Kiwi's Nest


Hostelz.com's Review

Kiwi's Nest is a warm, friendly hostel, reminiscent of a homestay. It is well located eight blocks from the Octagon, the center of Dunedin, and just down the road from the University of Otago. Travelers without cars will need to take a taxi from the Intercity bus station twelve blocks away, but the fare is inexpensive. For those with cars, parking is available nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The female dorm is in the main building. Two other dorm rooms are in an outbuilding just outside the house, close to both kitchens and to Kiwi's Nest's single, kiosked computer. There are two toilets and two shower rooms on each floor of the house. Besides the two kitchens -- one of which is in an outbuilding and the other on a deck -- there are two breakfast nooks, with microwave, in the main building.

The property was a doctor's office and clinic for many years, so many of the bathrooms and toilets are accessible. Showers are hot and vigorous. Most of the rooms in the house are singles and doubles, and there is a one-bedroom apartment, with its own kitchen and deck space, just outside.

Common Spaces

There's a ground-floor lounge (with television, breakfast nook, dining table, and book exchange), and a second-floor breakfast nook. As mentioned, the kitchens are in outbuildings, and the single washer and dryer are in a lean-to near one of the kitchens. Both washer and dryer are unusually small, and the dryer in particular will dry only half the small washer's load at once.


We found Kiwi's Nest a friendly and pleasant place, safe and comfortable. It has a lovely garden, with a bench and picnic table in it, and more flowers are visible from the deck around the kitchen. When we were there, most guests were older, though that might change at a time when the University of Otago's classes are in session.
by Meredith Dixon
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
January 2011


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Kiwi's Nest" at 597 George Street.)


597 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
-45.864313, 170.508808
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  The Kiwi Nest is a top notch place to stay, people are friendly and helpful. Only complaint, that pull-out bed has gotta go -- most uncomfortable thing I have ever slept on.
Cheryl Cowmeadow
  We stayed in Kiwi's Nest for a night last weekend (Feb. 2005). It was beautiful, clean and peaceful. The rooms were spacious and well kept. This place would be a heaven for those who want to be close to the city, yet want to enjoy some quiet nights. Thank you very much for the excellent accommodation, staff...and keep it up.
The Kiwi's Nest is a great old house with a lot of charm and character. It's actually comprised of the main two-story house, a separate dormitory structure, and another separate self-contained cottage. Staying in one of the more private rooms (single, twin, or double) in the main house is like staying in an extremely comfortable boarding house rather than a backpackers. The only drawback for "dormies" is that they are in a detached unit separate from the main house and need to step outside for the few steps that it takes to get into the bathrooms and kitchens. The facilities are great; there are multiple showers and toilets both upstairs and downstairs, a main kitchen built above the cottage, and two kitchenettes in the main house (upstairs and downstairs). Dining tables, couches, and TV are in the den near the main entrance and away from the guest rooms. This ensures quiet; other than normal traffic noise the only irritating sounds might be those of drunken students from the University of Otago making their way up the road toward their dormitories. It's a 15-minute flat walk to the Octagon, and about a 25-minute walk to the Intercity bus stop. To get to Kiwi's Nest from the bus stop, walk up St. Andrews Street about four blocks to George Street, turn right and follow George Street about four blocks to Union. The Kiwi's Nest will be on your left. Look for the big white sign. Alternately, once you get to George Street you can catch the Normanby bus which will take you up to Union Street, but getting on with a lot of gear is at the driver's discretion and dependent on the passenger load. A taxi from the bus terminal to Kiwi's Nest will cost about $7.50 NZD.
Renee Arakaki
(United States)
  Our stay in December 2004 was so lovely that we went back to Dunedin to stay here again. The rooms were spacious and clean, and the staff were simply lovely. I would definitely recommend this Kiwi's Nest.

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