I had a great time staying at Sparky's Backpackers. The owner/manager does his utmost best running the place and taking care of his guests. The kitchen is too small when all guests (when fully booked) start cooking at the same time and it has only one table with four seats. Nevertheless ideal meet and chat with other travelers. I slept two nights in Burt Monro's Love Shack - the local hero is theme of this room- with no bathroom. This means going through the backyard to the main house with chilly nights not so much tempting. I found the nicely decorated Egyptian dorm room more comfortable. Both bath rooms in the building are decent. The hotspa (which I did not experience unfortunately) in the backyard is Sparky's best USP.
The hostel is a bit out of the town centre and 20 minutes walk from i-site, museum and bus departure point. Countdown, Pak'n Save and Liquor store are almost next door.
There is no longer a public bus going east along the coast. Traveling to Dunedin via The Catlins you need to have your own transport.
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