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Stewart Island Backpackers

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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... More 

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Thank James S
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... More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Lee B
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 More 

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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Susan_Away
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... More 

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1 of 5 stars 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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Thank Susan W
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... More 

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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank Sahar B
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 More 

Groningen, The Netherlands
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63 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Located only a few minutes of the wharf. Staff is friendly and always around. Rooms were clean and nicely warm. No bunkbeds. Hot showers, just be sure you wont shower at the same time due to pressure. The common area with kitchen is Nice, warm and clean. There is a lot of information provided for activities around the island. Couldnt... More 

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Thank Yara W
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Yara and thanks for your review! We do have a free luggage storage shed but it makes more sense to take your luggage to the wharf ready for your sailing if you're walking past it anyway! Stewart Island accommodation is more expensive than the mainland as of course we have to generate our own power and ship everything across... More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

The lady on reception was very friendly & welcoming. Our double room is lovely, very warm & the bed very comfortable. Kitchen has everything you need, very well equipped & all the facilities are very clean. Lots of personalised features which I love; kiwi sporting a book, clothes swap box & loads of board games. You could stay here for... More 

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

Hi Connie and thanks for you review! Hope you're enjoying the great walk and see you in a few days! Cheers Vicki More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Our group of 16 trampers stayed here either side of doing the Rakiura Track. Vicki's warm welcome, wicked sense of humour, efficiency in fitting us all in after a couple of changes, was memorable - as was the quiz night that followed the potluck dinner she organised on our last night. Rooms were spotless, beds not bunks, 3-4 person rooms,... More 

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Thank JanetMcF2016
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Janet and thanks for your review! It was lovely to meet you all finally and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we'll see you again! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This place is pretty good as far as hostels go and is a good choice for decent priced accommodation on the island. Walking distance from the ferry and airport. Rooms are only 2, 3 or four people max and no bunks!!! Beds are elevated so plenty of room underneath to store stuff and a large plastic tub for each bed... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review, you'll be pleased to know I am currently trialling another brand of loo roll!! There is only one power point in the rooms but lots in the lounge which most people use. You're so right about the Kai Kart too, yummy! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

The location is really handy. It's only one block back from the wharf/shops and it's on the flat. The pub got a bit roudy on Saturday night, so it was perfect to be a block away from it. The facility is purpose built and works well. It is showing it's age a bit, but it was clean and tidy and... More 

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Thank Jo S
madvix, Owner at Stewart Island Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jo S and thanks for your review! Good call about the people stomping although you know yourself that people rarely read signs lol. Might be worth a try though! More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: $50 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
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