Once I successfully landed myself a job in a kiwifruit packhouse and knowing that I will be staying in Tauranga longer, I instantly upgraded my room from an 8-bed mixed dormitory room to a 6-bed female dormitory room at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers.
The promotion/special rate at that given time was $145 a week, per person. I got free Wi-Fi thanks to the benefit given by Booking.com as a Genius member while others had to pay $5 a day for the Wi-Fi. 😉
Cosy & Comfortable Stay in the 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room
The transition from one dormitory room to another dormitory room was hassle-free. My new 6-bed female dormitory room (room number 1) looks just like my previous dormitory room, only with a better view and less people staying in it. What I like about the room is its windows: they are large, allowing natural light in.
The 6-bed female dormitory room is located right next to the street, but thankfully it is not a busy street. Sometimes (usually at night when it is quiet), we could hear people walking up and down the stairs beside the room, but that does not bother me. And no, I am not referring to ghosts, but hostel guests going in/out the hostel. 😛
I stayed in that room for the next couple of months until I moved out at the beginning of summer (peak season), when the price goes up to $170 a week, per person. I had nothing but pleasant memories while staying in that room and met many new people who became my friends.
Other Types of Rooms at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga
As mentioned earlier in my previous blog post, Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers also offers both queen and twin private rooms with shared bathroom. I did not stay at either one of those rooms, but I did have a glimpse of it.
If you could afford it, it is always better to stay in a private room than share one with people if privacy and personal space is what you are looking for. But, if you are looking to save money like me, then staying in a dormitory room is our best option. Plus, we get to meet more people that way and who knows, a future life partner too perhaps? Hint…hint… 😉
Anyway, the private rooms at the backpacker hostel look inviting indeed! Each room has its own window overlooking the sky and air-conditioning/heater. To know the price of the private rooms, kindly book your rooms at Booking.com or contact Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers.
Great Friends, Lasting Friendships & Good Camaraderie over Delicious Food
Throughout my stay at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga, I made friends with people from all over the world – Korea, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Germany, Tonga, Italy, USA, Brazil, India, Philippines, Malaysia too and more. 😀
One time, a bunch of us spent our time watching the All Blacks (New Zealand’s national rugby team) play against the Wallabies (Australia’s national rugby team) live on national television at the shared lounge/TV area.
Another time, we took turns to prepare and cook our national/traditional dish for others to savour. From there, I tasted my very first authentic doenjang, bulgogi, gimbap, tteok-bokki, gnocchi, tortas fritas, lechon, sisig, adobo, and sushi to name a few. <3
In a Nutshell
I had a wonderful time and a pleasant stay at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga, New Zealand. The staffs were friendly and they try their best to accommodate us given that we treat them with respect too. The people I met there were one of the kindest and friendliest regardless of their race, religion or background.
There were lots of smiles and laughter shared at that backpacker hostel. I felt happy and blessed to have made good memories of my time there. 😀
Up next: Working as a kiwifruit and avocado packer at SEEKA Huka Pak & Totara Coolstore in Tauranga