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Freestone Backpackers

270 Hillside Rd, Manapouri 9064, New Zealand
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Norwalk Ct
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jimmy the owner offers great mountain views from some private rooms at his back packer lodge but beware of Jimmy the seamster. He wants $120 in cash before you inspect his room, just see the view from the deck. Then he disappears and your are left with no towels or toilet and no where to find them.. His Air B&B... More 

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freestonebackpackers, Manager at Freestone Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, I'm sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. I'm Jimmy’s ex- partner and feel to clarify a few things said. I could say nasty things, but one thing I can say for sure he has always been a fantastic host and I admire his work ethic. With 70 he’s running the whole place alone now as Backpackers... More 

Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

If you get to stay at Freestone, consider yourself lucky. Jimmy is an amazing and sweet host, and built all of the cabins by hand. I stayed in one cabin with a friend our first night in New Zealand on our way to Milford Sound and it was exactly what we needed: we woke refreshed and relaxed with birdsong exploding... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Mum and teenage sons spent several days based here as we explored this part of the country from Milford and Doubtful Sounds down to Lake Hauroko. Heron Lodge provided comfortable beds for all with a stunning view over Lake Manapouri. All the kitchen stuff we needed was there, the bathroom block always clean with hot showers and Jimmy a convivial... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We stayed one night in a double cabin (fantail) in September on our way to Doubtful Sound. Was nice and warm with the pot belly stove. Great bed with nice linens and a spectacular view in the morning of the mountains across lake Manapouri. Kitchenette had all the needed pots and pans to cook with. Bathrooms were spotless. Definitely recommend... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

When I arrived I was offered either one of the normal hostel rooms or to stay in the spare room in his house. At first I said the hostel rooms as they look like amazing little cabins with seats outside and a fire pit with wood. However I then saw inside Jimmy's AMAZING house he built himself and instantly changed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stayed for two days. The cabins are clean, basic and rustic but that is their charm. Located in a hill side with views across the valley to the mountains beyond. The cabins have wood burning stoves and there is an ample supply of logs so you can stay warm on cooler evenings. Relax on the deck in the evenings... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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102 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

It was clean, and the beds were pretty comfortable. We stayed two nights in different rooms with our Milford trek in between.(so really any bed was going to feel great) I think the big problem here is that the family is split up or splitting up and no one is putting much care into the business at the moment. It... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I spent 2 weeks in Freestone in winter 2013 and i had an amazing time. Our cabin was great, very cosy and clean and from the front porch you could see the lake and fjords in the distance. Kerstin and Jimmy are lovely hosts. Definately recommend to everyone who loves the nature and would like to experience something different!

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We booked one of the en-suite cabins, and it was superb in terms of providing the basics. The location was good - well away from the tourism hot-spots, although a car was vital. The owners were wonderful - friendly and helpful. Great value for money (but certainly not a luxury spot if that is what you want).

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed a few nights in one of the cabins. Originally we thought we had a room in the main communal building but since we were the only ones there Jimmy the owner "upgraded" us in a cabin with ensuite. That was ok but it would have been nice to have been given an option first, considering we were charged... More 

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