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Bob and Maxine's Backpackers
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Berea, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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“Easily the best hostel of my trip!”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Bob and Maxine run a great little hostel. When I arrived, they were there with an enthusiastic welcome and even a chocolate. Bob introduced me right away to a couple who were getting ready to go out for a half-day walk, since I had mentioned wanting to go for a hike. The rooms and bathrooms are sparkling clean and the living and kitchen areas feel like you're in someone's home. The property sits on a couple of scenic acres (nice sunset views from here) and is about a 30 minute walk from the busy little town. You can take one of the free bikes, shortening the travel time into town to 5-7 mins. Other extras include free wi-fi, plenty of plugs, bins for under-bed storage, and free laundry with ample room to line-dry your clothes. The only negative for me was the lack of an actual internet computer, but this didn't appear to be an issue to most of the other guests who were technologically up-to-date. When I left, Bob gave me and two others a lift into town for just a couple of dollars. Maxine was there with a good-bye hug for each of us. Great stay. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

This backpackers stands out between all others we have stayed in. It's clean , warm and comfortable. Bob and Maxine are very welcoming and willing to make you feel at home.
Free internet, laundry. Excellent heating in the en-suite bathroom. Kitchen is equipped with different useful things: paper towels, spices, aluminium foil , etc.
Don't miss it while you visit Te Anau.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Homer, Alaska
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Stopping at Bob & Maxine's Hostel was a pleasure. If you plan to stop then plan an extra day or three, you wont want to leave in a hurry. More like distant relatives than hosts. I can only thank them and I wish more places were like theirs, if there is a ladder rating they are surely at the top.
Nick....a motorbike traveller who broke down in Te Anau and had to wait for spares.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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beijing
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Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

Wonderful hostel - clean, modern facilities with fabulous common spaces - big spacious kitchen and living room, and clean well-equipped bunkrooms and bathrooms. Each bunkroom opens both to the outside (a long covered porch area with small tables and chairs) as well as to the interior hallway. The common space is really the best part about the place, though - tall windows, comfy chairs, beautiful wooden tables in the dining area and kitchen. There's also laundry available, and the whole place is handicapped-accessible. Bob & Maxine are wonderfully friendly and welcoming, and provide rides to and from town for a small fee. The place is a 25 minute walk from town, but bikes are available for free to zip back and forth. It's nice being a little out of town, too - big green lawns and you feel like you're out in the country. I loved it and wished I could stay longer!

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed four nights at Bob and Maxine's. They are the BEST ...introducing us to other guests, making sure everything is clean, supplying extras like spices and food wraps, free and fast wifi, huge living room and well equipped kitchen. Maxine even brings surprises like apples or candy for guests to enjoy. We felt very much at home and enjoyed talking with other guests. Bob even gave us a tour of the Fiordland Machinery Museum....interesting. The Real Journeys bus picked us up at their driveway and dropped us off again after our overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.
This backpackers was the best! Fantastic views!

Room Tip: Bob gave us a room across from the bathroom for easier access due to my disability. He also gave us...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

I had an unforgetable time. This place is so beautiful with a hugh living room. Bob and Maxine take care that everthing is sooo (!!!) clean. Even under the bed .

And the fireplace is a really plus, especially when you hang around on a wet day...

Best accomandation in New Zealand !!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We had the best time at B&M, it was a really great value for the price. We had the ensuite room for two nights over the weekend, Bob was really helpful, the place is beautiful, well equipped, and really cozy.
We would come again for sure!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bob and Maxine's Backpackers

Property: Bob and Maxine's Backpackers
Address: 20 Paton Place, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
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Ranked #7 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Te Anau
Number of rooms: 4
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Bob And Maxine`s Backpackers Hotel Te Anau

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