Anchor Lodge Backpackers is a good choice if you want to spend some time in Coromandel or visit the beaches there.
The hostel is located in Coromandel town, about three hundred meters from the town center. Coromandel town is a small town with just under two thousand inhabitants. There are three smaller supermarkets within walking distance of the hostel, along with a couple of eateries and coffee shops. The bus stop is about a ten minutes' walk from the hostel, but staff might drop you off there. The town gets busy in summer and on weekends, but will be rather quiet the rest of the time and many of the smaller shops might be closed.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The backpacker rooms are in one of the houses of which the Anchor Lodge consists. There are doubles and dorms with bunk beds of various sizes available, female-only dorms upon request. All rooms have windows. The bathrooms are separate for males and females and have two toilets each along with three showers. The bathrooms are cleaned daily. You will have to pay a fee per stay if you require a blanket and duvet. Lockers are not available in the rooms.
The kitchen might be a bit small if the hostel is fully booked. There are two fridges for food storage and room for your food bags under the counter. You will get free tea and coffee. The hostel does not have tables for eating, but only a counter that separates the kitchen from the living room area. There you have some couches, a TV, and a large DVD collection along with Sky TV. Outside the hostel features a pool and a spa pool free of charge. You can also rent bicycles and helmets for free. Washing machines and a dryer are available.
If you arrive on the ferry from Auckland, their shuttle will drop you off right at the hostel. There is parking available on the hostel site. The staff will help you with planning excursions and can recommend walks and local attractions. If you want to head to Hot Water Beach, Whitianga might be a better base for your stay.