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Rongo Backpackers

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

As soon as we walked through the door Rongos had a great feel about it. There is a homely feeling, couches to relax on in front of the fire and a beautiful handmade wooden table that seats everyone for the home banquet. PLUS a live radio station out the back! Thank you for your great hospitality and being so accommodating....

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

Oh stop it Kerstin B...Hahahahaha....You're embarrassing us! Really though, thanks a LOT for your lovely words and thanks for appreciating what we do. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay with us, cheers for taking the time to tell other travellers about Rongo and come on back again anytime...Bring friends! Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Reviewed 3 April 2017

Rongo is a destination in itself with a good 'vibe', and plenty of information and help for whatever you want to do. Usual backpacker facilities plus a few rooms - an interesting town and area that justifies spending a few days rather than just passing through, especially given that it takes a bit of effort to get there. Everyone raves...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 March 2017

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 5 March 2017 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...

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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 10 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
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Lana Y, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your time with us at Rongo Backpackers in Karamea. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and the "Rongo Feast" and the artworks that adorn the hostel. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell others about our place and I hope you can come on back...

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 28 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...

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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: €37 - €39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Twin and double rooms overlook the courtyard. There is a twin-share option as well as dorms for the budget traveller.”
293BarbaraC, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Purple room was great, dorms looked clean and comfy”
8brownbear8, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“They're all great rooms with a difference”
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.”
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”
dkw882, 10 Apr 2015 | Read review
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