This hostel is as charming as the name is. Situated on top of a hill overlooking Lake Wanaka, the beautiful views outside are complemented by the warm and cozy environment on the inside. It's a very short walk to the bars and restaurants on the lake front. I hadn't made a reservation online beforehand, but the lady at the front desk was very friendly and helped us find a good room for the night. She was also able to recommend a few hikes around Wanaka that were all phenomenal.
My friend and I shared an en-suite room with two twin beds. The room was nicely decorated, the bathroom was really clean and the beds were super comfortable. The heater was phenomenal. There happened to be a bake-off that same night between the different guests, and while I missed the actual event, I was able to try some delicious treats that were leftover. The kitchen itself is very large and well-equipped with plenty of cooking utensils. Internet isn't free, but the desktops available were a lot cheaper than the other hostels that I've stayed at in NZ and the internet worked at a good speed.
I only had time to stay for one night, but really wish that I could have stayed longer. I will definitely stay here if I am ever in town again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fantastic quiet lakeside location. Only 5 minute walk to the centre of town. "Bus and Group" free ambience allowing you to enjoy our garden courtyard. Our comfy, spacious and TV free lounge overlooks Lake Wanaka with it huge floor to ceiling windows. Its these views which are our biggest clincher, followed by the NEW kitchen, vareity of room types and outside areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wanaka Bakpaka Hotel Wanaka