I stayed here for 5 nights in December while travelling New Zealand and it's probably one of my favourite hostels as the people were amazing. Tristan and Yoko (the couple that run the place) are incredibly friendly and will try their absolute best to help you out. The place is pretty small but there's a selection of rooms, 4 in the main house and two in some little out buildings right next door - everything is on the same plot of land.
There aren't too many frills but the place is warm and inviting, there's often free treats in the kitchen too, either fresh fruit or sometimes some baked treats, there were scones with homemade jam with whipped cream, cinnamon cookies and different fruit loafs while I was there!
In short if you're heading to Hanmer (which I suggest you do) it's a great place to stay and I'd definitely stay again if I was in the area!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hanmer Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in beautiful Hanmer Springs. Our hostel is a small, cozy, friendly and warm Swiss chalet style backpackers providing excellent accommodation and service at low prices. We are the most affordable accommodation provider in Hanmer Springs for the independent traveller. The main attraction in Hanmer Springs are the Thermal Pools, which are located a 3-4 minute walk from our hostel! But there's more, Hanmer Springs is a fabulous place for mountain biking, hiking / tramping, skiing, rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, golf, fishing, shopping and many more things. Our kitchen is well stocked with all the essential cooking equipment, fridges / freezers, free tea, plunger coffee, instant coffee, hot chocolate, milk for the hot drinks and a complete spice rack. There is a nice outside patio with comfortable garden furniture and a gas BBQ + utensils. The lounge has some comfy sofas, extensive book exchange, board games, guitar and a massage chair to take care of your sore muscles after a day full of activities. ... more less
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