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The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation

91 Cameron Street, Whangarei 0110 New Zealand
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#9 of 27 in Whangarei
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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santo t wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand7582 contributions508 helpful votes
It was cell block of Police Station to hold criminals in the past, however it is a unique place for travelers now to spend overnight here for different reason. The layout and shape, the building components are still the same, no change, except refurbished to cater more for hospitality purposes. It was good, nice and affordable hostel, mainly for backpacker type travelers. Locations is prime, at the city centre, very close to various good restaurants and shops.
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Date of stay: January 2021
James B wrote a review Dec 2020
Taupo, New Zealand12 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a fantastic and unique backpackers. Extremely welcoming. Very comfortable. From the Mosaics in the shower to the jail cell rooms. Walls and doors are thick and therefore it’s quiet. One of the best backpackers I have ever stayed at.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled
julianna m wrote a review Nov 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand45 contributions49 helpful votes
Excellent location and a fun quirky place to stay in real jail cells. Felt very safe and good kitchen , showers and communal areas. The man at the desk was very friendly and helpful . Great value for money, ideal for road trips and back packers
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Jeanette M wrote a review Nov 2019
Cairns, Australia475 contributions196 helpful votes
Considering that you're sleeping in cells in the former remand centre / drunk tank, the rooms are spacious enough. Lots of original cell block features remain. The lounge is in the exercise yard (surrounded by the remand centre walls with just a large skylight), the kitchen is small but quite adequate. The dining area is small, but there's a small outdoor area, too. If you arrive late at night, the roller door will be down. Don't dispair! Walk around the block (2min) & you'll find the back door. The hostel cat will probably be there to show you the way! This is an opportunity for law abiding people to experience remand! They had a backpacker looking after the hostel overnight. She was busy drinking with the guests & didn't answer my knock at the door. I commented to her that there was no loo paper. She told me where is was stored & said to get some myself. Don't let 1 untrained, unprofessional backpacker put you off, though... by now she's probably been replaced.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Bram wrote a review Nov 2019
Weert, The Netherlands1 contribution
It was quite the experience in The Cell Block. As it is an old prison cell where you are sleeping. I really enjoyed the soft beds, the atmosphere and the good vibes. The staff is really friendly. They'll give you a tour around at the place and also really try to connect with their guests and make them feel welcome. I really recommand it! Enjoy!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled
US$45 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionWhangarei
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation
Which popular attractions are close to The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation?
Nearby attractions include Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum (0.4 km), Town Basin (0.4 km), and Hundertwasser Art Centre (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
What food & drink options are available at The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation?
Conveniently located restaurants include Turmeric Indian Whangarei, Split Bar & Restaurant, and Fat Camel.
Is The Cell Block Backpackers & Accomodation located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Whangarei.