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Wanaka Bakpaka
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Can't imagine a better hostel!”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

We traveled with our adult daughter in late October 2013. This was my first real hostel experience and I can't imagine a better hostel accommodation anywhere. We had a private room for 3 with ensuite bathroom. The bedroom (three single beds) and bathroom were very clean and comfortable. Bedding was provided but towels were not. We had our own but could have paid for them if needed. The shared kitchen, dining room and lounge were outstanding. My daughter, who travels extensively and stays in hostels around the world, said this was the best kitchen facility she's ever encountered. The location, directly above Lake Wanaka, is spectacular. The town is small and everything is within walking distance. Staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Liked having ensuite bathroom.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 16 December 2013
Hi there

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay at Wanaka Bakpaka. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us especially since this is one of your first hostel experiences!
We do try to keep all of our private and communal areas clean & tidy so guests can enjoy their stay. Whether it be summer or winter the view overlooking the lake is always memorable.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Stayed in a room with shared bathroom on the first night and a lakeview room ensuite on the next two nights. View from the lakeview room is lovely! Staff was really friendly. Great place to base yourself while touring Wanaka.

  • Stayed October 2013
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Hi there

Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and agree that it is a great view you experience when staying in the Lake View Double Ensuite. We are lucky to have similar views in the living room where all guests can enjoy as well. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand.

Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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47 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Was a good place to stay. Was the best BackPackers on our trip around the top of the South Island. In fact we cancelled our accommodation in Queenstown so we could stay longer and the staff were very helpful and friendly

  • Stayed July 2013
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Hi there

Wow thanks so much for reviewing your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in July. To say that we are the best backpackers you stayed at in the South Island means alot and we appreciate your compliment. We do strive to keep the backpackers tidy, comfy and relaxing place for each guests stay! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

This was a great backpackers. We were shown around around the place by Ian and he was smiling the whole time! Felt very welcome. Very cool location right next to the lake for a great price. Would have loved to stay a little longer and we would thoroughly recommend the stay :)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Hi Tim

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your stay here with us at Wanaka Bakpaka in September. It's great when guests have enjoyed their stay that they recommend us to fellow travelers.
We hope to see you back some day at Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

The staff show us around the backpacker,she was very friendly that made us felt welcomed.the view in the lounge was brilliant and cozy,comfortable,the range of board game was good too.The twin room we booked was nice and warm,but the bed its a bit too soft, we had backaches when we woke up.The kitchen was fully equipped and most of the stuff are clean to use.

it was a good experience there,if we ever went to Wanaka again,Wanaka bapaka would be our first choice.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Hi there

Thanks so much for reviewing your stay here with us in August. We are pleased to hear you found the staff friendly and helpful. The games cupboard stays well stocked over winter as is always well used we are glad you put it to good use! The view from the living room is always appreciated whether it be winter or summer. We appreciate your feedback about the mattresses.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip around New Zealand.
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Torquay, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

I travelled in a group of 4 for 2 weeks in New Zealand, during this time Wanaka Bakpaka was definitely the best place we stayed! They have great facilities, friendly and helpful staff and a real 'home feel'. Excellent value for money!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Hi Stephanie

Wow its amazing when guests say that we are the 'best place they've stayed' ! It means alot and we really appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay here with your group.
Its great to hear that you found the facilities well equipped and enjoyed the atmosphere.
We hope you had a great winter break in New Zealand!

Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

My group of three booked late but we were able to get into an immaculate 4 bed room. The facilities at the hostel are excellent. A well equipped comfortable lounge that is warm and comfortable. A very well equipped kitchen that can get a little crowded so just avoid the 6.00pm -7.00pm rush and it is fine. We sipped wine looking over the lake and mountains before cooking the evening meal. The private bathrooms are very clean and the showers are excellent. I am not a hosteller but will use them more frequently if the they are like this one. It was a shame we only stopped fro one night before moving on. The greeting by the host was excellent. Wanaka is simply idyllic.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Dave07_10
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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Hi Dave

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay here at Wanaka Bakpaka in August. We are so pleased to hear your group enjoyed their stay here and might frequent hostels more often. We do try to keep all the facilities clean and tidy so guests can all appreciate them. I would agree with you that in the winter guests do tend to get down from the mountain and try to cook all at the same time so i think your approach of relaxing on the couches was an excellent one.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand !
Wanaka Bakpaka : )
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Property: Wanaka Bakpaka
Address: 117 Lakeside Road | Otago, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Wanaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fantastic quiet lakeside location. Only 5 minute walk to the centre of town. "Bus and Group" free ambience allowing you to enjoy our garden courtyard. Our comfy, spacious and TV free lounge overlooks Lake Wanaka with it huge floor to ceiling windows. Its these views which are our biggest clincher, followed by the NEW kitchen, vareity of room types and outside areas. ... more   less 
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