Having read the other reviews it seems that whether you love or hate this place really depends on the mood the owners are in. While they havn't been what one would call rude or unfriendly during our stay we, too left with the weird feeling of being unwanted guests in someone elses house, disturbing their personal privacy. In our opinion it isn't a proper backpackers as it comes with a long set of rules, but lacks the warm homely touch of a homestay, too. It is very clean though and it only takes about 20 minutes to the city center, but as mentioned in earlier reviews, there was no proper heating available and we were literatly sleeping and dining in our winter jacket ( a fact that must have been noticed by alan when he walked into the room but that was left uncommented). all in all it seems a bit of a hit or miss whether you will like the place, we personally had hoped for a better welcome to nz and have stayed in far better places afterwards.
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