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Karamea, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 June 2015

This place is truly inspirational! The whole property is a piece of art, I enjoyed the living room with all the paintings and decorations that artists left here and the cosy atmosphere next to the fire. It is great to see how they grow so much food in their gardens and live more and more sustainably! I also liked listening...

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

Hi TheMoonAndTheTrees, WOW, thanks a LOT for your kind words, I've very glad to hear you loved staying with us at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery. Come on back and stay with us anytime, Regards from​ Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Excellent. Excellent. Clean friendly. . Warm lounge. Hot showers. Lovely people. Perfect environment for relaxing.. beautiful gardens. The living in peace project us amazing. Roasting chestnuts Making bread. Primo staff very helpful. Love this place am going to make it a regular holiday to come and stay there. Very accomodating and went out if there way to help take nervous...

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

Hi Tristan L, Thanks a LOT for your kind words and for taking the time to write such a sterling review of your stay with us. It sounds like you really got involved with everything that was going on around the place...Thanks for staying with us and come on back anytime. Regards from​ Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 May 2015

I expected maybe too much from this place because I heard good things about it and I maybe stayed at the wrong moment so my comment might sound a bit grumpy. I was in a twin room that was pretty dusty with poor linen. The door to the room led directly to the lounge right in front of the piano...

2Thank calendulaaa
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Calendulaa, Thank you for your constructive comments on how we might improve the hostel. We have replaced the linen and mattresses and the removed the drunk guests, added locks to the now spotless showers. I hope you are able to return someday and give the place another try as I suspect you were there on a day when the...

Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 14 April 2015

I cannot recommend Rongo Backpackers highly enough and urge everyone going through Karamea (coming from the Heaphy Track) to spend a couple of days in this lovely place (every 4th night is free - where else do you get such a deal?)! The premises are artsy, colourful and lovingly decorated, and I loved the Green Room where I stayed those...

2Thank Katja J
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Katja…My Goodness, if hostel owners were permitted to review guests, we'd give you an A+ Thanks for coming to stay with us, you were indeed a model customer and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed your stay and to recommend Rongo to others. We work hard and do our very best...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 April 2015

Great Fun at Rongo, the Heaphy Feast Dinner and Breakfast the next day were delicious. 17 of us staying and nothing was too much trouble. Beds were extremely comfy. Check it out when you do the Heaphy Track.

1Thank dkw882
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi and thanks a lot for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Rongo. I'm very glad you enjoyed your time with us and the meals we provided. It was a pleasure to host you and your group and please come on back again any time! Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul.

Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

I stayed for one night to see the oparara basin. Someone had recommended this hostel to me, due to the relaxed atmosphere. I didn't find it relaxed in the slightest. I felt like I was forced to join in the communal activities. Like playing games (which I didn't), but also giving someone a lift even though I needed time to...

3Thank Sarahfromamsterdam
Paul M, Owner at Rongo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Thanks for taking time to let us know what you thought about your time at Rongo Backpackers & Gallery in Karamea. It's possible from your review that a relaxed atmosphere is not the kind of place you are comfortable with. This is the kind of vibe we try and create at Rongo as we find most travellers are...

Reviewed 24 January 2015

laid back, comfy, eccentric, west coast, welcoming. Great hosts. Fire pit. Outdoor bath,,, rain permitting. heaphys heroes feast a good idea. One small point....no decent beer in karamea, so bring some beer from elsewhere. But well worth the stay... Local radio station broadcasts from the garden, you can even be the dj.

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

Hi Russell, Thanks for taking the time to review Rongo. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay after the Heaphy, the Heaphy Feast and the evening around the bonfire listening to Karamea Radio 107.5 FM live. As for the beer situation, Karamea is a very small town, so providing a large range of boutique beers really isn't possible, but, as...

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 December 2014

My first stay at Rongos 5 weeks ago, was ‘hippyish’ but OK. Lovely staff who were helpful and friendly and kept the place clean and tidy. I have just returned from my second stay and was very disappointed to find the standard had slipped. There were few paying guests but multiple ‘WOOFERS’ who staffed the complex. The atmosphere was weird...

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

Hi and thanks for taking to time to write about your experience at Rongo. As the owner of the business, I am interested in both positive and negative feedback from our guests and work to hard correct aspects of the hostel that are not necessarily up to par and elicit less than favorable reviews like yours. While we have no...

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 November 2014

Spent just a single night there unfortunately. It had a unique feel to it with lots of original artwork around the place. The room was really nice, clean with homely feel to it. The kitchen and common room were all of the same standard. The owner, Paul, was great and coped with four extra walkers of the Heaphy track due...

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

Hi Bill, Thanks a lot for your kind words, you were a model guest, come on back any time! Happy Trails on the rest of your Aotearoa Adventure. Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul Murray (Owner of Rongo)

Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 November 2014

2009 hitchhiked from Queenstown with very little idea where I was going but did want to visit my grandfathers grave in Westport! WWI veteran who was a wild cat oil rigger in Canada and when he arrived in Westport 1926 quickly became secretary of the Watersiders Workers Union and the West Coast Communist Party! Karamea local and kaumatua George Snowdon...

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

Thanks DJ Pukeko…your kind words are an inspiration and a motivation…it's people like you who make Rongo even more special…thanks for staying with us and taking time to review the place. Come on back again sometime soon. Regards from Sunny Karamea, Paul Murray.

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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: €42 - €44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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“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
“Loved the double rooms. Really sunny and nicely decorated. Top work Rongos!”
 of 5 bubbles greenbean3, 18 Nov 2013 | Read review
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