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Chez La Mer Backpackers
Ranked #11 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Reviewed October 24, 2013

I just loved staying at that hostel. We were there in August and got a room all to ourselves. Our room looked a bit girlish (all purple), which I just loved. This hostel certainly is different, but absolutely great. It's got a very positive attitude and you feel welcome and home right when you enter the front door. They have two kitchens, which are very spacious, a very cozy fireplace and the bathrooms are quite nice. The water pressure in the showers, however, wasn't really good. It took a while until you were all wet, but it's probably different is summer. Akaroa itself is marvelous. You will love it. It's so tiny, sweet and cute, and there are plenty hiking options around the peninsula.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Meant to stay here for a week, Ended up staying and working for them for 6 months. Brilliant backpackers brilliant people. Akaroa is a beautiful town and a chez la mer is an outstanding backpackers. Sara the manager is welcoming and friendly and genuinly cares about her guests and does as much as she can too help there needs. The kitchens/bathrooms/rooms are cleaned daily. There is no t.v. in this hostel which i think is brilliant and the lounge area invites social interaction. If you come too new zealand and dont stay here you are seriously missing out. There is parking on street at both sides of the premisis so there is no worry about parking at all. The mountain bikes are well maintained and fishing rods that are all free too use. I wont forget my time at chez la mer and urge anyone who can too stay here!

Room Tip: Ensuite dorms are better in summer (max of 5 people using your shower)
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I managed to obtain a room at 9am in the morning at short notice. The staff were really friendly and accommodating. The place was welcoming and clean. What was great was that they had mountain bikes (pretty new and good condition) with helmets that you can use at no additional cost! This was brilliant as you would have to hire bikes at other outdoor centres. Great way to explore Akaroa which is beautiful.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank tot_of_rum
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

booked this from the uk on the web so you never know what you are going to get til you get there but this was easily findable on the main street with on street parking.
we had the front room on the ground flooor, quite and well maintained with a hot shower.
small but intimate kitchen and living room
hosts and guests really friendly
it could have been a house party
unfortunatly going early december there was not many trips running

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank chris c
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Wonderful house and relaxed garden, it is just a bit 'pink'. I liked the calm of the kitchen on the 1st floor over the crowded ground floor kitchen, though both are well equipped with spices etc. I stayed in a private room with colorful bed linen, the only disadvantage was a crack in the door which let me hear everything as if my door was open. Staff was friendly and helpful. If you plan to go sailing you can book via staff and get a discount on the owners sailing boat. Rather younger people there.

I just wondered why the doors of all dorm rooms were continuously open and the rooms accessible for everybody - you wouldn't recognize a thief from his looks, so try to minimize the risk.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank jboe12
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Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

after nearly four months of traveling I needed a break, stayed in this backpackers and LOVED it! they've got a lovely backyard with hammock and BBQ... so, the best place to be when it's warm enough. but even when it's cold you can sit in the cozy living room and enjoy the log fire. the beds have Two pillows and enough hot water bottles provided for everyone. Sara, the manager, is always there for every of your questions and if not there is a good replacement available. the free bicycles, wifi and fishing rods made it perfect. hope you will visit this wonderful place and enjoy it as much as I did.
do you love animals? then I've got another reason to go there. Jean-Claude the hostelsheep and Pongo or Samson the two dogs are around sometimes and love to be petted :)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was a warm and friendly place to stay, the blankets and stove much appreciated as the weather was bad during my stay. Kitchen had lots of nice spices and such, which was great! The only improvement I would make would be the shower in my room which probably had lower water pressure than did the tap- it was a bit like standing under a peeing animal or something, but oh well. Overall I had an awesome stay at Chez la Mer. Thanks!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Kat G
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Additional Information about Chez La Mer Backpackers

Address: 50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range: $45 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Heated rooms and fully made up beds. Owners offer special discounts to guests on their dolphin/wildlife sailing cruise aboard the Fox II. ... more   less 
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