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Hogwartz Backpacker Hostel
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night in a double room! Nothing fancy, but the room was clean.

There is a good sized kitchen for cooking (with gas and sharp knives) and the building has a nice charm with the 'Harry Potter' theme.

It's a short (but steep) walk to town (5 mins). The walk home is more difficult as its straight up a hill.

The staff were friendly and helpful, pointing out interesting things to do on the map.

The place has a homely feel to it with a nice fire place in the dining area!

No car park is a bit of a downer, but there is street parking close by.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Large, high ceilinged bedrooms with single beds and no bunks. It was cold in the bedroom at night but there were extra blankets provided and I was never cold in bed. Kitchen was large with plenty of cooking facilities and utensils. The sitting area was warm and cosy and had a wood burning stove which was kept stoked up all evening. There was also a cute little mezzanine floor with a sofa and an armchair if you wanted to get out of the way. Bathrooms were lovely and modern with fantastic powerful showers. Only 5 mins walk from the Octagon in the centre of Dunedin. No WIFI but this was typical of the South of the South Island, and you could get unlimited access in the nearby central library. The hosts were friendly and helpful and there was a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout this lovely hostel.

Room Tip: I stayed downstairs in room 4 which was very pleasant and there was no noise after about 10pm.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a very good hostel in Dunedin which is one of the nicest cities on the south island. The place is a little bit out of the town but very close to the Speight's brewery. It's also on a fairly quiet road so you should be able to get some sleep here.

The only issue I had was their expensive Zenbu wifi which is a really outdated system where charges are per 100 and 250MB! Hopefully most hostels will drop these soon and start managing there own wifi systems which they can make a lot more competitive and attractive to customers.

They have a good selection of DVDs which you can borrow for free and watch in the TV room.

The hostel is clean throughout. The kitchen is big enough to cater for all the guests and they have a small dining area which is cosy. Thankfully they use gas hobs in the kitchen so cooking will be fast.

Laundry service is very good here. Pay $8 and they will take all of your laundry. Wash, dry, fold it and return it to you.

They are also quite flexible when it comes to check in and will allow you to go to the room if the bed has been made up.

I would certainly stay here again if I was back in Dunedin and I've been recommending it to lots of other people while I have been travelling.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank thejournalist
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Fabulous hostel, can't say enough good things about it. Beautiful old space a short walk up the hill from Dunedin town center, heaps of information about local attractions, comfortable bed and very clean rooms and bathrooms. Plenty of fridge space in the kitchen, well-maintained and quality cooking space, and some nice hanging out spaces available like the reading loft over the dining area and a quiet outdoor porch. My one quibble was I wish they offered self-serve laundry, but they did at least have lines out back if you wanted to hang things to dry.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
Thank cal o
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Stayed here for one night and found it by following a small backpackers sign driving through town. The hostel is across from St. Joseph's Cathedral and used to be the bishop's residence. It's only a short walk from the octagon. The dorm rooms had single beds, each with an individual shelf and lamp, and were very quiet. There were several bathrooms and showers on my floor. The facilities were excellent and the cleanest I've ever seen. The kitchen was large with plenty of cookware. The dining room, small reading area above it, and lounges were all equally comfortable. This was one of the best hostel's I've ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Absolutely loved our stay here! Owners were very friendly and gave us loads of information about where to eat and what to do when we checked in. (Follow their advice and avoid the Cadbury tour.) Cute theme for people who enjoy HP. Our double room was reasonably priced and had a fantastic view of the cathedral across the street and the harbour. We even had our own little couch in the room.

Bathrooms and showers were super clean, but could use some shelving for a place to put your stuff. The dining room has a nice little reading corner built into it too. Kitchens are spacious and well equipped.

The location couldn't be better! Literally a five minute walk from the octagon and the Speights brewery is just down the road. It's difficult to find but there is plenty of on street parking behind the house.

One of the best hostels I've been to in my eight months in New Zealand.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

I don't think I could have picked a better hostel in Dunedin. Maja and Gilbert are the perfect hosts and they keep their hostel spotless! I kept extending my stay as I felt really homey and my bed was exceptionally comfy

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Kerstin D
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Additional Information about Hogwartz Backpacker Hostel

Address: 277 Rattray Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Dunedin
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hogwartz is a Backpacker Hostel with a wide spectrum of room types. Budget travellers enjoy their shared rooms with up to six beds (no bunks) or the private rooms with shared facilities. For those who prefer a little bit more privacy and luxury, they have a beautifully rebuilt, self-contained cottage (the Coach House) available with two en suite rooms and a shared full kitchen. And at the top end of the spectrum, there are two stylish, fully self-contained studio rooms (the Stables) to spoil yourselves with. Per person prices range from $26 to $58 per night, and there is some complimentary wifi at fibre-optics speed. Located a short distance uphill from the city centre, Hogwartz is a hostel for grown-ups: it is not suitable for party crowds or for small children (minimum age 12years). Free car parking is available on surrounding streets, and the walk into the Octagon takes roughly 5min. There are no gimmicks, no false promises here, just genuine quality accommodation and service. ... more   less 
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