YHA Bay of Islands Paihia, Paihia

8.8
312 Reviews
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YHA Bay of Islands Paihia Reviews

Helpful and friendly

What we remember most is Andy and how helpful he was when we got stuck in Pahia due to bad weather conditions. It's a nice hostel to stay in and close to everything. We'll be back!

C
2014-08-08
Age 46 | Ireland

HI - YHA Paihia Hostel - Lodge Eleven Hostel is clean, quiet, and well located. What it lacks in character can be easily found down the street if you are so inclined.

The Location

Centrally located, this hostel is a hundred meters from the beach, and just down the street from several bars. There is limited on-site and on-the-street parking, and most buses will drop off out front. A ten-minute walk will take you downtown or to the pier. The grocery store is a thirty-minute walk, so it's best to stock up before you arrive. While the street lends itself to the party vibe, you can rest assured that a quiet evening is waiting for you at YHA Paihia.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms are quite small with bunk beds in the dorm rooms. The lack of floor space is more than made up for by the high ceilings and the glass sliding doors opening to a wooden deck. Bedspread is clean and lively. Each dorm room has its own en suite bathroom with a (small) sink, toilet, and shower. Rooms appear tidy and are cleaned daily, with fresh linen provided on check-in. Some guests have experienced bedbugs, but it seems to be hit or miss.

Common Spaces

There is a small internet lounge on the ground level with computers and a VHS, but neither gets much use. Internet is free for YHA members, and at about-average prices for everyone else. While the weather is good, most of the focus is on the ample outdoor covered space, and the BBQ area. Most of the hostel is nonsmoking, but there is a small smoking area available outdoors.

The kitchen area is well equipped, with more stove burners then elbow room. There is plenty of fridge space even when the hostel is fully booked. It can become quite crowded during mealtimes with completion for two sinks. Indoor seating is at a premium.

While an address on party street may suggest otherwise, this is not a party hostel. Many of the clientele are of the older variety (think fifty-plus) and even some families with young children in tow. As a result, the place usually shuts down by around 9:30 p.m. There is some street noise which can be distracting on Friday and Saturday nights, from the more rowdy establishments down the street.

Summary

The reception desk will book tours for no charge but will not provide advice or support on anything they feel will compete with their business (think campervans for sale, or advice on non-YHA hostels). Please note that this is not an official YHA policy, and seems to be unique to this location. However, this does not detract from the hostel being a well-run establishment fitting of the YHA name.

Rob W
2013-03-23
View from Kings Road Reception desk Outside eating deck with BBQ Communal Kitchen Cooking Area TV (VHS) lounge 4 Bunk Dorm Bathroom with shower hidden behind door

Lodge Eleven is a clean, well-equipped hostel just two minutes' walk from the sandy beach, and ten minutes' walk into the centre of Paihia and the wharf, the base for a wide range of boat trips including the famous Cream Trip.

Each room has an ensuite and all bedding is provided. Downstairs is a well-equipped kitchen, and a lounge with games, books, and TV. As well as an indoor dining room, there is a covered outdoor dining area, which is great on a lovely day. This hostel is open to anyone but to avoid a nightly surcharge you need a YHA membership.

Also within walking distance from the hostel is the historic St. Paul's church, a range of bush walks, and canoes for hire on the beach. A good day tramp is to go through the bush-clad hills behind Paihia to Opua and return along the coastal walkway visiting several lovely little coves.

John McCarthy
2006-04-22
New Zealand

This is a nice comfortable lodge with a friendly owner/manager family in residence. The rooms are clean and have en-suite bathrooms (which can be annoying given that there is usually someone getting up early to go on a tour and the noise of the shower can wake you up). Some of the rooms are a bit small for the number of beds in them and there isn't a lot of room to open your backpack. The kitchen is small and the tv lounge is very cramped as well. There is a pleasant outdoor dining area. The hostel is relatively new, but is in a street next to several other hostels, some of which are brand new and have much better facilities. The hostel has a friendly relaxed atmosphere and is a lot quieter than some of the nearby hostels that have their own bars. It is a ten minute walk from the town's main pier and activity centre. The owners are happy to arrange any excursions for you.

Anonymous
2005-12-15

This is a nice comfortable lodge with a friendly owner/manager family in residence. The rooms are clean and have ensuite bathrooms (which can be annoying given that there is usually someone getting up early to go on a tour and the noise of the shower can wake you up). Some of the rooms are a bit small for the number of beds in them and there isn't a lot of room to open your backpack.

The kitchen is small and the tv lounge is very cramped as well. There is a pleasant outdoor dining area.

The hostel is relatively new, but is in a street next to several other hostels, some of which are brand new and have much better facilities.

The hostel has a friendly relaxed atmosphere and is a lot quieter than some of the nearby hostels that have their own bars. It is a ten minute walk from the town's main pier and activity centre. The owners are happy to arrange any excursions for you.

Aidan Doyle
2004-04-09
Australia

YHA Bay of Islands Paihia Reviews from the Web

A very fabulous hostel to stay in as it is a quiet area at night and only 10 minutes from the centre of town. The host is a very helpful and cheerful person.

robertlau2848717
2021-04-23

Chilled vibes and very close to the beach

Anonymous
2016-11-01

Liked: Clean, friendly staff, close to the beach Didn't like: No safty box and you have one bathroom in the room but you could hear everything the person inside did.

Anonymous
2015-04-28

Liked: It was very clean and tidy Didn't like: The beds were squeaky and quite small in comparison to some other hostels

Anonymous
2015-03-16

It was really an amazing stay in the yhb in bay of island, the people are very friendly and supportiv!

Anonymous
2015-01-25

Really nice place - lovely staff who are happy to help, good location and good rooms.There's a lovely outside dining area that's great for meeting others. Would definitely return.

Anonymous
2015-01-19

Liked: Cabin-style rooms, lots of outdoor space, two minutes Wal Form the beach, big Kirchen, loads offen DVDs and videos Didn't like: Expensive wifi, pcs cost as well, security boxes Co St extra, staff is friendly but DOS.Not kniw mich about busconnections etc.

Anonymous
2014-04-20

Liked: nice lounge with goog movie selection, many tables and chairs outside Didn't like: dorm not really clean, as backpackers were allowed to work there for a free night, many of them were not too motivated to clean. my sheets were spotty. Roomkeys were pointless, the doors stood always open, no matter if there was anyone in the room or not.

Anonymous
2014-03-29

Friendly, helpful staff

Anonymous
2013-11-05

Liked: The kitchen was well equipped and I really enjoyed cooking there. The dorm was well-organized, cozy and clean, unlike many of the hostels I have stayed at. Didn't like: It was winter so it was generally very cold everywhere, but the heater in the dorm worked fine so I had no trouble with it eventually. All in all, I had no trouble with this hostel. It was a disappointment that the wifi wasn't free for others than YHA members, but that seems to be the case everywhere in this country.

Anonymous
2013-06-24

Liked: They were really helpful an friendly! The kitchen was very clean. Great location, just 10 min to walk to the Quay!! Free Wifi for YHA members :) Didn't like: Nothing

Anonymous
2013-04-10

Description

Only 100m from the beach, Lodge Eleven is peaceful, central and renowned for its high standard of accommodation. Offering safety, comfort and friendliness, as well as ensuites in every room and a covered outdoor dining area. Lodge Eleven feels just like home.

Paihia offers many exciting things to do - boat tours around the beautiful Bay of Islands, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, diving, snorkelling and sailing. Visit Waitangi, where the famous Treaty was signed, take a bush walk to Haruru waterfalls, catch the ferry to New
Zealand's first capital Russell or just relax and unwind on the beach and watch the world go by.

Location and Contact

Location

• Corner of Macmurray road and Kings road
• Paihia
• Coming into Paihia from Opua take a Left onto Macmurray road, we are the very last building,
• Coming into Paihia from Waitangi, take a right onto kings road follow to the intersection where we are located.

Map

Map

Address: 20 Macmurray Road, Paihia, New Zealand

YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website YHA Bay of Islands Paihia Paihia www.hihostels.com/hostels/yha-bay-of-islands-paihia
Phone Number: 64-9-4027487
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Luggage Storage

Parking

Safe Deposit Box

Breakfast ($8.50-$15.00)

Dinner ($15.00)

Lockers in Lobby (2.00)

Towels ($1.00)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons (5.00)

Wi-Fi in Rooms (5.00)

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

TV

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Pet-Friendly

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM (08:00-20:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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