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Noeline's Homestay

Queen Charlotte Sound, Endeavour Inlet, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Picton, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We arrived at night, we had fun finding the way with the darkness and rain! After a long day of walk Noeline was like a grandmother, took care of everything. The tea and scones were perfect. If you miss your grandmother definitely recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

We arrived with my friend really late, was already night, it was raining really hard, we were tired and wet. Noeline reiceved us with a big smile, made us take off our shoes and help us with a little grandma trick (newspaper inside) to dry them fast. And after that she offered coffee or te and we had her famous... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were a party of ten trampers, venturing along the Queen Charlotte track from Endeavour Inlet to Anakiwa. Five of us camped at Camp Bay, and the other five stayed at Noeline's. She seemed happy enough with us being there, but her house is not well suited to having guests for a list of reasons: - her house is only... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

While not wanting to write a review which is negative, I feel an honest opinion is required here to give potential guests a realistic expectation. We were a group of five trampers, well used to staying in basic DOC huts, and are no strangers to roughing it while enjoying the great outdoors. However, our stay at Noeline's Homestay did not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Hot cross buns and a cup of tea on arriving! We were drenched from walking all day in the rain so arriving here was so perfect. Noelines even dried our shoes out overnight for us :) I think she said she was 83 and had been to 60 something countries and could probably tell you about each of them! (Very... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The home is well positioned spotless and Noeline is an amazing hostess. She is pretty well a national gem and probably one of the best known local identities in that part of NZ. The Guardian newspaper wrote a column on her. She has worked as a cook on historic Molesworth Cattle Station (NZ's largest and now a national park), and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Noelenes after my first day of walking the Queen Margaret Track. I found the first day harder than I was expecting and was near on exhausted by the time I got to Noelenes. Be warned its the furthest accommodation away from the camp site and at the end of a long day those extra 15 mins felt... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed with Noeline on New Year's Eve and were so tired after walking 27kms from Ship Cove, we just wanted a shower and bed. We were comfortable enough and felt welcome with Noeline. It's a fair walk and a narrow goat track at the end from Punga Cove to the house. If you have your luggage delivered by water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed at Noelines on the second night walking the Queen Charlotte Track and would highly recommend this to anyone. The place is made by Noeline who is an incredible person, she is 82 and amazingly independent and interesting. She makes great scones as well

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Crossmolina, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Staying in Noelines is truly a unique experience. The house and rooms are all functional, but not by any means salubrious. But it staying here worthwhile is the company. As others have said, it really is like staying with your Granny. To get the most from the experience, you really need to spend time talking to Noeline and hearing the... More 

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