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“NZ's best kept secret! A MUST do! Dirtbikes, sunsets, and swimming holes” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Get Real Backpackers
Holly, Michigan
1 review
“NZ's best kept secret! A MUST do! Dirtbikes, sunsets, and swimming holes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

If you're looking for a place to get away from it all and relax, or a place to find unexpectedly fun and kind people, Get Real Backpackers is the place to go. You won't find it in any BBH guide; it's New Zealand's best kept hostel secret, which is why you'll find only the most fun and adventurous people there. Not that it's hard to find--there are plenty of signs and Brent can pick you up in Nelson, 25 minutes away. It might seem like a far distance from the city, but you won't want to leave Get Real Backpackers once you arrive at the top of the little mountain (and if you do, there are plenty of ways to get to Nelson). The rooms are amazing--no bunk beds, just separate comfy beds in lofty-ceilinged rooms. The house has been describe by many guests as "their dream house" and once you see the bright spacious rooms, you'll understand.

To give you a picture of my stay at Get Real Backpackers, I called Brent from the Nelson i-site and he picked me up, no problem. As soon as I got to the house and saw my room, I knew I wanted to stay there longer. There was plenty of friendly company downstairs but absolutely no pressure to be social, which was nice after hiking the Abel Tasman and just wanting to rest. While at Get Real, Brent gave me a ride up the long driveway on a dirtbike, his friend took us on a car ride through a creek and to the top of the hill/mountain, a wwoofer drove me and 4 others in a trailer attached to a quad on a bumpy fun ride up to see the sunset, and Brent took us swimming nearby to a place with a cliff and a rope swing to jump from.

I only stayed for three days, but I will never forget the spectacular time I had at Get Real Backpackers. I came to find a bed and instead I found the first place that felt like home during my two months in New Zealand. Whatever you're looking for, you will find it at Get Real Backpackers. Tell your friends, neighbors, strangers you meet on the street--this is a secret you'll want to share.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Salzwedel, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

We stay there only for one night but it was really great!

Brent is a nice guy and very friendly. The house is nice and in good shape! Everything was clean and ok. The pancakes for the breakfast are very good. Brent take us and Ruger (the lazy dog) to a goat chase. This was really cool. Brent gave us some good tips for our ongoing travel on the West Coast.

We recommend it and would stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Dominik B
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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

The Place looks and feels like home. It is settled on an awesome hill with great view (!) and the owners of the hostel are so friendly that they even stoped their hunting session just to pick us up. It is deffinitely worth staying there! Cheers for the great stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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saclay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

this backpacker is just awesome.
in this hostel you will feel like at home. it is out of wakefield town but it worth it! from the top of the where the house was build you will have an amazing view from nelson and it suburb. come and enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the terrasse or the hill.

on your way to the east or west coast have a rest in this place. it is close to Nelson and Abel tasman park.

at get real backpacker you will hae a great real human adventure!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Thank matraveler27
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

While I didn't stay at the hostel, I did participate in a day trip that Brent led in the Golden Bay region. It was a wonderful experience, and we managed to see so much that day in a corner of the Southern Island that most people don't get to see. Thanks Brent!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Fabulous place to stay. Fantastic service, friendly hosts, exceptionally clean, amazing views, great breakfast with proper coffee. We ended up staying much longer than we planned to as we were having such a brilliant time. The reviews were all correct and we were pleased we went by what was written on trip advisor. One highlight was the trip up to see the sun set from the highest lookout point in New Zealand that is definitely not written in any of the guide books. Thank you Trevor and Brent for such a fantastic time. I will be back....

Room Tip: All rooms are fantastic. Room for campervans and tents too!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bielefeld, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

This place has it all. A beautiful, quiet farm with lots of friendly animals, with a stunning view overlooking the bay up to the sea and perfectly clean, large rooms & facilities. But what makes this place special is its hosts. You do believe that they really want you to have the perfect stay and experience...they will be there for you! We have been taken on a tour and to places we would never have found by reading tour guide books and received lots of advice that really have been worth following. It's been astonishing. These guys know their place and share their knowledge. Our stay here has turned into one of those we keep talking about the most of this trip around the South Island. And we've been around quite a bit. An absolute recommendation for those who like pancakes, fun, fires, fishing, food, friendliness, hospitality, people, to sleep in, individuality, travels, animals, sports, stars, bikes, mountains and rivers, beaches and the ocean, love and their life, ...

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Get Real Backpackers

Property: Get Real Backpackers
Address: 74B Eighty Eight Valley Road, Wakefield 7095, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Wakefield
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Wakefield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have a fantastic location with beautiful panoramic views across the valley through to Nelson and out to sea. We offer private and dorm rooms as well as space for camper vans and tents to stay. We are animal friendly and have self service in the kitchen all through the day and a great breakfast to offer with fresh pancakes. ... more   less 

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