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Medlands Beach Backpackers & Villas
Wellington, New Zealand
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229 reviews
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“3 night villa stay”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We were in the 'middle house' which is the first of the two villas - well lets just say house because it was a fairly normal house. $150 a night as it's peak season. Friendly and helpful owners. You'll need to use their landline from time to time if you are organising transport or other activities, as cellphone reception is pretty much non-existent in the Medlands area.

The owners and guest houses are around the property which is on a slope, a bit of a walk uphill to get there from the main road, but the payoff is having views across the land and sea.

As you should already know, being fairly small (in terms of people) and remote, on Great Barrier things are not ultra modern, no electricity unless it's solar or diesel generator, goods are expensive, and transport/taxi services can be pretty steep.

All cooking is by gas, right down to doing the toast on something that resembles a cheese grater which sits over a gas hob. Works well enough!

Downsides:
- The house would creek quite loudly and reasonably often at night; not so good if you are a light sleeper.
- Hot water ran a bit low at one stage, couldn't shower properly that time. I suspect that's a result of it being peak season thus many guests.
- Being close to nature, there's a number of creepy crawly things that manage to get into the house despite all the flyscreens. Only one of any real worry was a white tail spider we took care of. I have to say the good news is that there doesn't seem to be too many sandflies around the island.
- even on max volume the TV was a bit quiet

Overall we were very happy and knew we couldn't expect things to be as they would be on the mainland. Easy to go down and visit the beach and totally recommend a villa, rather than one of the other options, so you can get the view and the extra space and facilities of a house.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

What lovely hosts Malcolm and Robyn are! We had the house at the top - amazing wood fire oven that keeps you nice and cozy and your clothes dry. The house is clean and tidy with everything you could need and the Medlands Beach is just stunning. Couldn't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2013 via mobile

Lovely place in a lovely setting. Fantastic views. Room (backpacker) was very comfortable and the dinning area has everything you need. The hosts are really friendly and make you feel very welcome. Just watch out for the chucks ;))

  • Stayed March 2013
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

As the title suggest, this is clean and basic accommodation, much better than a lot of backpackers.

Superb value for money - 80NZD per night for the two of us.
Clean room and clean, well appointed kitchen.
Hot and clean showers.
Great views and wildlife.
Within walking distance of a stunning beach.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Robyn and Malcom were amazing hosts...so much so that we wished we could take them and the property, view and Medlands beach home with us to be our neighbors! I have been here 2x this year and would come back over and over again. Mornin' sunrise with the call of the kea, crashing ocean breathing through the breeze in the trees and a 5 minute walk to one of the most gorgeous tranquil white sand beaches in the world! Paradise found.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

Clean, neat and tidy with a very relaxed atmosphere. Spoilt by Owners, a fantastic deal for a busy wife and mother. Met the nicest people in the kitchen and at the Sports Club. Have become a Member :-) Berenice.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2011

Robyn, the host, was amazing and very friendly. The 'dorm' that i was booked into was empty save me, and Robyn spread everyone out to give us room.
Across the road from the beach, which is lovely.
The only complaint i have is that there is a very small common area (ie the kitchen), which, while not really suitable for 5 people on a rainy day, means that you get to know your fellow travellers!

Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Medlands Beach Backpackers & Villas
Address: 9 Mason Road, Great Barrier Island 0991, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Great Barrier Island
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Ranked #5 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Great Barrier Island
Number of rooms: 8

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