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Tauranga, New Zealand
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Harbourside for one week, in a twin room. The staff is nice and friendly and very helpful when it comes to finding a job. The jobs they provide are common backpacker jobs, like flower picking, but also labour work and other odd jobs. The price is okay. It's not cheap but also not too expensive. We payed... More 

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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was there for 3 months, very friendly staff and great room, nothing to compilain about, good location with a beautiful sight from the balcony. A lot of people to talk with, so easy to make some new friends.

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Thank beibro
Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, what can I say!?! Harbourside City Backpackers is truly a home away from home. I planned to stay for one week, and I stayed for months! The staff gives you a warm welcome, a homely feeling. They will do everything in their power to make sure your stay will be absolutely amazing. Location is perfect, right in the heart... More 

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Thank reneevdweijde
happynztraveller77, Owner at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

HI Renee, Yah we are doing it right with a review like this! Thank you! With many travellers that choose to base themselves here in the beautiful sunny BOP to work we get to have them for a while! Its been so great to get to know you... guests do become part of our Harbourside family! The picture opportunities from... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd definitively recommend this hostel! The staff is friendly and helpful. They're really trying to make the best out of your stay. They're keen on keeping the hostel and especially kitchen/communal area clean, which is great! Very easy to socialize :) And we had an awesome Halloween night with great prices to win like swimming with dolphins!! Haven't even mentioned... More 

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Thank Rosalie v
happynztraveller77, Owner at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! The staff try so very hard at having amazing customer service, and go the extra mile to keep everyone happy. The Halloween party was the BEST one in 14 years, and with give aways like swimming with Dolphins it pays to dress up! Please spread the word that this is the place to... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We have been staying at Harbourside for the last 7 years every labour weekend year for a sports event and wouldn't even look at booking anywhere else. The price is always fantastic and especially with all the services on offer. I it close to great restaurants and bars and we never need to go far for fun with friends. Can't... More 

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Thank Kieron H
happynztraveller77, Owner at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

HI Kieron, Thank you for taking the time to review us! Aline and the team love having you guys!! She said you are respectful even though you are a large kiwi group and mix well with the backpackers which we love. Thank you for coming back to stay with us, year after year after year! We look forward to having... More 

Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Clean, very friendly and helpful staff. Great location. Helped us get a really good deal on some activities to do in NZ. Close to good bars and dining would suggest trying the Croucher beers at the pub next door! Good vibe and atmosphere.

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Thank Rhea-Dew
HarboursideBP, Manager at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Rhea-Dew. Thank you for giving us a feedback. It was such a pleasure to have you stay at our hostel. Also very glad you took advantage of the great deals for activities we offer when booking through the hostel. Thank you for pointing out the cleanness of the hostel and friendly, helpful service from the staff. We all try... More 

Braunschweig, Germany
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84 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The Room was a bit old.It was also a bit noisy at night. However the staff was friendly and the rest of the hostel was clean including the kitchen. Nice central position in town. Mount Maunganui is a good 20 Minute drive away which is way more fun than Tauranga.

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Thank Lionheart92
HarboursideBP, Manager at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lionheart92, Thank you for taking a minute to give us some feedback. Sorry that you felt the room was "a bit old". The hostel is the very last remaining historic building on the Strand with it's very own unique character. We do have nightwardens during the night, to ensure the hostel is quiet during the night and everyone can... More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

A wonderful stay in this hostel. Nice location, nice place, wonderful view from the balcony and what to stay about the amazing team always nice and very helpful ! Everything in the kitchen to cook properly and to let the kitchen clean if you want it !! I spend more than 2 months there and will definitely come back if... More 

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HarboursideBP, Manager at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi ...... It was sooooooooo much fun having you here at Harbourside. We actually can't wait for the day to come when you are back. Thank you for pointing out all the great facts. Location - just spot on. Right on the waterfront, amazing views, nightlife right on the doorstep and everything a short walking distance away. Team- a bunch... More 

United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 1 night, it was perfect. You have a view of the beautiful ocean from certain areas, and it is wonderfully location on the main strip in Tauranga. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Our room was clean and tidy, and we had the best night sleep ever, very quiet and peaceful. I... More 

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Thank Charbella15
Sarah M, Front Office Manager at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Charbella Thank you for your respons, it is helping us to improve our backpackers. We are glad to hear that our Reception was doing a great job, we always try to make it as comfrontabel as possible for our Backpackers. the view from the balcony over the harbour is indeed great especially in the morning when the sun rises... More 

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Wonderful hospitable owners who go to great lengths to make sure that their guests have an amazing kiwi experience. They have been in the business for many years and really care about their guests. Super awesome backpackers owned by real cool kiwi couple..True locals!!..x

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Thank rachrozella
Sarah M, Front Office Manager at Harbourside City Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Rachrozella Thank you for your review It is great to get reviews like yours The owners are indeed awesome with all their passion and care that they put into the hostel it is amazing. Cheers Erwin More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our backpackers has a huge balcony with STUNNING VIEWS of the harbour, fantastic communal facilities, internet cafe, Free Wifi, free bikes, herbs & spices, DVD's, fishing rods & we book all local activities. We accommodate up to 72 people in a variety of different rooms If you are after a CLEAN, FRIENDLY & RELAXED stay, at Harbourside Backpackers one night will turn into days. . . there is plenty to see and do - swimming with Dolpins, white-water rafting, scenic walks, surfing, relaxing on beautiful white sandy beaches and so much more! The bus station and information centre are a one-minute walk away... everything else you might need is just a short walk - we are the CENTER of town. Tauranga is a GREAT place to base yourself for a while and find work if you need your travel funds topped up! We offer weekly rates for those wanting to stay and work in the area, and can assist you in finding a job. We even have a van to help with transport. We look forward to sharing our beautiful region with you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Harbourside City Backpackers

Address: 105 The Strand, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Tauranga
Price Range: $62 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbourside City Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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“The rooms on level 1 have en-suites, and you can get a twin or double room if you prefer”
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“Only good location”
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“8 beddorm are bit small.”
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