My husband and I stayed here with our 5 year old son for one night on our trip through south island. Staff were nice and accommodating and the place was quite clean and quiet. I think occupancy was low but still, it seemed well run and efficient. A nice courtyard BBQ area was available, though poorly lit. The location was good and well marked with lodge sign. Would stay again for sure. Hanmer Springs is a cute town and the thermal spas are a must for the whole family. Skip the horseback riding with Hanmer Horses though, the female owner was unbelievably rude (and for no reason, really) and the male owner gruff and unconcerned--so much so I honestly don't know why they are in this business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YHA Hanmer Springs, Kakapo Lodge is a two-storey purpose built backpacker hostel with a relaxed friendly atmosphere. This modern hostel is located just 200m (literally a three minute walk) from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and the village centre with all its many cafes, shops and restaurants. Relaxing inside the hostel is easy with its log fire, underfloor heating, movie hire, large kitchen and open common room. ... more less
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