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Wilderness Backpackers
Pierre
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“Great place to stop”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

If you are looking for a place to stop between Fox Glacier and Wanaka, this is it! This place has a backpackers section and a regular hotel option. We were traveling with our son, and had a room with bathroom and separate bedroom with 4 bunks in it. Perfect for us and much cheaper than paying for two rooms! We had a kitchenette within our unit which was also nice. The room was very clean.
Ollie, the owner, was extremely nice and looked after us, took time to advise us on other things to see in New Zealand, etc.
The drive between Haast and Wanaka was amazing! Allow time for multiple photo opportunities!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Haast is a VERY small town, so not a lot of options for food or accommodation.
We arrived late & unannounced after a long drive. It was a huge downpour for hours before we arrived, so we were very tired.
The manager could not have been friendlier & showed us a variety of rooms.
We chose the double with en-suite. The room was good for the price, the en-suite was very large & water pressure was great! TV & direct access to the front!
Kitchen facilities were adequate & the covered atrium, while not decorated recently, was a great relief from the torrential rain outside.
We used the internet directly inside the front door. We thought it a little expensive at $2 for 20mins ...but considering you are in the middle of nowhere (great views) & no mobile reception it was the best option.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We selected this place as our overnighter between Queenstown and Hokitika and it was a pleasant place to stay. After sleeping in numerous backpacker-style accommodations with shared facilities, I decided we should "splash out" for our last two nights (here and Hoki) and have our own room with ensuite. It was pleasant too because it gave us enough room to spread out. After you've been travelling with the same person for nine (or so) nights, it's nice to be able to have a little space of your own. Despite various reviews referring to the manager as miserable, he greeted us cheerfully and showed us to the room, before having to head off to greet and accomodate other guests. We were the first of many making the journey through the Haast pass it seems. The room was nice and clean, with an outdoor area that we would have shared with our neighbour, had we actually used it. Instead we chose to make the 50 km drive up to Jackson's Bay on an (unsuccessful) hunt for the tawaki. A small kitchen at the end of the hallway provided a refridgerator and ample cutlery and bowls for our breakfast the next morning, and just opposite was a dining room/lounge, in case we felt like being social. The communual lounge in the backpackers area was a rather nifty looking atrium, although it appeared somewhat shabby - with the water features being dry. Probably because much of NZ, even the "wet west coast" is in drought. As an overnight stop, it more than fulfilled our requirements - I slept like a log (it's so quiet and dark out there in Haast) and could certainly have imagined staying there a wee bit longer, had our plans being different. Also, the shower was good with decent pressure - something else we had been sorely lacking this trip. Maybe it's the drought conditions.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Canada
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

It's a backpackers so don't expect the world. The kitchen was reasonably equipped and the rooms clean enough though a tad on the small side. Given that there are limited alternatives and its location this place could be a great spot to overnight when mtravelling between Wanaka and Fox Glacier. Sadly the place is run by a miserable older man who is neither particularly helpful or friendly. In good weather it is probably a better option to camp.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Auckland
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Its such a shame that the three Haast townships look so grey and ugly, this really is a beautiful and very underrated area. We stayed one night in the Wilderness backpackers, which looks like any of the other grey motels from outside. There is a motel section and a backpackers section - we were in a backpackers twin which was smallish but clean, comfy beds, and very quiet. We had a little concrete patio out the back with chairs.

The kitchen was a bit under-stocked but there were two lovely dining areas, one doubles as the entry hall and has big wooden breakfast tables and the other is an atrium with squishy old sofas, palm trees, old fashion street lights and wooden sculptures. It was really cute! Rustic I guess!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is a backpackers and so not to be judged by hotel standards, but most backpackers we stayed in over 2
months were really clean everywhere. The room here was clean and nice, with an outside sitting area, but the kitchen was filthy, with a mucky fridge and a greasy layer on all of the shelves.

I got the impression that the owner or manager does not particularly love his job which is a shame as this could be a really good hostel.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

I had the misfortune to spend one night at this hostel in December 2011. I expected a clean and satisfactory place to stay. However, I found the manager/owner to be rude, unhelpful and anti-semitic. The "lounge" was dirty and the couches badly water-stained. When I asked for soap to be placed in the empty receptacle in one of the toilets, the manager doled out a mean portion which hardly covered the bottom of the container!

I would certainly never stay here again and believe that you should remove the positive comments from your guide.

My best advice for travellers in this area is to keep on driving to somewhere better!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Thank M W
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Property: Wilderness Backpackers
Address: Marks Road, Haast, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Haast
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Haast

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