I stayed at this place in January 2012, after travelling around NZ for about 5 weeks. Wanaka Bakpaka is - hands down - the best backpackers I stayed in during that whole trip! Staff are incredibly helpful, rooms are spotless and well equiped, the lounge area should be set as a standard for other backpackers, kitchen is perfect (and clean!), and the outdoor area is lovely and very inviting. Somehow the ambience and atmosphere is managed to be kept at a perfect level, easy going and respectful.
Unfortunately I managed to fall out of one of the bunk beds there while sleeping. Turned out later that my foot was broken and that I had to be hospitalized in Dunedin, but before that the super friendly and helpful staff did everything they could to help me, even drove me to the local doctor's office in Wanaka. Later Marika (one of the staff) packed all my things for me while the ambulance was waiting to take me to Dunedin, and then she offered to return my rental car to Queenstown, which obviously would had been impossible with a broken foot. So incredibly nice. I don't know how I'd managed without the help of the friendly staff at this place! Thanks again!
Great staff + great place = perfect backpackers!
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Thanks so much for posting such lovely comments about Wanaka Bakpaka. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we're more than happy to help out. It was sad that you had to shorten your stay in Wanaka to travel to Dunedin but hopefully we might see you back here another time!
Hope your fully heeled now and your foot is feels better than new.
Take Care Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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