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Billy Browns Backpackers

423 Aramoana Road, Hamilton Bay, Port Chalmers | Otago, 9082, New Zealand
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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Billy Browns is a great location from which to explore Port Chalmers, just outside Dunedin. I loved the small town feel of Port Chalmers while maintaining an easy drive into the city (check out the free Otago Museum and tasty vietnamese at Saigon Van in Dunedin). Bill and Anne have done a wonderful job outfitting this three room hostel and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great hostel! Could have been twice the price and it still would have been to cheap for great this place is. Its in a great location, on a hill top looking out over the harbour. The owners are super nice. If you have a car and are looking at staying in Dunedin for the night, make the short drive here... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights in March. I liked the 'welcome'. Even though no one was there on our arrival, those booked in for the night had their names written on their respective doors so you knew which was yours. Fantastic location - perched on a ridge with glorious views of Port Chalmers. We had a double room that afforded... More 

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mold
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

have stayed at many backpackers in australia and new zealand and this is unrivalled. easy to find and a great drive up to the top (just put your foot down) park up and walk round to the porch and open the door to a massive lounge with a really big wood burner. all rouns views from the windows and an... More 

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Lakes District, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Another great find: this hostel was recommended to me and I just loved the place. It is right on top of a hill, so you can see all over the peninsula. Billy and Sue are great hosts and really helpful. I took their advise and saw the penguins and the albatrosses for free. The hostel is lovely with its scenic... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

When we travel around NZ, we alternate between camping and BBH hostels. On our last trip trip it was raining very hard, so we called in the morning to see if they still had room. After checking the water tanks (it has been very dry this year) we got a call back. We told them we would be arriving late... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This was our second visit to Billy Brown's and we were not disappointed. It is clean, has fantastic views and very comfortable. There is a challenging drive up for which you get a certificate if you make it but well worth it! It is only a small backpackers, I think sleeps 11 in total but when we were there only... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed here back in September, for one night only. Had a fantastic time, thoroughly enjoyed the backpackers and although we didn't make full use of the fire (since we were pretty much there to sleep), Billy Browns was a cosy little hideaway and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. It's a little bit out of... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

One of the best hostels in New Zealand, if not the best. There are only 3 rooms in the hostel so it is always quiet. It is located at the top of a steep hill which driving up adds interest! The view from the top is amazing with a superb view of Otago Harbour. We stayed in the double room... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

We spent two months in New Zealand hostels and this was The Best--quiet, well-equipped, in a gorgeous location with the best host and hostess in the country. They spent lots of time with us, giving us directions on where to go and what to see in great detail. The fire in the evening was terrific. We were fortunate enough to... More 

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