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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this hostel for our first trip in NZ for just one night stay. The hostel is at prime location - right next to the lake and town's CBD. We've been pleasantly surprised to discover that our room had ensuite bathroom. But probably the best was views from the room - we could see lake and hills behind from...

Thank invisible999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so impressed with YHA Wanaka. Our family of four booked a 4 bed private room with ensuite and it was perfect for our single night stay. We would have been happy to stay longer. Highlights for us; clean and cosy room, superb kitchen amenities, spacious TV/games/dining, friendly staff and the lake view!! Well done on a top spot,...

Thank Natasha P
Alexandria, Virginia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first time we stayed in a hotel of this type. The room was spacious. The parking was overcrowded, but we were able to park across the street. The communal kitchen was cute, and seemed well-equipped. The staff was great. We had an early morning tour set up the following day, but the staff warned us that there...

Thank MaileAndFred
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked the deluxe room for our one night in Wanaka and it was perfect for us. The room has its own kitchen, lounge, ensuite, TV and bed, so we had privacy and independence at a price that didn't break the bank. The room was spacious and clean and we could park our car just outside. The pillows were the...

Thank Travel4me070
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed your spacious self-contained Double Deluxe room. We are always pleased to hear that the room was clean and our staff were friendly. Sorry to hear about the pillows. We do have extra pillows available so if you are staying in another YHA in your travels, don't be afraid to ask reception staff and I...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just spent 2 days at this hostel and I liked. I was able to do check-in at 10am, what was amazing. The kitchen was big and had everything that you needed. Really close to a grocery store, great location. WI-FI wasn't the best in the room... Room was okay, pretty simple.

Thank Valeria M
YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA Wanaka, responded to this review

Hi Valeria, Thank you for your great review. We are always happy to hear when guests enjoy our big kitchen and the close locating of our hostel to the center of Wanaka. Our free WiFi does have periods of slow connection in our back units, it normally performs well and is always good in the main communal areas. Your feedback...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in lovely Wanaka. Excellent location with beautiful views, very close to the supermarket and to the lake shore. Lounge and dining area was very cosy and the kitchen was fantastic and very well stocked. We stayed in a 6-bed self-sustained form which was very comfortable even though the stove was not working. Great YHA, would...

Thank Melissa L
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via 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...

Thank Anna G
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 28 November 2016 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 )

Thank olivier b
Reviewed 17 November 2016 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...

Thank Julia B
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...

Thank Victor1125

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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: $53 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Wanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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“Book the front room with ensuite bathroom overlooking the lake.”
 of 5 bubbles invisible999, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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”
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