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BASED BY THE LAKE

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3.5
#6 of 10 hostels in Taupo
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
Base Taupo is a modern and convenient (built in 2008) backpackers with a range of accommodation options from dorms to private ensuite rooms to suit every budget. Situated centrally within Taupo, they are many options to explore the activities that the beautiful town has to offer. Come dine or party with us at our Tejano Cantina, Taupo's leading Mexican restaurant and late night venue.
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Property amenities
Street parking
Paid wifi
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Internet
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Mini golf
Skiing
Canoeing offsite
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Video game console
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
ATM on site
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Room features
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Budget
Languages Spoken
English

Location

7 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
Getting there
Great for walkers
Places to stay are graded on a 0-100 scale. The higher the grade, the easier it is for travellers to find restaurants and things to do within walking distance.
Grade: 97 out of 100
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Rotorua Airport
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Jens wrote a review Jan 2020
Antwerp, Belgium88 contributions52 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Spacious and clean kitchen (although same as for other Base hostels, fridges need more cleaning). The sundeck with partial view to the lake is really nice on sunny afternoons.

Our private ensuite was small but clean. The free earplugs are provided for a reason: lots of noise from the hallway and, on (certain) Saturday nights, party noise from across the street till 3 AM (those whom do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing day after are warned).

Location was very convenient for us, nice town.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BaseTaupoManagement, Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Hi Jens, We are glad to see you generally enjoyed your stay and loved our location. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! Julie - Reception
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Lucy L wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hostel was clean and sociable and has good cooking facilities. Katy at reception was extremely helpful in informing us about activities and general information regarding the hostel. Laundry facilities could be better
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Hey! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so stoked you had a good stay and so happy Katy was able to help you out! We hope to see you again! Safe travels!
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James L wrote a review 5 May
3 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I wasn't expecting too much given the price of the hostel and the fact it is primarily a base for backpackers. That said I was really surprised at how helpful the staff were, particularly Linda (I think?), who hung around to make sure I could check in when I arrived late the first night. Also sorted me a room to myself for the second night on request and was really friendly and polite. Top marks, you are awesome!

The place could probably do with some renovations and the music isn't ideal but at about $45-$50 a night I wasn't expecting too much. A couple of nights is about the max I would stay but if you're in Taupo on a budget and need somewhere to crash then this would do the trick.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kay004 wrote a review Jul 2020
New Zealand260 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a double bed single room (310) with ensuite on the 3rd floor with a pleasant view over Tuwharetoa St. Absolutely no complaints about the room, what I'd expect from a private hostel room. Clean, lovely firm comfortable mattress, brilliant shower pressure, a jug with tea/coffee/sugar and UHF milk pottles. There's a wall heater for winter and fan for summer. And the TV worked fine and the wifi connection was excellent.

The downside: There is only a lift to the 1st floor. From the ground floor it is 48 steps to the 3rd floor. While this won't be an issue for many, I strong advise if steps may cause you issues to give them a call first to get some more information. I wasn't able to get my small-but heavy- suitcase up or down but the lovely staff were more than happy to do that for me.

Except of the stairs, couldn't find anything to fault. The location is perfect, especially if you're carless and reliant on the intercity bus which stops almost right across the road. There are very few accommodation options in this area. And literally just around the corner has you right on the lake waterfront. You're also spoilt for choice for food options.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: No lifts after 1st floor. If you have problems with lots of stair then contact the hostel for...
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 31 Jul 2020
Morena Kay! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review! I'm so pleased that you had a such a good stay here and found our staff to be helpful and enjoyed our central location. I hope we see you back at Base Taupo again in the future :)
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Maaike1993 wrote a review Aug 2020
Queenstown, New Zealand22 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Enjoyed staying at X Base Taupō a lot!
I could check in earlier then the earliest check in time, stayed in a private room with en-suite bathroom with my boyfriend. Towels were provided in the room and it was warm enough (heater in the room). Staff was super friendly and helped me out with activities around town. The key-system is great, you need to use an app on your phone named Goki to open the door, it’s very easy, with one press on your phone the lock of our room was open and it’s a very safe way. Great location close to everything and loved the sundeck near the kitchen area. Besides that they have a Mexican bar next door named Tejano with cheap drinks, good music and loved the naked burrito bowl;)! Def recommend this hostel + bar!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 17 Aug 2020
Kia Ora Maaike! Thank you for taking the time to leave us such an amazing review! It was a pleasure to have you and your partner stay with us! We wish you all the best on your last bit of travel before you head home! Keep Safe and we hope to welcome you back again when the craziness of the world hopefully settles. Kia Kaha!
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backpackerfrankie wrote a review Mar 2020
United Kingdom23 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been here twice with the kiwi experience and loved each time. Katie and TJ were very welcoming and so helpful. On my first trip Katie gave me loads of helpful information about Australia as I am about to travel there regarding working and sky diving. The room was very clean and very spacious in a 4 bed room both times. We have just come from base Wellington and stayed in a 6 bed dorm and it was tiny could hardly put your bag down so it’s so nice to be able to spread out slightly! They also let us check in early because our room is ready. Major perks is free got chocolate all the time because you can get very bored of the crappy coffee powder while travelling. I would highly recommend if you are a traveller to stay here.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Hey Frankie! Thanks so much for your feedback! We are so happy you had an awesome stay with us! Gotta agree that our staff are awesome ;) Have the best time in Australia! Make sure you head to the Base and Nomads we have over there you will love them! Hopefully see you soon, safe travels!
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ruthmottley wrote a review Jan 2020
29 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in Taupo exhausted after a long drive and needing a rest in order to complete another long drive the next day. The noise from the bar across the road was unbearable. We may as well have been trying to sleep in the corner of the bar. The hostel provided earplugs but they were useless given the noise level and the feeling of the bass when trying to sleep. Eventually it quietened down around 4.30 and then a short while later it was bright out (the blinds did very little to keep the light out). We stayed in a double room and the bed was very small.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from BaseTaupoManagement, Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Hey Ruth, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Due to our central location, on weekends the bars can get busy, especially during the Christmas and New Year period, although they are open till 3am latest due to licensing. We can provide all guests in the hostel with free of charge earplugs if you are a light sleeper or require them. I will pass your feedback onto the relevant department in regards to the blinds and bed in the room to be investigated further. Happy travels - Katie
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KarinaRNewZealand wrote a review Jan 2021
Masterton, New Zealand270 contributions49 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Not only was this place dirty they had changed names and owners apparantely 5 days after I booked this place. I turned up after booking in October 2020 on January 29 2021 to no booking. I booked through Agoda and don’t blame them as they have been always good. Had no problem with them. Manager tried to blame them. Ultimately it was the responsibility of the new owners to take on any bookings that had been booked and paid for. We had to pay again and didn’t get them room we had booked which was a double deluxe room, Instead got a double bunk room with no bathroom. Apparently only room left. We had to pay extra for it as we didn’t want to share the room with others. The bathroom and toilet was dirty. Toilet paper sat on the floor for 3 days. It’s also very noisy, straight across from noisy Bars open till 2am with loud music. Fridges stunk in the communal kitchen. Manager however seemed nice enough.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jade. S. wrote a review Mar 2020
14 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at X Base Taupo for one night and it was awful. Was in a 4 person room that was so small you were packed in like sardines with no room for one suitcase let alone 4. Two of the beds had not been made since the last guests and were covered in hair and chewing tobacco. Once the bed was remade there was still hair and mould on the new sheets. The ensuite tile grout and roof was covered in black mould. The bathroom had large cobwebs and spiders everywhere. Staff were abrupt and kitchen had barely any crockery and dirty grey tea towels. Definitely do not recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Hi Jade, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. I am sorry to hear you didn't have the best experience when you stayed with us. I have taken your comments and will investigate what could have gone wrong this time. I will be personally speaking to all departments involved. Our staff are always on hand to help our guests if tea towels need to be changed or more crockery for the kitchen supplied. Guests are always welcome to come and request a room change if the one the are assigned has not met their needs, if we have available rooms. Enjoy the rest of your travels through NZ!
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Nettiecooper wrote a review Mar 2020
13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Super impressed with how helpful and accommodating the staff were because my plans kept changing due to the weather. They were so helpful and assisted with my plan changes for Rotorua too. Particular shout out to TJ who bent over backwards and Katie who was super helpful.
Everyone was lovely.
In terms of the actual accommodation, it's as you would expect from a Base hostel. Best things were the location and the staff. I got a private room and felt very comfortable. I would highly recommend this hostel in Taupo.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Laura Crowther, General Manager at BASED BY THE LAKE
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Hey Nettie! Thanks for your feedback we are stoked you had the best stay with us! Our staff are awesome, I must agree! We hope to see you again - safe travels!
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Bruce J wrote a tip Mar 2024
Oxford, United Kingdom3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t stay here!"
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grace wrote a tip Apr 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"top floors have great views, and away from noise"
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nigel g wrote a tip Jan 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay here- dirty, noisy, horrible mold & smell. Rudest management ever."
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Kay004 wrote a tip Jul 2020
New Zealand260 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No lifts after 1st floor. If you have problems with lots of stair then contact the hostel for advice. Don't let it put you off though!"
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Lara-Marie E wrote a tip Jun 2019
Dublin, Ireland51 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Quad share ensuites are amazing"
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PRICE RANGE
$99 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Base Taupo
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionTaupo DistrictTaupo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
44
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Frequently Asked Questions about BASED BY THE LAKE
Which popular attractions are close to BASED BY THE LAKE?
Nearby attractions include Lake Taupo (0.3 km), Taupo Museum (0.2 km), and Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at BASED BY THE LAKE?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a lounge, laundry service, and internet access.
What food & drink options are available at BASED BY THE LAKE?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at BASED BY THE LAKE?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to BASED BY THE LAKE?
Conveniently located restaurants include Roquette Restaurant - Taupo, Master of India, and Suncourt Indian Taupo.
Is BASED BY THE LAKE located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Taupo.
Are any cleaning services offered at BASED BY THE LAKE?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
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