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“A little piece of home away from home”

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Kip & Kaboodle Backpacker Hostel
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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“A little piece of home away from home”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

It was 3.30pm and I needed a bed for the night I rang the hostel and low and behold a New Zealand voice answered....an instant winner for a fellow kiwi. This hostel is a little gem, everybody I meet was so friendly and interesting and the location is great, in the hub of beautiful spots to be explored. I was going to just stay one night but Greg told me lots of places to see locally and also said there would be a bonfire and giant marshmallows to toast the next evening (which totally swung my decision, who could turn down the opportunity to have toasted marshmallows)!
This place makes me proud to be a New Zealander!

Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

the kiwi kaboodle is a fantastic place very close to mahone bay and lunenburg!! plenty to do in the area especially for outdoorsy people! beaches just down the road, short cycle or walk to mahone bay and lunenburg also very close! the owners greg and trudy are exceptionally good people and are always happy to socialise and give advice on where to go and things to do etc!

the hostel itself is charming and comfortable and i felt at home straight away!! i would highly recommend the kip and kaboodle to anyone travelling around nova scotia!!!

thanks guys

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Truro, Canada
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I had a great stay here .. it was comfortable and clean and the hosts were friendly and easy-going. Bathrooms were spotless. I will stay again for sure if I am on the South Shore again. Really close to Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Price can't be beat considering the location.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

My partner and I stayed at Kiwikaboodle in the end of May for 2 nights. It was 'low season,' so we were the only guests there (at least for the first night). Kiwikaboodle is a nice little hostel just outside of Mahony Bay and in close proximity to Lunenburg. Our host Greg welcomed us with open arms and provided us with all the information we needed to see whatever there was to see and do. The hostel itself is situated outside of the city in a green area. The building is simple, though has everything you need. We very much enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

I stayed two nights at this hostel which is 3 km from Mahone Bay and 7 km from Lunenburg. It certainly helps that this is a lovely part of Nova Scotia, so the good vibes are all around. Greg, who owns the place, is a friendly and accommodating host. He knows the area incredibly well and his enthusiasm for exploring Nova Scotia is infectious. He was full of good ideas of places to go and what to do.

The facilities are clean and well maintained-- the fridge was spotless and organized. The common area isn't huge, but there's plenty of space for the eating table, a couch, and a love seat or stuffed chair. There's a computer for general use and good Wi-Fi.

I stayed in the three person dorm room and shared the room for one of the nights. The linens were clean and good quality. There are two bathroom/showers upstairs which were both clean.

I'd love to go back....

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

First we planned to stay 5 Nights. We extend to 6. And 7. Not only the beautiful place somewhere in between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, but also Greg (Host) and family welcomed us so warmly, that we didn't want to leave. The Hostel is colourful and lovely decorated! We never had to worry about distances, Greg offers a lot of rides and had always good ideas for every kind of day. Warm?-> beach; rainy?->museum; cold?-> melting marshmallows on the multicultural fire with guests, friends and family.
We stayed there with 3 people in the three-bed-dorm, and it was perfect to have some privacy for a very good price. On the way back to halifax with Gregs Shuttle sevice we had an awesome trip to Peggys cove and enjoyed his local first hand information.
We are totally pleased and will recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Juneau, Alaska
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

I had a wonderful evening hanging out with wonderful travelers and our expert guide and host, Greg. Clean, comfortable with all the amenities. Wonderful location near both Mahone Bay and Luneford right off the scenic drive. I actually wish I could stay longer.....

Room Tip: I like the dorm - but if you're a couple they have a private room.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Kip & Kaboodle Backpacker Hostel
Address: 9466 Highway 3 | Rr1, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Mahone Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Mahone Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, friendly hostel in quiet country setting 3km from Mahone Bay, 7km from Lunenburg and only one hour from the bustle of Halifax. Full kitchen, barbecue, lobster boils arranged by request. Price includes fully-made bed, towel & make-your-own pancakes & maple syrup for breakfast! If you like meeting great people, relaxing around the campfire under a million billion stars then our hostel is for you. Bring an instrument! ... more   less 
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