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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in a 6-bed ensuite dorm and we're very impressed! It's a great quality backpackers at the standard you would expect for a YHA and the staff are just lovely. The kitchen is huge, well-stocked and set out perfectly to accommodate several groups of people cooking at once. It also had a few luxuries like...

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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They are making a lot of big works all around and in the building!!! It gives the place a brand new shape!!! Thanks YHA for those improvements. Quiet nice central with friendly staff and very good installations ( good alone or in groups or for a family )

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This YHA offers you a very cosy and comfy lounge and a dining room with a spectacular and panoramic view of the lake. The room (6 bed dorm) was small and dark for there was only a small window. The bunkbeds are ok. The ensuite bathroom was clean and tidied up every day. The kitchen is huge compared with those...

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Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We stay one night only in YHA Wanaka. The location is wonderful !!! Staff are friendly. We booked two rooms - lake view double bed ensuite room. Frankly speaking, if you spend most of your time outdoors or in the public area, there is no need to book a lake view room. Save your money and buy better food to...

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Lima, Peru
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights after a wonderful two nights at the YHA in Franz Josef. We were greeted by a nice man and on check in he asked for the membership card used to book as would be normal procedure. We produced the IYTC which is what i understood would be sufficient from the YHA website. However, it...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your detailed review. Great to hear that you had a wonderful stay at YHA Franz Josef and I am sorry to hear that we didn't meet the same standard. In terms of the IYTC cards, there are two types, a standard card and a joint YHA/IYTC card. The joint card displays both the IYTC and...

Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The fact that I've returned here three times should probably be the first indication that I've really enjoyed this place. Friendly staff with 24 hour reception. The dorm rooms out the back had heaps of space, ensuite bathroom and even a kitchenette!! The private room with ensuite was modern and hotel quality! The private double shared a lounge/ kitchenette/ bathroom...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Hi Wackymac! What a delight to read your review. You very much sum up all the things we stand and aim for. Thank you also for listing all the great facilities we provide. In regards to the internet, our free WiFi does have periods of slow connection in our back units, it normally performs well and is always good in...

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed here as part of our Haka Tour. The room was big enough, with an ensuite. The decor really needs an upgrade, and the hostel itself could do with a makeover. There was a bus full of teenagers there during our stay and they were really noisy. Luckily our room was away from all that. The kitchen was generous, with...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

HI Skipper Thank you very much for your detailed review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your large room, our generous well equipped kitchen and the beautiful view of Lake Wanaka from our lounge. Thank you for mentioning the needed décor upgrade. We have recently installed new art work in our private rooms and have new refurbishments planned...

Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Very clean facilities, our little house/ dormroom contains a kitchen and a private toilette. There is also a bigger kitchen, which was spotless, a tv room where they show movies in the evenings. The eating area is very nice as well next to a chemin kt offers a free pooltable and a guitarr. The stuff is very friendly and helpful....

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Hi Manuel, I am happy to hear that you had an excellent stay and enjoyed our clean facilities. Thank you so much for your raving review and for recommending us to other backpackers. Helen Bell - Manager

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night on our way to Queenstown having both stayed in Base previously (on the Kiwi bus) and would definitely recommend the YHA couples / those looking for a more chilled atmosphere. Our double room was clean and compact, albeit pretty difficult to heat up. It has a very central location, but then so does Base...

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Hi Phil, Thank you very much for your review. I am happy to hear that you were impressed with our friendly staff who made sure you had a great stay. We look forward to having you stay with us again! Helen Bell - Manager

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The room was extremely clean and tidy, bed was comfortable. The toilet in the room was new and clean. Walking distance within Central Wanaka. Kitchen was spacious and clean. Dinning area was wonderful with breathtaking views of Wanaka.

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YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Hi Lim Jun Wei! Thank you so much for your outstanding review. We loved having you and look forward to your next stay with us! All the best Helen - Manager

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand's famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable budget accommodation and great communal facilities. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe has generated rave reviews in the Lonely Planet. YHA Wanaka, Purple Cow offers an ideal retreat for the independent traveller looking to discover the exciting activities on offer in Lake Wanaka New Zealand. ... more   less 

Additional Information about YHA Wanaka

Address: 94 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand (Formerly Wanaka YHA The Purple Cow)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range: $56 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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“Front rooms with Lake view are lovely”
 of 5 bubbles Jeffy0316, 14 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Book the rooms away from the entrance if you can - they are a lot quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles D4662DMjamesj, 8 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are good”
 of 5 bubbles PrinceErode, 19 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Room ensuite”
 of 5 bubbles TorretjedeCorse, 17 Feb 2016 | Read review
“The double room at the front of the hostel (could be room 2) has unobstructed views to the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles 198IanS198, 3 Feb 2016 | Read review
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