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YHA Wanaka Purple Cow Reviews

94 Brownston Street, Wanaka, Wanaka, New Zealand

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314 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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Fantastic hostel! A large clean kitchen with great facilities! Nice communal area with pool table, seating area and fire! Bedroom was nice with a light at each bed - so handy! Friendly and welcoming staff!


Probably the best hostel I've ever stayed in.


We really loved staying at the purple cow.


Lovely place, lovely view, great place to relax and meet new people.

  • 7th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The kitchen and common area were great. The location was also really nice- close to the lake. I would definitely recommend this place.


Loved the view, the fire place and the tv room with daily movie projection. Too bad they don't let the cat in, she's lovely. :)


Had a spacious room to stay at, with an extra bathroom. I just have to complain about the shower, if you got thick hair it will take you hours of powerless showering. Staff was nice, kitchen was clean and big enough for everyone. Nice view over the lake and the mountains from the dinning area, but not enough space to sit for everyone.


It was great, we enjoyed our stay with our 2 years old. Warm comfortable room

  • 17th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice hostel in the heart of Wanaka, with great facilities to make your stay there even more enjoyable - did I really see a rice cooker and bread maker in the kitchen?! Great lounge with a lovely view and a modern tv room. The location is also very central and the Wifi was free. Way to go YHA!


Couldn't really fault this place. Had everything I needed, free parking, great staff, it was clean and comfortable and I met great people here. It's close to town and there is free unlimited Wi-Fi - great improvement after checking out of the disgraceful Base hostel nearby.


What a wonderful cozy hostel! Very welcoming atmosphere with an excellent location right in front of the lake! Definitely recommend this place!


My first experience of staying in a town based hostel in NZ and my best so far. It will be hard to beat. The kitchen facilities are absolutely unbeatable - large, clean, well equipped. Dorms with private bathrooms make things so much easier. Staff helpful. Generally excellent. Would very happily go back again.


Lovely place. I think the staff were overworked.


Great stay. Comfortable,clean room. Large kitchen kept clean and with good storage and preparation workspace. Great communal areas with lakeside views. Staff friendly and efficient.


Lovely clean and friendly hostel in a great location in Central Wanaka. Only thing was a slightly weak shower but having spoken to other guests I think that was only my room. Would stay here again definitely.

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