Wanaka Bakpaka
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Wanaka Bakpaka

117 Lakeside Road Otago, Wanaka 9305 New Zealand
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4.5
#1 of 6 hostels in Wanaka
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Fantastic quiet lakeside location. Only 5 minute walk to the centre of town. "Bus and Group" free ambience allowing you to enjoy our garden courtyard. Our comfy, spacious and TV free lounge overlooks Lake Wanaka with it huge floor to ceiling windows. Its these views which are our biggest clincher, followed by the NEW kitchen, vareity of room types and outside areas.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Fireplace
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Harbour View
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Location

117 Lakeside Road Otago, Wanaka 9305 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Wanderlust_Scot wrote a review Feb 2020
Dundee, United Kingdom99 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed three nights in total in the double en-suite cabin with a fantastic view of the lake and two great seats to enjoy the view from. Room had a small fridge too which was useful to store our stuff while using main kitchen. Found latter well equipped - particularly liked the constant hot water boiler for tea/coffee. Nice plates, bowls etc. Fantastic large comfortable lounge. Used the laundry no problem. Staff friendly and helpful. No noise issues during our stay. Easy walking access to town. Good parking. Would definitely recommend and would stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Trevor wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I started off started off staying for 1 night and kept on extending my stay there and ended up staying 2 weeks. Best hostel experience I have ever had. The staff knew people by name and were always accommodating. The room was very clean and the kitchen was always very clean. Nice to be able to use the kitchen late at night. The view of the lake and mountains is amazing. Very close to town center and to walks and hikes around such as Roy's Peak. There is a shuttle that comes to pick you up to do these hikes as well. I met awesome people there that I still talk with to this day. I highly highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Sophie H wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a beautiful hostel! More like a Bed and Breakfast.
Stunning views and the kitchen was so great. Multiple of every appliance, massive and clean!
My room was great, nothing to complain about
The only thing is the 10 minute walk to town but that is fine and beautiful. It stopped me from going out past dark but that was just me as a solo female traveller.
Lovely man on desk and cutest look of the place.
Oh and free coffee and tea!! No milk though but that is A ok
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Nice for stargazing
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Bayjb wrote a review Jan 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin352 contributions186 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After a mixed experience at the YHA last time, I tried Wanaka Bakpaka. I won’t stay again, even if it is a great deal within the city.

There are some great things the hostel has going for it. It’s a converted home so it’s very cozy, view over Lake Wanaka is nice, and it is away from the craziness of the CBD. Generally it’s quiet around the hostel as well. And decent on site parking with a 15 minute walk to downtown.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a great experience. The hostel is not as cute IRL as it is online, the bunk bed in my room looked like it was made in high school shop class. Some rooms are cutely decorated but many aren’t and look old. My room had a decent en suite which was a nice feature.

My first impression with Lara wasn’t great as well. She was covering while the owner was out and she was horribly rude because she preferred to use her work hours for sunbathing than working. Others in my room commented on that too. The owner, who I met later, was nice but sadly things didn’t start off well.

The crowd staying here is very young. I haven’t stayed at a hostel before where I watched people treat property and common items with such disrespect. Kitchen is usually filthy and storage space in fridges is very limited. WiFi here is also very poor but better within common areas. Also, hostel is loud at night, especially around some of the dorms. Can go until 12am - 3am.

Female dorms do not exist but can try to be accommodated on request. I did request this and despite the confirmation I would have females all but one night, there was a mixup and I was put with two older gentlemen in a small dorm. This was a major issue for me. Owner apologized for the error but couldn’t move me until the next day, and unfortunately by then, my experience was too negative and I left a day early.

I’m sure people will poop all over this but let me assure you, I’ve stayed in hostels around the world. I have realistic expectations and have seen and experienced a lot.

This place was not a fit for me but does have some positivities that could work for others. Rooms are affordable and clearly they are booked almost every night so hopefully mine is an isolated incident. That said I personally would not recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jane Doe wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Really great location, great service, great price, they even have bikes you can borrow which is so cool,
but whatever you do, do NOT stay in rooms 11 to 14. You will not sleep a wink!
People must be coming and going from the bathroom and all the doors slam. All. Night. Long. Argh.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lotzi88 wrote a review Sept 2014
London, United Kingdom189 contributions144 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a well run hostel.
Kitchen is big enough for the amount of people and well equipped.
The rooms are spacious and clean.
The view from the deck and lounge is just breathtaking. Short walk to town as well. Plenty of information on stuff to do!
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka
Responded 7 Sept 2014
Hi there We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent stay here with us in September. We really appreciate all your kind comments and agree there is loads to do in Wanaka ! We hope your group enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand. Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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kwil22 wrote a review Aug 2014
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is, hands down, 100% the best hostel I've ever stayed at, and probably ever will stay at. I contemplated staying here or YHA Purple Cow and I'm so glad I came to Wanaka Bakpaka.

I stayed here to go skiing at Treble Cone for a week. I pulled in, with my hire car, and there's plenty of available carparks in their parking lot. This was at around 5pm on a Saturday night, so I fully expected I'd need to park on the road out the front, but nope! There was always parks available for the week I was here.

Came to the reception area, and what a nice, cosy elegant lounge area I was in. A nice fireplace, soft couches, plenty of tables for eating, and a nice view back outside of the lake and the mountains backing it. So beautiful.

The reception girl was really nice, and personally showed me to the room I was staying in (4 bed dorm). Usually at most hostels I've stayed at, they just give you a key and point to where your room is, but not here! That was great.

The rooms were spacious, but not overly massive which was good. Being in a dorm, there were bunk beds, and they were lovely to sleep on, nice firm mattresses, the frames of the bed were wooden and super sturdy and I didn't even realise there was someone on the bunk above me most the time.

The kitchen was super. There were 3 different stoves, 4 different sinks, 4+ food prep benches and 3 big fridges plus more in the laundry. The kitchen had EVERYTHING. You need any utensils, it's there. It was crazy. The pantry had pigeon holes to store your food in, and there were labels available to mark what's yours. There was even free herbs by the window sill to cook with.

If you want to get into town, it's of course quicker if you have a vehicle, but it's a maximum 10min walk if you don't have that luxury. Being a 10 min walk means that you don't get the noise of town (not that it's very noisy anyway... unless you stay at Base backpackers probably) but it's still close enough to access everything in Wanaka.

The dining room/lounge was great. This is where the WIFI is strongest. You get 1hr/100mb of wifi free everyday (there's 3 different Wanaka Bakpaka wifi's, and they all give 1 hour free - so technically 3hrs free) but it's best to just buy a WIFI voucher at the front desk for $2 for 500mb or $3 for 1GB. So cheap and it was pretty fast. There's also coin fed computers that worked well too. It was always warm and cosy in the lounge, and I was surprised at the different age groups that stayed in the hostel. There were the young families, a few oldies, but the majority are young backpackers from around the world, but don't worry, they aren't loud and obnoxious, instead super friendly. Nice fire cranking, comfy couches, board games to play and books to read... It was great. There was also lots of brochures in here of things to do.

The only problems I can say, which were super little and didn't really matter, was that there was only 1 powerpoint in my room(that I could find anyway), and only had a 4 plug extension on it. Not good if you want to charge your computer or phone while using it in bed. The WIFI doesn't really get very good signal in the dorm rooms out the back, and I felt that the tea towels in the kitchen could possibly be swapped out more often. Very minor things that don't really matter!

To summarise: Best backpacker EVER. Great quiet location, super awesome rooms, magnificent views from the lounge. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka
Responded 6 Aug 2014
Hi there Thanks for taking the time to write your very helpful and thought out review regarding your recent stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. We are chuffed you rated us your best ever stay in a hostel! All your comments mean the world to us and tell us we are doing most things right. We agree that the lounge is a lovely place to hang out and either relax by yourself or talk with fellow guests. We take on board your comments regarding the power point, tea towels and Wi-Fi coverage. For the Wi-Fi we have struggled with coverage and have put in two extra aerials to try and increase our range. We do try to regularly change over tea towels but understand it is not nice when doing dishes to have a wet tea towel to dry dishes with. Most of our rooms have two power points but understand it is nice to be bed and able to have a plug near by. We hope to see you again soon! Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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22Matt wrote a review Sept 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom13 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
LOVE LOVE LOVE this hostel. Staff were great, a special mention must go out to Ian. He was so accommodating to us. We only wanted to stay for 1 night but the bad weather came in and we decided to stay 1 more night. This happened for 3 more nights. Every morning when it came to us packing up to leave, we just couldn't bring our selves to do it! Ian always found a way to accommodate myself and my partner at last minute.

We stayed in 3 different rooms. The first room was a double with amazing views from the bed. Love this room. I could quite happily live there forever! The second was a double room and the third was 4 bed bunk, this room also have amazing views across the lake and into town. All the rooms and bathrooms were super clean and perfectly functional.

The kitchen is awesome, big and spacious with everything you need and its always clean. Ample fridge space and cupboard room. Can get busy when hostel is at full capacity but just avoid the 5-7pm rush and you will be fine.

The living room is really cosy with a logburner and several sofas for chilling. There are also lots of tables to be able to eat your food. All of these have stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

A quick 3min walk and you're in town.

Can't say enough good things about this place.

Thanks Ian and team you made our first week in Wanaka awesome :D
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka
Responded 10 Oct 2017
Hi Matt Wow what an amazing review! It's so great to hear that you enjoyed trying out every room we have here sorry we were so heavily booked at the time. We too love the views from the backpackers. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand! Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Becki S wrote a review May 2016
80 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
+ great communal facilities
+ cheap laundry
+ friendly staff
+ beautiful lake view and close to town
+ very clean and well decorated
+ good value
+ board games

- very soft mattresses which we found uncomfortable but we like firm mattresses so maybe that is just our preference
- only 100mb free wifi per day

Highly recommended, especially if you are a BBH member!
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka
Responded 24 May 2016
Hi Becki Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stays with us. We love to hear that guests return because they have enjoyed a previous stay. It's great to hear you found the hostel clean, tidy and staff helpful. Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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mrpatterson wrote a review Jun 2011
San Francisco, California117 contributions105 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent one night in a twin room with private bathroom. Friendly and helpful staff. Clean basic room. Heater runs in 3 hour cycles. Extra blankets provided. Hot showers. Quiet. Great kitchen and public areas. Reasonable bike rental.

Great location. The public Olympic swimming pool is over the back hill, running trails, close to town and lovely view of Lake Wanaka.

I think it could be better if perhaps soap were provided in the en suite rooms and a small table were added to place some personal items.
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Date of stay: June 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sophie H wrote a tip May 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Nice for stargazing"
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Jost-Pauline S wrote a tip Mar 2019
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand373 contributions182 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are into good views ask for a room on the top floor - the windows are facing out to the lake and hills."
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Beck wrote a tip Feb 2019
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room facing the lake for good views or north facing room for warmth."
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Andra O wrote a tip Feb 2017
Bucharest, Romania32 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great kitchen facilities, Great view, Comfortable common areas."
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lila2011Bern wrote a tip Jan 2017
Basel, Switzerland27 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"4 bed dorm nr. 1"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wanaka Bakpaka
Which popular attractions are close to Wanaka Bakpaka?
Nearby attractions include Realm VR Wanaka (0.7 km), Paradiso Cinema (0.9 km), and Lake Wanaka (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wanaka Bakpaka?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Is parking available at Wanaka Bakpaka?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wanaka Bakpaka?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kika, Burrito Craft, and Big Fig.
Is Wanaka Bakpaka located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Wanaka.
Are any cleaning services offered at Wanaka Bakpaka?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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