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Stewart Island Backpackers

18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here ahead of doing the Rakiura Track (two thumbs-up, thanks for asking) and had a ball. Bed and room were comfortable, and the amenities above average, but it's the friendly, fun atmosphere that really made my stay. Host Vicki (world-famous for her schenanigans with Prince Harry) is a barrel of laughs with a brilliant British sense of humour.... More 

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

Hi thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the introduction to Cards against Humanity!! Perhaps I should have had a game of that with Prince Harry?? Always happy to share local knowledge, there's so much to do here! Hopefully we'll see you again in the future! More 

Wellington
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amenities ok if a little tired. Place was clean and tidy. However the manager had an odd attitude to the paying guests. Admittedly we were a large group. However, we were on Stewart island for a tramp and relaxation. We did not take kindly at being sworn at, without any genuine reason, both at the back packers and in the... More 

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Thank Russell O
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

HI, thanks for your review. I think what some of your group failed to notice that the other 60 odd paying guests were also on Stewart Island for relaxation and you all decided to set up a party in the courtyard complete with music and you were asked to turn it down or move inside. In fact you were disturbing... More 

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41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We were at group of 11 hiking friends spending 8 days on the island. Vicki is doing a great job managing this hostel. It is clean and tidy. The rooms all come with linen and blankets. The rooms are cleaned every time a person leaves. There are no dorm rooms. You can get double beds, twin beds or 3 beds... More 

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1 Thank ronz01
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! It's nice that the dorm rooms are only 3 or 4 beds per room; makes it a little more intimate than the bigger backpackers! I've really enjoyed having you guys to stay, it's been a pleasure! Cheers Vicki More 

Victoria, Canada
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126 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We hadn't stayed in a backpackers hostel before-and this was a pleasant surprise. No frills in terms of the room with only a single electrical outlet and no bedside reading lamps Shared washroom facilities and kitchen lounge areas All nice and clean and Vicki the manager was very responsive to my email questions The place is well located in the... More 

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

Hi guys thanks for your review! Yes, the backpackers was built back in the day when everyone had their own generators on the island and one person might need an electrical socket for their hairdryer and that was about it!! Luckily there's quite a few points in the lounge to charge everyone's phones etc! Glad you enjoyed your first backpackers... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Stayed with a group of 6 friends for New Years and we had a blast. Vicky is very friendly,nice, helpful and a laugh. Clean and tidy place. Everything we needed. Great location, close to everything. A great place to meet other travellers and relax.

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

Thanks Emmamaeh for the review! I enjoyed NYE so much; all the party people went to the beach and had a a fine old tiem dancing to the band and everyone back home had a great sleep; a perfect night had by all! See you next year?? Cheers Vicki More 

Mountain View, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Exactly what you would expect from a hostel, with a bonuses that made it great. There is an awesome common room where lots of people were doing lots of things. Board games, puzzles, cooking, there was space for everything and people to spend time with. On top of everything, when we left a set of hiking poles Vicki sent them... More 

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

Thanks for the feedback Douglas; glad you got your poles back in one piece; skiing wouldn't be the same without them ;) Enjoy the rest of your travels! Cheers Vicki More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Bed for the night on Christmas night, spent with hoards of foreign backpackers was just the ticket for a fun evening as a Christmas orphan. Facilities are basic, but it's a lively place with great atmosphere.

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1 Thank Grant N
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Grant, it sure was a Christmas to remember! And you're not too far away you can't come back again!! More 

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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Only stayed 1 night and i was lucky to get a room without booking. Rooms were nice and also the shower was really nice! And also 250mb free wifi! And its close by to everywhere. I would recommend this place to anyone

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

Thanks for your review junekey88 and glad you enjoyed your stay! We do have lots and lots of hot water for the showers which makes a difference especially when you've just come back from tramping in the bush! Enjoy the rest of New Zealand! Cheers Vicki More 

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127 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Hands down one of the best hostels I've stayed in on my 13 month long trip. Vicki is and incredible hostess full of local info. Always smiling and always willing to help. The place is spotless and the kitchen huge and clean. Common area is awesome. Plenty to do for everyone on them rainy days. Bed was comfy and warm.... More 

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1 Thank Rikt87
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank guys!! I'll also pass on your review to my awesome woofers who help keep the place looking spic and span! Safe travels and we'll see you next time! Cheers Vicki More 

Albuquerque, NM
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227 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Vicki has really given this place a jumpstart, nice shot of adrenaline. Much cleaner and better equipped than when I was here almost 5 years ago. We had a great stay...lots of information about tours, kiwi spotting, where to do what, gatherings...

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1 Thank Zialucia
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys, thanks for your review! Having stayed in a lot of hostels myself I like to think I know what travellers need to make an enjoyable stay; glad I hit the mark! See you again soon, cheers Vicki More 

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