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Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Ranked #33 of 43 Specialty lodging in Wanaka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Best hostel!! Came here to relax and chill out after most of the great walks and other hikes I went on. Stayed in the lodge, where we enjoyed our own kitchen. Amazing location, and extreamly friendly owners! We just liked coming back! We even had a few group dinners with other guests in the lodge which where so much fun.... More

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Valencia, Spain
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16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We decided to stay for a couple of nights in Wanaka at the Matterhorn South Backpackers. We did not consider the lodge since we usually stay in backpackers and they are good enough for us since we do not spend much time in the room. In their webpage looked like a place with some character and some of the reviews... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Well, we arrive late at 7pm without reservation. Most hostels were fully booked. The only room available we actually got was situated in ''love hut'' however dog hut would be more suitable for this type of accommodation.It was outside the building small hut 2X2 meteres hut that fitted only bed and sink ( no space for chair, table or shelf)... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was hoping to stay all my days in Wanaka Bakpaka. I am glad that it did not happen. Majority of my stay in Wanaka was at Matterhorn. The place may not be top notch in cleanliness but it provides spacious rooms and bathrooms.The staff is helpful and the location is central. Pretty much what you want from your hostel.... More

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Phuket, Thailand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Unfortunately Matterhorn South was a noisy, filthy and just an old place to stay. The lodge staff played Beer pong in common kitchen / lounge until 2 in the morning and there music was blaring all day long. I presume the communal toilets weren't cleaned for 3 days due to the sore heads of the staff. After 2 nights out... More

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Oslo, Norway
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37 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I regret not checking Tripadvisor before I made a reservation here, but being high season everything in Wanaka was fully booked and this place had a double room available in the backpacker unit. On arrival it looked ok from the outside and we were very happy with the central location. It's situated on the same street as the lovely Cinema... More

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I was quite afraid after booking in this place and seeing such a low rating. However, it is quite fine. The room was clean, a bit outdated maybe, but nothing terrible. For about 80 bucks it is quite rare to find a fridge and TV in a room, that's a big plus. The owners were helpful. Also, there is an... More

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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We booked an ensuit room for a couple of nights. Unfortunately the toilet was not cleaned up so there were still some dirt in and outside. Same with the shower. I cleaned it by myself as I didn't want a discussion. The bed/mattress was saggy. The room itself was not really dirty but also not good cleaned. The building itself... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

When we arrived, the lady seemed surprised that we had a reservation and even said that she didn't think we would like the room she had for us. Like one of your other reviewers, we ended up in the 'Love Shack' which was really a large garden shed. It was outside of the main building, so we felt a little... More

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

this was one of the worst backpackers i have stayed in, i would suggest they take all furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils/cutlery, beds/bedding to the rubbish tip....but you get the feeling that the rubbish tip is where they got it from. the bathrooms are disgusting. i stayed in the old house which is the backpacker side. the owner was friendly but... More

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Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! A homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka with friendly kiwi’s and travellers from all around the world.We have log fires to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer.There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations.This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay.Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests but we encourage everyone to join in and get to know each other. ... more   less 
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