those wanting to hike the Pinnacles. The building is an 1860s heritage kauri hotel, now restored and modernized to provide quality accommodation with many home comforts. We do not offer camping or freedom camping facilities of any kind. ... more   less 
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