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Onuku Farm Hostel
89 Hamilton's Rd, Akaroa 7452, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Portland, Oregon
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

We loved our stay here. We stayed in the main house and had a queen bed. The toilets were (1) inside, (2) outside. Two indoor kitchens, and a big outdoor kitchen. The staff is wonderful. This was a cozy, warm environment. We loved hiking for hours on the owners' land with views of Akaroa Harbor, the ocean, and farmlands. You will need a car here as it is quite a long steep climb out of the town. However, the owner will happily shuttle you to and fro if need be. The grounds are so extensive that you can have privacy or communicate with fellow travelers in many settings. We did not stay outdoors or in the separate cabins or tent sites--though I would if I had the equipment. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! Linda Depper

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

What an amazing place, stunning view, beautiful walks, very attentive stuff. The lounge is warm and cozy. You get warm slippers provided to run around the house. We spent one of our nights in the Stargazer, a wooden tent and it was very adventurous, listening to the night sounds and having a spectacular view at the night sky! But warm and comfy though! Spent a night winning against everybody in the lounge playing Connect Four as well, so it was great fun! The staff was very attentive, answered patiently every questions asked and gave us heaps of good ideas, what to do in that area. The outdoor showers are very spacious, great water pressure and are hot, hot, hot! What a great setting, spotless clean and welll taken care of! I would have loved to stay longer! Thanks for your hospitality!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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München
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

Our night in the stargazer was a very nice experience. The outdoor showers are a bit rustic, but nevertheless clean and do the job. The kitchen was spotless and well maintained, we liked the homebrew, but the best of all is the view from the outdoor sitting area

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Hard to define whether we were the wrong people for the place or the place was just wrong.
We booked a 'Stargazer' - a wooden "tent" with a foam mattress on the floor. Plenty of bedding and despite a cold night we stayed warm. But stupidly expensive for a very, very basic accommodation.
Booked in by a Canadian? woofer who sold me one of the worst homebrew beers Ive ever tasted for $5!. Homebrew costs about 40c a bottle to make (I make it at home)..is it even legal to sell homebrew to guests?
The shared kitchen(s) were the most haphazard I have ever seen, and over-crowded - they just kept taking in more guests to sleep in caravans and wherever else despite the fact there was simply no room in the main sitting area or kitchen at mealtimes which made it a nightmare to relax or make a meal.
Showers and toilets located out in the backyard made it all just a bit awkward really.
No shoes to be worn inside despite the fact that it was freezing! Many people complaining about the cold rooms at the end of the main house. (lucky not us) Stickers and signs everywhere - don't do this, don't do that...
If your into the vigour of the outdoors and long walks around beautiful rugged headlands (and being waaay out of town up a very big hill) it will probably suit you.
IMHO don't book the stargazer, despite the 'romanticism' it was just annoying really, the front door faces the main driveway and you had to climb a fence to access the main buildings.
Like most backpackers you are just left alone to do your own thing and hang with the crowd, which is fine if they're a nice mob, but it only takes one annoying <insert your choice of Nationality here> to ruin everything.
('scuse the late review, Im still catching up....)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, NZ
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

Have been to Onuku Farm Hostel twice now and have had a great time on both trips, both as a solo traveller and with my partner.
It's an easy escape from Christchurch and feels like your miles from anything else. The stargazer huts are particularly cool and the views are magnificent.

Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 89 Hamilton's Rd, Akaroa 7452, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open Oct-May: Cozy farm hostel with amazing coastal views & rustic original kiwi facilities: Stargazers, Farmhouse, girls only dorm, camping, vans, huts. Enjoy it all: sunrise to sunset & the most amazing stars in the sky at night plus No sandflies :) Hiking, mussel picking, BBQ. Guided dolphin swims & kayak trips directly from the farm. Internet & WiFi. Just 6 km from Akaroa. Free pick up @ 12.30 from Akaroa. Cash only! Phone for monthly specials. ... more   less 
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