Tuatara Lodge


Tuatara Lodge

32 Dee Street, Invercargill 9810
Tel
(03) 214 0954 or 0800 882 8272
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This was a lovely hostel, centre of Invercargill and it is a YHA hostel.
23 April 2009
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the computers in the lobby are old so don't have ports for USB sticks.
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The showers are great, big kitchen
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this is a lovely place and yes the picture in the entrance on the ceilling is weird but different. got great help from the desk about stuff. Cupboards in the kitchen were not labelled so you have to go through everything to find just the one thing. but the place is big. only one plug outlet in the room but your going to find this in most hostels anyway. showers were great compared to some others that have no power in them what so ever. there's no bar in the hostel but there are a few just up the road from it.

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Great spot in a sleepy NZ town
18 July 2006
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Not much of an atmosphere
Pros
Amazing kitchen
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You're staying in a YHA that took over what used to be a nightclub. When you're in the reception area, look up and you'll see some lovely ceiling art. I enjoyed staying here. There really isn't much to do in Invercargill so be prepared to tuck in for the night or sit in the huge lounge and watch television. Great lounge for those who don't want to go out for a big bender. The kitchen was terrific. There is a Pak and Save about ten minutes away so you can cook confidently in this ultra clean kitchen. I was just so impressed with it. It's well designed and kept impeccably spotless. Rooms are large so you won't feel claustrophobic. I know most people prefer staying at other backpackers because of atmosphere but you cannot go wrong here. You'll be safe and you will be well-rested for the remainder of your kiwi adventure.

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Great location, clean dorms
6 April 2006
Cons
Unfriendly staff
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Right in the center of town
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The location is 5 star. The facilities are pretty good but the atmosphere was blaaah. Great for a nights stopover on the way back from Stewart Island but don't expect a warm welcome.

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Anonymous
Quiet, centrally located - not too much atmosphere
23 December 2004
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Quiet, clean with medium-size rooms - we had a double and fared OK with our largish packs.. Bathrooms were nicely appointed - good showers with awesome water pressure. The kitchen was large..

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Anonymous
Top quality, superb facilities
20 August 2004
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I stayed here for 2 nights in March 2004, as this is where the Stray bus brought us. I must say, that this hostel is probably one of the top 3 I stayed in during my time in NZ. The place is spotless. When our bus driver said you can eat your dinner from the toliet seats he was being serious. The internet is dead fast, there is a good cafe on site, the kitchen is well-sized, and the rooms are nice, as is the TV room. To top it all off, the staff were very helpful too. A nice girl on the reception managed to book a trip to Stewart Island for me and 3 friends, despite some probs on the part of the tour operators. Invercargill is very 70s, if not earlier, but this hostel is very modern. I don't strongly recommend many hostels, but I do this one.

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Anonymous
Friendly and clean
29 December 2003
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Met some really cool people, most only staying over one night on their way to SI or the Catlins (not much to keep in Invercargill!), however, on my 2 nights there I met people to drink with! Clean hostel with all the facilities and considering it was a YHA associate, the internet was sensibly priced! The cafe downstairs is good too!

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Satan
Outstanding place - stay here
17 August 2003
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This is an excellent hostel, located right in the throbbing (hmmm) centre of Invercargill, with net access and a very good cafe downstairs and 2 floors of rooms upstairs. The rooms themselves are clean and very quiet ( looks like they'e recently been double glazed),with huge squashy comfortable mattresses and the communal facilites are excellent; huge and spotless kitchen with new utensils, 2 TV lounges with Sky, 24 hr net acess upstairs, decent laundry. The staff were very helpful. Can't fault this hostel - whether you'd want to spend a huge amount of time in Invercargill is another matter entirely. Kickin' it aint.

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Anonymous
I u want sleep dont go there
9 March 2003
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I could not get any sleep there because of the noisy traffic. The boy racers drive past all night.

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