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Hanmer Backpackers
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Fantastic 2 night stay! Very clean and tidy hostel with an amazing host who was helpful and willing to go the extra mile to make your stay comfortable. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Friendly family style backpackers, more like a home than your average stopover.

Not only was this a great place to stay but when we were foolish enough to leave our coats behind Edwin tracked us down and delivered them to us at our next stop in Kaikoura - over and above normal service. Thank you Edwin

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We stayed here for 1 night on our drive north. This hostel provides all your basic needs and then a bit more. The kitchen is modern & well-equipped. Spices, cooking oil, coffee, tea and milk are available for guests to use. We especially liked the fruit bowl and free ice cream, nice touch! We stayed in the double with ensuite, which is separate to the main lodge. it was a good size, with simple modern furnishings and we appreciated the extra towels for the hot pools. Good alternative to the soul-less motel. Staff are friendly and helpful, and we would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: The double/twin with ensuite is in another building to the main lodge, so if you want to be near the...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

Always great to stay there, Edwin and the staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are lovely and everything is spotless. Love the extras, like towels on our bed. We are repeat customers and really love it there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We Stayed here for 2 nights and could have stayed a lot longer. This hostel was the cleanest i have stayed in. Everthing you needed was there and everything worked. Showers were hot, the beds comfy and tea,coffee,milk, fresh friut and ice cream where provided free of charge. The staff and owner were friendly and helpful and it was obvious the owner was well travelled as he had thought of all the little things that are helpful when travelling that other hostels forget .Easy walking distance to shops and the hot pools.

Room Tip: Ask for the Double room upstairs its great,has a skylight to look at the mountains and the stars.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Joanne C
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HanmerBP, Owner at Hanmer Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2011

Thank you so much for that nice review. Always nice to hear our guests are enjoying their time at our place. Thanks again and happy travels. Kind regards, Edwin van de Koolwijk, owner Hanmer Backpackers.

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Reviewed 19 April 2011

Very nice host. Free ice-cream, milk and fresh fruit which really makes a difference when you are travelling. Lovley area during the snow too. Edwin couldn't do enough to help us and was very knowledgeable about the area and even helped us look for work. A home from home expereince.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 19 March 2011

We stayed here one night. True, Edwin is very nice & helpful, and cleary very dedicated to making guests' stay confortable. He does his best to keep the place really clean. He has renovated the kitchen, adding nice details like sharp knives, real coffee maker and lots of clean teatowels. Also, his wifi price is really good. That said, the rooms & bathroom really need renovating. We had a shared 4-bed bedroom, it was tiny. The walls are thin, so you can hear everything. As you are next to the dryer and the parking lot, this means an early wake-up in the morning. The bathroom is clean, but from the 1970's, so simply very tired. Given Edwin's enthusiasm, I think the place has great potential. But right now, there are nicer hostels to stay in in New Zealand.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hanmer Backpackers

Address: 41 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Hanmer Springs
Price Range: £34 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hanmer Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hanmer Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in beautiful Hanmer Springs. Our hostel is a small, cozy, friendly and warm Swiss chalet style backpackers providing excellent accommodation and service at low prices. We are the most affordable accommodation provider in Hanmer Springs for the independent traveller. The main attraction in Hanmer Springs are the Thermal Pools, which are located a 3-4 minute walk from our hostel! But there's more, Hanmer Springs is a fabulous place for mountain biking, hiking / tramping, skiing, rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, golf, fishing, shopping and many more things. Our kitchen is well stocked with all the essential cooking equipment, fridges / freezers, free tea, plunger coffee, instant coffee, hot chocolate, milk for the hot drinks and a complete spice rack. There is a nice outside patio with comfortable garden furniture and a gas BBQ + utensils. The lounge has some comfy sofas, extensive book exchange, board games, guitar and a massage chair to take care of your sore muscles after a day full of activities. ... more   less 
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