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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 79: English reviews
Start your review of Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
 Click to rate
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Good service. Reasonable size room with comfortable bed. Walking distance to lake. Kitchen facilities however were not the cleanest. Only one washing machine that can only be used from 9 to 9 which made it difficult to use it when you wanted.

Thank Mishal M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed my time at the Matterhorn. I stayed over the Christmas period and felt very at ease and welcome from the moment I arrived. Matt, on the front desk was very friendly and helpful. I'd def stay here again. Nice backyard area to chill out and read a book!

Thank Jenni P
South Bend, Indiana
Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers is a minimalist establishment that provided accommodations for the group of 10 girls that I was traveling with. Upon arrival the staff seemed friendly and accommodating. However, the reception staff charged the credit card on hold prematurely due to the fact that we had been gone all day thinking that we had already left....

1Thank Madeline P
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I'd say it's fine but nothing special. Rooms are clean and you get a bath towel which is nice, but 6 bed dorm pretty tight on storage space. Kitchen is well equipped but there isn't a lounge area, so the hostel lacked atmosphere. Reasonably priced though.

Thank Caitlin M
MatterhornSouth, Manager at Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Thankyou for your feedback Caitlin, Sorry i have just read this. Your en-suite dorm room was in the Lodge building where this is a communal TV Lounge upstairs and there is a lounge area in the backpacker building too. I'm sorry if these where not pointed out to you when you where shown around. I usually do make a point...

Nyon, Switzerland
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We stayed at Matterhorn south for a total of 6 nights and had a good time there. We were a group of 5 and even though the room was a bit tight for us, it was clean and confortable. Staff was friendly and very nice when we had to move a night. Shared rooms are good and Kitchen is fully...

Thank petrus95h
Gurmels, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We had initially booked ourselves in for only two nights but extended twice. We stayed in a room with twin beds and a bunk bed for the kids and an en suite bathroom. Bath towels were provided and after two nights changed without us asking for it. The hostel is mainly run by wwoofers, but we felt looked after and...

Thank AnjaHF
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

I stayed one night there and it was the worst hostel I've had in New Zealand in 4 weeks... When I arrived, the manager at the reception was not really friendly, but okay, that happens sometimes. Then, when I was in the kitchen, I talked with some woofers (who work for accommodation) and they seemed to be really unhappy with...

2Thank Benjamin C
Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 6 May 2016

The group leader booked us into this accommodation but had not used it before. Our recommendation is dont. The rooms are tired, with noisy heater and poor quality fittings. The shower had large open hole in base as the grate didn't fit. We stayed in an en-suite room upstairs and although it was good for viewing the lake that's about...

Thank chrisnjack
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We stayed in a double room with ensuite.... sounds nice but it wasn't. For $111 we slept in the most uncomfortably hard bed ever, we ended up folding up a blanket and putting that underneath the sheet to get at least some sleep... The heater was too loud to leave on overnight, as was the bathroom heater. The shower head...

1Thank MurrayLucy
Reviewed 29 April 2016

We had the misfortune of staying here for 10 days while working in Wanaka. We paid $80 for a double room in the hostel side of the property. The room was small, dirty and smelled of damp and not what we expected for $80 considering we had just come from a much nicer hostel where we had a very large...

1Thank NewForestFilly

16 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (13)
Hotel & Grounds (11)
Dining (1)
Other (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (3)
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Wanaka hotels
0.2 mi away
YHA Wanaka
YHA Wanaka
#2 of 46 in Wanaka
311 reviews
0.1 mi away
Base Backpackers Wanaka
Base Backpackers Wanaka
#39 of 46 in Wanaka
329 reviews
1.7 mi away
Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Aspiring Lodge Motel
Aspiring Lodge Motel
#13 of 20 in Wanaka
188 reviews
1.4 mi away
Altamont Lodge
Altamont Lodge
#6 of 46 in Wanaka
102 reviews
0.1 mi away
Bella Vista Wanaka
Bella Vista Wanaka
#10 of 20 in Wanaka
349 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! A homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka with friendly kiwi’s and travellers from all around the world.We have log fires to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer.There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations.This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay.Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests but we encourage everyone to join in and get to know each other. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range: £33 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Booking.com, Agoda and HostelWorld so you can book your Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Not sure if there are any.....”
 of 5 bubbles MurrayLucy, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“Probably best not to stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles AmandaPressly, 22 Jan 2016 | Read review
“The rooms on the side of the road are actually a bit quieter (as I moved rooms during my stay). As there aren't people coming in and out of the Backpackers outside your door.”
 of 5 bubbles AndyR61, 8 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Dorms are a good size”
 of 5 bubbles DMbackpacker, 6 Nov 2014 | Read review
“rooms on the street side are noisier”
 of 5 bubbles deb871, 17 Sep 2014 | Read review
5 of 5