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“Magnificient views, great walks and very nice host”
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Onuku Farm Hostel
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“Magnificient views, great walks and very nice host”
Reviewed 20 April 2010

Our night in the stargazer was a very nice experience. The outdoor showers are a bit rustic, but nevertheless clean and do the job. The kitchen was spotless and well maintained, we liked the homebrew, but the best of all is the view from the outdoor sitting area

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

Hard to define whether we were the wrong people for the place or the place was just wrong.
We booked a 'Stargazer' - a wooden "tent" with a foam mattress on the floor. Plenty of bedding and despite a cold night we stayed warm. But stupidly expensive for a very, very basic accommodation.
Booked in by a Canadian? woofer who sold me one of the worst homebrew beers Ive ever tasted for $5!. Homebrew costs about 40c a bottle to make (I make it at home)..is it even legal to sell homebrew to guests?
The shared kitchen(s) were the most haphazard I have ever seen, and over-crowded - they just kept taking in more guests to sleep in caravans and wherever else despite the fact there was simply no room in the main sitting area or kitchen at mealtimes which made it a nightmare to relax or make a meal.
Showers and toilets located out in the backyard made it all just a bit awkward really.
No shoes to be worn inside despite the fact that it was freezing! Many people complaining about the cold rooms at the end of the main house. (lucky not us) Stickers and signs everywhere - don't do this, don't do that...
If your into the vigour of the outdoors and long walks around beautiful rugged headlands (and being waaay out of town up a very big hill) it will probably suit you.
IMHO don't book the stargazer, despite the 'romanticism' it was just annoying really, the front door faces the main driveway and you had to climb a fence to access the main buildings.
Like most backpackers you are just left alone to do your own thing and hang with the crowd, which is fine if they're a nice mob, but it only takes one annoying <insert your choice of Nationality here> to ruin everything.
('scuse the late review, Im still catching up....)

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, NZ
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

Have been to Onuku Farm Hostel twice now and have had a great time on both trips, both as a solo traveller and with my partner.
It's an easy escape from Christchurch and feels like your miles from anything else. The stargazer huts are particularly cool and the views are magnificent.

Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Onuku Farm Hostel
Address: 89 Hamilton's Rd, Akaroa 7452, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
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Ranked #7 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Open Oct-May: Cozy farm hostel with amazing coastal views & rustic original kiwi facilities: Stargazers, Farmhouse, girls only dorm, camping, vans, huts. Enjoy it all: sunrise to sunset & the most amazing stars in the sky at night plus No sandflies :) Hiking, mussel picking, BBQ. Guided dolphin swims & kayak trips directly from the farm. Internet & WiFi. Just 6 km from Akaroa. Free pick up @ 12.30 from Akaroa. Cash only! Phone for monthly specials. ... more   less 

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