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All reviewstonga hutamazing viewsmain buildingcheaper priceswimming with dolphinshot showershared kitchengreat facilitiesenjoyed our stayview of the baya great place to stayfree wifistargazertoiletswalkssheeppaua
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This is a really special place. When you first arrive the surroundings speak for themselves, it’s more like a retreat than a farm hostel. After talking to the people there you will quickly realise that so many of them have been there multiple times and that they love it there. The lodge has its own walking tracks, dolphin swimming and kayaking. You can stay in these epic stargazer huts if you have a little more cash otherwise the van park has a tremendous panoramic view of Akaroa harbour. I suggest staying there a few nights, the place is so serene that it will rub off on even the most introverted traveller. It’s the kind of place where if you meet someone that smiles at you in that good kind of way you will think this is it. The staff there complete their jobs like clockwork. I can speak of the current set of staff there that they are a lovely group of people, in many ways a perfect extension of what the hostel represents.

As much as I’ve tried what I’ve written doesn’t even do the place justice though. It has that special something where it is more than the sum of its parts. That something you can’t put your finger on but everyone there can feel. Don’t just take my word for it however, go and see for yourself. I hope that like me you will feel lucky to have found the place.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
3  Thank CoachTayshaun
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Huge thanks to Onuku Farm Hostel for a lovely stay and wonderful time swimming with the dolphins. And they had all sorts of superfriendly animals - chickens and sheeps that you can cuddle! We stayed there in our campervan on a grassy area with picnic tables and a stunning view of the bay!Campervan site had its' own facilities - 3 showers and 2 toilets (one was with the shower) and a kitchen. 15nzd per person. They offer swimming with dolphins for 110$ and kayaking for 40$ both at 7AM. Very small small group (8p.max)! So, if you think of visiting Akaroa, this is a great place to stay!

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank RutaMa
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

I actually found the reviews here to not have always accurately assessed what is actually on offer here, or how nice it is to stay here.

AFAIK there are 3 options staying here: campsite, hostel, and star gazer sleeper pods which you can watch the stars from. We stayed inside the hostel

"Great facilities, kitchen," really? Actually the kitchen space is very small and crowded--not enough room for all guests to cook something, let alone cook comfortably.

It was clean, and it's nice and quiet at night, but very cold in the common area and bedroom. But the dorm beds are pretty comfortable for a budget backpackers.

By the way, the road to here is not good. It takes a long time to get here, and I wouldn't recommend it for large campers or old cars.

It seems like there's a lot of backpackers working here, or mingling with the ones who are. The atmosphere is Very laid back. This can be good or bad. If you need assistance, it's hard to get someone to help you, even for something small. It's hard to even know who is actually working or if anyone is in charge. The staff seemed friendly in way the talk to you, but I wouldn't say customer service is really even an idea worth entertaining to the point where you just won't be helped.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Winter F
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We spent the night in the star gazing hut, it was absolutely magical, we spend the whole night cuddling and watching the world go by. They provide great facilities kitchen, showers, toilets, fridge. Great value for money, The site is very natural and rural, beware the track is not appropriate for large campervans.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
3  Thank rebeccabroom
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

When in Akaroa do yourself a favor and spend at least one night at Onuku Farm Hostel. The hostel offers various room options and we booked the Tonga hut for two nights. But the star gazers huts looked really awesome too. Do yourself a second favor and go kayaking in the morning, we rented a kayak on Christmas morning and within 15 minutes we were literally surrounded by dozens of Dolphins. It was an amazing experience and definitely the best Christmas gift we could wish for... I guess the only downside is that if you don't have wheels this might not be the most accessible place in the area.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Britt C
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OnukuHostel, Manager at Onuku Farm Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Hi Britt! Thanks so much for your review and kind words. You were such a pleasure to have as a guest, and we wish all *3* of you safe and happy travels. You're welcome back to kayak with dolphins anytime!

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