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Wanaka Bakpaka
Ranked #5 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun stay”
Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

Was a good place to stay. Was the best BackPackers on our trip around the top of the South Island. In fact we cancelled our accommodation in Queenstown so we could stay longer and the staff were very helpful and friendly

  • Stayed July 2013
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Thank Wessa666
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Hi there

Wow thanks so much for reviewing your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in July. To say that we are the best backpackers you stayed at in the South Island means alot and we appreciate your compliment. We do strive to keep the backpackers tidy, comfy and relaxing place for each guests stay! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This was a great backpackers. We were shown around around the place by Ian and he was smiling the whole time! Felt very welcome. Very cool location right next to the lake for a great price. Would have loved to stay a little longer and we would thoroughly recommend the stay :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Hi Tim

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka in September. It's great when guests have enjoyed their stay that they recommend us to fellow travelers.
We hope to see you back some day at Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

The staff show us around the backpacker,she was very friendly that made us felt welcomed.the view in the lounge was brilliant and cozy,comfortable,the range of board game was good too.The twin room we booked was nice and warm,but the bed its a bit too soft, we had backaches when we woke up.The kitchen was fully equipped and most of the stuff are clean to use.

it was a good experience there,if we ever went to Wanaka again,Wanaka bapaka would be our first choice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Lan0919
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, August 25, 2013
Hi there

Thanks so much for reviewing your stay here with us in August. We are pleased to hear you found the staff friendly and helpful. The games cupboard stays well stocked over winter as is always well used we are glad you put it to good use! The view from the living room is always appreciated whether it be winter or summer. We appreciate your feedback about the mattresses.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Torquay, Australia
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I travelled in a group of 4 for 2 weeks in New Zealand, during this time Wanaka Bakpaka was definitely the best place we stayed! They have great facilities, friendly and helpful staff and a real 'home feel'. Excellent value for money!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Stephanie_Louise27
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Hi Stephanie

Wow its amazing when guests say that we are the 'best place they've stayed' ! It means alot and we really appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay here with your group.
Its great to hear that you found the facilities well equipped and enjoyed the atmosphere.
We hope you had a great winter break in New Zealand!

Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My group of three booked late but we were able to get into an immaculate 4 bed room. The facilities at the hostel are excellent. A well equipped comfortable lounge that is warm and comfortable. A very well equipped kitchen that can get a little crowded so just avoid the 6.00pm -7.00pm rush and it is fine. We sipped wine looking over the lake and mountains before cooking the evening meal. The private bathrooms are very clean and the showers are excellent. I am not a hosteller but will use them more frequently if the they are like this one. It was a shame we only stopped fro one night before moving on. The greeting by the host was excellent. Wanaka is simply idyllic.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Dave07_10
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Hi Dave

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in August. We are so pleased to hear your group enjoyed their stay here and might frequent hostels more often. We do try to keep all the facilities clean and tidy so guests can all appreciate them. I would agree with you that in the winter guests do tend to get down from the mountain and try to cook all at the same time so i think your approach of relaxing on the couches was an excellent one.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand !
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Ipoh
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

LARGE kitchen, LARGE lounge, WARMTH host, cozy dorm bed (and I'm so lucky to stay in a dorm with own wash room+toilet!) last but not least, NICE VIEW! even you just sit at the lounge looking out the lake was just fantastic! Facing the mountain and the lake, I can't beg for any extras.

The reception was really decent and friendly and showed me the activities around Wanaka.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Bell N
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Hi there

Thanks you for taking the time to review your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in September. We are so pleased you enjoyed all aspects of your stay here and love that you enjoyed the views overlooking Wanaka!
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My sister and I stayed for 1 night in a twin room and wished we could have stayed longer!

We arrived at around 11am however our rooms were ready for us. The guy at reception was really friendly and showed us around the backpackers upon arrival as well.

The rooms:
The twin room was located just across the toilet and shower which makes it very convenient. The room was large for a twin! and there was more than enough space even with our two luggages. As a bonus, there was a sink in the room!! (I liked it that the sink had just one tap for both hot and cold water which means I could adjust it to the temperature I wanted. Not those two tap systems where I would usually end up scalding myself or freezing with the cold water). The beds and pillows were really comfy. Room was also well heated in winter with thick blankets. The only bad thing I can say about this room is that being situated in the middle of the hallway meant that I could often hear the bang of doors at night when people get in and our of rooms.

Kitchen:
The kitchen is such a gem! Lots of space. Loved the interior decor of the kitchen. Not the usual metal kitchens that you will find. This kitchen had a wood concept to it and made it so inviting to want to cook. Free herbs and salt for you to use as well.

Wifi:
Free 40mb of wifi upon booking. The wifi is powered by zenbu and does not have any time limit when it expires. which means that you are free to log in and out whenever you want on different devices.

location:
The backpackers is situated right in front of the lake. It is just a short and beautiful walk down to the village.

Showers:
They have 2 new showers located in the laundry room. The showers were huge and renovated to look like what you get in apartments. Nicer than the usual backpacker one cubicle ones that you normally get.

Overall, it is a great place to stay at. Cosy rooms and warm, inviting atmosphere at such a reasonable price.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jayymine197
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Hi Keigi-Chan

Thanks so much for taking such time to write a very thoughtful review about your recent stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in July. Check out is 10.00am and check in 12.30pm but if we are able we will always try to check guests in as early as possible.
We are so pleased to hear that you found your room well appointed and the kitchen and bathrooms clean, tidy and well stocked.
We hope you enjoyed your time here in Wanaka and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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 #5 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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