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Onuku Farm Hostel
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Such an amazing place to stay, the staff are really friendly, the location gives amazing views and the cottage is really comfortable. Careful though, you go for a couple of days, you may want to stay a week!!

Room Tip: To save some money during the summer months, the huts are a great way to save cash...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Ben_Freely
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

we really enjoyed our stay at the farm and the dolphin tour.
it was awesome
don't miss it , it is really fun and we saw lot's of dolphins. the staff were service oriented.

we wish we stayed longer .....
enjoy your stay!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ayala F
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

This hostel might not be everyone's cup of tea but our family loved it. The scenery is spectacular and the staff and guests were friendly. We went out on the dolphin swim from the farm and had an amazing day - only the cold water stopped us staying in the water all day. lot's of dolphins swimming around, saw plenty of seals and as a bonus even some Orca's. Did some of the walks around the farm and would love to go back for more.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank glenn m
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Reviewed April 20, 2011

We are somewhat budget-conscious travelers. An accommodation for us is just a place to get a nice warm shower and a comfortable place to sleep. We don’t need a lot of space, either, as each of us only has a carry-on backpack & a personal bag. Because of this reasoning, we believe that a budget of less than $100/night is reasonable.

It was so hard to find an accommodation for under NZD 100/night in Akaroa. Based on the location description on the website & other travelers’ reviews, we thought that Onuku Farm Hostel would be a pleasant place to stay.

Per the owner’s e-mail suggestion that we received after a successful online booking, we made sure we made our way to Onuku Farm before it got dark. We arrived right when it started to get dark around 6:15 PM (it was April 2011, after the daylight savings time ended). It was good that we followed the e-mail suggestion since the road to Onuku Farm from Akaroa town center is a pretty steep, windy, gravel road that is not lit at all. Because of this road condition, it takes time to get to the farm from town, so make sure you dedicate some 20 minutes or so of daylight to locate the farm using the direction from the owner’s e-mail confirmation.

Our room was a queen room in the main house. We were surprised to find that our room did not have heat at all. April is the start of fall season in New Zealand, and it got pretty cold & windy in the house. We had to put our socks on to keep warm. All areas of the house were carpeted, except for the dining, kitchen & toilet. A lot of times, it seemed that the carpet was a bit damp as our socks seemed to get a little damp themselves.

We were aware of the shared toilet & bathroom facility before our arrival, but did not know that only a toilet was available inside the house; we had to walk outside to an outdoor shower hut. Because of this bathroom arrangement, we decided not to shower until the next morning since we didn’t feel like walking out in the cold, carrying our towels & soap/shampoo in the dark.

Good thing we had read the information somewhere that we would need to pack our own food there because once we arrived at the farm, we could not go anywhere else. We had free use of the kitchen facility, but we only used the microwave that night.

Despite the roughness, we gained two neat, unique experiences:
- We learned how to heat our bed using rubber flexible water flasks that we filled up with hot, boiling water. It worked wonderfully!
- Using a flashlight, we managed to get ourselves to the outdoor shower hut by 6 AM (it was still dark outside) to take our nice hot shower.

So, in the end, we did get the kind of accommodation that provided us with a warm shower & comfortable bed for a reasonable price, considering the area. Perhaps a stay at Onuku Farm would be a bit more comfortable/convenient in the warm seasons (we were just not so fond of the old, damp carpet in the house).

Regardless, if you decide to stay at Onuku Farm, here are our recommendations:
- Make sure you print out the e-mail direction to get to the farm, & try to get there during the daylight. Perhaps also spare yourself some 20 minutes to locate the farm from Akaroa town.
- Pack your own food as you won’t want to drive back to Akaroa town & back to the farm if you get there in late afternoon. We can’t imagine driving in the dark on such a small, steep, & windy gravel road. You can store, cook and/or heat your food as you will have free access to the kitchen facility.
- Bring your own towel, soap & shampoo.
- Take with you a little flashlight, too. It’s handy when you feel the need to be either the first or the last one to use the outdoor shower facility.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Lotfius
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

We loved our stay here. We stayed in the main house and had a queen bed. The toilets were (1) inside, (2) outside. Two indoor kitchens, and a big outdoor kitchen. The staff is wonderful. This was a cozy, warm environment. We loved hiking for hours on the owners' land with views of Akaroa Harbor, the ocean, and farmlands. You will need a car here as it is quite a long steep climb out of the town. However, the owner will happily shuttle you to and fro if need be. The grounds are so extensive that you can have privacy or communicate with fellow travelers in many settings. We did not stay outdoors or in the separate cabins or tent sites--though I would if I had the equipment. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! Linda Depper

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank ToddLake
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