National Park Ski Haus Hostel Review

National Park Ski Haus Hostel Review

Ski Haus

$62.00 per night – single/private room (BBH Posted $60, but they charged me more)
BBH – Yes
Wifi – Yes (50 MB free / day)
Visa/Credit Machine – Yes
December 28 – 30, 2015 (2 nights)
BBH Official Link
Ski Haus Official Site

My first impression was not good.  I arrived at 3:05 pm, and there was no one there at the front desk.  A sign said, ring bell, but no bell.  I then noticed a small written note saying, be back at 3:30 pm.

A couple arrived 2 minutes after me and said the same thing, “What bell?”  I then pointed out the note.  A few minutes goes by, and a new couple arrive.  Same question, same answer.

We all ended up waiting outside because the the place has a very musty smell to it.

When the girl arrived, she was very friendly and tried to check us all in quickly.  Because of this, I didn’t get a tour of the place, but I am OK with that.

My room is clean, but outdated and my door rattles every few minutes.  It is a little annoying.   Same musty smell, even with the windows open.

Common room is nice and large, the kitchen is a good size but messy, and a bit dirty.  Appears to have many showers, all separate and same with the toilets.

The first impression was just that, by the end of my stay I had completely changed my mind.  The people working at the front desk were great, and very friendly.  Always willing to help.

Price:
4/10 – BBH lists it at $60, and I was charged $62.  I also think it is way over priced.

Internet:
5/10 – Hosted by my favorite company, Zenbu.net.  You get 50 MB free per day, and 200 MB is $2, 500 MB is $5, and 1000 MB is $7.  It is slow and always drops.  They only have a wireless G connection in a hostel this big is ridiculous.

Atmosphere:
7/10 – I felt comfortable here, and enjoyed my evenings chatting with other travellers in the common room.  The desk people are also very friendly.

Showers:
8/10 – Clean and just enough room to shower.  They are only missing hangers on the wall for your towel/clothes.

Toilets:
8/10 – Very clean and plenty of stalls.  I did find the stalls hard to get in and out of, as the doors opened to the toilet, so you had to stand sideways beside the toilet.

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Rooms:
7/10 – Lots of room, very clean, several plugins, but there is that musty smell.  The bed I had was comfortable and it was quit after 11 pm.

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Kitchen:
9/10 – Average size with good seating.  It had everything you really need.

Hostel Reviews Overall Rating:
8 / 10

Final thoughts:
Ski Haus is a nice hostel, but a little over priced. The location is perfect for buses and train travellers, and I had no problems hitchhiking to the Mountains. However, if you want internet this is not the place.

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Dargaville – Greenhouse Backpackers

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$40.00 per night – single/private room
BBH – Yes
Wifi – Yes ($5.00 for 200MB)
Visa/Credit Machine – Yes
December 6, 2015 (1 night)
Official BBH Link

When I arrive there is no one at the office window, but there is a buzzer, “Ring Me!”  It only takes a couple of seconds for the girl to arrive and great me.  I pay upfront, but she tells me there is no rush.

She then introduces me to everyone and shows me to my cabin.  I am very pleased.  It is private, and very clean.  Two single beds in the one I am renting.

The hostel itself is very clean, rather organized.  The common room has a lot of comfy chairs and two larger dining tables.  The showers and washrooms are separated between girls and guys, but the showers are not fully private.  You have to get undressed before entering the shower.  So if you are shy around other dudes, this might not be the most fun.  However, I found it easy to go early in the morning, when most are sleeping.

The only thing I did not like about this hostel was the showers.  The floors are rubber mats and I am unsure how clean they really are.  The rest of the hostel is great and I can’t see anyone not liking it here.

Dargaville is a cute little town with everything you would need.

Pros:
Quit, clean, friendly, relaxing, good WiFi (only in common room)

Cons:
Internet is expensive, shower floors are not my type, buses only run on weekdays.

Rating:
7 / 10

Final thoughts:
I think this is a hostel worth checking out.  Not sure if I would stay more than a night though.

To find out more on how I got here, check out my other posting.
My trip to Dargaville and xmas parade.

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