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“Great fun, but small”

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Flying Kiwi Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #19 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Really fun, sociable hostel. Nice and relaxed with a nice outside space for socialising. The showers are good.

A 5 / 10 min walk from the lake, 5 mins from liquor stores / supermarkets etc. Good location.

The hostel is a bit small / cramped to be fair. The kitchen is small and there isn’t too much storage space for food when the hostel is full.

The TV area isn’t the most comfortable but it’s a good tv, great place to chill out / watch a film / socialise and there is a great selection of films.

I spent Christmas here and am going back for New Years. If you want a quiet night or two I am not sure this is the place for you, if you want to meet new people, be close to the lake and don’t mind a bit of a squeeze in dorms then this a good place to hangout.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

I was coming through Wanaka on my bike, I had to stop somewhere. Found this backpacker, the only one with availability. Staff really welcoming, overall, really clean place, good selection of movies to chill, good people to meet. I met the owner, he let me used his tools to fix my bike, really felt like at home. From two weeks, I stayed 4 months there.. highly recommended!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
1  Thank Clement S
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the private dorm to avoid sleepless nights. Unfortunately 4 of the 5 nights we were woken up at 2 - 3am by other guests who were either talking/yelling loudly in common areas or in their rooms. As other reviewers have mentioned, the hostel is filled with long term residents who treat it as their own home. The kitchen is in the centre of the hostel and close to all rooms. This is a poor design, especially with late night inconsiderate guests. Small things such as wet tea towels and broken appliances really broke the camels back.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Meg_3630
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Recently visited wanaka and decided to stay at the flying kiwi due to the decent reviews. Upon checking in was charged $8 extra credit card charge for using my bank card and found that "free wifi" meant 500 mb allowance daily and additional could be bought at extra cost. All of this info was contradictory to what we had read when booking on hostelworld. Kitchen was small and cramped at times as were rooms that not as pictured. Almost entire hostel is populated by longtimers who work around the area and the vibe felt like you were intruding in their house. Condescending signage around the hostel notified guests they would be charged $50 if they left dirty dishes and almost everything incurred a charge. Including a $10 charge for not being out of your room by 10 am, towels were $2 etc. All hostels I've stayed at in the past have been friendly and accommodating, I definitely didnt feel this here. Would have checked out earlier but payment was non refundable.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank halfahoser
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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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Thank 2016JuliaM
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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 #19 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range: $59 - $74 (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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