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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simple modern and clean hostel for a great price (around $26-$30 for a dorm). The bedrooms are comfortable, if a little cramped. The kitchens are clean and spacious with enough facilities for everyone. There is free WIFI! There is also a TV lounge, laundry and other general services that are great for backpackers. Would come again but unfortunately Invercargill is...

Thank deejayjin22
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel has to be the worst I've stayed at within the South Island of New Zealand. To start of with, I found the lady working on reception very rude. The place is very very dirty. The kitchen has dirty plates etc (3days I counted) i appreciate people should do there own dishes, but just to leave dirty a kitchen...

Thank bruce1111111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stay in tuatara everytime we go to invercargill. It's never disappointing! Last time we got to know the reception girl Kay and she was super helpful and welcoming! The cafe was redecorated and look quite modern and nice! Last but not least, very good wifi!

Thank Mingjuan S
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via 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 1 January 2017 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 20 December 2016

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 15 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.

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about Tuatara Lodge

Address: 30 - 32 Dee Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
Price Range: ₹ 1,411 - ₹ 2,823 (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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