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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this place! It has a variety of sleeping options from dorms to twin share to private rooms, With many rooms looking out onto a lovely little courtyard with a pizza oven and BBQ. There is a spirit of welcome, friendship, artistic expression and sustainability pervading everything, from water saving to sharing of food from the permaculture farm or the...

Thank Barbara C
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Why thank you​ Barbara, it was a pleasure to host you and I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Come on back anytime and bring all your friends! (I promise you we'll make a wonderful "Heaphy Feast" dinner for you on your next visit) Thanks for taking the time to tell others about Rongo. Regards from Sunny Karamea,...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After completing the Heaphy track I stayed at Rongos. Extremely welcoming and helpful staff made me wish I could stay longer, but I had to fly out of Westport 2 Wellington. Rongos has an artistic, interesting decor and a beautiful garden. Even has there own radio broadcasting station. Nice local pub across the street nearby also. Lovely 2 get clean...

Thank oldtrailbeast
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

From one old hippie to another, thanks for taking the time to give us a sterling review OldTrailBeast. I saw a bumper sticker once "The Hippies Were RIGHT!" So maybe the world is finally catching up...we live in hope! The Karamea supermarket closes at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (lotto night) and you are correct,...

Reviewed 11 February 2017

Paul offered us such great hospitality at Rongo's - after finishing the Heaphy Track a real bed was much appreciated! For a very reasonable added cost we sat down with other guests for an evening meal with Paul which he had prepared in person - venison, homegrown Maori potatoes and a garden salad with a fruity bread and butter pudding...

Thank Lana Y
Reviewed 16 October 2016

A wonderful sense of community and a real down to earth environment. The Radio Station is something to see and you might even be lucky to contribute. Rooms were comfortable and relaxing, kitchen well equipped, but really you go here for the people. There is organic farm work going on which was great to learn about and explore. We had...

Thank 8brownbear8
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Donut Breasts (Hahaha...good name!) I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Sunny Karamea. Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay and to inform others about who we are and what we do and to share information for other travellers about what there is to...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Not just some place to stay in Karamea, but a part of the whole experience. If you come to karamea and don't stay here, you're blowing it. Seriously friendly people, very welcoming and a perfect range of rooms to suit anyone. We got one of the cabins, perfect. We finished our heaphy trek and were so happy we landed here....

Thank taytedz
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Taytedz, Cheers for the awesome review of Rongo and Karamea. It was a pleasure to meet you and share what we have. I hope you received your lost property OK and please come on back again sometime soon. Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I would recommend Rongo to anyone looking for a great West Coast experience. The team can help with accommodation, food and transport. They went out of their way to help us with a transfer from Karamea to Takaka as part of our mountain biking trip.

1Thank Mark W
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Mark, thanks a LOT for taking the time to tell others about who we are and what we do. It was a pleasure to be able to help you out and please come back and stay with us sometime soon. Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 September 2016

The whole hostel is an art piece in itself with every inch of it being painted or decorated by one of their previous guests. The hostel also features a radio station and invite their guests to have their own show for a few minutes or even 5 hours. How cool is that! That features alone is worth driving the world's...

Thank Robin_Laura
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Robin and Laura, Thanks a LOT for taking the time to write a lovely review of Rongo and thanks also for coming to stay and taking the awesome 360º photos of the hostel and the Oparara Arch and doing a radio show on Karamea Radio 107.5 FM...I'm glad to hear you had a great time and thanks for telling...

Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

I was the resident yoga teacher for a few weeks in June and it was a nice secluded quirky place. The owners, Paul and Sanae are lovely! This hostel is definitely unique because there is a yoga studio attached, and there are cheap ($5) classes in the evening and the night. Tristian and Brian are the two managers, and they...

1Thank Kayla S
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Kayla S, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your time at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery and for your constructive thoughts on how we might improve. You stayed with us in mid-winter and it is the quietest time of year, I assure you there is plenty to see and do in Karamea and that the...

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 June 2016

In between tramps in the middle of winter 10 ATC members made a great choice to stay at Rongos for a night and to use their efficient track end shuttle services (under the name of Karamea Connections). Another great choice was the Heaphy Conquerors Feast - a sumptuous 3 course meal to suit all preferences. A special place to stay...

Thank 8Hazel8
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi 8Hazel8, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write about your stay at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery, the "Heaphy Feast" and our transport service Karamea Connections. It was a pleasure to host the Auckland Tramping Club and I am very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Please come back and stay...

Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend Rongo Backpackers, lovely old building with heaps of character. Right in the centre of Karamea easy walk to the pub. We had a very relaxing evening sitting beside the fire pit listening to the DJ running the local radio station from the shed at the back of the property. Refreshingly different from the usual places we stay and...

Thank Highlander65
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks a LOT for your kind words guys. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us...come on back again any time!

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Additional Information about Rongo Backpackers

Address: 130 Waverley Street | P.O. Box 54, Karamea, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Karamea
Price Range: ₹ 2,084 - ₹ 2,931 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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“Twin and double rooms overlook the courtyard. There is a twin-share option as well as dorms for the budget traveller.”
 of 5 bubbles 293BarbaraC, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Purple room was great, dorms looked clean and comfy”
 of 5 bubbles 8brownbear8, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“They're all great rooms with a difference”
 of 5 bubbles 8Hazel8, 24 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Lovely rooms throughout, you can't go wrong. I stayed at the Green Room and had a wonderful massive wooden bed with a good mattress to myself.”
 of 5 bubbles KatjaJ605, 14 Apr 2015 | Read review
“This is a Backpackers, but you can have an individual room. Possibly quite noisy but is value for money”
 of 5 bubbles dkw882, 10 Apr 2015 | Read review
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