We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Bayjb
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Solid backpacker option in Haast but so many sandflies

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 Jan 2020via mobile
Stayed in the dorm at the Lodge and overall it was a fine basic stay. The building is a combo of motel, backpacker and tent/powered sight. For $37 NZD, it did what it was there to do.

The common area is really big and spacious but sound does bounce. That said, no one was up late so it wasn’t an issue. The rooms upstairs are brighter as well but rooms can get really warm with the sun bearing down. Kitchen is small and sparse on the supplies but workable. Plenty of fridge space too.

Internet is very strong and free. Bathrooms are clean but there is a hot water button for 5 minutes use only. Haven’t seen that yet in NZ so be quick. Bathroom and kitchen/lounge do close midday for awhile to clean but you can still access and use but around the staff. Not the end of the world.

Beds are pretty comfortable and room has okay storage. It wasn’t busy when I was there so I could spread out.

My biggest issue is the volume of sandflies in this hostel. If the doors or windows are left open, sandflies flood the common room and bedrooms and it is miserable. I was eaten alive one night by them and the bites are so uncomfortable for days. Truly the worst sandfly situation I’ve had in NZ. And cleaning staff leaves the windows and a door open to air out the space so you have to really remind or tell people to keep them closed unless you want to get attacked by bugs.

Staff is very nice and helpful.

I would recommend this place and probably stay again (since there are few options), but watch out for the sandflies, that’s the only reason I would not return.
Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled solo
Problem with this review?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
The listings of booking offers for each property take into account the compensation paid to us by our partners. Prices shown may be for varying room types. Prices displayed are the lowest available, corresponding to the least expensive room type available, as provided from our partners as of the time of the user’s search.
Nearby Hotels
$144
Fully refundable
  • Expedia.com
    $144
  • Hotels.com
    $144
  • Priceline
    $144
90.7 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
$108
Fully refundable
  • Priceline
    $108
  • Expedia.com
    $98
  • Hotels.com
    $108
90.9 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
beds
$120
Fully refundable
  • Expedia.com
  • Vio.com
    $105
  • Priceline
    $107
106.8 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
reception area
$130
  • Expedia.com
    $133
  • Agoda.com
    $119
  • Priceline
    $126
90.9 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
$140
Fully refundable
  • Expedia.com
  • Agoda.com
    $120
  • Priceline
    $131
107.0 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
Get rewarded with One Key
  • Booking.com
    $364
  • Official Hotel
  • Hotels.com
    $364
107.0 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Restaurant
  • Expedia.com
  • ZenHotels.com
    $129
  • Hotels.com
107.1 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free parking
Restaurant
  • Expedia.com
  • ZenHotels.com
    $195
  • Hotels.com
107.3 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
Get rewarded with One Key
  • Booking.com
    $75
  • Priceline
    $75
  • StayForLong
106.8 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
Get rewarded with One Key
  • Booking.com
  • ZenHotels.com
    $572
  • Hotels.com
107.6 km from Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Free Wifi
Free parking
View more hotels in Westland Tai Poutini National Park
Reviews (76)
Filter reviews
76 results
Traveller rating
17
30
19
5
5
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveller rating
17
30
19
5
5
See what travellers are saying:
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
8 - 13 of 76 reviews
Reviewed 13 January 2020 via mobile

It’s clean. Quiet. Well looked after. But showers are time for 5 minutes. Kitchen is closed till 2pm!!! ???? All the fumes of the cooking go up into the relaxation area (when people burn stuff it’s unbearable!!!!) and into the dorms....
very stuffy up there...
I bet they could improve this nightmare into something much better easily!!!

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank whyagain
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 October 2019 via mobile

Not a bad little place. We just stayed over night as a sleep stop. Great kitchen and lounge but my shower took a while for the hot water to come through so a bit of a cold shock at the end as it’s on a timer.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Navigator1750
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 May 2019 via mobile

Stayed one night here. I really liked the layout of this hostel, open plan and sociable. Stayed in a private double which was basic but decent value. Would have been nice for a towel to be included though. Great kitchen and clean bathrooms. The place did seem pretty chilly throughout but luckily our room heated up pretty quickly

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank h101views
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 24 March 2019 via mobile

Only stayed for 1 night but really enjoyed the large common area and clean bathrooms. Lots of utensils in the kitchen and a real homey vibe.

Parking area was quite small with no privacy but otherwise a very good stay :)

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Simon-Peter L
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 March 2019

Stayed one night and the rooms were passable though the bathroom needed some TLC as it was rather dam with not enough ventilation and a very small shower stall. Some where to put your clothes while showering would be good. Friendly staff and the room itself was clean so really what more could one ask for.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank dnh2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews