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The Rotten Apple Backpackers

114 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings 4122 New Zealand
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#8 of 20 Speciality lodging in Hastings
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Property amenities
Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
Game room
Adults only
Baggage storage
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Paid public parking nearby
Car park
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Washing machine
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Non-smoking rooms
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Saz wrote a review May 2019
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Best hostel I’ve ever stayed in. Fantastic friendly staff who are never officially off the clock always available to assist. Themed parties on the weekend and work (gotten through the hostel) during the week. If you’re looking for a good hostel to find work at, make friends and have fun, this is the hostel for you. I’m sad to be leaving!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
David G wrote a review Mar 2018
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After my time in the Rotten Apple I can say there is an amazing community, good organiced activities and awesome staff in it. Everybody is really open minded, it‘s really easy to find a job (they will help you with it) and the atmosphere is very familiar. One negative point is the bad shape of the propperty... After all I really enjoyed my stay there.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
ghellewell wrote a review Feb 2018
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Well where do I begin? I arrived expecting to stay and find work for a couple of weeks and immediately I felt an immense difference in this hostel to every other that I have stayed at in New Zealand. It's welcoming vibe and ability to enjoy a good drink or a few ;) The amazing people that become family and the entertaining friday and saturday nights where the 'Work Hard Play Hard' ethic really comes into play. I ended up living here for 4 months in the end as I just couldn't peel myself away from the fun and the people. Great place to stay/live, I would strongly recommend 'Living' here to benefit its most potential. The staff were really friendly and quick to connect me with a job and even help organised transport with other lodgers so I could get too and from work. Loved this place, it will hold a special place in my heart for the family created here :D
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Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Roadside with closed windows
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Zaire Q wrote a review Feb 2018
2 contributions
Its a lovely working hostel. The atmosphere is very chilled with lots of nice people and the management is very helpful. The room situation is perfect - there are double rooms four bed doorms etc. The weekends at the rotten apple are the best- playing games drinkin a beer and the quiz night with everybody made the group very familiar. The hostel is very very central in Hastings 5 min to the supermarket, free Wifi, directly located to the intercity bus station, the inner city and shops. Love this hostel
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Sean M wrote a review Nov 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia3 contributions5 helpful votes
I spent 4 years travelling and by far the R.A was the best backpackers stay in, they got me a job and a lift to work but its all about the friends you make, the way the hostel is set up it allows everyone to mingle and has epic parties at the weekend, if your thinking about going to Hawkes bay for work - just go to the R.A. Great Memories
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
US$21 - US$56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandHawke's Bay RegionHastings
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rotten Apple Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include The Common Room (0.2 km), Hastings City Art Gallery (0.2 km), and Nga Pou O Heretaunga (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, self serve laundry, and baggage storage.
Is parking available at The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Yes, free private parking nearby, a parking garage, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gengy's Mongolian Bbq Buffet Restaurant, Sutto Caffe, and Cafe Anatolia.
Is The Rotten Apple Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Hastings.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Rotten Apple Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk (10.2 km).