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Freestone Backpackers

270 Hillside Rd, Manapouri 9064 New Zealand
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#5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Manapouri
Stay in one of 5 our private, cosy timber chalets with wood burner, solar lighting, kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. We also have a holiday house which we rent out as a backpacker style accommodation or the whole house for larger groups. All our cabins have stunning views of mountains and Lake Manapouri. The place is a great base for a holiday in Fiordland, Doubtful and Milford Sound cruises, kayaking, Kepler, Dusky tracks etc or simply as food for the soul. Free bookings. New hosts from April 2019: Heath and Sue.
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Free parking
Hot tub
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
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Kim B wrote a review Jun 2020
Perth, Australia2 contributions
We stayed here for 1 night in one of the self contained cabins(cosy and warm) We were very welcomed by the owners when we arrived. Great place to stay with great views and a hottub to relax:) Definitely coming back
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
David B wrote a review Mar 2020
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This house was marketed by Booking.com as 'Freestone Original Farmhouse' it is an old house that has not seen any maintenance or upgrade work in many years. We were appalled when we arrived it is in overgrown unkempt grounds and looks just as bad on the inside. We rented the whole house for ourselves and found that apart from making the beds there was no other preparation to make the house habitable. As you can see from the photos they hadn't even bothered to empty the fridge or wardrobes. We didn't stay as it was way too dirty and primitive and found a fantastic place just 4 km away for the same money, so they can't even claim to be cheap. The claim to have laundry facilities actually means something in a shed fifty yards away which we didn't look at. No air conditioning or fly screens so you will either cook or be bitten by mosquitoes. We went back to Booking.com for help in getting a refund, they asked the owner who refused to refund anything so Booking.com offered NZ$100 out of the more than 800 we paid, and that seems to be the end of their responsibility as they see it. So be warned.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: None of the rooms are good.
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QCooke wrote a review Feb 2019
Burwell, United Kingdom126 contributions54 helpful votes
We stayed in the main house rather than the lodges and had the ensuite bedroom. The house was built by the owner as his dream home and the bedroom we had was obviously his, as the view is amazing. It's a big room with decent bathroom, opening up into a large shared lounge and kitchen area. Bring your own milk and real coffee if you dont like instant and dont expect the Ritz. It is slightly tired and the drive up is primitive, but adds to the adventure.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Bandzaii31 wrote a review Aug 2018
Muret, France50 contributions14 helpful votes
warmly welcomed, great location, extremely close to Manapouri (doubtful sound). nice hut, comfy. it was great to make our own fire. quite warm at night specially with the fire. great experience. the view is splendid
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
fiffi f wrote a review Apr 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
We have stayed for a few days and I have quite mixed feelings. Overall the place was quite big and quiet but it is old and outdated that need maintenance, care and investment which is not there. Disadvantages no wi fi (to get it you need to climb to the office up to the hill) no mosquito screen on windows so you cannot open the window and very old soft mattresses with inconvenient springs pop up feeling.We got spiders and mosquitoes when we opened windows for a couple of minutes. The owner never changes linen and towels. Also, it is very hard to get there as the place is no lit in the night and situated in very bad gravel uphill road.
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Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
$45 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionManapouri
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Frequently Asked Questions about Freestone Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Freestone Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include The Wee Bookshop (1.7 miles) and Wild Wool Gallery (0.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Freestone Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a hot tub, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Freestone Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a seating area, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Freestone Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Freestone Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Freestone Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Church, Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn Restaurant, and Manapouri Cafe & Dairy.
Are pets allowed at Freestone Backpackers?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Freestone Backpackers have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Freestone Backpackers accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.