The hostel has been recently renamed to "Le Gite". A beautiful place on the edge of Hanmer Springs. Only stayed here a night but definitely could have spent longer in Hanmer. Run by a cool Dutch guy, it has been recently rennovated, and comes with a fantastic well equiped kitchen. As mentioned it is cool they have free range eggs (so you don't need to buy a carton) and when I staed there where two whole plates of delicious free scones donated from the local bakery. They were pretty special.
I didn't see a TV in the common room - but to be honest - this was kind of a blessing... sick of TV's blaring at hostels while guests just veg out in front of them instead of chatting.
I'm too old to be dorming it these days, so I stayed in the family room (which was pretty cheap at $60 NZ - I think he charged me th single rate which was nice).
The hot springs are pretty good, (I think I've been spoilt in the hot springs department.... but they are obviously a must if you are coming to town)... but the highlight of my tstay in Hanmer was the drive I did in the hills behind town along the gravel backroads... through the valley and towards the Hanmer Ski field (which sadly was closed due to all of the hot weather and rain). Really stunning countryside out there for a hike or mountainbiking etc.
P.S. if you find a deck of "Monopoly Deal" left at the hostel. You have me to thank for that one :) but it belongs to the hostel now. ha.
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- Surrounded by mountains, set in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, Jack in the Green Backpackers is a boutique budget travellers accommodation. Jack in the Green is located in a quiet part of Hanmer Springs, on a ten minute walk from the town centre and famous thermal pools. Come and enjoy our spacious comfortable rooms, cosy lounge, lovely garden with sunny verandas and patio with bbq. Relax and take your time to discover beautiful Hanmer Springs! ... more less
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