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Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers
Reviewed 20 March 2012

If your backpaking one night is enough, it reminded me of my nans house, when you walked into the walk it smelt like granny, we only stayed so we could visit the southward car museum, the location is good right on the beach but it does need updating!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

The Kapiti Coast is a beautiful (yet often underrated) part of New Zealand, and Barnacles is in a prime location, right across the street from Paraparaumu Beach. It's only an hour to the capital city of Wellington, and a short ferry ride over to Kapiti Island. This hostel has a nice homey feel to it, and the private rooms are very nice and comfortable, with a bit of an antique feel to them. Also, the couple who currently run the place (Aorangi and Bill) are some of the loveliest Kiwis I've met!

Though note that most rooms do not have a private bathroom.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

The Inn is located right by a beautiful beach with lots of nice restaurants on a strip a stones throw from the beach. Restaurants in the area are well priced. We were 4 adults that shared a family room - definitely a little tight. Would be excellent for parents with kids. Big, clean kitchen. You can easily take the train here (runs every hour most of the day and night) from Wellington. Nice place to go to get away from the city. The train ride is also really pretty.

Room Tip: The double rooms are quite spacious and are really nice for a couple - especially for a hostel!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Very nice and cozy place. Nice backyard and owners / staff are super nice...

Perfect place to chillout more than few days

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Thank folivora
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

From the moment I arrived to the moment left I was treated with true kiwi hospitality. Nothing was too much. The rooms are good, the photos on the wall wonderful and its an historic building. No beyer place to stay if you want to go to Kapiti island or want to chill out by the beach close to wellington.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Thank Ngrrk
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

Wonderful experience for me, a 50 year old woman!
Stayed a bit more than 1 month at Barnacles.
The hosts are perfect for their jobs:
Helpful, good with people, flexible, friendly and knowledgeable...
The place was always clean and organized but still homely
Right at a great beach!
Joint short term golf and (very friendly) tennis club (within walking distance)
I loved my time here.
Georgia Thorburn - from Vancouver.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 November 2010

seaside views, lovely location, very cosy, log fire, good kitchen, friendly staff and long-term residents (but not in a cliquey way).

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers

Address: 3 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Kapiti Coast > Paraparaumu
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Paraparaumu
Price Range: £28 - £36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated right on the beach at Paraparaumu with stunning views of Kapiti Island, this charming backpackers hostel began life as a hotel in 1923 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with lovely oak furniture in the rooms and historic photos of the Kapiti area. BBH Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers a variety of accommodation, many rooms have sea views which you can request when booking. ... more   less 
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