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Base Bay of Islands - Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very nice and cozy hostel! Had a great time here, the dorms and the private rooms are both amazing. Very friendly staff and a lovely bar and staff. Would recommend this hostel to anyone that wants to have a great time up in the bay!

Quite good, worth the money. BBQ was good too. Can the reception be open 24/7? Deals for places in town would be good too. Can there be towels in the rooms? Just a suggestion. Wouldn't have come to boi if it wasn't for this leg of our kiwi-e trip, well worth it. Do the hole in the rock ferry tour!

I had a great time at the hostel. The staff was great, the environment was fun and the stay was one of the best hostels I've been at. I would definitely stay here again as well as suggest it to a fellow traveler.

Stayed in a standard 8 bed dorm which was fine and it came with a bathroom attached. For a couple of nights in Paihia this is a good location and about a 10 minute walk to the main street in town where all the amenities are located.

Staff friendly and the room is fine for the price. This backpackers is clean and confortable. The bar Pipi Patch is cool! There are many activities as barbecue and game nights. I recomend! If I come back, I would like to stay here again.

I went in February and everything there felt moist and sticky. The muggy feeling would not go away. The hostelmates I had just met agreed with me that everything just felt wet and there wasn't enough airflow. The kitchenette in our room was really just a room with dusty cupboards. There were only two plug ins for a room with 12 beds in it. And definitely don't think about getting a restful night sleep here. The people staying party at the bar connected to the hostel and loudly come into the room at any hour of the night. Kitchen was cluttered and was rarely cleaned.

Basic room which is fine for the price. Had recently been painted and smelled strongly of paint. Heater was excellent! Bed was very comfy! Couldn't get the TV to go but then couldn't be bothered to go and ask either. Really friendly atmosphere! Would stay here again for an overnighter but not sure I would spend more than one night just because I like a quieter setting. But would be excellent for younger solo travellers!!

This backpackers was surprisingly clean. The employees were really fun, friendly and made the atmosphere to feel like a big family. They prepared activities as barbecue dinners and game nights. It is a wonderful idea especially if you travel alone because it is easier to socialise with anyone there.

Standard Hostel, rooms were big with 4 bunks in each. Each has its own bathroom which was nice, water pressure good in the showers! Kitchen was clean but had to hunt for cutlery and pans/plates from time to time. Great little TV room showing films all the time for when you just want chill and do nothing for few hours or the evening. The bar was great to meet people when first getting there, the BBQ is good value but the bar next door is even better value with burger and chips for $6!

Hostel is in a good location, only a minutes walk from the beach. However, security is lacking, dorm doors do not lock automatically, therefore our room door kept getting left open. Not good when rooms are accessible straight from the road! Same for the "luggage storage" just a shed with no security. Charged $12 BBQ and $34pn stay, bit odd we later found a leaflet in the Paihia info centre with $35pn and a BBQ included for free?? Avoid the BBQ, cheaper places to eat in Paihia. Kitchen too small for amount of guests. Only 3 plug sockets in the room for 8 beds. Would not return.

18 Kings Rd Paihia

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas (fees apply)

Base Bay of Islands - Hostel places you next to Paihia Beach and within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Wharf. This 48-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also nearby.


At the end of the day, the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a drink.


Guests can stay connected with WiFi and wired Internet.

Property features

Guests staying at Base Bay of Islands - Hostel enjoy an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle for a fee. Staff members can answer questions about accommodations, and also provide front-desk service during limited hours. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, laundry facilities, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Shared Dormitory

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds, Ensuite

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory, Women only

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room, 1 King Bed, Ensuite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

66% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 152 reviews