Swaggers Backpackers

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Description

The Hostelz.com Review

Swaggers, a BBH-registered hostel, is a converted home that accommodates a very small number of people. It is run by Agra, the self-proclaimed house mum -- most likely, you will think she's a bit crazy when you first meet her, and you may be worried, but don't be, as she is a very good person who genuinely cares about her backpackers and wants you to have the best time possible. Just know, they do want you to pay with cash rather than with a card, so visit the ATM beforehand.

The Location

This hostel is located about fifteen minutes away from the bus stop, but about two minutes from the beach and the Victorian precinct, and another fifteen from the official blue penguin colony and forty-five from the yellow-eyed penguins. It's pretty simple to get to from the bus stop on Eden street -- just follow Thames to Wansbeck and make a right. There is plenty of street parking available in front of the hostel, since it is located in a small residential area.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are two dorm rooms and a third room that can function as a single, double, or triple (one double bed and one single). The beds all come loaded with three pillows and a pile of blankets (some have heated blankets), and if you're cold there are hot water bottles to warm the bed. The dorms aren't particularly secure, but with so few people in the hostel security isn't a problem. The third private room has a very secure lock. The dorm rooms have five beds -- four bunks and one single.

There are two bathrooms, again, since there are so few people this isn't a problem. They have good water pressure and remain hot. There are soap dishes to put your things, and plenty of hooks and towel racks. There are also scales and towels available.

Common Spaces

The common room has a TV with sky TV and several DVDs and a book exchange. It has two big, very comfortable, couches, and plenty of pillows and blankets. There are magazines and a small table. It's a small room, but it feels very homey and cozy. There is one computer, which seems quite old, and a phone. Agra will hold onto your luggage if you need to leave it there.

Attached to the common area is the kitchen -- a relatively standard kitchen for a home, with just one stove and one refrigerator. Since there are so few people, the limited space isn't a problem. Just like the common room, it feels homey and cozy.

There is a large backyard and a small front yard where you can hang out or play with the dog, who is very playful and friendly. This is not a party hostel, since it aims to feel more like a home than a hotel. This means that you get a very different crowd made up of mellow people who are friendly, but who aren't going to be up late partying.

Summary

The cozy atmosphere, caring owner, and playful dog make this feel more like you're staying at someone's home than at a big hostel. If you're sick of feeling like a number and want something personal, and someone who will give you great insider information on the city, this is definitely the place to stay.
by Tyler-Rose Veguez
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2012-02-08
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Swaggers Backpackers" at 25 Wansbeck Str. South Hill.)

Location/Contact

Address
25 Wansbeck Str. South Hill, Oamaru, New Zealand
Coordinates
-45.104228, 170.966725 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.swaggersbackpackers.co.nz
Telephone
+64 03 434 9999‎
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  I have stayed at a few Backpacking places and found this place to be fantastic. The host (who's name escapes me) was polite, friendly & accommodating. The actual accommodation was clean, tidy and had a great homey feel to it.
Luce
(Australia)
2013-03-07

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