Really sad we only had two nights here. For the price I expected a couple of beds and a small room with shared facilities or something. Totally the opposite. Our room was right at the front, but the road was really quiet and beyond it was a brilliant view out to sea. We had a table and chairs out front and ate our meals with that view to take in. Our accommodation was a large kitchen living room, well equipped and very clean, with a very decent twin bedroom and bathroom. Everything is simple but by no means basic. The staff were really friendly and gave us loads of information and made us feel totally at home as soon as we got there. Despite larger parties staying, it was very quiet and had a really friendly multi-national atmosphere. We borrowed kayaks for free which was great for a quick trip out to the bay. Did hot water beach, cathedral bay, new chums beach etc.. all brilliant and whitianga is a sleepy but really chilled and well equipped base to explore from. Stunning area, and OBB is a really great place to stay while you take advantage of it all. Top marks.
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- YHA Whitianga, On the Beach Backpackers is a friendly beachfront hostel with huge bay windows with stunning views over Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula, a holiday spot loved by New Zealanders. YHA Whitianga has backpacker accommodation of multi-share rooms (some are en-suite) as well as double and twin rooms in self-contained units. Relax in our clean, comfortable home-like accommodation with all the necessary hostel facilities – well-equipped self catering kitchen, common areas and outside BBQ. ... more less
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