Stewart Island Backpackers
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Stewart Island Backpackers

The morning after the snowstorm
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Twin bedroom
Room & Suite (6)
Lounge room
Dining (3)

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4.5
#1 of 3 hostels in Stewart Island
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Billiards
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
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Family

Location

18 Ayr Street, Stewart Island 9818 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 76 out of 100
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Invercargill Airport
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Dunedin Airport
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Julie H wrote a review Feb 2021
Havelock North, New Zealand119 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent two nights at the backpackers in a twin room. The bed was comfy and the facilities were great. Plenty of toilets, no queues for the showers, large kitchen with lots of plates, pots, cutting boards etc. There are lots of tables and couches in the dining/lounge area so plenty of room for everyone to relax. There are lots of extra little touches too like hot water bottles, daily weather reports on the wall, a kiwi spotting log book, etc. The staff were awesome - very forthcoming with information on kiwi spotting and other attractions, and happy to let people leave bags in a storage room once they check out. It was incredibly cold when I was in Oban but the central heating in the room ensured I was toasty warm, and helped my wet clothes dry fast.

The backpackers is in a great location - a very short walk to the foreshore where you’ll find the Four Square, hotel restaurant, water taxis, travel centre etc. It’s also a short uphill walk to Traill Park where you can spot kiwi at night - and one night I heard the piercing shriek of a kiwi seemingly right outside the backpackers!

The one and only negative about this backpackers is that the walls are super thin so you can hear every little sound in the adjacent rooms. Fortunately most people are there to hike etc so they aren’t up partying all night, but if you did end up in a room next to someone really inconsiderate it would make it hard to sleep if you’re a light sleeper.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Vacation819227 wrote a review Feb 2022
4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: End of the deck doom rooms would be quieter I'm sure.
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Ross N wrote a review Jan 2021
Lake Hawea, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a friendly place from the first moment good local advice and kindness with a smile a pleasure to spend time there. We stored some gear there while out on the track on our return they allowed us to wash our gear of mud and take a hot shower before our ferry.
Much appreciated team we loved the atmosphere there.

We will be back.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew wrote a review Jul 2021
New Zealand99 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cassie wrote a review Apr 2021
9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely friendly people.

First off if you want a room I’d advice booking a few weeks in advance especially around the busy school holidays etc .

every room was booked so we booked a tent spot. we have a tent so why not!
After the first night we realised it may be a bit cold so the lady carol was super helpful and offered us some extra blankets
After staying in the tent 2 nights one the rooms became available and carol offered it to us and of course we took it.

Thank you so much.

Everyone there was super helpful.
The rooms are basic but have everything you need no complaints from me anyways !
They have a pool table and heaps of games for rainy days.
The kitchen stays open which is nice.

Most of the showers work really well with a great pressure.
Although there is one that isn’t the best so if you get that one try another one a different day hahah !

Honestly couldn’t have asked for nicer hosts

Highly recommended getting up early and watching the sunrise from the Oban sign hut down the road

Last photo is from a walk up the hill past 4 square think it’s called bathers beach
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zoe wrote a review Apr 2021
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well set out place for the individual cabins etc. Room with a walkway/cover outside, which is super handy space after a hike to put dirty boots etc.
They also had hoses we could use to clean our boots and gaiters, and clothes horses we aired our wet tent on.
Incredibly well stocked kitchen and living area.
Great spot to base yourself from on Stewart Island.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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367davina wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland18 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners of this place are so lovely. I checked in early and it was no problem, Carol even managed to move me to a sunny room and gave me a towel to use. Very helpful with advice on things to do and how to get to Ulva Island when the ferry was canceled due to bad weather.
Husband Allan was very kind and took a small group of us in his car to go look for Kiwis. They're all over Stewart Island, you just have to be patient.

The room itself was comfortable and warmed quickly and easily with the wall heater and the bed was comfortable. The communal lounge was large and had lots of places to sit, with TV and games and books. There was a book for guests to note down where they'd seen kiwi which was super helpful.

Would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mika wrote a review Apr 2024
Lampang, Thailand16 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall, a fantastic place to stay! Whether you're a backpacker or just a budget traveler, this is a great hostel. The common area was large with ample seating and power plugs. The kitchen was extremely well stocked and built to handle the capacity of guests- 3 fridges, multiple sinks, stove tops, microwaves etc. Shelves upon shelves full of cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, cups, and more to use! And I also appreciated the designated free food space that cultivated a very communal and warm environment. The staff at reception and around the accommodation were all so great and kind and friendly. There were tons of pamphlets and informational posters around about happenings in Oban, recent kiwi sightings, trail info, and more. Plenty of bathrooms. Luggage storage available. Close walk to town and to many nearby walking/hiking trails. The beds were comfy and had plenty of blankets if it got cold. There wasn't a lot of space for belongings (one coat hook per bed...that's it). Walls were thin enough that I could hear someone snoring in one of the neighboring rooms. Bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper! Excellent place for anyone visiting Stewart Island.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alastair C wrote a review Aug 2021
Palma de Mallorca, Spain3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Vacation796418 wrote a review Feb 2024
14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having never stayed at a backpackers place before, I was pleasantly surprised with this option (it was the last place in Oban to have vacancies).
I had a room to myself, although had to share toilets and showers with the other guests, but these were both clean and more than acceptable.
The little room had a comfortable bed and good linen, and caters for the mobile phone generation with two USB points. I didn’t hear any late night noises.
I didn’t use the communal kitchen and lounge, but both looked ok and had cooking and refrigeration facilities.
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Date of stay: January 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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RovingTraveller73 wrote a tip Dec 2023
Auckland, New Zealand50 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Gorgeous food at every cafe and restaurant in town. 4 square has everything you may have forgotten. Part used gas canisters left at bckpcker"
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Leeann B wrote a tip Nov 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book well ahead"
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jjkash wrote a tip Jul 2023
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very accommodating."
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RossPamC wrote a tip Feb 2023
Westport, New Zealand21 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Clean linen and towels provided"
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Matthias H wrote a tip Oct 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't use the kitchen between 11 and 12 as it gets cleaned than and will be closed"
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PRICE RANGE
$95 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
stewart island backpackers hotel stewart island
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionStewart Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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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 (0.2 km), and Rakiura Track (4.0 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.
Are there any historical sites close to Stewart Island Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bunkhouse Theatre (0.2 km).
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