YHA Gisborne Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review

A purpose-built, old-style hostel built in the familiar wooden clapboard style, Gisborne YHA Hostel stands on a large, uncrowded plot of land. It is a very well maintained and neatly decorated building, immaculately clean throughout. The hostel owner runs a tight ship; you are left in no doubt as to kitchen, door locking, and behavioural protocols. The owner lives in a manager’s flat on the grounds, so staff are never very far away. There is sufficient car parking in the grounds.

The Location

The hostel is situated on a quiet avenue on the eastern side of Gisborne, close to the town, the port, the old railway and the beach. A morning run along the coast is a great option for starting the day. The town is an easy, twenty-minute walk away with a wide selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants. A Countdown supermarket is twenty-five minutes' walk, but a large 4Square shop is only metres away and carries a reasonable selection of groceries and provisions.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are spacious, light, and airy, with high ceilings and large but well-curtained windows for peaceful sleeping. A mixture of bunks and conventional beds are available; the beds have been modified for extra support with wooden slats. Mattresses are very comfortable, and bedding is clean and soft. Medium weight duvets ensure a warm night’s sleep.

Male and female bathrooms are located in separate building just two steps away from the main house. Showers are clean and hot. Two showers and two toilets are available on the male side; some queuing may result when the hostel is close to capacity. Modern clothes-washing facilities and clotheslines for drying are available.

Common Spaces

The lounge is bright; airy; and comfortably appointed with sofas, chairs, a widescreen TV, and a selection of VHS videos. Books, travel guides, and leaflets on local attractions abound. The kitchen is scrupulously clean with a very wide selection of utensils, cutlery, and crockery. Disappointingly, there is no composting or recycling whatsoever, in apparent direct contravention of YHA policy. There is a charming deck with benches for al fresco dining. There is a single PC for use in the lounge and Global Gossip Wi-Fi internet is available; download speeds are reasonable and all access is chargeable.

Summary

Overall, this place is very clean, well run, and quiet. Regrettably the management give the impression of regarding guests as an unwelcome interference to the smooth and tidy running of the building. Although not unpleasant, there is no engagement or interest shown; consequently the place has zero atmosphere.
by Conscientious reviewer
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2013-01-28
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Exterior
Lounge 1
Lounge view 2
Kitchen
Dorm room view 1
Dorm room view 2
Male showers
Male toilets

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "YHA Gisborne Hostel" at 32 Harris St.)

Location/Contact

Address
32 Harris St, Kaiti, Gisborne, New Zealand
Coordinates
-38.670426, 178.032846 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.stayyha.com/hostels-ind.asp?id=33
Telephone
+64 6 8673269
Fax
+64 6 8673296
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Big mess up
When I made the booking with the YHA here, I made sure the guy was well aware of the fact we were planning on arriving at 1-2 in the morning, and he said he would leave a key out. Then we got there in the morning he had of course forgotten to leave the key out. It is rather difficult (not to mention stressful/irritating) to find accommodation for 3 people at 2 in the morning. Poor, poor management skills. We went back the next morning and he did apologise. Which was nice of him I suppose. But still, the whole situation was a mess.
Anonymous
(NZ)
2011-02-03
 
POOR SERVICE!
When I made the booking with the YHA here, I made sure the guy was well aware of the fact we were planning on arriving at 1-2 in the morning, and he said he would leave a key out. Then we got there in the morning he had of course forgotten to leave the key out. It is rather difficult (not to mention stressful/irritating) to find accommodation for 3 people at 2 in the morning. Poor, poor management skills. We went back the next morning and he did apologise. Which was nice of him I suppose. But still, the whole situation was a mess.
Anonymous
(NZ)
2011-02-03
 
Lacks atmosphere
Can't fault the dorm -- clean, comfortable, and spacious, with a very nice sofa. Bathrooms in a separate building the other side of a courtyard from the main block, which is a bit strange. Kitchen clean and good facilities. Cheap bike hire and they also hire surfboards and wetsuits I believe. But the place was very quiet and consequently lacking atmosphere. It was the end of the summer but at least one other hostel in the town was much busier. Also, doesn't use the same internet system as other YHAs in New Zealand so you can't use time purchased at other hostels.
Keith
(UK)
2008-04-07
The Gisborne YHA is a laid back, clean, friendly, roomy, and extremely comfortable place to stay. It's quiet and mellow, perfect for those seeking a change from the bustle and party atmosphere of large city hostels, or for those looking for a place to chill out. Gisborne town is a beautiful but unfortunately often overlooked area of New Zealand. An initial two-night stay turned into four, and would have gone even longer if our schedule had allowed it ... We truly felt spoiled here! Clive and his wife (and two friendly outdoor cats) have spruced up the place since purchasing it about 5 months ago. The bulding itself is newly painted, and the bathroom and showers are in immaculate condition with immediate hot water. All common areas are washed down, cleaned, and put into tip-top condition each morning. There are comfy beds, larger than average share and dorm rooms, and several double/twin rooms. The kitchen is huge, with eight gas burners and two full sinks; there are cubbyholes for individual storage, freezers, and an entire wall's worth of refrigeration and counter space. It's also fully stocked with all cooking necessities. Bins for recycling plastics, glass, and cardboard are set beneath the counters. And if you don't feel like cooking or going into town, there's a popular Chinese and Fish & Chips "Take Away" across the street. The common room is also large, with full sofas, wall chairs, and tables, a TV, phone, and stocked travel brochure display. There's a coin operated washer and dryer, as well as outdoor laundry lines. Two things make this hostel stand out above the other alternatives. First, it's owner managed. Clive and his wife live in an adjoining cottage, and the pride they take in the care and upkeep of their "extended home" is clearly evident, as is their concern for the well-being of their guests. Second, they're Gisborne natives so you can trust their recommendations for places to see, eat, and shop (and surf and golf)! The only thing lacking is internet access, but there are at least three internet cafes in town that will allow you to plug in your laptop; they're just an easy (flat) ten minute walk away. The hostel is a 20 to 30 minute walk, depending on your speed, from the Gisborne information center (buses arrive and depart from here) to the hostel. Walk up Grey Street to Gladstone (Gisborne's main street), turn right and follow the road. Walk over the bridge and Gladstone turns into Wainui. The hostel will be on your right, on the second "block" at the corner of Wainui and Harris. (Look for the video store on the left hand side across the street.)
Renee Arakaki
(United States)
2004-12-21

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