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Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
Ranked #38 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Cardiff, Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Thanks Matterhorn!”
Reviewed September 6, 2010

Genuinely close knit family run business, in the centre of Wanaka, New Zealand.
Rooms are clean and well kept. Kitchen is big enough for everyone to use, though its always best to avoid peak backpackers pasta cooking hours! (5-7pm)
Hot tub in the back is icing on the cake, but that isn´t what makes this hostel.
It´s run by Donna and Peter, wonderful people who made time for myself and my travel partner in times of need. Had it been a big corporate hostel like Base or even some YHA´s, we would most certainly have had a terrible time in Wanaka. But the staff gave us service over and above our expectations, especially when my friend was admitted to hospital.
If its a friendly homely place you need then go to Matterhorn south guest house.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

Matterhorn is one of the nicest, friendliest places I've stayed at on my travels. From the exceptionally warm welcome and hospitality to the overall atmosphere and cosiness, you simply cant go wrong with a stay in this home-away-from-home.

There are 2 separate lodgings - the backpackers on one side with economy-minded rooms (dorms and double/twin), kitchen and chilled-out dining/living area. Theres also a patio with BBQ.

For the less budget-minded, the newer building houses the Lodge which has a selection of lovely individual rooms, all en-suite with TV and fridge, double, twin, quad etc. the Lodge has its own separate kitchen and tv room with fire.

Matterhorn is ideally located right in the centre of Wanaka and has a great reputation amongst backpackers and travellers in the area. Highly highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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Israel
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Reviewed November 29, 2007

Stayed there for a couple of days in November 2006, and it was the best one i was in during my trip!
The atmosphere was great, the people were very friendly and I had the best time there. Facilities were good and the location is amazing! I highly recommend it to everyone staying in Wanaka :)

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2007

We love this hostel and have stayed here for a week in 2006 and twice for a few days in 2005. It is right in the centre of Wanaka and has a wide choice of accomodation. Each time we have stayed in a double room with ensuite facilities but there is also a dorm and triple rooms. There is a huge kitchen with lots of equipment as well as a living room with natural log fire and TV.

I would recoomend this accomodation to anyone who is travelling but does not want to stay in a dorm. It is clean and convenient and a very reasonable price.

We would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 12, 2005

Good, clean, simple lodging in fairly central Wanaka location.

Matterhorn South has double rooms as well as backpacker units. There is a television room (I think with fireplace). Doors to the double rooms are sliding glass doors, curtains behind.

Wanaka lodging is not cheap, so prices on the whole are somewhat inflated. We paid $80 for a double room with ensuite. Not the cheapest room in New Zealand, but a deal for Wanaka. The room had a double bed as well as two twin bunk beds for children. The bathroom (shower) was quite nice. Television above the bed. Nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable.

We slept well. For Wanaka, this is good moderate/budget lodging. Thumbs up.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2003

Bargain price for perfect location and great rooms and service. We intended to stay for 1 night and ended up staying for 3. Good lounge and kitchen facilities. TV and fridge in each ensuite room. Make sure you check out the cinema paradiso!

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Property: Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #38 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! A homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka with friendly kiwi’s and travellers from all around the world.We have log fires to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer.There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations.This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay.Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests but we encourage everyone to join in and get to know each other. ... more   less 
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