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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

If you get to stay at Freestone, consider yourself lucky. Jimmy is an amazing and sweet host, and built all of the cabins by hand. I stayed in one cabin with a friend our first night in New Zealand on our way to Milford Sound and it was exactly what we needed: we woke refreshed and relaxed with birdsong exploding... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 December 2015

Mum and teenage sons spent several days based here as we explored this part of the country from Milford and Doubtful Sounds down to Lake Hauroko. Heron Lodge provided comfortable beds for all with a stunning view over Lake Manapouri. All the kitchen stuff we needed was there, the bathroom block always clean with hot showers and Jimmy a convivial... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We stayed one night in a double cabin (fantail) in September on our way to Doubtful Sound. Was nice and warm with the pot belly stove. Great bed with nice linens and a spectacular view in the morning of the mountains across lake Manapouri. Kitchenette had all the needed pots and pans to cook with. Bathrooms were spotless. Definitely recommend... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

When I arrived I was offered either one of the normal hostel rooms or to stay in the spare room in his house. At first I said the hostel rooms as they look like amazing little cabins with seats outside and a fire pit with wood. However I then saw inside Jimmy's AMAZING house he built himself and instantly changed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

We stayed for two days. The cabins are clean, basic and rustic but that is their charm. Located in a hill side with views across the valley to the mountains beyond. The cabins have wood burning stoves and there is an ample supply of logs so you can stay warm on cooler evenings. Relax on the deck in the evenings... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 17 December 2014

It was clean, and the beds were pretty comfortable. We stayed two nights in different rooms with our Milford trek in between.(so really any bed was going to feel great) I think the big problem here is that the family is split up or splitting up and no one is putting much care into the business at the moment. It... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 27 November 2014

I spent 2 weeks in Freestone in winter 2013 and i had an amazing time. Our cabin was great, very cosy and clean and from the front porch you could see the lake and fjords in the distance. Kerstin and Jimmy are lovely hosts. Definately recommend to everyone who loves the nature and would like to experience something different!

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

We booked one of the en-suite cabins, and it was superb in terms of providing the basics. The location was good - well away from the tourism hot-spots, although a car was vital. The owners were wonderful - friendly and helpful. Great value for money (but certainly not a luxury spot if that is what you want).

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We stayed a few nights in one of the cabins. Originally we thought we had a room in the main communal building but since we were the only ones there Jimmy the owner "upgraded" us in a cabin with ensuite. That was ok but it would have been nice to have been given an option first, considering we were charged... More 

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mold
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

despite the other reviews i really have to critise this backpackers there were rodent dropping in the kitchen cupboards which should have alerted to us of the nighttime scurryings it sounded like an extended family of rodents to add to this (we were by the road) there were strange vehicles coming and going to the washing facilties? wether they were... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Stay in our private, cosy timber chalets with wood burner, solar lighting, kitchen and shared bath facilities. You can choose the luxury lodge with spa or a 4 bedroom holiday house. All our rooms have stunning views of mountains and Lake Manapouri. The place is a great base for a holiday in Fiordland, Doubtful and Milford Sound cruises, kayaking, Kepler, Dusky tracks etc or simply as food for the soul. Free bookings. Hosts: Jimmy & Kerstin. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Freestone Backpackers

Address: 270 Hillside Rd, Manapouri 9064, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Manapouri
Price Range: RM205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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“best views, comfy beds, warm cabins, excellent service, amazing location, quiet and great value”
 of 5 bubbles ChrisManuelUK, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Get yourself some beers/wine and sit on the porch and watch the world turn into a postcard”
 of 5 bubbles CatT51, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“A bit far away from town but definitely worth a visit.”
 of 5 bubbles KV_Lovoluns, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Find another place, owner scams”
 of 5 bubbles arjay56, 12 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Lodges had all we needed and so peaceful.”
 of 5 bubbles kadokkadok, 22 Dec 2015 | Read review
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