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Tamara Backpackers Lodge

24 Somme Parade, Wanganui 4500, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A hostel located right on the river in an amazing old house. The welcome and induction is fantastic, I knew exactly where to eat, shop, view art and a little bit of history of the town - Rory is full of information and very helpful. It is very clean and the kitchen is stocked with everything you could possibly need.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My four-night stay was in a room with two other women. The bed was made, a key provided, and a map of Whanganui given, with various points of interest shown to me. The other guests were a mixture of Germans, Brits and Kiwis. Everyone was very friendly and considerate. One evening I invited two friends for dinner, and this was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Perfect place to relax! Everybody is friendly and nice. It's a very good location and close to everything! Beautiful place. Perfect place to relax! Everybody is friendly and nice. It's a very good location and close to everything! Beautiful place.

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Castile-La Mancha, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The hostel is located in a beautiful place! Just in front of the river.Nice inner yard with BBQ & tables.Free wifi.Option to park free on the streerin front of the hostel.Very very clean kitchen & bathrooms/showers.We stayed in a double room outside the main building,all was great except that the mattress needs to be changed -it is quite worned out,we... More 

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Rory S, Owner at Tamara Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words. I have taken the opportunity to respond because I wanted to assure you that we are actually in the process of a total upgrade of all our bedding and that will certainly include a few of our double beds. A comfortable nights sleep is the absolute minimum that we look to provide! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Overall a good solid backpacker lodge, right on the riverside in an off-the-beaten-track area of New Zealand. It's about four blocks from the main strip in Whanganui (where you would catch the bus, if that's how you traveled). The kitchen is excellent, the dining room has a PC terminal and magazines, you can also picnic in the pretty backyard, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Tamara backpackers is exactly that, a little cosy spot to stop, rest and relax. Big house right on the river, minutes from the center, with a nice garden at the back. The fact that the bedding is old and threadbare and the lounge needs to be a little renovated is more than compensated by the big convivial kitchen, spotless bathrooms... More 

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Rory S, Owner at Tamara Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about our Lodge. I thought your comments were well thought out very positive in their intent and therefore very useful. Your observations on the standard of the bedding are very accurate as well. In fact the bedding is top of the list for our winter projects and we will be replacing it all particularly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The usual tourist track from Wellington the Rotorua/Auckland area follows the east coast of the North Island. We chose a route less traveled through Wanganui (or Whanganui, depending on which sign you see). The trek from Wellington takes you through some scenic rolling hill and farm country. Traffic is light and it’s a leisurely 2-1/2 hr drive. The city of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a beautiful old house, well-maintained and run, overlooking the Whanganui river. The host was very gracious and helpful in giving us advice about things to do in town. Our room was a grand, old room with high ceilings and big windows overlooking the river. The place is set-up as a 'backpackers lodge', which means that many of the... More 

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My husband has been staying at Tamara for approximately 20 years and I have been going with him for about 10 years. We have always had a great time and love the atmosphere. We particularly like the ensuite rooms in the annexe which rival many motels. We get a warm welcome from the hosts, Rory and Barbara, and love relaxing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great place to stay while visiting Whanganui and surrounding areas. It was very peaceful place with a lovely back garden containing a trampoline, hammocks, picnic benches etc as well as a balcony with a spectacular view of the river and the hills. Very close to town - only a short walk 5-10 min walk. Rory, Barbara and their sons were... More 

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