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Tuatara Backpackers Lodge

30 - 32 Dee Street, Invercargill 9810 New Zealand
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#10 of 14 Speciality lodging in Invercargill
Tuatara lodge has recently undertaken new ownership
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Property amenities
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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MichJ wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
From the moment we arrived we had a bad feel for this place. The front door was locked at 3pm. We had to wait in the cafe for someone to see to us. There was this smell about the place. The place was so cold, not just the temperature but the atmosphere too. The heater in the room did not heat the room at all, kept it on all night and still not warm, slept with 2 duvets still cold all night. No heating in the corridors, I did try to turn it on but nothing. The lounge on floor 1 if you put the kettle and microwave on it trips the electricity so had to take my half cooked porridge upstairs kitchen. What is it with people leaving windows open, it is freezing outside! The fire door in the kitchen on level 2 did not close. We left after one night couldn't bear to stay for the 2nd night we had booked. We had loud music starting at 10pm that vibrated through the floor. Only good thing was the pizzas and beer in the cafe downstairs.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Don't stay here
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JaBaby wrote a review Jun 2021
Queenstown, New Zealand17 contributions11 helpful votes
Ordered a beer and sat down to do some computer work. The bar manager came up and pulled my laptop plug out of the wall and said “we don’t allow charging here”…. in a travel lodge bar. How cheap can you get. I’ll take my $ somewhere else. AVOID.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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sam wrote a review Dec 2020
Invercargill, New Zealand1 contribution
I wasn't warned when I booked my room that the hostel would be hosting a live music event until the wee hours of the morning. It was so loud that the walls of my hostel room shook constantly; I at least expected them to stop at 11pm when the local noise curfew kicked in but they just kept going. What kind of hostel keeps its own guests awake by blasting music until 1am?? Do not recommend staying here if you plan on getting more than 5 hours sleep.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Bruce M wrote a review Nov 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand739 contributions178 helpful votes
Stayed a night here. Comfortable bed even in a bunk room. The kitchen had everything needed as far as I could need. Keys to get in worked and out. Handy to have a bar next door. Interestingly the windows open as well.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sarah L wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand86 contributions43 helpful votes
Enjoyed our lunch here. The corn stack was delicious. The waitresses were friendly and the cafe had a nice ambience. The artwork is worth a visit. Lots of interesting places to sit such as streetside or in the courtyard.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
USD 39 - USD 121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionInvercargill
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tuatara Backpackers Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Tuatara Backpackers Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Classic Motorcycle Mecca (0.3 km), E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian (0.4 km), and The Seriously Good Chocolate Company (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tuatara Backpackers Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Tuatara Backpackers Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Tuatara Backpackers Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pinch of Spice, Louies Cafe & Tapas Bar, and The Rocks Cafe.
Is Tuatara Backpackers Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Invercargill.
Are there any historical sites close to Tuatara Backpackers Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Demolition World (5.1 km).