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Global Village Backpackers
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

This was the best organised hostel that I have ever stayed in. Everything seemed to have been thought out maticulously. They have a variety of room types, common areas and a well equipped kitchen. Although there isnt tons to do in Greymouth, I imagine a lot of people stick around just because they like the place and the atmosphere so much.

Room Tip: i stayed in a double private and found it very nice, no complaints.
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Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

This was the first hostel where I saw grey nomads! People cleaned after themselves and wiped the counter top! The door to the dorm rooms didn't slam! Free tea, coffee, and I think there was sugar in the kitchen.

Free kayak and bike rental. Laundry is 2nzd per load and there are plenty of clothesline to dry stuff. I camped for 2 nights at 18nzd per night and it was easy to put in tent hooks. Sandflies weren't a problem, but the mosquitos were in the yard. Then I moved into a 6 person dorm, and I paid 26nzd (or 24nzd, can't remember) with a BBH card, but no discount for camping. The beds were solid, and the room was nicely decorated.

The owners clean with the WWOOFers and I think this is one of the reasons why this place is so spic-n-span. The place is eclectic, but tastefully decorated. I found it very easy to socialize. There's not a lot of space to sit in the dining area, so it forces you to socialize :) The lounge is a better spot for those who don't want to socialize. Free and unlimited wifi.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

I stayed for a few nights at Global Village as the calm of autumn replaced the crowds of summer. There's lots of attention to detail at this place -- the kitchen is well-organized and the spacious dorms have ample storage space.

Brightly-painted woodcarvings from Malawi decorate the walls, and are for sale at the front desk; all profits benefit humanitarian causes in the area of each item's creation.

This hostel is more of a sanctuary than a social space. The lounge, incredibly comfy with Wi-Fi and a warm fire, will help you unwind after a long bush walk. It's a bit easier to meet people in the kitchen or TV room. You can spend a day or two using the free bikes and kayaks to do some budget exploring.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
Thank elqueanda
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

During my two week trip on the South Island this was definetly the best hostel I stayed in. Very friendly staff, a nice kitchen, a cosy lounge area and quality beds. In addition they have free bikes and Kayaks to use. The hostel just has a very personal feeling which is really awesome!

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Rutger S
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

We stay here every time we're in Greymouth. First was in 2011, been back 3 times since then and it is good every time.
Rooms are well equipped, down to having a plug, reading light and shelf beside each bed / side of the bed in double room. Furnishings are exactly what you need, no fuss, but decor is unusual and great!
Kitchen and bathrooms are both perfectly equipped - female bathroom even has a hairdryer. Kitchen has enough of everything - no waiting for pans etc.
TV room is separate from the common room - which has a good selection of games and reading material. Generally has a homely, social, inviting vibe and is somewhere you want to spend time. The DVD selection is pretty good too!
We've never got to use the free kayaks or bikes yet, but hope to next time!

Our single con last time we stayed was that a train was going back and forth outside in the middle of the night (the tracks are nearby) and woke everyone up. But this does not happen every night.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Global Village Backpackers

Address: 42-54 Cowper Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Greymouth
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Ranked #2 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Greymouth
Price Range: €37 - €82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Global Village Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 51
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