Tui Base Camp
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Tui Base Camp

Motel bedroom, two singles
Room & Suite (6)
Backpackers Kitchen area
Dining (2)
Animal Park for kids to enjoy
Family and Play Areas (4)

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3.5
#1 of 2 hostels in Tuatapere
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
Tuatapere Motels, Backpackers & Holiday park is a new complex with all the modern facilities, including spa & sauna. Our Motels consist of four fully self contained two bedroom units with own kitchen, bathroom & comfortable lounge with sky to relax in. Our backpackers is a two-storey building that can sleep up to 60 people at a time, a communal lounge upstairs with T.V and table tennis. Opposite the motels and backpackers is a four square supermarket and Highway 99 cafe/bar to provide great drinks & meals. We are the closet accommodation to the hump ridge track.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Spa
BBQ facilities
Parking
Restaurant
Shuttle bus service
Shared kitchen
Room features
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English

Location

4 McFeely Street, Tuatapere 9620 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 62 out of 100
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Invercargill Airport
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Horizon_The_Island wrote a review Apr 2023
Dunedin, New Zealand124 contributions78 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a good, convenient, motel to stay at the night before and after the Hump Ridge Track. I had a spacious two bedroom apartment. The bed was comfortable and I slept well. It was reasonably clean, while acknowledging that a lot of guests are trampers walking the Hump Ridge Track with hiking boots, equipment and attendant mud which has to be constantly kept clean.

Tui Base Camp has a reasonable restaurant. However, as in many places in New Zealand the food is simply from packets or cans and sold at high markup. Tasty and filling, but not gourmet or reflective of thoughtful cuisine. I'm sure my corn and bacon chowder was simply from a can. Chips were no doubt frozen from a packet. The only item which was truly delicious was the steak (I'm on a minimal meat diet and only have a steak two or three times a year, so this was quite a treat). The breakfast was excellent, really tasty and abundant. As this is rural New Zealand everything comes with butter which I don't usually eat, but actually it was really good. The waitress even got me a pint of pineapple juice from the bar which is just what I felt like the morning after finishing the Hump Ridge Track!

My only concern about staying here was that the gas hob in the apartment I stayed in was extremely old, and I'm sure I could smell gas when I walked into the unit. When I tested the hob it had a lot of orange flame in the blue. Gas flames should be entirely blue, and the presence of a significant amount of orange or red flame indicates the hob needs attention, even if it's just careful cleaning. I mentioned this to the management as I was concerned about leaking gas. They didn't really seem to care. As a result I slept with my door shut and the windows open in my bedroom (I had a two bedroomed unit).

This is a reasonable place to stay in Tuatapere, but I'd probably try somewhere else next time.
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Date of stay: December 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mike B wrote a review Nov 2022
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the Lodge. We had an issue with one of the rooms but staff were very helpful and came up with alternative which suited all.
Kitchen/lounge was typical backpacker style but clean enough and reasonably setup.
Was value for money.
The artist studio across the road in the old National Bank building is definitely worth a visit.
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Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Matthew F wrote a review Mar 2012
Bristol90 contributions95 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Tautapere Motel, which is linked to the Shooters backpackers hostel. We had an unfriendly welcome (rare in New Zealand), but the motel unit was very spacious and good value. The owner/host was grumpy and unhelpful after he'd got his money. It was also noisy - traffic (where from? this is a tiny village in the middle of nowhere!), people upstairs, thin walls to your neighbours, and music from partying people in the main hostel, mainly from walkers who have just finished the long walk nearby. So not great for walkers who are just about to start their walk the next day and want a good night's rest.
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Date of stay: February 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mark S wrote a review Jan 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We are two couples booked months ahead into a motel room to walk Hump ridge track next morning - turned up and found our room had been given to someone else - the only beds available were in a bunk room next door to a common area with a 21st party taking place. Clearly we would not get a good nights sleep here. The staff member on duty was unapologetic and just didn’t know what to do. We left.
We met others on the track who stayed at Tui who had a bad nights sleep with noise from the 21st party.
Clearly this establishment has no respect for its clients and if hosting a 21st should have made it exclusive to them or at least warned others it would be going on and also at the very least sort it’s booking system out so as to not double book or give someone’s room away! Dodged a bullet not staying there!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mingc wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Conveniently located across the Four square store. 30 min drive from the trail head of Hump Ridge Track. The hosts kindly accommodated our request to change date of arrival, and provided additional duvet when requested. We stayed in the backpacker, family room. Facilities are basic but adequate, signs of new appliances being installed.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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leerundle wrote a review Sept 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand48 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came here for a meal while visiting a friend in the area. The quality of the food and service was beyond our expectations. Supoer friendly people and they were able to provide gluten free fare. Would definitley recommend stopping if you are passing through this quaint little town
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We only ate in the restaurant, but everything was very clean and tidy
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Dream66445140161 wrote a review Apr 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
At check in the staff were friendly and helpful, unfortunately the positives end there. After heading down to the lodge from checking in at the Cafe the rubbish bins at the front door were rancid, every door and window was open in the ground floor common area and lights turned off and the first impressions from our kids were "its creepy" after moving into our room and the kids pointing out the animal droppings on the hallway carpet, we headed to the kitchen to make dinner. The kitchen was grubby with a non working fridge that smelled like something had died in it and the other two fridges didn't seem to be that cold despite the display showing it was set to 5 degrees. Thankfully we had pre made food that only required the microwave...
After heating dinner I headed to the laundry only to find one washer has been broken since Xmas and the only other washer on site that is outside I couldn't get to work.
After all of this we decided to cut our trip short, packed up the car and left after no more than an hour after arriving.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Simon W wrote a review Jul 2022
6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came here for a few meals while visiting family in the area.
Great food, and friendly staff.
Definitely recommended for the meals at any time of the day.
We popped in for a quick meal first time and the platters were enormous and varied.
Will be coming her again when we return next year.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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ann c wrote a review Oct 2020
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand10 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed a night in the lodge at Tuatapere and had a drink at the local watering hole. Very friendly and hospitable locals was introduced to everyone there. Comfortable and clean room in the lodge. Would defenitely recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Trevor H wrote a review Jul 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The motel units all have two bedrooms and a couch/bed in the lounge. Our unit was very spacious and clean and the bed very comfortable. The small kitchenette was equipped with a fridge, microwave, twin hotplates and ample crockery and pots and pans. the bathroom was huge with a great shower, but heated only by twin heatlamps- barely adequate in winter.
Free wifi is available. Adjacent to the unit is a small bottle shop and cafe and bar and directly over the road, a small supermarket and the local pub just up the road.
Our unit was cold and uninviting on arrival and the bare, yellow walls didn't help. The units are heated by unvented gas heaters and while this did eventually heat the living area it caused a huge amount of condensation even though we didn't run the heater while we slept.
The big plus for these motel units is that everything on offer in the township is right at hand and the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful and made the best hot chocolate going.
I have no problem recommending these motels for a stay in summer, but the heating system really needs to be improved for winter.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Grant N wrote a tip Apr 2024
Hastings, New Zealand1,515 contribution239 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only there for food/drink - but try the scones - worth stopping for as well as the excellent service"
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leerundle wrote a tip Sept 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand48 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We only ate in the restaurant, but everything was very clean and tidy"
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Janis W wrote a tip Feb 2019
balclutha11 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were in a motorhome so I can not comment"
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meditrain wrote a tip Apr 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you can get the key out of the lock"
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Nicholas S wrote a tip May 2017
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"A block so similar rooms? Backpackers more characterful and some shared facilities. Perhaps being largely Aucklanders counted against us."
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PRICE RANGE
$55 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Tuatapere Motel, Backpackers and Holiday Park
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionTuatapere
NUMBER OF ROOMS
61
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tui Base Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Tui Base Camp?
Nearby attractions include Hump Ridge Track (0.4 km), The Cwtch Gallery (0.2 km), and Tuatapere Walkway (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tui Base Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a spa.
What food & drink options are available at Tui Base Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tui Base Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tui Base Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Well, Tui Base Camp, and Hungry Hippo.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tui Base Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Tui Base Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Tui Base Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Tui Base Camp located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.07 km away from the centre of Tuatapere.
Are pets allowed at Tui Base Camp?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Tui Base Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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