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Hanmer Backpackers
41 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand   |  
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Arlington, Virginia
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11 hotel reviews
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“Nice hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

It was a nice hostel, better than average for sure, but charging for wifi is an automatic black mark in my book, so I give it a 4 out of 5. I did like the massage chair though! The kitchen and staff were also nice, and the family en suite room was homey.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Thanks for your nice feedback.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Very friendly, good facilities even had plunger coffee supplied free. rooms were clean and well maintained. Position close to village. off street parking and wifi available - small fee. The owners work hard to keep the service and standards high.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I just had to write a review for this hostel because it is simply amazing! I only stayed for one night but I wish I could have stayed heaps longer! Tristan is so lovely, he is so helpful and nice, and actually takes an interest in the people who stay at the backpackers. You can see that the place is run by someone who has travelled as there is everything you need... and more! Perfect kitchen, great beds, lovely atmosphere, super clean, great location...everything is great! This place is the reason I love independent hostels that are run by people who know what it means to travel!! I can't recommend it enough! Thank you for a wonderful stay! I will definitely be back :)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Thanks a lot, we love having great guests like you!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

I came with no booking and was a bit put off by having to call the owner when I arrived. But that's where the negatives stop. The owner turned up shortly after I called. Showed me around the place and all the amenities before accepting my booking and taking my cash. The place was really clean and I was lucky enough to get a doom to myself. All the beds had hot water bottles on them and you could put an extra duvet on if needed. The best part was probably the fully loaded spice rack. I'm yet to see any other hostel provide that. It was a real home away from home for me.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
Thank you for your great review. We're glad we could be a "home" for you during your travels.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Friendly staff, nice place.rooms are spacious. they even got the fire going at night to warm up the place, although i don't really think it needed it, it was pretty warm anyway.
there is off street parking, and i was on a motorbike so they even tried to make space under cover for me. I didnt require it, but it was nice they tried to go the extra mile for me.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Stayed for 1 week. The backpacker has several private rooms - 2 or 3 with ensuites and a room with no bathroom. There are alsoa couple of dorms that sleep 4 - 6. The owners are incredible, lovely and just all around nice people who go out of their way to be helpful and friendly.

EXTREMELY clean and tidy, kitchen immaculate and I think they vacuum the whole property every day. Plenty of cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. They provide free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar/milk for your hot beverage. They also have a spice rack with about 30 spices for you to cook with...

Beds are proper beds/bunks with sheets, warm duvets and pillows. They give you hot water bottles, spare duvets. There is a wood burner so the place is never cold, even when the snow is 3 feet deep outside.

There is a free massage chair - a really good one unless you're over 6 foot/185cm tall in which case your neck will miss out.

Two living areas, NO TV - I kind of like no TV myself so can't complain but be warned if you're a junkie there is no TV there.

Located pretty much bang smack in the middle of Hanmer Springs

In summary I'd have to say this is priced like a hostel/backpackers but really isn't. Simply amazing. If you're a rowdy type looking to get on the booze with your mates it's probably not the place for you - quite respectable. Everyone else, why would you go anywhere else?

Cheers Tristan, Yoko and Shim

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Hi Chris,
Thank you for your lengthy and impressive review. It was a pleasure having you in the hostel for the week and we are glad you enjoyed it too.
One note is that we only have 1 ensuite room, our 5 other rooms are with shared facilities.
We hope to see you return here one day.
All the best,
Tristan, Yoko and Shin
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London
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90 hotel reviews
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257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Hanmer Backpackers is a lovely hostel in a good location for the baths and the small town in general. The dorm is up in the apex of the house with beds rather than bunks. It feels very homely and rather alpine - like the hay loft of a Swiss chalet. The bathrooms were clean and the kitchen well equipped. I was very comfortable during my stay and would rate this as one of my favourite hostels during my tour of New Zealand.
Local activities I enjoyed the most were the baths and hiking with llamas (so cute).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
We are happy your stay was nice and comfortable. Thank you for your very nice review.
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Address: 41 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty lodging in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hanmer Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in beautiful Hanmer Springs. Our hostel is a small, cozy, friendly and warm Swiss chalet style backpackers providing excellent accommodation and service at low prices. We are the most affordable accommodation provider in Hanmer Springs for the independent traveller. The main attraction in Hanmer Springs are the Thermal Pools, which are located a 3-4 minute walk from our hostel! But there's more, Hanmer Springs is a fabulous place for mountain biking, hiking / tramping, skiing, rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, golf, fishing, shopping and many more things. Our kitchen is well stocked with all the essential cooking equipment, fridges / freezers, free tea, plunger coffee, instant coffee, hot chocolate, milk for the hot drinks and a complete spice rack. There is a nice outside patio with comfortable garden furniture and a gas BBQ + utensils. The lounge has some comfy sofas, extensive book exchange, board games, guitar and a massage chair to take care of your sore muscles after a day full of activities. ... more   less 
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