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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Lively, cozy and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet. Our excellent communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a roaring log fire, pool table, reading area, balcony, and movie room. We're on hand to help you make the most of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Golf course
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Pros: - amazing view and location; - ac in the room; - lockers with charger in the room; - big kitchen. Cons: - en-suite rooms make too much noise all the time and it’s hard to have it free; - outside toilets and showers were always busy; - pricey!!! - very slow internet;
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This hostel has an amazing location in the town, with a beautiful view of Lake Wanaka. 5 min walk to all the restuarants, the beach, grocery and liquor store. We stayed in a private double with ensuite. The actual hostel is a bit old and outdated but it's been maintained. Our
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello Katherinea, Thank you ever so much for the positive review. The staff here at YHA Wanaka are delighted that you had such a great time staying at our backpackers. We are extremely lucky to be located in such a central area, with stunning scenery all around. Good to hear that you also enjoyed some of the facilities that are on offer. All the best for the rest of your travels and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Will YHA Wanaka
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Our first stay in YHA Wanaka,and we were impressed,very comfortable room,and bathroom and the shared kitchen facilities were extensive and clean,located overlooking the lake it’s the perfect spot,a few minutes walk from everything
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Jayne, Nice to hear that you had such an positive stay here at our Wanaka YHA. We are indeed very lucky to be located close to everything in town, especially the lake and restaurants. Glad you enjoyed the facilities we have on offer, as this is always a big factor when staying anywhere. All the best, Will YHA Wanaka
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We enjoyed our time in the YHA at Wanaka which has a good large kitchen and is very close to the bars but not too close so you get noise. There's not tonnes of parking onsite but we managed to get a spot. Had a 4 bedroom dorm with ensuite which did the job for us. Free pool
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Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello Thanks for taking the time to give us such a nice review. Good to hear you enjoyed our large communal kitchen we have, as well as the locatlity of the hostel. We do hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in the South. Thanks, Will
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We stayed two nights in a self-contained unit behind the main building. It was well-equipped and had everything we needed. Wanaka YHA enjoys an excellent location with great views of the lake and is close to the shopping area, bars and supermarket. Any good hostel experience
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Double Room with Private Bathroom
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Xin Chao, washing and drying using machines in New Zealand is always a charge, about $3-4 dollars each. Regards Barry PS some motels may have washing machines that are free to use, but you will pay more for the room.
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There is a local ski Hill just a 30 minute drive. Cardrona as well as treble cone!
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"The motel type rooms"
"self-contained are best"
"If you are traveling in the summer, ask in advance about electric fans and fly screens."
"All rooms are great"
"we had a double with en suite. book direct"
$32 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
yha wanaka purple cow hotel wanaka
Wanaka YHA The Purple Cow
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionWanaka
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