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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Nice facilities, well maintained. Find the beds a little noisy. Wish hostels in general would get away from the metal pipe style bunks. Our room also didn't have a window. Thought that was odd. Cafe receives amazing reviews but didn't get a chance to try.

Thank Colin M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall good and clean and is a quiet place to stay! They have huge lounge area but the wifi is really slow. Tv room have tape VCR and tv is very old fashion from the 80's! No new movie selection and entertainment is lack in this hostel. Internet room do not have enough plug points too. So I am wandering...

Thank Calynwlc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived when everywhere else was booked out - but these guys bent over backwards to assist - even going so far as to provide a secure park for my (well-travelled) motorbike. Loved the facilities, the staff were great and it was all a walks distance from most things in town. (well - that's what we do as travellers)

Thank Tharizden
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We really had a blast at the Tuatara Backpackers Hostel, the facilities were clean, the staff super helpful and we did find a bunch of fun people to chat with. Great times! It was awesome a great location as everything was within walking distance.

Thank Robin_Laura
New Zealand
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The hostel itself was lovely, clean rooms, TV with loads of films and a cafe downstairs in reception. The wifi worked but was very slow and unfortunately no working kitchen to prepare food yourself but the cafe downstairs was reasonable and you get discount for staying there. Laundry services available too. Good showers! But invercargill itself was not very exciting...

Thank Wilsonellie
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This is a alright little hostel. Better than most Iv been in! The place was big and spacious, which was nice, and the staff were really friendly. I had a good nights sleep (I just wish the pillows were bigger!) although the bunks were so squeaky and rickety that when ever someone so much as breathes they made noise! The...

Thank Holly W
Oamaru, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed in a very cosy ensuite room which had the heaters on and so cosy on arrival. TV with lots of channels and hot shower in the morning - what more could you want. Breakfast selection looked good to at their breakfast bar.

1Thank botbusman
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Stayed for one night with Bottom Bus tour on the way to the Catlands. It was the middle of winter with snow in some area we passed through. My room was warm, comfortable, quiet. I would happily stay their again.

Thank DickDunedin
Passau, Germany
Reviewed 25 May 2016

We stayed a couple of nights in a 10-bed dorm. It was a rainy week and even after we got the heater to work, the room just never lost this really bad damp and foul smell you get from wet clothes. We also found it quite disturbing that housekeeping always left our room door wide open while they were making...

Thank flagitium
Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Booked a 4 room dorm which was clean, tidy and very quiet on our stay. A special mention to Kay because she has wonderful customer service. She checked us in and out and served us breakfast in the morning. Thanks Kay!

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Address: 30 - 32 Dee Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
Price Range: $30 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
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“Room near to the TV lounge or above the cafe are noisy”
 of 5 bubbles Embojane, 29 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Pay an extra 4 $ for the room upgrade, eat at off hours the kitchen gets crowded.”
 of 5 bubbles BluewaterGypsy, 2 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Didn't get free wifi at the room but sitting at the kitchen at the table nearest the internet room, I was able to get a connection. But the best is to walk next door to the Invercargill Library which is very generous with its fast free wifi.”
 of 5 bubbles 693alinep, 19 Aug 2014 | Read review
“ask for one with a TV if you want it.”
 of 5 bubbles jvrnz, 16 Feb 2013 | Read review
“both of the double rooms are cozy and sunny, and sometime can be VERY HOT in there during the day.”
 of 5 bubbles wanderer904, 1 Jan 2013 | Read review
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