Stayed here after biking the Heaphy track. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Paul the owner was happy to advise us on other attractions in town. The backpackers has a great vibe with an eclectic mix of decor, murals and old-school furnishings which together make it a very homely place. We were able to store our bikes in a dedicated shipping container so slept well knowing they were safe and sound.
Unfortunately we arrived in the evening and headed off first thing the following day so were unable to utilise the excellent facilties such as Pizza oven, BBQ and outside area etc but really appreciated the coffee in the morning. Stayed in the "Rasta" dorm and it was great to have a duvet instead of having to use sleeping bags. The baches look pretty cool and would definitely try these if in town again.
Paul the owner is obviously very passionate about the Karamea region and was happy to share his tips for what to see and do around the region.
Had to laugh at a couple of whiney reviews (such as the people who thought that even though they weren't staying there they should be able to use the facilities anyway) as this was one of the better places I have stayed and it seems the vast majority of customers agree.
It's also only 150m away from the local pub which is pretty cool.
Would definitely stay again.
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