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Base Backpackers Wanaka
Ranked #39 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
London, United Kingdom
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“Really good!!”
Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

Nice hostel with good rooms quite small but fine! Stayed in a 6 bed dorm. The communal bathrooms were shared by a lot of people but were quite clean so it was fine! The kitchen was small and not very nice and also really far away from our room but it didn't matter too much. The hostel offered a BBQ at the bar which was nice.

The bar was really good in the evenings they did lots of competitions and games and it was really fun! They have free drinks to winners and did really good drinks deals!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Darelle J, General Manager at Base Backpackers Wanaka, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Hi, Thanks for your lovely review! Hope you've been enjoying your travels since you stayed with us.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Stayed here during the ski season. The backpackers is very basic with few extras. The main thing that stuck with me was how stuffy the whole place was. At night we had to leave the window open although it would drop below freezing while the heater was on full blast.

The beds were really creaky and although it is a dry hostel (no alcohol) we were woken up at night by drunk people in the hostel and outside of it.

Wouldn't book here again, have stayed at other hostels in Wanaka which were much better. The only good thing about base is the location, but Wanaka is such a small place anyway.

Room Tip: The kitchen is on the first floor, try to get a room away from the toilet door.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

I have booked a double room for 6 nights. The price was pretty good, for a double room ensuite. I would really say that the Hostel is very new, rooms are good. I had a one big bed, pretty comfortable.

The service in this Hostel was completely awful. Just don't book any transfers at the reception. They are slow, unprofessional and rude. They did not explain about the cancellation policy and in the result I lost 35 NZD bucks. The Administrator Darelle Jenkins has been very rude. She did not even try to resolve the matter with my booking. The only thing she does every time is a small nice talk with the men from transportation company. Ohhh Michael...if you need Hugs please come over. That is absolute rubbish. I was sick and had fever. Spent 30 minutes at the reception without any success. All in all, the Hostel need better stuff, well educated and well trained I believe... if you decide to stay don't expect much from the stuff. Although there is a nice big guy who is very helpful friendly and professional. At lest one person in the whole Hostel.

The Yello cubs and transfer services were not great. Pretty slow and with the safety issues. Buses are old, the safety belts were not working. About those facts I have just sent the official complaint letter to the NZ Governmental body. I hope the company would undergo the safety audit soon and services would improve.

all in all, the snowboarding was great with the exception about stay. Better to pay more that safe and have all those matters during your holidays.

Andrey

Room Tip: the room 221 on the 2nd floor is enormous and big, with a study dest. They said they provide it for...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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stay at 4 bed shared dorm room 117 ( staying at the time of writing)
with ensuited toilet and it is very dirty so i did notify the front staff two times and the only answer I got back is " we are busy " so nothing has been done.
At the kitchen , they have large kitchen but very unorganised. It is super dirty and the worst I have seen in NZ's hostel. all dishes were left on the sinks all over the place. the fridge was so full.
I understand that it can be understaffed but the the people working here probably did not enjoy their work ?
No homey feeling here too.
Stay away.... How can they get the 5 star rating for hostel ? this is totally unacceptable !
Would not recommend... stay away... the last choice !

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

First thing you notice is how grey and gloomy the whole place is. There's zero character to the hostel. The staff were fine and the room was very clean when I arrived, although very small for an 8 bed dorm. The bar down stairs was cheap and lively so is worth a visit, sadly this drab and totally unimaginative hostel is worth avoiding.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Tutbury, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by this hostel (though we decided not to use the kitchen), we found our room, clean and tidy. The only downside was that dispute polite notices from the Base team, several other guests decided to return to the hostel very late which meant we did not get much consecutive sleep until around 3.30am. Top tip, make sure doors are shut on corridors and ear plugs are worth considering! Otherwise great base for Wanaka.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Basic hostel, the beds were comfy and each bunk had a charging point which was really handy. Good location, opposite a really cool cinema where you can take beer in with you and the chairs are sofas etc.
The hostel is also really near Lake Wanaka which is beautiful to walk round. Tv room was v.small but so so and the reception isn't 24hrs.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Base Backpackers Wanaka
Address: 73 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
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Ranked #39 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
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Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Wanaka 2*
Number of rooms: 49
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