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Noah's Ark Backpackers
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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59 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overall: ok”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

- Ok location
- No free wifi
- Good beds, bunks and singles
- Can be more clean!
- Friendly staff
- Enough space and equipement in the kitchen
- Medium size hostel
- Oud building
- stayed 3 nights
- Will be here again

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jur25
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Matt_Noahs, Owner at Noah's Ark Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Thanks for staying with us and we appreciate your feedback!
We do offer free Wifi for all guests. We provide 100mb free for each night you stay, with additional available at a cheap price. We have a daily limit because with NZ internet connections Unlimited = Slow and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it while they are here.
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Stayed one night in private double "Cat Room"- very cute, rooms animal themed. Bathroom facilities are adequate, not modern (building is an old monastery, heritage type-building), this is budget accomodation and was perfectly adequate for what we wanted. Good location in Greymouth, about 2min walk to town. Note no off street parking, but we managed to get a park out front- ask staff for directions for non-metered parking. Limited free internet access (plenty for what we needed), kitchen facilities good, large dining area and lounge. Lovely friendly dog Bez who loves to be taken out for walks by arrangement with his gaurdians. Really good value for money, would definitley stay again, and recommend for those looking for budget accomodation.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

I stayed here literally on route to elsewhere, but this is the hostel to stay in. A lovely welcoming host and gorgeous dog too. Rooms have high ceilings and make them feel roomy, good clean kitchen and social areas and a nice garden and veranda too.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in this hostel. It was just one night, as we caught the TranzAlpine train the next day to Christchurch, but the hostel was one of the best we have stayed in, in NZ. It has a really great, tranquil vibe to it - nice big kitchen with nice big windows, and our room also had nice big windows (this makes a massive difference - why do so many hostels go for a basement vibe??). It is a short walk from the bus and train station. We took Bez, the resident doggie, for a walk, and he was great to cuddle. Greymouth is a bit boring, but the hostel is fantastic - we would recommend staying for a few nights if you need to chill out. Well set-up communal areas. Lots of showers and toilets, big and clean with no waiting. Friendly reception staff. Good price. Definitely recommend for any stay in Greymouth. We were in the cat room which was quiet (although we could hear people next door watching tv for a while) and had good natural light, close to bathrooms etc.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LM631
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glascow
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

First night off our trip after travelling from christchurch over arthurs pass was at this nice welcoming hostel run by a lovely husband and wife team. Good service, comfortable, clean and warm rooms. They were patient and always helpful. And our grandson loved playing with Bez the dog. The cheapest place we stayed but easily one of the best.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Noah's Ark provides a very pleasant stay for backpackers. The rooms are animal themes and whilst I found the Cat Room quite creepy, it appeared clean and it had a television! However, the room is very cold and we needed the heater on in February. The kitchen is quite cramped, the bathrooms are ok and the dining room/lounge is not great but they are clean and serve their purpose. Free bikes are available (only four I believe) to take on the bike ride along the coast. Or to the Monteith's Brewery - although he careful of having too many! Thankfully the hostel is close!

Overall, a nice stay for us.

Room Tip: The Cat Room (double) had a television and not all doubles do.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

I stayed here a couple of nights as I was heading up the West coast by bus and wanted to break up the journey. I'm glad I did as I was able to stay in this wonderful hostel.

As the name suggests, it's a veritable ark and each room has an animal theme. I got the 'Pig Room' - hopefully they weren't trying to tell me something.

The room (I booked a single) was massive, comfy, clean and had a nice double bed. All of the rest of the facilities (showers, toilets, kitchen, lounge etc) were similarly clean.

The staff were friendly and I was made to feel very welcome. The hostel is just a few minutes walk from town and from the bus stop which is at the train station. There's a handy supermarket just around the corner.

Greymouth might not be most people's choice for a stopover but there are a few nice walks in the area and if you want some company, you could even take Bez for a walk.

If you do decide to stay in Greymouth for a night or two, this is definitely the ark for you.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Noah's Ark Backpackers

Property: Noah's Ark Backpackers
Address: 16 Chapel Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Greymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Noah's Ark Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Noah's Ark provides warm and welcoming quality budget accommodation in a beautiful heritage building, just 100m from Greymouth town centre! Receive complementary 100mb high speed Internet access for every night you stay - so it's easy to stay in touch with family and friends or plan your trip ahead. (Use WiFi or our hostel PCs). From May to September our WINTER DEALS are on! Enjoy our free self-served breakfast of toast, spreads, tea and coffee, and if you are enjoying the cosy atmosphere we're making it easier to stay longer by giving you your fourth night free! (Conditions apply). While enjoying your stay at Noah's Ark you can relax in our luxurious spa pool, take in the west coast sunset from our balcony, or have a barbeque and then laze in the hammocks in our large garden. To explore the area we have some bikes that are free to use for you and you can give the new coastel cycleway a go! Or we can direct you to the local bushwalks and nearby beaches or advise you about the various adventure activities on offer. Noah's Ark was originally a monastery. It now offers characterful spacious private and shared rooms that are warm and comfortable, with self-controlled heaters, clean linen, duvets and spare blankets. The rooms are beautifully decorated with fun animal themes - you can choose from tigers, penguins, leopards and more. There are two log fires that keep things warm and cosy on cooler days and we have a large lounge with piano, guitar, cd collection, book swap and lots of games. There is a separate TV room with a big screen and comfy sofas and we have a collection of over 200 movies for you to choose from. Noah's Ark has a clean & fully equipped kitchen and are tea, coffee, sugar and spices are provided free for your convenience. We are located conveniently in a side street so it's quiet to relax but also only s short walk to the supermarket, train station and bus stops (5-7min). If you are wanting a homely, friendly atmosphere, great value and a warm welcome come to Noah's Ark. ... more   less 
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