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“Best Hostel in NZ :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bunkers Backpackers
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Best Hostel in NZ :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

This Hostel is probably the best hostel in NZ! Very friendly international staff and home away from home atmosphere :) Definitely recommend to stay there a night or two...free internet and awesome kitchen are handy too...and check out the national geographic selection ;) haha

Room Tip: shared dorms downstairs...private double or twin rooms are upstairs. we stayed in a dorm room next t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Frankfurt, Germany
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

I enjoyed this cosy, quiet location which felt like a home away from home. Amy, the traveller who worked there, cared perfectly. She kept the place clean and made it an enjoyable stay. i never met the owner, though.

The backpackers is situated in a small house with private rooms on the first floor and dorms on the ground floor. A big verandah invites to the garden and everything in the village is in easy walking distance (5 min from the ferry). I also liked that they stored my luggage even before I slept there as I went straight on the great walk.

Only little "complaint" is that the shower is a bit small and low (I am only 1,70 meter and had to bend down when washing my hair).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

The place is nice, clean, neat, our double room was was good. We had hot water bottles to keep us warm. But the atmosphere was odd: nobody was talking to the point that you were almost thinking you would disturb if you stroke a conversation - that's not the typical backpacker, right? And as we are a couple, we were talking to each other, we aren't particularly loud people but suddenly felt like we were disturbing the peace.... We were a bit ill at ease at the beginning. But then just decided that we didn't care. Apart from that, it fitted the bill perfect. The owner had basically let the place be run by some backpackers for a while and they were not very talkative. We almost left without paying after me asking for quite a few times because again the owner was never available to take our money when we were and we were not going to wait and hang around for him. Again a bit odd, but it all worked out okay in the end. I still think it's a good cheap place to stay on Stewart Island and with different people there, the atmosphere could be different.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

This hostel proves that you dont need to be massive, ultra modern or in a buzzing neighbourhood to be awesome - just provide all the home comforts coupled with friendly hosting and the unique atmosphere that comes from being full of hikers.

The dorm was clean, a bit cold but hot water bottles are provided, comfortable beds and (being remote) no noise. The common area has everything a tired walker could want with free hot drinks and ample seating space. The amazingly hard working staff (Amy) is worth her weight in gold - genuinely welcoming and also knew how to operate the fire!

No negatives that I can think of, will definitely be coming here again next time!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jasper, Canada
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

This backpackers is great! It is located but a short walk from the main wharf (and the supermarket and pub). It is super cozy, but also roomy. There are wood stoves inside and also on the deck, great for a cool rainy day, or just winding down at night. There is a BBQ and a big picnic table outside. The common rooms are pretty big. The kitchen is well-stocked. There is free wifi (fastest internet in NZ!), and also a desktop for those who don't have their own devices. The place is clean and the owners are very friendly and helpful! They have free luggage storage for those guests who are doing any tramping on the island. This place is great both if you are keen to socialize, but there is lots of space in case you would rather have some quiet. Lots of bean bag chairs! We had an amazing stay. The island is beautiful and the locals are great. If you're going to spend any time on Stewart Island, stay at Bunkers!!

Room Tip: If you are travelling as a couple, their double rooms are comfy and afforable!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maryrosejack
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

Had a cosy stay in Bunker's Backpackers for a night prior to 10 days on the North West Circuit. We were met on arrival by Tara who showed us our room and the guest facilities. Great lounge complete with library. Cosy fire, spacious communal dining table. Fantastic outdoor deck. We'll definately be back when we embark on our next tramp.

Room Tip: East Ruggedy is a 4 person room downstairs. There are twin/double rooms upstairs (steep but carpete...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AngelaJ76
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

While small, we found Bunkers to be very comfortable for a 3 night stay. Everyone seemed to manage around each other just fine.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Bunkers Backpackers
Address: 13 Argyle St, Stewart Island 9240, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
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Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Stewart Island
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Bunkers Backpackers Stewart Island, South Island

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