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“Neat, relaxing”
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Kakapo Lodge YHA
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Stevensville, Maryland
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“Neat, relaxing”
Reviewed April 16, 2009

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.

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Reviewed August 2, 2008

We stopped over here one night during a long drive from Franz Josef to kiakoura in June 2008.

The hostel was a little difficult to find in the dark as Hanmer Springs has little in the way of street lights. look for the Kakapo Lodge sign rather than the YHA sign.

We booked a double room which was very cheap at NZ$50. As the place was so quiet the manager bumped us up to a family room to give us more space. The room was basic and very cold but clean and tidy. There was only the under floor heating which really in mid winter was not enough. Towels are not provided so bring your own.

Other facilities were good including the kitchen and bathrooms. Showers were very hot and make you want to stay in there! If you get cold there is an open fire in the lobby.

There was plently of car parking space and we experienced no problems.

  • Disliked — Very cold!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kakapo Lodge YHA
Address: 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Hanmer Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 46
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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