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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just wonderful! Very modern buildings, lovely rooms with netflix on the telly! Fab bathrooms, big modern kitchen and movie room, discount in local coffee shop, heaps of parking, walking distance to everything. You need to stay here!

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Budapest, Hungary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finlay Jack's is by far one of the best hostels I have stayed in. The staff are super nice and helpful, the beds are comfortable, the place is super clean and the facilities are awesome. You'll feel at home straight away. Definitely go to Taupo and stay at Finlay's!

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saint-lucia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought I'd stay at Finlay Jack's for few nights but after the first week I was happy to stay here for the duration of my work contract. I've been here 7 weeks now and I can say it's awesome! Comfortable and friendly place. Finlay appreciates feedback and is constantly making awesome changes and improvements. New seating in the kitchen,...

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for such an awesome review! We love having you here as one of our longer staying guests and are delighted that you feel so comfortable :-)

Rothwell, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Welcoming on arrival. Comfortable room an bed.Stayed in 5 bd female room. Everything you could need on site.Well equipped kitchen..Laundry facilities..clean bathrooms. Close and walking distance to Supermarkets and central town.Highly recommended for accommodation on a budget.

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Awesome review - thank you! We are super glad your stay was welcoming and comfortable and wish you happy and safe travels through the rest of NZ :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside I wasn't sure, but from the moment I entered and walked along the decking to the friendly and helpful reception I felt sure I had found a great place to stay. The rooms were suitably spacious and surrounded a central grassed courtyard with pleasant background music playing. This and the well-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas seemed...

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review - so pleased to be one of your favourite hostels here in NZ. We hope you enjoyed the Tongariro Crossing and really pleased you were able to meet and chat to the broad range of guests we accommodate here :-) safe travels.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First I only intended to come to Taupo to visit a friend for a day. I saw that Finlay Jack's backpackers was recommended in my lonley planet as the favorite hostel. So by luck my friend was staying there aswell. I just booked a camping spot. But the vibe all around the comunal garden and kitchen and tv lounge was...

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Cheers for the review and your elongated stay with us here at Finlay Jacks! :-) It was great having you here and happy that you immersed yourself into the hostel culture. Be good to see you again - safe and happy travels !

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Helpful staff, nice rooms and spacious relaxing areas. There are plenty of restrooms, showers, eating tables and cooking space + a very satisfying gas BBQ grill. I stayed two nights at Finlay Jacks and recieved very good customer service and helpful advice for my stay in Taupo. If ever in Taupo again Finlay Jacks is where I will be staying!

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Sweet review - thanks so much :-) super glad you enjoyed your stay and utilised our outdoor BBQ! Take care of yourself and maybe see you again sometime in Taupo.

tasmania
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are a couple who don't usually do the backpacker thing but seriously some of the accommodation in New Zealand is not very cheap. This place easy to find very clean the kitchen is brand new and huge. Washing machines and dryers also huge and cheap. Towels and all linen provided we had a family room sleeps 4 with tv...

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Finlayjacks, Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for such an awesome review - super happy that you enjoyed your stay here and things ran smoothly for you :-) Safe travels to the both of you.

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I arrived at Finlay Jacks and loved the atmosphere. The staff were very friendly on arrival and we're helpful throughout my stay. Would recommend to anyone. The cleaning staff are all friendly, I appreciated how much they all new about Taupo and was able to help me experience the most and best I could during my stay.

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Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay :) We appreciate the great feedback! Come back soon

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I first stayed at Finlay Jack's over Christmas 2016 in their recently opened luxury upstairs apartment, and have been back over the last few months many times! Each visit better than the last, thanks to those who keep refurbishing and adding homely touches (unseen in most backpackers). It's a great environment to meet others thanks to the social layout, which...

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Finlayjacks, Front Office Manager at Finlay Jack's Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your fab review! we're really glad you enjoyed your stay here and managed to see so much of Taupo :) Hope you enjoyed the Tongariro Crossing and thanks for being an awesome guest!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Taupo's best option for comfort, convenience and great times with international friends. Here you'll find a bunk-free experience with single beds made up ready for your arrival and delightful en-suite bathrooms. We've renovated one of Taupo's most central hostels with the modern backpacker in mind. Two minutes from the supermarkets and central bus station, we have a comfy DVD lounge, huge garden, massive balcony complete with BBQ and stunning views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom) and beyond. Whether you're an adrenaline junky keen to launch yourself from a plane at 15,000 feet, looking to set sail on the Great Lake or seeking peace and tranquillity along with some of New Zealand's most beautiful walks, our staff are here to make sure your visit lives up to expectations...aim high, people! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Finlay Jack's Backpackers

Address: 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Price Range: ₹ 2,088 - ₹ 3,495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Finlay Jack's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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“I would get upstairs or road facing for a breeze, I would imagine downstairs could be a bit warm”
rowet43, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“As always, try and get a bottom bunk and have fun ! :)”
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“First floor rooms for an awesome view”
294maximj, 9 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with view, up top is good.”
Baileyelise26, 15 Jan 2016 | Read review
“clean and value for money”
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