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Base Backpackers Wanaka
Ranked #38 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Having read some of the other reviews I am amzed I got any sleep at all. However I have to say right from our check-in to departure we loved this place. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. The room was very well presented and spacious. we loved the bar, great drink specials and cheap meals. Bed time, no problem at all. we could not hear any noise at all from the bar and slept very well. Would definatly stay again and will reccomend to friends. Keep up the good work Base Crew.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi Moon T
Thanks for your feedback, great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy more fun and adventures at Base Wanaka.
Happy travels
Wanaka GM

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We love backpackers and have used them all over the world especially in the UK & Europe. Base Backpackers Wanaka is certainly well situated in the town, the staff are lovely and we were very happy with our room although some better ways to store all the guests belongings and being able to fully open the shower screen door in the ensuite without it hitting the toilet would be an advantage. The kitchen is well stocked and the staff do a great job trying to keep it clean which is wonderful considering how inconsiderate some guests are. The reason the backpackers should be avoided is the nightclub on the ground floor which makes sleep almost impossible. Our room was on the second floor and of the five nights we staying four of those nights were disrupted by hours of doof, doof, doof thumping through the building, drunken and loud night-clubbers partying outside or staggering through the building finding their rooms. One night someone was celebrating their birthday and created a fire in their room which set of the alarms adding to the chaos. Everyday we picked up hitchhikers on our way to the ski fields and they either had either stayed at Base Backpackers once and knew 'never again' or were guests who had their own tales of woe. After one particularly horrendous night we approached the receptionist to organise a refund so we could find somewhere more suitable to stay. She was very embarrassed and assured us that the final night of our stay there was nothing organised for the nightclub. As it was a Friday night we thought that was unlikely however, decided to stay and hope for the best. It was an unwise choice and yet again we endured hours lying in our beds waiting for it to be over which on most occasions was after 0200. Every person I spoke to in Queenstown airport, shop assitants in Wanaka, everyone I encountered knew that reputation of the Base Backpackers and were not surprised we found it a difficult experience. For party-goers not interested in skiing maybe it is an option. The finale is coming home to learn the itchy red rash we have is from bedbugs. So now we are washing everything we own. Not a happy experience

Room Tip: Avoid sleeping above the nightclub
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank ChristineE54
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi ChristineE54,
Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your stay at Base Wanaka, I am glad to read that you were happy with your room and the staff, Our apologies for the bar keeping you awake during the night, we try and provide an experience to all our backpackers to create a place where it is easy to meet others and enjoy what is on offer with entertainment in the bar every night of the week for this purpose, I would agree that it is not suited for all travellers. I would be interested in hearing about the rash you had, you are welcome to contact me at your convenience.
All the best
regards
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Loved this place. The showers and rooms aren't exactly palatial but it is a backpackers so you definitely get what you pay for, everything is relatively new and spotlessly clean (friends and I stayed in a 6 bedroom dorm). The location is perfect, no more than a 5min walk to anywhere in town; plus the best bar in Wanaka is just downstairs. Also if you have a car there's free parking just across the road. All the staff are very helpful and friendly, we made good friends with Base and Mint Bar staff. They're always up for a good time and are always running awesome events downstairs at the bar. We all had an absolute blast staying here and if you enjoy good times you will too.

ps. the staff are also really really ridiculously goodlooking

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi Johnny
Thanks very much for your feedback, it is great to hear you had a great time with us and engaged in all our activities that we offer every night of the week to all guests, for everyone to get to know like minded travellers like yourself , we hope to see you again.
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

The bath room was tiny for a big guy like me. Anyway the room is comfortable with king size bed. just the heather turned off in the middle of night which makes us wake up because of the chill. when checked with reception the following morning she said it was centralized controlled.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank johnnyMalaysia
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi JohnnyMalaysia
Thanks so much for your feedback, glad to hear your stay was up to your expectations, our heating is centrally controlled but we always take our customers feedback into consideration when setting these controls. I wish you all the best on your future travels.
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Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

Booked via naked accommodation for only nz17 per night!!the room is as mentioned small (8 mixed gender beds) but each bed has its own reading lamp and power socket! The kitchen is clean but small!! Toilet is very new n clean! For NZ17? Definitely a good bargain :) walking distance to town :) and lake!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Thank weiwayk
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi
Thanks for staying at Base Wanaka, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, thanks so much for the review.

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Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

This is a great backpackers. Friends who stayed in the dorms said it was very noisy but we didn't find that at all in the double room! Stayed in doubles across Nz and this was the best one we had and was cheap too. We wish we had stayed for more than one night.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Thank Amandajm
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GMBaseWanaka, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2012

Dear AmandaJM

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience at Base Wanaka, it is always great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, i hope you enjoy the remainder of your trip.

Kind regards
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 1 night and had an ensuite room and it was lovely. The kitchen was dirty and the pans old and worn if it's cleaned regulary people are just pigs as the rest of the place is clean and tidy.

Room Tip: I liked this hostel but I believe the ensuite room is the way to go after ready other reviews. If y...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 73 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #38 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $42 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Wanaka 2*
Number of rooms: 49
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