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Stewart Island Backpackers

18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818 New Zealand
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#3 of 12 Specialty lodging in Stewart Island
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Conveniently situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay. No bunk beds and a maximum of 4 people per dorm room. A communal kitchen and lounge, shared toilets and showers We offer: Recycling Pool Table Well-stocked kitchen Laundry, Dryer Outside clothesline FREE WIFI vouchers BOOKS & JIGSAWS FREE BBQ use FREE luggage storage FREE Hairdryer
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Street parking
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Marion Gilbertson wrote a review Apr 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Helpful staff and friendly atmosphere. Clean and tidy hostel. Central location in Oban. Good value for money. Lounge and cooking area was warm and comfortable with good facilities. Kai fish and chips just over the road and pub and cafe just around the corner
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Date of stay: March 2022
DiveHQWellington wrote a review Mar 2022
14 contributions3 helpful votes
The staff were very helpful in accommodating our group especially as things changed with COVID, The rooms were clean and comfortable. The kitchen was spacious with plenty of storage, utensils and new stoves etc.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Trip type: Travelled on business
Maeve M wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
We had an awesome stay at Stewart Island backpackers. Everything was immaculate and the bed was so comfortable. Great facilities and close to ferry, pub, cafes and shore. Excellent value. 8 Happy trampers.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Vacation819227 wrote a review Feb 2022
4 contributions4 helpful votes
I am a solo traveller, and I had a great experience staying at the Stewart Island Backpackers for 9 nights. The crew are lovely people, very helpful and there's always someone on site for if you need them. Central location to town (5min walk from ferry terminal), Golden bay wharf (swimming! and Ulva island ferry), the rugby grounds (kiwi spotting!) and the Kai cart (cod!). I stayed in my tent on the backpacker grounds, plenty of space and nice flat grass surrounded by native bush. The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of fridge space, cooking space (gas hobs) and utensils. The lounge is cosy and pool table is a nice touch! The facilities are set out in such a way that you can be social and meet people (my kinda thing) or keep to yourself. My experience was that the guests were very respectful of each other and not too noisy, but be aware most people are down there to go hiking so of course there will be some early risers. Bring ear plugs if that's not you. Daily cleaning meant the kitchen and bathroom were always in a presentable state. Basic, but clean, homely and has what you need. I guess the price may seem a bit steep compared to other places around the country, but fees and bills/power/water etc has to be accounted for so I believe they are reasonable. I will definitely be staying here again when I return. Thanks to Aaron, his whānau and the team (shout out to Tom, u da man) for making me feel so welcome, it was truly a home away from home.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: End of the deck doom rooms would be quieter I'm sure.
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Sunnydaz73 wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand50 contributions25 helpful votes
Great place for accommodation if you like clean and basic. Rooms simple and beds really comfy with nice soft bedding for warmth. Clean toilets, nice hot showers. Great communal kitchen and lounge for all ages. Helpful staff. Just a great place to base yourself.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Emma wrote a review Aug 2021
Te Anau, New Zealand3 contributions
backpackers was awesome!!! came here on school trip, accomodating and welcoming. rooms really good and warm. lounge room great for hanging out. showers really good!! good pressure and warmth. great deals and very welcoming friendly staff.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Vaughn F wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions
Awesome service. Aaron and Carol went well out of their way to accommodate our large group. The rooms are ideal. The games room and kitchen were perfect. Showers amazing after a long muddy walk! Thanks we'll be back.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Alastair C wrote a review Aug 2021
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here with our 18 month old and the staff literally could not have been nicer or more helpful with providing little extras to make the stay memorable, from kids books to toys and a great portacot it went so well and we really like the communal space and general vibe. If I was to offer one piece of constructive feedback it would would be that the showers may need an update soon - all spotlessly clean though. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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FranzyD wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions
Stayed 3 nights in mid winter. Was treated amazingly by staff, I arrived with no plans and decided to do a big walk, they allowed me to change my 3rd night booked to the night I returned; last minute with no extra charge! I booked the cheapest option, 3 bed dorm, but as it was quiet I had the whole room to myself. All facilities you would expect, big common area, great kitchen facilities and great internet. 5 Stars!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Andrew wrote a review Jul 2021
Kathmandu, Nepal63 contributions9 helpful votes
We enjoyed staying here and soaking under hot water showers after tramping the frigid & muddy Southern Circuit. Great facilities only gripe is that rooms don't have enough (or any) clothes hooks. Helpful staff nicely changed our booking at the last minute due to gale force weather, no worries!! Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stewart Island Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Stewart Island Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (3.0 km), Rakiura Museum (0.1 km), and Bunkhouse Theatre (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Stewart Island Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Stewart Island Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Stewart Island Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stewart Island Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Are any cleaning services offered at Stewart Island Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.