In making my way from Bluff to Lake Te Anau, I stayed overnight in Invercargill at this back packers because the bus I was taking picked up right in front. I stayed in an ensuite and it was quite clean, if a bit spare. It has the very basics but those will do!
As others have mentioned, it is older and it shows, but it is very clean. The wifi signal was strong and I was on an upper floor, near the back of the building. Showers and bathroom were good, room to room noise wasn't bad either. Location is great- lots of shops and places to eat if you want to pass the time. I had great dinner out in the neighborhood and the breakfast at the little organic cafe in the lodge is very tasty and reasonably priced. Staff is nice, and it's a good deal for the money. For all that, it does feel like a bit of a ghost town, but I think that's because Invercargill is not a high traffic place :)
Overall I'd say it's not fancy and it's not exactly homey either, but it's charming in its way and the people are really nice, so it's a good option for a night or two... a great option if you're on a serious budget.
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