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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Central backpackers, only ten minute walk to shops and bars, overlooking the serene lake. The hill is quite steep to the entrance but you get used to that in New Zealand! The girl in reception was very friendly and helpful and the kitchen facilities were very clean and tidy. Large communal area with beautiful views. The room was very clean... More 

Thank Lady_Peekaboo19
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi there So great to hear you enjoyed your stay- you are right New Zealand is a mountainous country for sure! It's always helpful to hear that our staff are welcoming and helpful and we will pass on your comments. We agree there is loads of fun actives to do in Wanaka. Wanaka Bakpaka : ) More 

Oxted, Surrey, U.K.
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72 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Good location overlooking the lake and pleasant staff. It's been really well designed with a great kitchen and laundry facilities. However, the buildings have thin walls and are therefore noisy for a light sleeper like me. Thankfully no late night revelling.

Thank Jill_Oxted
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Jill Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. It's great to hear you liked our location and setout. Unfortunately our buildings are not new (although we do try to kept the rooms looking fresh) we are a backpackers and this is represented in our price. We cannot offer soundproof rooms as you would expect... More 

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146 reviews
96 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This is one of the best, if not THE best, hostel I've ever stayed at (and I've been to a few, especially in NZ). The location is suberb, with wonderful lakeviews and a ten minute walk to centre. The facilities are great with a super large lounge/dining area, big and very well equipped kitchen, lots of fridges and space and... More 

Thank Egus
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Egus Wow what an awesome review! It means a lot to all of here to hear that we are one of your favourite hostels. So great to hear your feedback. Thanks Wanaka Bakpaka More 

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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Wanaka Backpaka had everything that a back packer would look for. Nice well equipped kitchen, really nice clean rooms, helpful staff and awesome common areas indoor & outdoor to chill. Staff is nice and helpful. Town is just a 10 min walk down. Data limit for free wifi. The main reason i choose this option over many other options available... More 

Thank V2C
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi there What a great review, it's awesome to hear you think we offer everything a backpacker is looking for. We try to keep common areas well stocked, clean and agree the view is amazing! We hope you enjoy the rest of you time in New Zealand. Wanaka Bakpaka : ) More 

York, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

What a lovely reception, lounge and dining area with amazing views over the lake - couldn't get better in an expensive hotel! The kitchen was wonderful, finally a backpackers with a big enough space and enough work surface, ovens and sinks for everyone not to be crowded. The rental bikes were really good. The dorm rooms were nice, though the... More 

Thank HandMTravelling
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us at Wanaka Bakpaka. It's great to hear you enjoyed the awesome views we have from our living room and found the kitchen a good size to work in. We understand about the ladders on bunks - unfortunately they wither come in metal or wood. We think the... More 

Bengaluru, India
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016

From a great smile at the reception , to simple but very comfortable rooms , everything was great during our 3 night stay here . We were in a lakeview double room , which had a great view. The kitchen was very clean and well equipped We rented out their bicycles for a day - they were much cheaper than... More 

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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Shantanu Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and agree there are so many things to do in Wanaka, especially lazing in the sun! We are constantly trying to increase our WIFI strength and have four hotspots around the hostel. We do agree that going... More 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

The hostel is very clean, the interior looks quite beautiful and on sunny days you can get a nice view on Wanaka. The staff was absolutely lovely and extremely friendly and it was a true joy talking to them, especially that Dutch girl working at the reception seemed happy all the time. For a hostel this place is certainly in... More 

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WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Stefan It's great to hear lovely feedback about our staff we will pass on your kind comments. We agree that the WIFI is not perfect and are constantly trying to get better strength so all guests can enjoy this. Sorry to hear that you didn't find the bed comfortable we regularly upgrade Matresses so this is unfortunate. We hope... More 

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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

I can only repeat everything I have read here about the quality of this hostel. EVERYTHING about it is first class!! I wish we had stayed longer and not already booked a place in Queenstown. I could stay here a week! There are so many great things to do in Wanaka - Roy's Peak, Lake Huwea, Rob Roy Glacier etc!!... More 

Thank JoeN254
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Joe Thanks so much for taking the the time to write your review about your recent stay with us. We love to hear from guests that they have enjoyed their stay and agree that when in Wanaka there are so many amazing walks to pick from. We hope that's you had a great time in Central Otago ! Wanaka... More 

Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

This hostel is located a short 5 minute walk from the town centre along the lake. The view is spectacular from the reception and dining room. The hostel itself has character and is very comfortable, although my room was a bit stuffy - a ceiling fan would have been nice. The kitchens are large, clean and well kept. There was... More 

Thank Louise B
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Louise Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and would come back again. We have just recently gone through a heat wave of 30+ deg days which is not common and definatley not comfortable at night time. We hope you enjoyed your time in Wanaka and enjoy the rest of your travels. Wanaka Bakpaka : ) More 

Ruston, Louisiana
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

This hostel was my favorite--having stayed in quite a few in New Zealand. Clean, awesome staff, and great amenities make it worth the extra price. I stayed in a private double and had a wonderful sleep, the views from the shower and my bedroom window were amazing! Communal areas are clean and tidy, especially the kitchen which offers fresh herbs... More 

Thank rachel45116
WanakaBakpaka, Owner at Wanaka Bakpaka, responded to this review

Hi Rachel Wow so great to hear we are your favourite hostel that you have stayed at. Awesome to hear you found the room and all the facilities clean and well suited. Such lovely comments we really appreciate them! Wanaka Bakpaka : ) More 

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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 

Additional Information about Wanaka Bakpaka

Address: 117 Lakeside Road | Otago, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range: RM73 - RM218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
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“Try to get a room with a view.”
 of 5 bubbles Malotte, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Well located, nice views”
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“Queen room has a huge bed and nearly private bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles JoeN254, 27 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Book early!! They fill up quickly.”
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“Just book in, you wont be disappointed.”
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