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“This YHA enjoys a great setting but needs some money spent on it”

The Rutherford Backpackers
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The Rutherford Backpackers
Reviewed January 11, 2011

Havelock is a great place to visit, but this YHA needs some money and a female touch. It has a run down feel and we avoided the kitchen and bathrooms as much as we could. Having said that, the manager is friendly and welcoming. With a bit of thought and a few dollars this place could be great.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

We came across the Havelock YHA by chance, reading an old Lonely Planet guide. There is no mention of it in the YHA pamphlets we picked up on our way around the south island of NZ. This YHA is small and charming, being based in an old school house. The receptionist Brent is very warm and welcoming. We were offered one room and when we demurred, it was no problem to change to another. The kitchen needs refurbishment to bring it to the standard of other YHAs we encountered on the same trip. The lounge is large and there is a great fireplace and a good selection on the TV should you wish. The toilets and showers were rather a long walk on a chilly night but were clean and well maintained.

We had intended to stay in Nelson but were glad we drove on further and discovered the gem of Havelock and its YHA.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

Reasonable YHA within an old school house. The hosts were very helpful at arranging transport and accommodation for the Nydia Track; they actually run one of the I-sites in the village. Unfortunately the hostel felt a bit run-down and did not seem to attract so many guests. The kitchen was not as clean as it could be, but was ok.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Rutherford Backpackers

Address: 46 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand (Formerly Rutherford Hostel)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Havelock
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Havelock
Price Range: $18 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rutherford Backpackers is located at the mouth of the Pelorus Sound, in the South Island’s Marlborough Sounds. We are placed centrally in Havelock, just a stone’s throw away from cafes, restaurants, museums, shops, art galleries and the renowned Sandford’s Mussel factory established alongside our scenic Havelock marina. If you are out to experience and explore the adventurous outdoors Marlborough has to offer, Havelock provides the perfect playground. Whether you hike, bike, drive or prefer the water, Havelock is sure to fulfill any adventurers needs or desires. Once the old Havelock school. the Rutherford has been converted into a modern backpacker style accommodation and shares a name with the school’s most famous pupil, Baron Ernest Rutherford of Nelson, creator of modern atomic physics. Another famous student from the Havelock school was William Pickering, father of the NASA space program. ... more   less 

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