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“Backpackers will cope, but you can do far better!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Top Spot Backpackers

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Top Spot Backpackers
Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Backpackers will cope, but you can do far better!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2008

Spent 2 nights at this hostel which was very basic, and not too clean. Toilets and showers flooded one of the evenings with water all over the floor. Showers were of low standard. If you are a couple ask for the "outside" double, all it consisted of was a bed but it's cosy and separate from the dorms, which have dodgy bunks. The hostel is used by Kiwi Experience so expect some rowdy groups of young travellers. The kitchen area was grubby, and all my criticisms pale in comparison when I recall the sheer amount of flies that resided in that room! They were everywhere!

Despite this, I had an overall good time in Kaikoura and the hostel did not put much of a dampener on it!

  • Liked — Location above the town
  • Disliked — The lack of cleaniness and flies
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Ellen P
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Swedish first
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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2007

Top Spot is midly better than it's sister hostel, The Lazy Shag but really only due to it's location. It is on a hill about the town and has a great view over the bay.
The hostel was tired and a bit dirty, the sofas were creepy. It was not the worst hostel and maybe OK if you're not there long, but it could be a good place to stay if they invested a bit. They do have a nice dog!
The lounge is warm with a fire but elsewhere has quite a chill.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank fearon
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Property: Top Spot Backpackers
Address: 22 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #28 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 10

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