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Freestone Backpackers

270 Hillside Rd, Manapouri 9064, New Zealand
Freestone Backpackers

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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18 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 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 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 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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46 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

despite the other reviews i really have to critise this backpackers there were rodent dropping in the kitchen cupboards which should have alerted to us of the nighttime scurryings it sounded like an extended family of rodents to add to this (we were by the road) there were strange vehicles coming and going to the washing facilties? wether they were... More 

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Graz, Austria
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We stayed in one of their huts for several nights and really enjoyed it. Price is great too!! The huts come with a comfy queen-size bed, a couch, a dining table with benches, a sink and a gas stove, with a toasting iron. And the best part is the verandah with couches and a nice view into the green and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I came here on a 1 week trip around Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, etc. and intended to stay one night in Manapouri. I'm really lucky, and told that already several friends, that I found the Freestone Backpacker. I just loved that place. First and foremost, the people were exceptionally nice! From the first instance it felt like a warm welcome.... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I wish I could give more points to this property but I feel I need to lower your expectations you can gain from the reviews median. For the price offered it should be really a gem - your own spacious cottage with kitchen and veranda in nice setting, your own fireplace with wood provided... However we felt the place is... More 

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