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Neptunes International Backpackers
Reviewed 7 March 2012

The hostel is a bit run down and the decor is pretty old fashioned which you will probably either love or hate. The place is clean though and there is plenty of space to hang out in with a couple of lounges and a bar. The rooms were clean however they advertise themselves as having no bunk beds however my room had a couple of bunk beds that were all super high with no rail on the side that made me a bit uneasy sleeping in them!

Really I can't see why you would stay in Greymouth, I only stayed here because it was a compulsory overnight stop on the Magic Bus, but if you find yourself stuck here its not a bad option mainly due to the free unlimited wi-fi/internet. the free home cooked scones are tasty too although maybe it would be nice if they had a set time that they gave them out each evening. Staff are pretty friendly too which helps.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Neptunes backpackers, Greymouth

Great hostel, good beds, nice staff, clean and organised.
Could have more fridge place.
Nice common-area to chill, even open fire.
Would cme back for 2nd visit :)

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Sums up Greymouth: tatty and decrepit. The owner seemed to think that the price was reasonable but clearly hasn't realised that hostels have moved on a little in their spec and upkeep in recent years. Took one look round the place (both the hostel and the entire town) and decided to drive on 2 hours further to Franz Josef where for a dollar per night more we got something like from another planet. Talking to other travellers further round the South Island, they all raised an eyebrow and a chuckle at mention of this place.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights. The building is on the old side, but the very friendly staff and the free bakery and internet makes worthwhile to stay. Kitchen and other facilities good.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

I stayed at neptunes for 4 nights, the kicthen was a good size for hostel. Free use of computers and wifi always a bonues. Friendly helpful staff, free lifts to and from the train station. Separate DVD lounge from sky, pool and computer room. Enjoyed my stay very much, even scones freshly made by staff daily.

  • Stayed: December 2010
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We were pleasantly surprised by how much this hostel had to offer. The free unlimited internet was a huge bonus and fast too... must have saved at least $20 each on that, the new log burger made the place really warm and cosy too... Staff were really helpful and free food went down a treat... 5 showers and two baths cant go wrong there (dont know what the other reviews were on about lack of showers, guess they didnt think to look down the other end of the hall !) plus you could shower any time of the day no problems.. yes the furniture is a bit old but what do people expect? its not a hotel, its a backpackers after all... and we were even able to enjoy a beer from the little corner bar with our fish and chips (that the owner kindly went and picked up for us).. cant really fault this place :)

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

This was a hostel we had to stay at as there was no other choice and our bus trip was stopping here. There isnt much to do in Greymouth anyway, but being in this hostel made the time drag. Luckily we had our own private double room which had a nice bed, 2 heaters, a sink, a bedside lamp, a TV which you could only watch DVDs on with a crappy picture. The bathrooms were ok, baths and showers available, except you only had until 10am to shower then the cleaners closed them off until 12! Which was insane as so many people needed a shower at roughly the same time and there was always queues. the lounge area was unappealing, dirty poorly maintained furniture, and carpets, the pool table had balls missing the internet was slow, but it was free. There was a TV to watch films on i didnt agree with the baby tortoise in the tank swimming around like they wanted to be let out. The Kitchen was small and dirty flies everywhere, not enough utensils for everyone. The people that worked here were creepy and lingered in the halls not doing much work canoodling each other. The only upside was free breakfast, free internet. Would never stay here again.

Room Tip: Double rooms was nice, shared facilities though.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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We are now under new management, sorry for your discomfort whilst at Neptunes.

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Additional Information about Neptunes International Backpackers

Address: 43 Gresson Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Greymouth
Price Range: £11 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overview.Superior Backpackers! We offer dorm rooms, double rooms, single rooms and family rooms. We have tent sites and power/unpowered campervan sites. We have 2 lounges with warm fires, All rooms have self controlled heaters. We are situated a short walk to the train/bus station and town centre. Freebies.We offer unlimited internet or/and wifi, you get user ID and password with your keys.Freshly made scones on site daily.All you can eat breakfast (winter)Free off street parking. We have a huge book exchange for you to get lost within the books!!Our pool table is a great way to socialise with a pool competition every night(summer and busy times), Bar tab for the winner and certificate. We do not charge for pool 24/7. Darts board. Spa pool. ... more   less 

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