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Wanaka Bakpaka
Ranked #4 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“friendly and comfortable”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We stayed at the hostel for 2 nights where we were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to our room where the heater was already on and warm. The hostel may seem like its out of town on the map but it really is just a short walk. The staff were knowledgeable about the local area and happy to answer our many questions. The internet was a little disappointing with only 40mb for free. It is always such a pain when hostels and hotels don't have free wifi. For the 40mb we were given the wifi wouldn't even reach our room. However the internet computers they offer were fast and easy to use and very cheap!
The kitchen and living area were very large and user friendly and inviting.
The only problem we had with the place was that our room was at the bottom of the stairs to which ended up being very noisy at all hours of the day. Luckily we were heavy sleepers!
Our room was exactly what we asked for and we were very happy, it even came with a sink which we found very convenient!

Room Tip: Don't accept room #8 unless you like noise! Its at the bottom of the stairs and very loud.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Zoe W
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Hi Zoe

Thanks for reviewing your recent stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. We are pleased to here that you enjoyed your stay here in July and found it comfortable and inviting. We appreciate your comments regarding room 8 and agree that we are a hostel and noise can be an issue.
With the Ski season in full swing and guests rearing to get up the field early ski boots and gear being traipsed around can create extra noise but we love the enthusiasm of the early bird skiers.
We hope you had some great days up the slopes.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed here in May and the first snow of the season was falling, making the lake and the town look beautiful. This hostel is up a hill alongside the lake and so has fantastic views over to the town. Booking was easy, and the staff were friendly, but the room was very basic and not too cozy or comfortable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tony H
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Hi Tony

Thanks for reviewing us regarding your stay here in may. The early snowfall was magical and made for great views from our living room. We agree that our rooms are basic- backpacker rooms which is the type of accommodation we are and have priced our rooms accordingly.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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mold
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

you could not fault the location of this back packers
the rooms were individual , ours was a double with private facilities.
the kitchen and dining room/lounge were great, with brilliant views with wrap around windows
great mix of people there
plenty of parking
and the kitchen was brilliant with free tea and coffee
a must stay

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank chris c
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Hi Chris

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us here at Wanaka Bakpaka in December. We agree that we have some great guests that come to stay. We hope you enjoyed your time in Wanaka and were able to take in some walks or relax by the lake.

Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Figeac, France
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This hostel is definitely one of the best I've done so far in NZ. The location is just outstanding with great view on the lake and mountains. The kitchen is just great with fresh rosemary and free tea and coffee. The bedroom was big and beds really comfortable with super pillow!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Alex231187
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Hi Alex

Wow, thanks so much for your amazing review. It means so much when guests rate us as one of their top stays in New Zealand. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in May and noticed the little added extras to make your stay more comfortable.

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

Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We just discovered that the staff at front desk take turns. That night we met a young couple as managers. They were nice and helpful. I like the location. The place is on a hill overlooking lake Wanaka and a marina. The lobby (also the dining area) was warm and very big accommodating, let's say, 50 people. The bedroom was not that big but what else we expect from the backpacker. I think the room size matched the reasonable rate. Not too clean but not to dirty.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ChaiKusuma
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Hi there

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in may! We appreciate your comments and do try to price the rooms according to the backpacker market. The view from the living room is stunning and right now we have just had a snow fall on the mountains!
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

I stayed in a twin room ensuite, it was out in the back, but was nice to have a little more privacy! Liz, who was running the hostel, was super nice and helpful. The views are amazing, lonely planet said it is a good place to work on your blog, they weren't kidding. You get 40MB of internet free and then need to purchase (at a discounted zenbu rate). I would highly recommend if you are looking for affordable accommodation in this lovely town!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank tlb999
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Hi there

Thanks so much for your lovely review regarding your recent stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. We agree Wanaka is a great town and especially this time of year it is easy to relax enjoy the autumn colours outside and catch up your blog. We are so pleased you found your stay here comfortable and enjoyable.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Chinatown, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Good view but very rude staff. Maybe reception need more trainng.
the reception treat guests always not friendly and vexatious,
we all feel her attitude is bad, it will let us feel unhappy.
she say if we are unhappy, you can change the other hostel,
we are so shocked,and feel bad.
it affect our mood,and we will never go there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank ko g
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Hi there

We would like to take the time and address the issues you highlighted in your review. You had made your original booking with us for a friday night for two people. You phoned up earlier in the week to change your date and arrive one day later which we said was not a problem. At this point we read out the date and day to confirm the new booking was correct.
We then had your booking as a no show and were fully booked that night so charged your card accordingly. You then turned up two days later saying you had a booking, we looked into this and informed you of what had happened. You spoke to Ian who had altered your booking on the phone and myself. We said you were welcome to stay but we would not discount this night. You decided to stay an another hostel.
When making or altering a booking it is important to double check the Day and the Date so these incidents don't occur.
Wanaka Bakpaka
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Property: Wanaka Bakpaka
Address: 117 Lakeside Road | Otago, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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