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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't do back packers because I don't like sharing however, I have to say, this facility was really quite comfortable. I had my own room - sparse but comfortable with a double bed. The bathroom facilities were clean and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It's a great alternative.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Stewart Island Backpackers is the perfect base to explore the island. The staff was super friendly and helpful and the facilities were clean and well maintained. And what about that kitchen?! So many utensils we could cook a meal for an army! Awesome!

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Thanks so much for your comments and staying with us.

Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Camped at this hostel for a night recently. Loved the place! The staff were super relaxed and friendly. Let us leave our tent pitched for a late check out meaning we could explore Ulva island without carrying our heavy packs or having to pack up super early 🙂 awesome location, free wifi, clean facilities, cash back service which was sweet...

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UK
Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here a night with Stray. Loved it. Cosy, warm. Beds were comfy. The owner was away but the gentleman looking after the place was lovely and would go out of his way for you. Nice little place. Radiators in bedrooms. Showers were hot.

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Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

We have the feeling that we really paid too much for what we got. I mean, when you enter a room you expect at least one or two furnitures, or provides towels. That's how it is for most of the backpackers we've been staying in so far. Here you basically have only a bed, and an unpleasant old smell. You...

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Decided to visit Stewart Island for two nights, picked this place as there wasnt much else open. Very friendly receptionist. However, soon after arriving I wanted to hire some towels, but found there were no staff to speak to. So I had to forget about a shower. Our room was freezing, the communal bathrooms were freezing and there was no...

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your review! When I checked you in I informed you I had a Women's Institute meeting to go to and wouldn't be around that night. You then phoned me and asked for towels and said you would get some in the morning as I repeated I was at a meeting; I was in reception at 7.30am...

Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed July 16, 2016

Vicki is an exceptionally good host and always makes my stay here that bit better. It is such a beautiful spot and well worth a visit. The backpackers is right in the village of Oban and you can easily find your way to everywhere from there.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lee and thanks for you review! It's always lovely that people come back for more than one visit and hopefully you'll be back again! Take care, cheers Vicki

Reviewed June 21, 2016

A group of friends chose Stewart Island Backpackers for a few days stay. Very accommodating and welcoming. Large kitchen / dining / sitting room, with good facilities & plenty of information. Only suggestion ... a few wall hooks in the bedrooms, for hanging clothes, would have been really useful.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Susan and thanks for your review! I actually yesterday put more hooks outside all the bedrooms and also in the passageways to the rooms. By bitter past experience if you put hooks inside the rooms people hang their wet coats etc inside which of course leads to wet walls and wet carpets.....!! Hopefully the combination of the hooks outside...

Reviewed June 9, 2016

Springs coming though mattress, bedding not appropriate for winter, unfriendly towards children, cold showers, blinds in rooms broken, constant noise. Laundry dirty. Heating turned on and off in rooms. Only place that I wouldnt recommend on Stewart Island everywhere wonderful.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Susan and thanks for your review. I'm picking you are the lady that stayed with the school group and wasn't pleased that your group wasn't allowed to use the lounge with the kids. All school groups have to book other facilities for eating and leisure time as first and foremost I'm a backpackers and people do not come on...

Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Awesome facilities, hot showers good pressure, clean rooms, and excellent lounge filled with heaps of games and movies. We came during the off season to do the Rakiura track so most all the shops were closed, luckily this place had every thig we need to keep busy when not exploring the island.

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madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys and thanks for your review! Operation Winter DVD is back on too; I just bought about another 200 dvds inc some more awesome NZ movies; you'll have to come back and do a big track next time! Cheers Vicki

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Conveniently situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay, we offer friendly, comfortable and clean accommodation at competitive prices 365 days a year. We also have a huge camping area! Picture Vicki has lived on Stewart island for nearly 10 years and is passionate this unique and beautiful part of the world. When the opportunity came to run the backpackers, it was a no brainer! She is also the scary Quiz lady at the renowned Sunday Night Quiz at the South Sea Hotel! Whether you are here to walk, fish, hunt, see the wildlife or just relax, we're open 365 days a year, any help you need; just ask! We offer: Crisp, fresh sheets on every bed along with a pillow, duvet and blanket No bunk beds and a maximum of 4 people per dorm room Well-stocked kitchen Laundry Great sunny, flat tent sites (although we can't always guarantee the sun!) Recycling Booking service for Stewart Island activities including Ulva Island FREE WIFI voucher on check-in FREE DVDs to watch FREE awesome Bookcrossing Shelf FREE jigsaws to do FREE Guitar to use FREE Local Phone calls (Inc Invercargill) FREE BBQ use FREE luggage storage FREE Hairdryer/Iron/Alarm Clock/Hair Clippers to borrow FREE Bedrolls to borrow when camping ... more   less 

Additional Information about Stewart Island Backpackers

Address: 18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Price Range: $51 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Stewart Island Backpackers Hotel Stewart Island
Stewart Island Backpackers South Island
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“Single rooms are not much more expensive than the dorms...”
 of 5 bubbles 847douglasa, Jan 3, 2016 | Read review
“Free wifi only 250MB per pax. If that's a concern, ask for the room near the library and Kai Kart, both of which offers unlimited free wifi.”
 of 5 bubbles mshammie, Jun 24, 2015 | Read review
“As far east as possible (so less people disturb your sleep)”
 of 5 bubbles R_Bitterbal, Jun 3, 2015 | Read review
“Try and get an end room on the library side of the buildings. Less rooms around = less noise from other people!”
 of 5 bubbles Nymphonicx, Mar 3, 2015 | Read review
“get a room on your own at the very back of the place and get easy access to the bathrooms, a warm comfy room and some peace as long as the room next to you isn't too noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles atthebottomnz, Nov 22, 2012 | Read review
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