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Rongo Backpackers

130 Waverley Street | P.O. Box 54, Karamea, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014
Katherine887 Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Karamea is not on the way to anywhere, but it's really worth coming just to stay at Rongo's . As a solo backpacker, it was perfect, because it's got a really friendly atmosphere, with people all cooking and eating together. One night we had a pot luck, and the whole place was just much more sociable and friendly than any... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Katherine 887, thanks a lot for your kind words and for coming to stay with us at Rongo. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, please come on back again any time. Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul. More

Smithers, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Fantastic place! For my wife and I Rongo, and the Karamea area, were the highlight of a seven week New Zealand trip full of pretty high experiences. We stayed four nights at Rongo and enjoyed ... - an amazing dinner prepared for us by the staff from local ingredients; - listening to the endless soundtrack provided by the on-site radio... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Dimitris…it was a great pleasure to meet you and Ola…you were model guests, thanks a lot for taking the time to write about your experience staying with us and for taking the time to explore all Karamea and the LiviingInPeace Project has to offer. I'm really glad you enjoyed the meals, radio station, farm tour, forest tour, cinema and... More

Columbus OH
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202 reviews 202 reviews
38 hotel reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Our family spent two nights at Rongo while we explored the Oparara Basin area. We were a family of five and got a dorm room to ourselves which we appreciated. Our adult children loved the radio station and enjoyed being DJs. The large common area is great place to meet other travelers. The kitchen was a bit small and could... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Ohiowanderer, Thank you so much for taking the time to tell others about your experience staying with us. It's always great to hear that people enjoyed their time and Rongo and also enjoyed the region, the meals we offer and our special facilities like the radio station. Thanks a lot for staying and please come on back again any... More

London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed at Rongos after biking the Heaphy track - well what a great idea that was. From the moment I contacted Paul to the moment we left to catch our flight back to Takaka nothing was too much trouble. The actual backpackers is incredible - fantastic double rooms, lovely lounge and everywhere you look there is something creative and... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

WOW…thanks a lot for taking the time to write such a great review. Reading your kind words was a lovely start to my day in Sunny Karamea! I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us, please come on back again any time, Thanks again, Paul. More

Wellington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed here after biking the Heaphy track. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Paul the owner was happy to advise us on other attractions in town. The backpackers has a great vibe with an eclectic mix of decor, murals and old-school furnishings which together make it a very homely place. We were able to store our bikes in a... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Cheers Dave. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends and I'm glad you enjoyed staying with us. I hope the Heaphy Track MTBing season continues as we have had a LOT of positive feedback from mountain bikers after finishing the track and the winter trade for our business has been most helpful...thanks for staying with us and... More

Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We came by the Rongo Backpackers Hostel yesterday afternoon for the first time and when we walked in a weird atmosphere came across us. The girl at the front desk unfortunately did not speak very well english and did not understand us clearly while we were just asking for what was going on in town that night hoping that there... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jorrit D, I'm sorry you weren't able to stay at Rongo. Rongo is a business and we provide services for paying guests, it is not a public facility. There is an unwritten agreement we have with our guests, that is to provide them with privacy, safety and security. To allow you to "hang out in the common room for... More

Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Yes "Saffron" aka Annie - we did have a great time didn't we - old school locals staying at the backpackers - loved it and will def stay there again in the future..loved the omeletes for breakfast and the herbal tea was simply YUM... Really enjoyed meeting all of the travellers & woofers! Everyone is so friendly.

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for taking the time to write such a lovely review of Rongo Chritty63, I'm very glad you enjoyed staying with us and please come on back again any time soon! More

Lyttelton, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

After a long drive and walk to the caves and arches we decided to stay in Karamea and stopped at Rongo....I was kinda drawn to it, what a colorful and warm place! Full of different kind of arts and friendly people from all over the world! Our girls connected real quick and loved it as we did. The lovely breakfast... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words Charlotte. I'm very glad you and the girls enjoyed staying with us and yes, please come on back and stay a little longer next time...every 4th night at Rongo is FREE! Thanks again and I hope to see you again soon. More

Cervena Voda
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Me and my gilfriend did a great one year trip around the world. In the end of this journey, we were staying in Rongo. Its great place with great people, amazing nature, inspirative, We hope, we will visit this place again. Thanx a lot ! David and Hana, Czech rep.

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Dav, thanks for taking the time to write such a nice thing about Rongo...I'm glad you enjoyed staying with us and thanks also for David and Hana for recommending our place! More

Nelson, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Had a great couple of days here in March. My friends hadn't stayed in a backpackers before and also had not heard of wwoofers (willing workers on organic farms) so it was a new experience for them. I thoroughly enjoyed the Friday evening organic communal meal, this set Rongo apart from other backpackers, it was a great atmosphere sitting around... More

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Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your lovely review Saffron, I'm very pleased you enjoyed staying with us and the Friday dinner. Please come back again soon! More

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Address: 130 Waverley Street | P.O. Box 54, Karamea, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Karamea
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