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“Great hostel full of character”
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Birdsong
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay at this hostel. Really nice and clean, charmingly furnished with bird-themed artwork throughout. After a week of camping and long day's drive from Golden Bay, this hostel really was just the ticket! I only wish that we'd stayed more than one night because I would have loved to have had a 'Bushman's Bath' but it was all booked out that evening! Our host, Neil, was very pleasant and helpful. We arrived late at night and he was happy to leave the key out for us.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2014

Many thanks for the positive review. We hope that you will stay longer next time to explore the local walks and bike trails before finally relaxing in the outdoor baths..... they seem to be very popular since the new Wilderness Cycle Trail!

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Neil, our host, was lovely. The backpackers is in a great location, a bit noisy because it's on the highway. We got the last room available as we had not booked ahead so were grateful for the bed although didn't appreciate having to go outside to get to the loo. I was unfortunate enough to get attacked by a feral kitten that had hidden under our bed but then again I shouldn't have tried to pick the damn thing up! The bed was quite comfortable and after visiting the glow worms up the road and a few beers at the local hotel we slept OK. Thanks again Neil!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2014

We are sorry to learn about the kitten episode and will certainly be keeping an eye out... Next time you visit please call us ahead and we will happily accommodate you in your first choice of room type (minus any real animals!)

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Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

This place is worth going to.Very relaxed and friendly owner,nice interior with self-made art pieces,well equipped and large kitchen.dining area with panorama view of the ocean.We stayed in a double with balcony facing SH6 and though it was pretty noisy when the trucks passed by we were happy with a closed window(does not get too hot at night).Credit Card payment possible.Off-street parking (plenty of space even for our large van).Stroll into town takes about 15min either on the roadside or along the beach(Look for Jade here;)).

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2014

Thanks for your very helpful review. When you next visit you will see we fitted a new double-glazed glass door, with opening window. Hope you will return one day to enjoy the sunset!

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Birdsong was a homey, comfortable place with a large clean kitchen and dining area overlooking the Tasman Sea. The individually-themed rooms added to the experience. Ours was Penguin with a stuffed penguin waiting for us on our bed. The owner was friendly and very helpful. She makes wonderful scones and wholemeal bread! With a beach just across the road, we could experience the driftwood beach and beautiful sunset and sunrise.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sally102
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Your comments are heart-warming.... time for me to bake some more scones! Many thanks!

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Just north of Hokitika, across the road from the beach is a beaut backpackers. I had a double room with balcony and a view to the sea. Didn't worry about the traffic noise as others have done - it isn't bothersome. Great kitchen, clean, good number of tables and chars and a couple of couches. Limited bathroom/toilet spaces but very clean. Overall top notch place and top notch host

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Thanks for being a top notch guest! We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Stayed here a month ago or so and it was absolutely awesome. This place is exactly what I look for in backpacker accommodation. We stayed in a double room that looked out over the Tasman Sea and it was beautiful. Each room is unique in its own way from what I saw and they all seem to have their own personality all of which include bird theme's with custom paintings etc. Our room had a giant stuffed sheep to welcome us which I thought was a great touch to make it feel more like you were walking into a home rather than some cookie cutter hostel. Kitchen and communal area were very clean as were the bathrooms. If you like one of a kind accommodation than Birdsong is definitely one you should put on your list.

Room Tip: Spoonbill was the name of our double room looking out over the sea
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

It is awesome that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you will come back another time. Thanks for sharing your feedback on our special place!

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stayed here a couple of years ago and always remember those couple of days in Hokitika.. Birdsong was like a gift from heaven after a few days travelling and a couple of inferior stop overs elsewhere! The hosts were really friendly and helpful - it felt like staying with old friends - not intrusive but nothing was too much trouble. Great rooms with amazing atmosphere, comfort and colour - want to go back!! actually went prior to 2012 probably September 2011!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Birdsongbackpackers, Owner at Birdsong, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2013

Hello "old friend" and thanks for remembering us and our little hostel on NZ West Coast. For some reason I'm sure I remember you, email me and plan your next trip! Come back to the creative persons little haven!

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Additional Information about Birdsong

Address: 124 Kumara Junction Highway | Two Mile, Hokitika 7882, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Hokitika
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Ranked #2 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Hokitika
Price Range: $62 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Birdsong backpacker is a family run native bird themed backpackers 2 kms north of Hokitika. Enjoy sea views and sunsets we look forward to meeting you so come relax and enjoy. ... more   less 
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