The hostel is located quite near to the 'central area' of Hamner Springs. Parking space is available, and outside is a nice courtyard. Our double room was cheap, but very basic and old as well, and the bed was pretty small. I rather pay a little bit more, and have a little bit more furnishment (like a mirror, chairs, towels, some more space to dry wet bathing clothes and towels) and a more comfortable bed. Kitchen was spacious and clean and there was enough storage space in the fridges. Even though there was a large group of boys in the hostel, it was very quiet at night.
Overall, ok hostel if you're ok with 'basic', but we like a little more 'luxury'.
- 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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