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Turtlecove Accommodation
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Not as good as it looks”
Reviewed 14 September 2011

This hostel has been recently renovated but rooms are small and no AC/heating exists, freezing! They had a heater in the hallway and opened the outside door at 7am, making the morning trip to the bathroom quite difficult. Drinks and dinner are cheap though.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We got taken here on the kiwi experience but it was a very cute hostel, nice to have a change from the massive hostels. there is only one bathroom and one toilet each for girls and boys however, this wasnt that much of a problem. its also a slightly extra charge for dinner which is cooked by the owner which is absolutley amazing-highly recommend you do that! there is also a small bar onsight and a pool table great for meeting people and chilling out.

Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We booked the Cathedral Cabin, but I would never use the word "cathedral" to describe the place. It was a small room that barely fit a double bed. The shared bathrooms were mostly clean. The Kiwi Experience bus stops here overnight so almost all of the beds were filled with folks from that tour, which tends to be a loud party crowd. They were, however, up early and out the door by the time we woke up. I would more than likely not stay here again unless I couldn't find anything else in town.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

We found this place by booking through the visitor center, since they had a last minute cancellation during the scallop festival. We ended up with their driver's room - private room with bath for a decent price. The room was immaculate and the bed was the most comfortable that we stayed in in New Zealand. The hosts are awesome, as were all the people there. Very comfortable atmosphere with New Zealand charm, immaculately clean, and walking distance to the main part of town, though it is a bit of a walk. The shared kitchen is nice, and there is also a bar there for guests- but it is not manned so you have to get the hosts to come down to it to order drinks. We had looked at quite a few accommodations in the area that had availability (at 3x the price) and most of them did not compare to the comfort, cleanliness, and hospitality found at Turtle Cove. It truly is a gem in Whitianga.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

Super, cosy hostel with really friendly hosts. Stayed in a spacious 6 bed dorm with en-suite which was one of the best I'd stayed in during 3 months of travel - was exceptionally clean and modern and the shower even beat my power shower at home!! Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Turtlecove Accommodation

Property: Turtlecove Accommodation
Address: 14 Bryce Street, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Turtlecove Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are planning to visit Mercury Bay and require an affordable and comfortable place to stay, in a great location, then Turtle Cove could be just the place for you. Hotel quality mattresses and all bed linen supplied. A variety of sleeping arrangements from shared dorms, doubles, twins, double en-suite, and dorm en-suites. Free light self serve breakfast available in kitchen from 7am to 10am. Situated in Bryce Street between the Supermarket and main road. Walking distance to shops, cafes, and beaches. 30min by vehicle to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Tours available. ... more   less 
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