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Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
Ranked #40 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Reviewed February 6, 2011

Great location just a minute from the main shopping strip in Wanaka, just a minute from New World Supermarket and just a minute from the lake. This place is really cute and nice. The owners are very nice and the hostel is clean. We stayed in a double room, which was a litte hut located almost on a terrace belonging to the backpacker part of the hotel (there is a lodge part as well). You had to go outside for like a metre to get to the toilets and showers, but that was fine. We had a heater in the hut, so we didn't get cold anyway. The room was very tiny, but all right for a few nights. The kitchen is not that big, but works fine. The kitchen and showers are closed between 10 and 12 for cleaning, which was great. Everything was so tidy afterwards, the girl who cleaned really did a great job. I would definetely recommend this place. Very nice!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Egus
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Reviewed February 2, 2011

Real family run business. Donna is very welcoming,accommodating and courteous. The studios are on suite with own tv in each room with lovely big windows and lovely light colour walls.There is a barbecue for customers use, a nice garden and a spa. Everything is well maintained and cleaned thoroughly daily. It is very close to shops, restaurants, cafes and the lake. I am an older woman traveling alone and felt perfectly comfortable and welcome in this Backpackers hostel. The hostel is small enough to accommodate young and old backpackers and with 2 kitchens (well equipped) and 2 cozy lounges (television,DVD player and comfortable seating) there is enough space for everyone without getting under each others feet. Will return for extended stay next time.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

Really helpful, nice people. Thoroughly cleaned every day. I stayed there for 8 days during ski season. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Thank Stewfunk
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Reviewed October 9, 2010

We stayed here for one night in September. The hostel is cheap, one of the cheaper ones in wanaka, its in a good location. The rooms were tiny, all wooden fittings, had a weird white netting over the bed. No tv in the double room was disappointing. The kitchen was average, but we still had a good stay. Couldn't use the showers or kitchen after 10am, that was the only fault.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank sandybenj
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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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Thank HuwBowen
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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.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled solo
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Thank intrepudtraveller
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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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Additional Information about Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $43 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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! Free Wifi, homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka We have Gas in two fires in Two lounges 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. Dorm and standard private room sin the Hostel and Private en-suite rooms in the Lodge building sleep 2-5 pax. This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay. Secure Ski drying room for use in winter. Free street aprkign nearby. 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. ... more   less 
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