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Bumbles Backpackers

Hostel address
2 Brunswick Street, Queenstown
Tel
(03) 442 6298 or 0800 2862537 (0800 BUMBLES)
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Reception open
7.30am–7.30pm daily
Price
Dorm bed $31
Double room $65
Twin room $68
Prices are in New Zealand dollars and are inclusive of all taxes.
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User Reviews (14)

Great location
2 January 2008
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Location, clean
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This hostel is overall very nice and clean, although we stayed in a 6 bed dorm room with two private rooms, which meant 10 people to one shower. Enough hot water but too many people trying to get in the bathroom/toilet, and no other facilities to use if either were busy. The location is really fantastic and I would stay here again. Staff is also helpful and will assist with suggestions and activity bookings. Be aware that when you book, they will 'test' your credit card and if it is a non-NZ one, as it mine, the currency rates change every minute, so you could end up with a small balance, which was really my only complaint. We were here for New Year and aside from finding someone stuck under the rental car the next morning, there were no real troubles (aside from the staff allowing non-hostel stayers to party there).

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so much fun
5 March 2006
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an 11 o clock check out would be good
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Everything about the hostel was brilliant,
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:invert:Everything about the hostel was brilliant, the staff were so friendly, the views were amazing, the hostel was so clean and had such a great atmosphere, i wud highly highly recommend it

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The friendliest, most relaxed hostel since I've been in NZ
8 February 2006
Cons
It rained so I couldn't do my skydive
Pros
Great staff, and clean with great atmosphere & parking
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Easily the best place I've stayed in my 2 months of travelling around NZ. The staff really make this place, but the views are unbelievable!

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Clean room but entrance through dorms.
9 January 2006
Cons
Entrance to double room is through dorms
Pros
clean room. Good view of lake from common area
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The weird thing about this backpacker is that the entrance to double rooms is through dorms. What I didn't like is that I had specifically asked for a room with its own access (after having read abt it in previous reviews at BUG) but I was still not given a room with private access... Otherwise the room was clean and tidy and the common area had good views of the lake. But I wouldn't stay there again..

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Anonymous
not secure
12 October 2005
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other people have said its good but what about you book in and are in a 6 bed dorm only to find that the people in the double room and the people in twin room have the same room key as you to get to there rooms they come and go through the dorm so you have and extra 4 people and I didnt think it was on so NEXT DAY LEFT

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Anonymous
Cool place
2 September 2005
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This place is super cool me and a mate stayed here, have just got to Auckland and have not found anywhere quite the same as bumbles! cool reception dude and gal! real clean, chilled and basically the best ive stayed at! :-)

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Anonymous
This place is wicked!
2 September 2005
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This place was wicked, the staff were the best, the guy behind reception is cool, and the girl from Ireland is wicked too!! they sorted me out with a canyon swing, ask them about that, was insane!! overall real clean and a good crowd of people, pretty chilled all in all!

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Sarah
the friendest and cleanest hostel in new zealand
18 August 2005
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i stayed here for 5 nights and i was on my own for the first time so i didn't know what to expect, but the staff behind the counter helped me with everything and i had the best time, i didn't want to leave :(

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Anonymous
Clean friendly and amazing views
1 May 2005
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We stayed in Bumbles for 2 nights after moving from one of the hostels in the centre of town because it was too noisey and not very clean. We found Bumbles on the other hand to be one of the best hostels we've stayed at in NZ. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The location of the hostel was great being on the waterfront and only a stroll from town. I'd recommend this place for anyone wanting somewhere quiet and relaxed - great!

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Anonymous
Great location, crazy Mrs Bumbles
20 December 2004
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I stayed here in December 04, and found the hostel to be in a great location and had great facilities. I found the hostel owner extremely awkward and rude at times. Even booking through to the hostel i noticed her attitude. If your not booking tours with her she doesn't give you any help and basically wants you to leave. I was even described at one point as dead wood as i wouldn't be spending any money??!! I spent a fortune on accomodation and on activities in Queenstown! Theres no food or alcohol allowed in the lounge area, and the lounge has to be locked at 11.30pm so you are really treated like children.

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Anonymous
Twin Rooms
8 March 2004
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I found Bumbles to be good. I had a twin room but having to walk through the dorm to get to my room was weird, especially when the dorm was filled with six young guys...I felt I was intruding. Having never stayed in a backpackers before, I found it a bit strange having to share a toilet and shower with six other people and it doesn't help when one of them is over an hour in the bathroom! I was told by one of the guys staying at Bumbles that it was probably the nicest backpackers he had stayed in so that's why I gave it 4 stars. The owner loved the tourists, she was really helpful and couldn't do enough for them so I guess with me being a Kiwi, she didn't feel the need to be as helpful to me. The view was absolutely fantastic, right on the water front and I found it peaceful sitting outside, enjoying the sun, drinking my glass of wine and taking in the last of the great day.

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Anonymous
Good facilities but strange setup
27 January 2004
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Bumbles hostel was located right in the heart of town and the lady at the reception was sooo friendly. The kitchen was clean as were the showers and the rooms were fairly spacious. While there was nothing actually wrong with the hostel, it was the way it was designed that was odd. I stayed in a twin room but to get to my room and the showers, i had to walk through the ajoining dorm room. So if you were getting home late or getting up early , you had to creep through the room to get anywhere. Therefore i had access to the dorm room and my own room. It wasn't too bad for me because i had my own room but i felt bad for the people in the dorm room because even though i tried to be quiet, i'm sure i kept waking them up and i felt strange being able to see people while they were trying to sleep. Despite this, it was a good hostel with a great view which is perfect because queenstown is a beautiful place.

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Johan
Our favourite hostel in NZ!
20 August 2003
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This is probably the best hostel i NZ and definitily the nicest in Q-town. We stayed in a doubleroom and had a great view over the lake and The Remarkables. The rooms are hotelstandard and there is nothing to complain about. The lady at the desk helped us with booking hostels i Dunedin and Christchurch. This was our favourite hostel i NZ and we met a lot of nice people here in the kitchen which we shared with three other rooms. Small, clean and friendly staff!! What more can you ask for?

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Anonymous
Everything is GOOD!
23 June 2003
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I went to this hostel in April (it was already getting cold), and spent two nights there. I love this hostel's clean bathroom, warm bed rooms, big kitchen, good location, and nice stuffs. You will meet heaps of lovely people there! If you don't have a sleeping bag, you have to pay one dollar for a quilt.

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