Tui Lodge is a really good hostel. It has amazing common areas, only the beds could use a quality upgrade.
Tui Lodge is located a bit outside of Coromandel Town, but the town is still within walking distance. The road is well signed and there is a big green sign for Tui Lodge on the road. In addition, there is a sign on the building, so you cant really miss it. There is a big parking lot on the property. The building itself is a maze of rooms, bathrooms, and common rooms. It might take some time before you know your way around.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Tui Lodge offers private rooms and dorms of different sizes. The dorms are quite big and very clean and have bunk beds. The mattresses are thin and not very comfortable and the beds are a bit squeaky. Bed linen is included and extra blankets are available for cold nights. There are a few plugs in each room, but there are no lockers available. There are several bathrooms located in the building. They are all extremely clean and very spacious. The showers have hot water and there are enough hooks to hang up your clothes.
The hostel has several common areas, in addition to a big garden. There are two fully equipped kitchens, offering a stove, oven, microwave, toaster, fridge, and freezer. Each kitchen also has a dining area and free seasonal fruit is available. In addition to the dining areas, there is a TV room and lots of spaces to sit outside. The kitchens/dining areas are open until 10 p.m. You are welcome to sit a bit longer outside, there is a covered terrace. There is also a small playground for children on the big grass plain and there is even a small sauna outside (available for a fee). This is a quiet and relaxed hostel and the big kitchen makes it easy to meet other travelers. Washing machines (cold water only) are available for free. Wi-Fi is paid. The hostel also offers several trips/shuttles, but not every day, so it is best to ask for the program.
Tui Lodge is a hostel with really good and clean facilities. The functional common areas and some nice extras (like the free fruit), make this hostel an amazing place to spend a few nights.