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Wanaka Bakpaka
Ranked #4 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Stayed there for a couple of nights last month (March 2013) during a weekend trip from Auckland. My visiting Australian friend and I had a really good time. Good location; friendly, efficient staff; simple but clean room and the bathroom didn't seem to be busy at all despite the number of people staying there. We really liked the common eating area with great views and plenty of room and conducive to meeting people. (We met some young German girls later in Auckland and they said it was one of the best places they had stayed) The kitchen was very clean and well organised with a good range of cooking and eating equipment. It was just a little cold at night so I asked for an extra blanket and it was no hassle at all. I would recommend this hostel for any age really. I don't normally stay in hostels and despite our 'mature' years we felt very included! Go Wanaka Bakpaka!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Hi Ailsa

Thanks so much for your lovely review regarding your recent stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka. We love when past guests refer us to other travelers there's nothing like word of mouth : ) Winter has definatley arrived here in Wanaka with fresh snow on the mountains today. We hope the rest of your trip around New Zealand was great!

Wanaka Bakpaka

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Stayed here for one night. Very tidy and quiet during during quiet hours. There seemed to be a wide age range staying here when we did, from college age to 50's. the common eating area was very clean and the kitchen was very nice and easy to use. We had a 2 twin bed room en suite. It was simple and clean. A very price conscious accommodation. Short walk to town and right across the road from the lake. Small amount of free wifi upon checkin. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2013

Hi there

We are so glad you enjoyed your recent stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. We do seem to always get a great range of guests stay and this makes for a relaxing atmosphere where you can chat with other guests if you like or just relax and catch up on travel plans.

We hope to see you again here at Wanaka Bakpaka : )

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Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay. Just outside the hustle of town and overlooking the lake and mountains. Great facilities and friendly staff. Nice common areas to meet other travelers. A really conscientious hostel, they even have specific notice boards for hiking buddies, travel buddies etc for solo travelers. Kitchen is great, honestly there is nothing bad to say about this place!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank TrysE4
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2013

Hi there

Wow what an amazing review, we love to here that guests have enjoyed their stay and have appreciated the little touches to help make their travels more memorable. Since we are not in the town center its great how our guests do activities together and sometimes travel on further together.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Are you sure this is a backpackers? Really nice rooms and friendly staff. Location is good to walk into town for an evening meal. We had two room; a twin with an ensuite and a double. The bathrooms for the double were allocated to only three rooms and were really nice, big and clean. The bed was comfortable and felt more like a hotel. Friendly greeting on arrival and plenty of parking. The views from the lounge are fantastic too.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Andrew_Kellie
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2013

Hi there

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in April. We always hope guests will enjoy there time here and find the backpackers a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the view!
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

As excellent as 3 years ago, perfect location, super friendly staff, a dream kitchen (well equipped and fresh garden herbs), a lounge I could have sat in all day, cheaper bike hire rates vs town and the list could go on...
Toilets & showers all over the place. Comfy mattress. Good age mix, young, medium and older travelers. It is easy to get in contact. I stayed in a twin room and enjoyed having a washbasin inside the room.
Only downside: very loud door-locks.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
Thank jboe12
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2013

Hi there

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in march and that you are a returning guest! We are very lucky with our location and love to hear that guests have enjoyed talking and meeting fellow travelers. We are fortunate to always have a broad range of guests stay with us. We appreciate all of your comments regarding your stay, we will look into the door locks and try to improve these.

We hope you enjoyed your travels in New Zealand : )

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Wanaka Bakpaka is a perfect place to stay! The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is new and fully equipped, the people are friendly, the view of the dining room is amazing and Wanaka is just lovely. What else can I say? Enjoy your stay and spend an afternoon in puzzling world! I stayed there four times and it doesn't matter if it's winter or summer. It's great every single time.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank PhileasFogg84
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Hi Felix

What a great review we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us not once but four times! We agree that Wanaka is a great destination all year round and has activities for both summer and winter. Puzzling World is always a popular choice with our guests and since they have added a second illusions room you can definatley spend a good part of the day there! We love to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay.

We hope you have taken away some amazing memories from your travels in New Zealand.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in a four bed dorm with a bathroom in the dorm.

I was only at this hostel briefly (just a quick overnight stay) so I can't comment fully on all the facilities.

There is a car park on site (bit steep to get into). Without a car it is about 10 minutes into town I would guess.

Great view from the lounge, really nice place to sit - sunny and comfortable. Did get a bit crowded.

Room and barhroom clean, bunk beds sturdy and comfortable. No problems with noise. Room was small and felt a bit cramped.

Was a bit disappointing that no-one was there to greet me - I did arrive in the evening but not late. My key was left in an envelope and I was greeted in a friendly way the next morning but other similar sized hostels had reception open until later.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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WanakaBakpaka, Manager at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

Hi there

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in march. Its great to hear you enjoyed the views from the living room. We do have to reply to your check in, we state on our website, in our email confirmations and ask with phone bookings time of arrival. This is because our office is open from 8.30 am - 7.00pm each day. If guests chose to arrive after this we leave keys in envelopes etc. We are a small 20 room hostel and believe that these hours are correct.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand

Wanaka Bakpaka : )

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Additional Information about Wanaka Bakpaka

Address: 117 Lakeside Road | Otago, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Ranked #4 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $16 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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 
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