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Stewart Island Backpackers

18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here in August and took advantage of the winter special - a private double room for $175/week for one person, or $250/week for a couple. Which is a really good price. Other positives: the cooking facilities are kept clean and tidy, the showers are hot and have pressure, and there is always a puzzle on the puzzle table... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for your thoughtful comments! The diesel heating in the rooms is on a timer and comes on in the evenings and again in the mornings when it is coldest; I'd love for it to be on all night but that would put the costs of the rooms beyond most peoples reach, so I've provided extra blankets for all... More 

Shepperton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a bit disappointed with this hostel. It was in a convenient location with access to lots of hiking trails and it was clean and tidy; however the rooms were quite chilly and evening felt a little damp when you went to bed. Also there was only 1 plug socket in the whole room for 4 people. The showers... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for your comments. As in all backpackers the rule is to do your own dishes and leave the kitchen as you found it. As I had provided a free meal of lamb shanks and mulled wine I was disappointed to have to ask people to do their share of the cleaning up. The showers are a normal size... More 

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11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely welcoming host who was happy to give advice about what to do and see on the island. Accommodation as expected for hostel, comfortable and warm. Clean and tidy kitchen and lounge area. Sadly wifi wasn't working when we were there. Great location as very close to the ferry terminal and lots of great walks.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys, thanks for your review! Glad you found us clean and comfortable, not sure why the wifi wasn't working? It can drop out from time to time, being on an island, and for some reason I-phones always have trouble connecting to the Zenbu network, but of course we have free 24/7 wifi next door at the library for any... More 

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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Naturally I loved the location, the rooms, the facilities, the common areas, and more...but what really made my stay extra special is Vicki! She's the hostel manager but she's more like the cool momma bear that engages with her guests and hangs out with us and provides more than any other hostel I've been to. She loves to coordinate group... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jess, thanks for your lovely review! It's always great to host the Stray bus; the people are amazing and you're all so easy to look after it's great to hang out! Hope the rest of your travels continue to make you fall in love with New Zealand! Cheers Vicki More 

Hudson, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

From the moment I arrived with no reservation until I left three days later Vicki exhibited the epitome of friendly, accommodating hospitality. The hostel is nice and clean with plenty of bathrooms near the rooms, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen and a cozy common area with plenty of books, board games and DVD's. Vicki cheerfully showed me to my room, answered... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Seth, thank you so much for your feedback and your contribution of that amazing cheese you helped to make! That feta was to die for! Hope your travels are going well and if you can, bring your girl down with you next time!! Cheers Vicki More 

Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The hostel is well-kept, clean and neat (one of the best kitchens in a hostel/motorcamp) but what really makes the place shine is the friendliness and punk-rock charm of our hostess Vicki. In addition to the usual Ulva Island birding tours, speedboat transfers and car rental, Vicki also offers Yahtzee games, quiz nights, potluck dinners!

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey guys thanks for the feedback! Just remember, hot drinks and food when you go tramping and the funniest face you pull when you roll the dice makes for a great Yahtzee score! More 

Monterey, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

After hiking the Rakiura track around Stewart Island, friends and I were beat and looking for a place to crash- we figured we'd just wake up the next morning and get back onto the ferry to the mainland. Well, once we got there, we met Vicki, the owner, who is such an incredible character that we were overjoyed with her... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey guys thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay; I certainly enjoyed having you! Stay safe out there! More 

Quito
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a backpackers in one of the most special places in the world. And yes, its a backpackers so you have some discomfort. Oh yes, maybe not all cooking devices work and the toilet might not have a lock. Definitely, the wifi is horrible (but did you come here to do investment banking online or update your geographic information... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys thanks for your feedback, you'll be glad to know all cookers and hobs working, present and correct! And you're right about the WIFI, unfortunately it isn't the best signal, but as you say, are you here on Stewart Island to see the place or to check your stocks and shares!! Hope your travels are finding you well! More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Stayed recently, out of season when limited accommodation available on Stewart Island. Friendly manager provided good suggestions for activities and helped to organise. Accommodation basic, though generally clean but very cold! Living area busy at times and on one occasion dominated by a group playing loud music and playing drinking games (but this can happen anywhere). Kitchen became pretty humid... More 

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys, thanks for your feedback. Stewart Island is a little more expensive to stay as all our power is diesel generated. Looking forward to some renewable power which should reduce costs for all of us on the Island! More 

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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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