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“Southern Dreaming” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stewart Island Backpackers

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Stewart Island Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1 review
“Southern Dreaming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Estaban and I absolutely adored the the south island of new Zealand but the jewel I'm the crown of our new Zealand getaway was our stay at the stewart island backpackers. Its not the most modern building but it is a great space, clean and super friendly staff.

Gay friendly.

Room Tip: Go for a dorm in the east wing
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jack K
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Selkirk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Spent one night here. Seems to me they are charging a "captive audience" Paid less in Hotels with far superior facilities and the towel hire was a rip-off!
On the upside staff were friendly and room was clean but needs refurbished with proper storage facilities.
Great location tho

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank curror13
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Lake Zurich, Illinois
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2012

We had an opportunity to visit during Christmas 2011; and can well recommend this friendly hostel. The new owners are putting a massive amount of work into turning the hostel into a great location to chill out and relax on Stewart Island. Unfortunately other guests seem to steal items (like gas lighters, matches etc) on a regular basis. Many of the Top 10 Holiday Camps don't provide lighters for their gas appliances, so when guests steal them it is a real pity.

This place has one of the best atmospheres and locations we have found in all of NZ - when compared to many other YH and BHB hostels we stayed at during our 7 weeks.

Room Tip: The weather on Stewart Island is very temperamental, going cold quite quickly. Hence it can be usefu...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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1 Thank Raoming S
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

I stayed at this backpackers for a night and I wish I hadn't. The rooms smelled and there is no heating there so it can get pretty cold during the night. The kitchen is spacious but you need a match in order to light the gas which the place doesn't provide.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dangu
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Invercargill, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

Stewart Island Backpackers is a wonderful place to stay. François & Kitty are kind and wonderful hosts who really are just fabulous. This is somewhere I would want to come back to again and again! Awesome location, clean, friendly, great kitchen, huge common room and close to all the village amenities and also fantastic local tracks and nature on the doorstep. I highly recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Polly_4d
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Invercargill, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

Kitty and Francois are such amazing hosts. They make everyone feel welcome and work very hard to maintain a clean and well organised affordable place to stay. Loved every minute. This place has been really done up, new paint etc. Great BBQ and communal area.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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 Esther P
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Quimper, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2011

After a few months in New Zealand, I came here to relax myself. A perfect place to do so: life is rythmed by the comings and goings of the ferries, and so is the backpacker. Just a few minutes walk from the wharf, the pub, the shop and beaches, it is ideally located.
François & Kitty, the new managers, are very friendly and helpful hosts. They know the island really well and can help you planning your stay. The work they've done here is starting to pay off and the place is getting quite cosy. New mattresses (as of yesterday!), handmade signs, freshly opened café (this very morning...) and so on.
Definitely a place to stay at, either to chill out for a few days or on your way to the amazing tracks around the island...

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Stewart Island Backpackers

Property: Stewart Island Backpackers
Address: 18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay, we offer friendly, comfortable and clean accommodation at competitive prices 365 days a year. We also have a huge camping area! Picture Vicki has lived on Stewart island for nearly 10 years and is passionate this unique and beautiful part of the world. When the opportunity came to run the backpackers, it was a no brainer! She is also the scary Quiz lady at the renowned Sunday Night Quiz at the South Sea Hotel! Whether you are here to walk, fish, hunt, see the wildlife or just relax, we're open 365 days a year, any help you need; just ask! We offer: Crisp, fresh sheets on every bed along with a pillow, duvet and blanket No bunk beds and a maximum of 4 people per dorm room Well-stocked kitchen Laundry Great sunny, flat tent sites (although we can't always guarantee the sun!) Recycling Booking service for Stewart Island activities including Ulva Island FREE WIFI voucher on check-in FREE DVDs to watch FREE awesome Bookcrossing Shelf FREE jigsaws to do FREE Guitar to use FREE Local Phone calls (Inc Invercargill) FREE BBQ use FREE luggage storage FREE Hairdryer/Iron/Alarm Clock/Hair Clippers to borrow FREE Bedrolls to borrow when camping ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Stewart Island Backpackers South Island

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