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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Don´t go in this hostel! I wouldn´t recommand it at all! I was there over New year, just because every other hostel was booked out. The good things first about this hostel: quite cheap (15$ per night to sleep in a van or in a tent), free off-road-parking... Bad things: unfriendly staff, thieves at work (everywhere), There were two things...

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Lyttelton, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 October 2013

First I was worried before our arrival as I read reviews after we booked ;) but I was positively surprised! Yes, it is an old house, basic,but clean! Murray greeted us friendly and was very helpful! It is a good kiwi style stay, close to the city. If you are European or used to higher standards and not used to...

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3Thank Charlotte T
Palmerston North
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We paid $109 for a shoebox which slept three of us - a double and a single bed. This was last minute accommodation as WOW was on in Wellington and everywhere else was booked. For what we paid we were expecting a nicer than average backpackers but what we got was disgusting! (If accomm was not booked out we could...

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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This place has some of the most fascinating people that I've ever met. I honestly loved staying here. The kitchen is communal, and the TV room is always full of fellow travelers. I climbed out of my window and sat on the fire escape to see one of the best views of Wellington I've ever seen. The view from the...

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3Thank Anne S
Reviewed 29 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Rowenas at the start of February, for the rugby 7s weekend. We stayed in a campervan in the carpark and had a cheap rate accordingly (prices were fair) Half the rooms seemed to be permanently occupied by really dodgy people. All toilets and showers are unisex and we had toiletries stolen from the shower rooms and laundry...

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this place in a tent outback, it was priced as expensive as nice holiday parks but was not. very value for money. The place was not cleaned once on our three hour stay, filthy mostly. The shower rooms and toilets appeared to be never cleaned, and not stocked with toilet paper or soap, Four pans for about...

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Thank Stuart2uk
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 18 November 2012

By far the worst experience we have had in NZ! We booked in and spoke with the slightly arrogant manager who snatched the money from my hands... were suprised to pay good money for a "campsite" and find out it was in a dodgey carpark with no security. The lodge was full of drunk what appeared to be homeless people...

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1Thank Amber G
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 November 2012 via mobile

We didn't pay for a room here but used our van which a lot seem to do! The place was terrible though, the old guy who seemingly ran it was rude, he sold us some Internet usage which was useless and the place could have done with a good clean! The kitchen area shut at 10pm... No questions! The rules...

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Thank John M
Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 October 2012

I stayed a few days at Rowena's. It was cheap and not really that far from Downtown. It took me only 15 min to walk down to where Te papa, New World's Supermarket, and the other backpackers were. It had a shared kitchen, so it was good (and cheaper) to be able to cook. It was REALLY quiet. No traffic...

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Thank richards1607
Worcestershire
Reviewed 20 June 2012

We stayed here as everywhere else was fully booked. Luckily we didnt pay very much compared to other hostels. Worst night sleep, constant howling noise from the wind, no hot water in showers, beds covered in hairs, very creepy hotel!!!

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Address: 115 Brougham Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Rowena`s Hotel Wellington
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“Great views of Wellington city. Safe parking away from the street. Extensive camping area. Front deck and benches.Large dining area.”
 of 5 bubbles , 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Get a room somewhere else!”
 of 5 bubbles 155pamm, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Take a tent so you can keep your distance by paying for a plot in the garden”
 of 5 bubbles jessej204, 3 Mar 2016 | Read review
“none of them are good enough. don't go to Rowena's lodge.”
  • Bed squeeks and uncomfortable
 of 5 bubbles AllinAspire, 13 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Lots of different rooms depending on amount of people.”
 of 5 bubbles mandynz1013, 9 Mar 2015 | Read review
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