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Stewart Island Backpackers

18 Ayre St., P.O. Box 25, Stewart Island, New Zealand
Stewart Island Backpackers
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed in a double room for $76 a night which is pretty cheap compared to some other places. The bed was surprisingly comfortable for a backpackers it was actually very nice to sleep in. The double room is small, not much room to move around once bags are in the room but not overly claustrophobic or... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

6 of us stayed one night between a tramp from Mason's Bay, and the Rakiura track. Beds were comfortable. Showers hot. Rooms clean. Despite being busy there were no queues for shared facilities. We had two rooms, one a double, the other a room for 4. WIFI was temperamental. Only negative was that there was only one power point in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Very busy on check-in with only one person checking in guests and giving them a tour. It might help if they organise a second person on check in, especially around the time the ferry arrives. We weren't in any rush, so it was ok. Clean and tidy, we had a double room with linen provided. REALLY comfortable bed! Flyscreens might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Great place to stop over. I stayed over New Years eve for a few days. It was very busy and the environment was buzzing. It was my first time at a backpackers lodge and I was pleasantly surprised. Bill and the others working there did a great job keeping the place near and tidy. It was very busy when I... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Plenty of room in the kitchen, well equipped, and clean and warm. Genuinely hot showers any time of the day and friendly staff to show you around. Very recycling-conscious and water and electricity efficient place. Single and double beds were clean and comfy; good heat in every room and plenty of blankets provided. Apparently under new management on our stay,... More 

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you are tenting your way through NZ and make your way to Stewart Island, this is the only option on New Zealand's "third island" (until you get out onto the Rakiura Track). The grassy space reserved for tents is quite pleasant: with three different-elevation tiers from which to choose and nice, large vegetation hedges, you almost get a sense... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Warm comfortable and quiet room. Plenty of toilets and showers, large kitchen and lounge. Short walk to town. All in all a good hostel experience. But the best part was the friendly accommodating host Bill. Thanks for being awesome!

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

$70 a night for a double bedroom, big enough to contain the bed. Room is clean and warm. Facilities are clean and plentiful. Lots of toilets, showers, pots, pans plates etc. I think they've had a problem with knife "borrowing" without returning as there were zero sharp knives for cutting your food, so it would be a good idea to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Stewart Island is pretty quiet except for the summer season. I went in the off season in early October and this was the only backpackers open. It cost $35 per night per person for a share room. There were no bunk beds so that was a plus. The common area is fairly large with everything you need for cooking, plus... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

A basic backpackers with nothing more than you would expect: clean, warm showers, comfortable beds. A welcome change from backcountry huts after a few days tramping, but nothing special. Expensive at $35 per person per night, but there are few other places to stay in Oban.

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