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Tuatara Lodge
Reviewed September 1, 2011

I just spent one night at Tuatara Backpackers on a field trip. The bunks were comfortable and were clean. The building is slightly old but you are in Invercargill. The lift is really old. But other than that it was pretty sweet.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

We stayed in an ensuite room on the ground floor...the size of the room is quite big as it is meant to be a triple room..
No complains..everything was in order.. location is good and the cafe opens ar 7.30am which is gd if you are leaving early..
There is limited parking lots at the back of the backpackers..so if it is peak season, parking may be a problem..

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2010

Very conveniently located in the main street, close to all amenities. Friendly staff (Carie-Ann the manager esp., Sophie, too), very helpful, very polite and friendly. Tidy and clean room, warm & cosy. I stayed an extra night because of that. Highly recommended !

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

this hostel was comfortable and quiet, and clean. Not much wrong with it apart from theres not much to do in Invercargill. The receptionist did get her boyfirend to help us when our hire car's battery went dead.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

On a recent trip to Invercargill I couldn't resist the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cafe's in central Invercargill - the Tuatara Bar & Cafe. Located within the spacious entrance hall of the Tuatara lodge yet owning its own street frontage with outdoor tables & chairs, the place realy knows how to do good coffee, offers other primo cafe comforts like the daily newspaper nestled amongst multiple couches, and it always seems relatively busy catering to locals and visitors alike. All of this adds to the Tuatara's style points and it certainly ranks up there with some of the more iconic NZ cafes.

I also had a good chat with Andrew (Lodge Manager) who put me up to date with local events and let me grab a whole bunch of brochures and maps of Southland, Catlins area and Fiordland. The Tuatara Lodge had a great collection of local information and would be a great place to plan a day trip full of activities or book tours for the near future.

The Backpackers Lodge is clean with great hot water and an interesting old elevator that does an exceptional job of getting you up to the large kitchen on the 3rd floor despite looking like it has been salvaged from a soviet submarine!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

Ok, it isn't the fault of the hostel that Invercargill is dull.

This hostel is very large, and the kitchen could be a bit bigger to accomodate this. The internet computers are from the 80s, the TV room has a TV the size of a mouse, but overall it isn't too bad. Alright place to stay if you are passing through, hopefully onto somewhere better.

Noisy street outside can be annoying too. Very little parking given the size.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

A gorgeous little cafe is attached to this massive hostel right in the middle of Invercargill. The staff are friendly, our room was clean and with towels provided, the shower (we stayed in a double ensuite for a night) was hot and powerful and the shared facilities were clean and spacious.

The only downside is that, although the hostel was quiet, the nearby church starts ringing its bells at 7am and then every 15 minutes afterwards so don't expect a sleep in! I'm not sure if this is also the case at the weekend, however...

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 30 - 32 Dee Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
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Ranked #10 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Invercargill
Price Range: $41 - $44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
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