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#24 of 26 hotels in Gisborne
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See why so many travellers make Flying Nun Backpackers their hotel of choice when visiting Gisborne. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Close to Titirangi Domain (1.5 mi), a popular Gisborne landmark, Flying Nun Backpackers Hotel is a great destination for tourists.

Guest rooms offer air conditioning, and Flying Nun Backpackers Hotel makes getting online easy as wifi is available.

In addition, guests can enjoy a lounge during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

While in Gisborne be sure to experience local bangers and mash favourites at The Rivers Restaurant and Bar.

During your visit, be sure to check out Tairawhiti Museum (1.0 mi), which is a popular attraction within walking distance of the hotel.

At Flying Nun Backpackers, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Gisborne.

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Sam Annable wrote a review Jan 2020
Topsham, Maine2 contributions
My friend and I arrived on the steps of the Flying Nun backpackers per the recommendation of the local YHA as they were fully booked. The head nun greeted us on the intercom, and let us in to look. The hallways were dark and gloomy and reminded us of something out of a haunted mansion. The common areas were grimy and as if they hadn’t seen a broom this decade. But the kicker was the kitchen, it was fly infested, one of the fridges did not work, and soap was hard to find to clean. So it looked like the long-termers staying there, didn’t bother too. While it was cheap to stay there, the head nun did not seem to care that we were there, not very welcoming or hospitable. The whole place could use a make over and cleaning.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ave T wrote a review Jan 2018
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A crazy old convent building converted into a backpacker´s hostel. Crazy people staying there & a crazy landlady to keep it all together. I loved the atmosphere of the architecture, the campervans converted into living rooms in the backyard and the eclectic details found around the hostel... You either love it or you hate it, but if you have some hippie vibe to you and you enjoy off-beat experiences - this is definitely the place to go, the place to stay! ;)
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Trip714602 wrote a review May 2017
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Excelente place if your planning to stay for short or long term while working (I lived here for 7 months!!). Its atmosphere provides a perfect scenery for meeting people from all over the world, in the best mood ever (despite of working for 12 hours a day!!). The place is huge and suitable for everybody: campsites, overnight parking, shared rooms (2 to 10), doble rooms. Plenty of chill out areas both outdoors and indoors.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pip_sarah wrote a review Jan 2017
Australia24 contributions4 helpful votes
I stayed with friends who had booked for us but arrived separately... they were in a room and I was camping. Cheap place but definitely odd. When you check in you get a set of plates, bowls, mugs, and utensils and are expected to clean them and keep them in a locker. Since I didn't have any of my own utensils, we were scrounging for a third of everything since I wasn't given any on arrival and I couldn't find the owner to get a set. Food gets locked up, cool, and signs say that the kitchen closes at 10:30pm - but the crowd of workers there were definitely cooking well past 10:30. Everything was a mess when I came down at 5:30 the next morning and trying to find a clean table was impossible. Bathrooms ok - not great water pressure and temperature was either HOT or COLD - no real in between. Wouldn't recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Victoria M wrote a review Oct 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina7 contributions1 helpful vote
Is definetly a good place to live or stay long, you have to feel it, is not a place for turists. Really convenient for people who works in gisborne. You can stay in your tent or room. Very cheap rate per week, big common areas, pingpong room and huge equiped kitchen.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Jan S wrote a review May 2016
Willich, Germany4 contributions2 helpful votes
The price is really good, it's 21 nzd per night and you are paying 2 nzd extra for bedsheets. The old lady, who is running the hostel is really unfriendly and weird. The check in took me about 15 min because i had to wait for her many times. Guests are also not allowed
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nicolai wrote a review May 2016
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions47 helpful votes
Upon arrival, the kitchen, toilets and showers were so dirty. The staff weren't as bad. Said they offer free pick up from the bus station, rang the hostel but no response from anyone. One of the worst hostel in the North Island.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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stcre wrote a review May 2016
Ballynahinch, United Kingdom3 contributions
Strange atmosphere around the place, a bit dirty. Other than that no problems. The 'flying nun' lady Who runs the place has been getting a lot of grief on this for being impolite or sarcastic. I thought she was nice, considering she is running a hostel in an old nun convent
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Constanza S wrote a review May 2016
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the best place i have ever stay! kushla and lucy are the best! just need to get to know them and of course keep the place clean!!!! work,fun areas, nice activities, big garden to play, 2 caravans at the back and the best waves of the east coast!!!! totally recommended
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Date of stay: June 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reza Sattarzadeh wrote a review Mar 2016
Muscat, Oman2221 contributions544 helpful votes
This place is original and creepy at the same time. It used to be a convent (I didn't know this when I booked) and you really get the feeling that you are in an unusual place. Honestly, I liked the feeling. The bad thing, like many other New Zealand hostels, was the heating. Cold nights!
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Flying Nun Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Flying Nun Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf (1.0 km), Smash Palace (1.0 km), and Te Urewera National Park (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Flying Nun Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, a spa, and internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Flying Nun Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Flying Nun Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bollywood Star Indian Tandoori Restaurant, Tamarind, and Sofra Turkish Cafe.
Is Flying Nun Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Gisborne.
Are there any historical sites close to Flying Nun Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Siege of Waerenga-a-Hika Memorial (10.4 km).