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“Extremely basic”
Review of Kiwi Paka Waitomo

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Kiwi Paka Waitomo
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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61 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Extremely basic”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Have stayed at Kiwi Pakas chalets in Waitomo twice now, and will try harder to find other accomodation next time we take guests down there... OK, it certainly has positives: very central location, well-managed, quite clean, reasonably friendly staff, good breakfasts. But it's certainly not great value....

Don't expect to sleep well, uncomfortable beds (too soft), paper thin walls, hear EVERYTHING going on, even people whispering outside. Also - one of my pet peeves: squeeky doors! Forget touching bathroom door unless you want to wake everybody up - before you actually use the toilet... So annoying, as this is so easy and costs nothing to fix!

Rooms are EXTREMELY basic, examples: not a single hook in the whole room, i.e. absolutely nowhere to hang clothes or wet jacket.
Only one chair in 2 person chalet, two chairs in 4-person chalet. Can't hang used clothes on them either. Yeah, it's nice with a balcony etc. but don't expect to actually be able to sit out there on anything...

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The staff were ok, not overly friendly or helpful. The beds were extremely uncomfortable, with a big dip in the middle. The first night I made my husband a cup of tea from the kettle. The second night I opened the lid of the kettle to refill it and discovered the kettle was half full of milky brown disgusting smelling water with bits floating in it. I almost threw up knowing that I had drunk from it the night before. When I mentioned this to the staff when we checked out the girl was very unhelpful and unapologetic.
The 10pm 'quiet time' was not enforced, making it very difficult to get to sleep with backpackers yelling and making noise. Very basic rooms and not worth the money we spent. We paid the same amount for the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua! ($100 NZD).
The fridge in the room was extremely noisy and had to be unplugged during the night.
The only good things I have to say were that the view was lovely and the food at the cafe was pretty good.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

I was in a 4 bed dorm - pretty spacious and had 4 single beds which was a refreshing change to the usual bunk scenario. The beds were very soft, too soft for me. Showers and toilets were at the end of the corridor and comprised 2 showers and 2 toilets for females on each floor, I guess same for men.
A deposit was required for a towel and also for a cutlery/plate set, which was actually pretty annoying as if you were sitting on the terrace and wanted a drink you had to first go back to your room to get your cup. Kitchen not v well equipped but manageable – ok for rustling up something very simple.
Overall the rooms looked dated and kitchen was only just adequate.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

despite some confusion checking in the reception staff were pleasant and were very welcoming. they easily managed our booking of 7 adults 2 children and an infant spreading our accommodation over a quad room, 2 twins and a double room despite being heavily booked. rooms were cosy, clean and very adequate. a satisfied experience. thanks

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

What a tourist trap!! Shame really because Waitomo could be a nice place to chill for a couple of days. I reccomend not staying in Waitomo at all. Just come in the morning do the tour and leave immediately for the next place.
Kiwi paka might be a clean hostel with comparitive prices but it is absolutely characterless. Its a dry hostel due to them owning the bar next door (Curlys) where they charge $7.50 for a beer or $18 for a six pack take away. Does not cater for backpackers at all. You have to put a deposit on plates and cutlery. There is no communal cooking gear. The pans are all warped and handles broken. Half the stoves don't work. Your just a number in this place and you can tell they thrive on busloads of tourist groups coming through. Definitely the WORST backpackers I've stayed at and NOT RECOMMENDED!!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Kiwi Paka Waitomo

Property: Kiwi Paka Waitomo
Address: Kiwi Paka Waitomo School Road PO Box 26 Waitomo Caves, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Waitomo Caves
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Waitomo Caves
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,787 - ₹ 4,276
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiwi Paka Waitomo 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waitomo Kiwipaka has backpackers accommodation as well as Chalet rooms. There is also a Pizzeria café/restaurant on site. ... more   less 
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