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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Excellent place for large groups or sports teams. Clean and warm, huge kitchen and dining room. Good laundry facilities. Comfy beds.
Brett & PR cat Simba made us feel very welcome, nothing was a problem.
Thanks for an awesome stay,
Waimea College girls first XI football team.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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brett f, Owner at Berkenhoff Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Cheers...Looking forward to seeing you again next year. Have a good 2018

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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Quite some way from centre and lake, the first impression was the grumpy warden or owner, nibbling on his chips at reception.
Rooms, corridors, all the walls full of ugly graffiti. The place doesn't seem to have a vacuum cleaner.
It seems as there's a lot of seasonal workers staying there long term.
One positive aspect, we were allowed to take a few tomatoes from the garden.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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brett f, Owner at Berkenhoff Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

You forgot to tell everyone about the wifi???......

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

All the rooms have an en-suite. The owner Brett is very nice and helpful with the hostel being very clean. The messages on the wall from past guests is really nice.

The kitchen is nice and big and has enough hobs for a number of people to cook on and a large fridge. Two lounges both with Netflix to enjoy and YouTube. The wifi is good. Bedrooms are nice (although they get cold in the winter)
It may be a bit of a walk from town but that doesn't matter. This place is not heated though, so when the temperature drops outside in the colder times it gets cold inside too. Best three weeks ever spent here.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Thank BristolianTom
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brett f, Owner at Berkenhoff Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Cheers Tom. Glad to be of help for you.

Happy 2018

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Reviewed April 20, 2017

This is a great place to stay if you are a backpacker in Taupo. It's a really nice building and while the bathrooms in the room area bit of a let down with each room having an en-suite it's great. The manager is really friendly and helpful I've enjoyed each time ive been here.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

I booked this hostel pretty last minute and I can see why it still had beds available. It is a good 20 minute walk from the city but thankfully the owner picks you up from the inter city bus stop. The hostel itself needs work - paint work but also it is not very clean, plenty of flies when I was there. The laundry is also not good - my clothes didn't smell or look any cleaner. I was in a 6 bed dorm room with 5 guys which was not great. It was so hot that we slept with the room open. There is a little atmosphere here and the owner and the staff don't appear to really care or put too much effort into the running of the place. It appeared to be a great hostel, which one can assume, given all the messages on the wall but unfortunately, it no longer appears to be the case.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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