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Watson's Way Lodge
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

There were four of us staying here in two separate double rooms, all of us were absolutely satisfied with everything! The rooms are small but very clean and just perfect for really good prices. Common bathroom facilities and kitchen is great, nothing to complain about! There are also tennis courts with free equipment to use, boule to play or hammock for relaxing. We rented bicycles directly from the hostel to cycle around the vinyards for a day - amazing! The owners are just so cute and sweet, they took very well care of their guests. I can highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have stayed at the Watson's Way Backpackers for two days during Dec 2012. Pat and Paul (the owners) were so lovely, we felt very welcome from the first minute. The kitchen facilities are absolutely fantastic, a lot of space and very clean and the room we stayed in was absolutely immaculate. Overall the hostel was one of the cleanest, most looked after and most relaxing place to be, so definitely one of the favourite places during our travels in New Zealand

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Shauline
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

This hostel was ideally placed for the Marlborough wine tastings, most within walking distance but you could also hire bikes from the hostel for longer trips. Our room was a double and quite small but cosy enough. The weather was dreadful one day so we borrowed some DVDs and settled in with our wine purchases! The kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed up stay there.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vickymakin79
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Watson's way was definitely one of our favourite places to stay in NZ. The location is ideal for exploring the many nearby vineyards by bike and the owners throw in reduced bike hire to make this place a real bargain. Paul and Pat were so helpful throughout our short stay and even gave us a sweet for returning our key at check out! This was a welcome change to the places demanding a $30 key deposit on arrival and sums this place up. The kitchen and BBQ area are perfect for relaxing in whilst sampling some of the day's purchases. There is also a petanque set and neighbouring tennis courts that you can use for free. All in all a fantastic place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Clarkey1886
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed for a couple of nights in November. We'd booked a dorm room, but as they weren't too busy they put us in a twin room. Paul and Pat were ever so kind and helpful.

It was such a sociable place to stay as everyone visited the wineries during the day, then shared wine and stories over dinner, as well as a game of petanque or two.

Really cheap to hire bikes from them to cycle round the wineries, which are all really easy access from Watson's Way. Would recommend this place without hesitation.

Would be handy if they put themselves on hostelbookers.com for ease of booking. It was simple enough as we had a NZ Sim Card, but not everyone does.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank IzzyandGibbs
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Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Great value for money!

Especially if you're going to cycle around the wine vineyards, which is muchly recommended too!

We stayed in a campervan and facilities were great. The owners are lovely and presented my girlfriend with a flower when we were leaving.

Top stuff!

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Thank pwest13
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Watson's way is a great hostel. It has: a fanstastic location in the heart of the region, clean and spacious rooms, adequate facilities (kitchen, lounge, laundry, etc.) and a very good vibe. The hosts (Paul and Pat) are exteremly nice and helpful - they were always happy to chat with us and offer us some tips/stories about the region. Although Watson's Way is not the most modern hostel, it certainly has a great style and is a truly pleasant place to spend a faw days exploring the local vinyards.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank JohnFowles
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Address: 56 High Street, Renwick 7204, New Zealand (Formerly Watson's Way Backpackers)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Renwick
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Renwick
Number of rooms: 8

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