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“Beautiful place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Freestone Backpackers
Ranked #4 of 5 Manapouri B&B and Inns
Fairbanks, Alaska
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

We stayed at several backpackers during our trip to NZ, and this was the best: a nice, quiet, comfortable cabin surrounded by flowering shrubs, with a view of Manapouri Lake and the mountains beyond. The cabin was well-equipped with basic cooking facilities, the bed was comfortable, and everything was clean and well maintained. What more can you ask for?

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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appleton, wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

We stayed with Kirstin and Jimmy in mid-December. We stayed in an ensuite room up at the main house and it was spectacular. The views were terrific, the room extremely spacious and comfortable, and the hospitality they showed us was very special. We had a nice evening with Kirstin, Jimmy, and some other guests out on the porch at the main house. Definitely a great choice for the Manapouri area.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

I travelled the whole of the south island and this was my favourite place. For 66 dollars you get your own hut with balcony and sink, couch and table. And as the huts are built on a hill with bushes all around you feel like you have the whole place to yourself. The owners really make you feel at home, they have horses hanging around, birds everywhere and great views of the surrounding area and lake manapouri. Also I believe the owner is a concert pianist and will do concerts in their house which is at the top of the hill.
The only thing I would say is that it's in the middle of nowhere so you would probably need a car to get there.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Hanssprungfeld
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

We booked an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound so we decided to stay at Freestone for the night. It was a really peaceful and delightful place to stay. We stayed in the cottage with en-suite, the room was comfortable and homely. It's pretty amazing that the owner Jimmy built the entire place himself. The owners were really friendly and so were the horses. Pity we only stayed one night.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ben L
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New Delhi, India
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43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

It's a great place to use as a pitspot before your trip to doubtful sound.
The best part were the horses that come out early morning right in front of your cottage to say G'mornin Buddy!
Friendly owners too!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Anandit
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Additional Information about Freestone Backpackers

Property: Freestone Backpackers
Address: 270 Hillside Rd, Manapouri 9064, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Manapouri
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Manapouri
Price range (per night): $60
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in our private, cosy timber chalets with wood burner, solar lighting, kitchen and shared bath facilities. You can choose the luxury lodge with spa or a 4 bedroom holiday house. All our rooms have stunning views of mountains and Lake Manapouri. The place is a great base for a holiday in Fiordland, Doubtful and Milford Sound cruises, kayaking, Kepler, Dusky tracks etc or simply as food for the soul. Free bookings. Hosts: Jimmy & Kerstin. ... more   less 

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