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“Most friendly hostel in New Zealand” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

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Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
Ranked #40 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Berlin, Germany
1 review
“Most friendly hostel in New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

Really the most friendly people in 3 weeks of travelling NZ. We called late and Karen & Donna were very welcoming and relaxed although we arrived even later ;-) They gave us advice where to find a late night meal near the hostel and would even call to book a table in our favorite restaurant. Karen and Donna were genuinely interested in our travel plans and gave us much helpful advice.
The place is very clean. Well equipped kitchen. Funny signs on the toilet doors and in the kitchen. Nice outside sitting area with a little garden including herbs and veggies to use. Quiet location.
Thank you - we will be back!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter V
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

It was ok and even in a 2nd class backpacker you can meet nice people. The pokiest backpacker we stopped at; narrow aisles/corridors and kitchen/dining room - the german buildings-and-fire-police would shut the whole shop right now. Few fridge-space; the least clean backpacker we met up to now, don't look too close, poor equipped kitchen (cutlery probably from some lawn-sales 10 yrs ago), and, of course, no free wifi.
But Wanaka is great with its lake and the mountains around. If Mrs Manager would be as great and move her a... and brain, she could make a great thing out of it.
Absolutely a 2nd choice.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hansjoerg_13
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

We requested a double room (shared bathroom) and were given what can only be described as the garden shed (named Love Shack, in an attempt to distract from the reality). It was a separate building, with a sink, very small room with only just enough space for two rucksacks. The door did not have a separate lock, instead a padlock on a bolt. There were many insects (spiders, flys, bees) in the room which we had to attempt to get rid of each night and by wearing much repellant, but we were next to the vegetable patch.

Despite being away from the creeking inside the main area, we were kept awake by other hostel members until the early hours who congregated outside in the patio area right next to our shed. (Hence, I'm writing this at 1am). There was a 10:30pm outside rule, but this was not adhered to on one of our 3 nights.

The kitchen was small, two hobs and two sinks, and clean as long as you got there just after it had been cleaned otherwise there were dirty pots and pans just left by fellow backpackers.

There were three communal toilets and three showers. One of the showers was so cramped, it was difficult to close the door and without getting into the shower. Also the shower curtain was too small, so water inevitably went over the floor. Another didn't drain properly, so you stood in a pool of water once you had finished.

There was one washer (available after 11am) and one dryer, but we did not use this during our stay. The washing lines were completely full, but we strung up our own line and made do with that.

The positive aspects of this hostel are the location (close to the middle on Wanaka) and the owners. Both of the ladies we met were friendly and helpful during our stay, but we can't pretend that makes up for everything else. For the same price we have stayed in much better places and we would not risk staying here again! It might have been ok if we had picked an en-suite lodge room, but can't be sure.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

Stayed in the backpackers on Feb 6th and disappointed with the messiness of the kitchen, lack of soap in the bathrooms and towels left lying on the floor of the shower rooms. Otherwise, well situated in the town and probably staying in the Lodge part would have been perfect. Staff were lovely and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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148 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

Located right in the heart of Wanaka so is handy to the supermarket, bars, Cafes and the lake etc.
We stayed in a lodge room which was light and cosy but not the most comfortable as it was very basic.
Bathroom was clean but tired and the shower had terrible pressure.
Communal kitchen is well stocked on utensiles etc.
If your laid back and wanting a cheap place I would recommend it but if your looking for a romantic place or a girls weekend accomodation I would give it a miss.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Missjess86
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

Great little find in beautiful Wanaka. We stayed in the Lodge part and had our own bathroom which was clean and big. Shared kitchen and lounge areas were also clean and great to share a meal and chat with other travellers. Was really close to centre of town and shops. Owners were very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

We stayed in Wanaka for a week and we chose a Lodge room.
This turned out to be a great choice!
They have a lounge and computers and a big open kitchen to use so we were able to save money having somewhere clean to cook and eat.
The room was large with plenty of room for our snowboarding equipment and a big comfy double bed.
The staff at reception were all lovely and really eager to help us enjoy our time in Wanaka. They booked us a sky dive and helped us find local walks and were just so helpful, they really seemed to care whether or not we had a good day, and that's special when staying at a backpackers. The backpackers kitchen has a big cosy fireplace! perfect.
We'd recommend this Hostel!

Room Tip: The only time it was noisy was when the irish pub had a band playing... but that was only 1 night of...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank spiderbaby83
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Additional Information about Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Property: Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! A homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka with friendly kiwi’s and travellers from all around the world.We have log fires to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer.There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations.This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay.Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests but we encourage everyone to join in and get to know each other. ... more   less 
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