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Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #18 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

As per previous reviews, this hostel feels too small for the volume of people. The lounge and dining table (just one) is at the front of the hostel and is a bit intimidating as you go through to reception to check in.
The rooms are ok though and the 4 bed dorm we stayed in had vanity curtains on each bed, a light and a plug socket which was the best thing about the hostel.
The fridges were full up with peoples alcohol so it was hard to find space for your food

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights here. The hostel honestly feels too small for the number of people there. It was full or nearly full when we were there and it constantly felt cramped. The kitchen is tiny and only 2 people can effectively cook in there at a time and the microwave was incredibly dirty. The common room is too small with 2 couches and a wooden bench and was almost always packed so it never feels like you get your own space. There's an outside area too but without any heating it's far too cold to eat or relax out there in winter.
The dorms were a good temperature making it more comfortable to sleep but they were very messy and cluttered and felt like it should have been a 4 bed and not a 6.

Internet was limited to 500mb a day but speeds were ok.

Showers were good and toilets were clean.

There wasn't much interaction with the staff but they seemed friendly.

It's an ok place to crash for a night or two but if you want an extended stay in Wanaka I'd have to recommend elsewhere.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

The cleanest real hostel I stayed in. People actually clean their dishes and behave properly. The rooms and facilities are very clean too. This place caters best to long term stays, but accommodates really well if staying for a few nights. Location close to center and night life.
Only negative point is that internet is not unlimited and does not reach all the rooms, so you have to make do.

Stayed: June 2017
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

I spend three nights there in a mixt dorm, the staff is absolutely awesome, I was doing a late check out and the girl left a nice note for me for saying welcome :)
the room was ok, maybe a bit small and the bed was noisy
the kitchen is small so it is better to go outside the busy hours because it can get hard to cook. There is a nice place outside to relax, and a lounge to watch movies, and lot of books.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Wanaka and its surrounding are a very fun touristy destination. Because of that it is a slightly more expensive place.

Kiwi was a nice hostel with friendly atmosphere and staff. Our double room was modernly equipped but was terribly small. The bathroom/showers were nice although somewhat busy due to their low ratio to rooms. The kitchen was also small for the number of people in the hostel.

The location is nice, 10 minutes walk to downtown and the staff will be happy to help with bookings and suggestions. Wifi (500 my per person per day) was good in the main areas but didn't work in our room at all.

A nice place in a (quite) lively town.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank uri_fi
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Additional Information about Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel

Address: 21 Russell Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $58 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flying Kiwi Backpackers offers clean and comfortable budget accommodation in the form of dormitory rooms, double rooms and family rooms. We’re the perfect base for meeting fellow nomads and exploring Wanaka and its surrounds. Rooms and prices are as follows and may be subject to change, please check pricing for your stay on our bookings page or by contacting us. ... more   less 

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