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Reviewed 14 January 2015 via mobile

It was the best hostel in my whole NZ trip! The hostel was very clean & shiny , big kitchen, big living room with comfortable sofas. Free laundry, free bicycles. It was a perfect place to rest after hikes in a rural atmosphere. Bob & Naxine who run this hostel are like caring grandparents, very lovely people!

1Thank Talia S
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 10 January 2015

Stayed here with my daughter for 5 nights- it was delightful, peaceful spotlessly clean and relaxing. The hosts Bob and Maxine are delightful and have plenty of excellent local knowledge. The communal kitchen has everything you need and extras too. i wish there were more places like this in the world -It is a real treasure. Thanks Bob and Maxine

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Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 December 2014 via mobile

Bob and Maxine's was by far the best backpackers we have stayed in and we don't expect to find anywhere that surpasses it! It has a charm all of its own with the wonderful views through the common area and of course because of the hospitality of the hosts. We had an unfortunate car accident which meant getting to this...

Thank LTree
Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 November 2014

Bob and Maxine's is by far the nicest hostel I've stayed in with respects to location and communal space. The communal space is very homey, covered with flags and filled with couches and chairs surrounding a nice wood burning heater. The kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms are all very nice as well. Bob and Maxine are both very quirky. I traveled...

Thank zshaiken
bobteanau, Owner at Bob and Maxine's Backpackers, responded to this review

Sorry guys I must have been having a bad day & let my sarcasm loose . We do find the big groups can be a challenge & to be fair I did have to clean up after your folks several times to maintain our very high standards. We almost never raise these issues just roll up our sleeves & get...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 10 November 2014

Me and my elderly mum stayed here for 4 nights and we loved every single day there. Everything was perfect - the house, the room, the bathroom, the kitchen and the fireplace. Maxine (Bob was away hiking) is the most beautiful woman we have ever met - her character contributes to her beauty and also in her home. She takes...

Thank Cheong M
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 3 November 2014

Although technically this is a backpackers, it felt more like a B&B. Both Bob and Maxine were friendly and helpful, suggesting places to eat and things to do in the area. We didn't end up staying in the hostel, but in the house, as the hostel was very full. We were lucky enough to have our own private bathroom and...

Thank heff44
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 4 June 2014

The great thing about backpacking is that you get to see so many wonderful places and Milford Sounds was certainly at the top of my list. But sometimes you just need to slow down for a minute and reflect. The comfort of Bob and Maxine's allowed me to take that rest. I was able to kick up my feet and...

Thank DistinctlyBrinkley
Reviewed 10 April 2014

a beautiful hostel, tranquil and peaceful excellent facilities with comfy beds/rooms, great bathrooms lovely kitchen with gorgeous wooden tables a lovely log burner to warm your toes infront of big windows to let in the light and show off the views i wish i had been able to stay longer

Thank Charlotte H
Lakeport, California
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We have stayed at Bob and Maxine's on two occasions. The second time we bought our visiting family with us. The accommodation is spotlessly clean, comfortable and convenient. The kitchen is the best equipped I have found ( we are here on South Island for 6 months so we have been to a lot of backpackers) So if you are...

Thank jinpasangmo
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Friendly, clean, comfortable and well equipped. I am quite happy to say the best hostel I have stayed in during all my travels. Bob and Maxine are great, I had a bottom bunk saved for me on my return from the Milford Track which was very thoughtful. I hurt my ankle and extending my stay was no prob. Free internets,...

Thank Jacquie J

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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Bob and Maxine's Backpackers

Address: 20 Paton Place, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
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“Two private double rooms with shared bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles Mlouey, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are the same, don't worry.”
 of 5 bubbles tals57, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The two private rooms are in the main building, very quite.”
 of 5 bubbles xbear1951, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Bring cash to pay for your room”
 of 5 bubbles zshaiken, 18 Nov 2014 | Read review
“I liked the bottom bunk in the room furthest from the kitchen. You can watch the llamas from your bed on a rainy day.”
 of 5 bubbles DistinctlyBrinkley, 3 Jun 2014 | Read review
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