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“Grey, bland and very corporate”

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Base Backpackers Wanaka
Ranked #39 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Keswick, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Grey, bland and very corporate”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

First thing you notice is how grey and gloomy the whole place is. There's zero character to the hostel. The staff were fine and the room was very clean when I arrived, although very small for an 8 bed dorm. The bar down stairs was cheap and lively so is worth a visit, sadly this drab and totally unimaginative hostel is worth avoiding.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Tutbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by this hostel (though we decided not to use the kitchen), we found our room, clean and tidy. The only downside was that dispute polite notices from the Base team, several other guests decided to return to the hostel very late which meant we did not get much consecutive sleep until around 3.30am. Top tip, make sure doors are shut on corridors and ear plugs are worth considering! Otherwise great base for Wanaka.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Basic hostel, the beds were comfy and each bunk had a charging point which was really handy. Good location, opposite a really cool cinema where you can take beer in with you and the chairs are sofas etc.
The hostel is also really near Lake Wanaka which is beautiful to walk round. Tv room was v.small but so so and the reception isn't 24hrs.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We were backpacking round NZ and in Wanaka decided to stay in Base but in a double room rather than a dorm. Room was spotless, bed was comfy and bathroom was really clean. No complaints. Didn't try the kitchen so can't comment but the double room was superb.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Had a great stay at base wanaka the rooms were really clean the staff were fantastic especially darelle and we loved the bar will defiantly be telling friends to stay there and i will be visiting again for sure :)!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Enjoyed my one night stay here. Wanaka as a place is lovely, so pretty. Hostel is right by a supermarket and short walk to other shops and the lake. Stayed in a 6 bed mixed dorm, comfortable, spacious and lots of power points at last! Bathrooms really good and big. Kitchen was quite small considering how many people can stay at the hostel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was a really nice Base in terms of the rooms. Lovely clean, modern bedrooms with big bunks and a light/power socket by each bunk which is really handy. Bathrooms were really really nice, modern and clean, showers were awesome! Powerful and HOT! Lovely.
One annoying thing was the kitchen: firstly it was like a 10minute walk through a maze of corridors to get there. Secondly it was really small for the size of the hostel, and thirdly the hobs actually burn your hand when you turn them on! You have to use a lighter to light the gas hob and its actually like a dragon breathing fire on your hand when you flick the lighter. DANGEROUS. Be careful when using the hobs/eat out! Not a lot of space to sit and eat your dinner either, only a couple of tables scattered around a really cramped communal sitting area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Base Backpackers Wanaka
Address: 73 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #39 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
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Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Wanaka 2*
Number of rooms: 49
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