I was pleasantly surprised by the Bunkers Backpackers. It is a small hostel, but it has clean and comfortable rooms and a very cosy common room. The kitchen is small, but well-equipped and adequate for the size of the hostel.
I stayed in a dorm room downstairs which had a bunk bed and two proper beds. It was very comfortable and clean. The lounge has a big, comfy couch and a wood fire. There are two toilets and showers, all of them located downstairs in separate rooms, so that you can still access all of the others if one is occupied. It took quite a bit of time for the water in the shower to turn hot, though.
Alex and Danilo, the people who take care of the hostel, were both very nice and friendly, and very helpful with any questions I had. The owners of the place come by occasionally, and although I did not meet them, I heard they were really nice. We even got a free crayfish that Alex and Danilo shared with us.
The hostel is located in an easy walking distance from the ferry terminal, the convenience store and several restaurants, but you can also easily access interesting walks, viewing points and bays from there as well as the ferry to Ulva Island. If Stewart Island had a centre, Bunkers Backpackers would be centrally located.
Altogether, my time in the Bunkers Backpackers was very comfortable and pleasant, and I would especially like to thank both Alex and Danilo for their friendly welcome and hospitality!
- Also Known As:
- Bunkers Backpackers Stewart Island, South Island, New Zealand