We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
There are newer reviews for Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers
See the most recent reviews
Showing 79: English reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

This backpackers/hostel is the 2nd most expensive one we have stayed in yet it was completely the least value for money! The most expensive place we stayed in we had our own room yet here we were put in separate 7 bed rooms and it was only slightly cheaper! It was also terrible in comparison to much cheaper hostels for...

2Thank Allison G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The room was large enough for a quick stay and super big bathroom. The management were quite happy to slip in a fold up bed for my 8 year old, despite it being only bookable for a couple (my mistake). Right in town and short walk to lake. Very quiet at night.

Thank travelkiwi8
Markham, Canada
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Had a one week stay in this hostel and although it's not the largest or the busiest, it was most definitely my favourite. Upon arrival I was a little disappointed with the size of the shower but shortly afterwards I realised there were several other, bigger showers. The kitchen is well equipped, however, it could use more markers, paper, tape...

Thank RawrrItsssAlexx
Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

Matterhorn South is one of those places you arrive at expecting to stay one night and end up staying a week. Part of that is due to the charm of lovely, lakeside Wanaka, and part is due to the open garden, ski lodge feel and the friendly people who seem to be attracted to this place. Would definitely recommend staying...

Thank Morgan C
Rotorua, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Worst customer service I've experienced in New Zealand. The woman at the counter refused to give my partner and I our BBH discounts (which is completely against the BBH contract) because, and I quote, "She could make more money if she sold it without" I was appalled at her response, it was a money grubbing, selfish move on her part....

3Thank AmandaPressly
Masterton, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Upon arriving the first thing you see is an abundance of weeds everywhere. On checking in we are greeted by Karen who has a fantastic character and is full of advice about the area and things of interest. She advises us that she allows backpackers on limited finances to do small jobs in exchange for a bed for the night....

Thank johnY7566XH
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Relaxed stay, our twin room was like a log cabin so it was very cozy. Large kitchen and communal area, plenty of people in and out skiing etc. Short walk into the town/lakeside. Free parking. Would stay here again.

Thank CosmicGirl2006
Antwerpen, België
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Stayed here for a weekend, The hostel is old and could use a makeover. The rooms are very noisy and the kitchen is small and unconvenient. The showers and bathrooms were clean and with good waterpressure. No free Wifi

Thank DjangoDjango
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

The best The very best I met some amazing people I startet the trip of my life in this place! Come and see it, wanaka is amazing just go go go travle the worls and definitely travel new zealand and se wanaka

Thank Sebastian D
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Had the private double room in backpackers area. Walls paper thin and could hear everyone's conversations next door and in the hall. Could hear most of the noise from lots of drinking the the lounge area. Appeared to have no noise curfew time, unlike many other backpackers I've stayed in. Still really noisy at 2 am. So barely slept at...

1Thank Ellen A

16 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (13)
Hotel & Grounds (11)
Dining (1)
Other (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (3)
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Wanaka hotels
1.7 km away
Manuka Crescent Motel
Manuka Crescent Motel
#7 of 20 in Wanaka
172 reviews
0.3 km away
YHA Wanaka
YHA Wanaka
#2 of 46 in Wanaka
310 reviews
0.2 km away
Base Backpackers Wanaka
Base Backpackers Wanaka
#39 of 46 in Wanaka
328 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.8 km away
Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park
2.3 km away
Altamont Lodge
Altamont Lodge
#6 of 46 in Wanaka
102 reviews
0.2 km away
Aspiring Lodge Motel
Aspiring Lodge Motel
#13 of 20 in Wanaka
188 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free Parking
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We provide all travellers a home away from home to take a break from your break. So Climb on in! A homely relaxing atmosphere set in beautiful Wanaka with friendly kiwi’s and travellers from all around the world.We have log fires to warm you up in winter and sun decks with plenty of shade to chill out in summer.There are two fully equipped kitchens one each for Lodge and Backpacker Accommodations.This blend of affordable Backpacker and Lodge Accommodation with friendly management and superb location will give you a very enjoyable stay.Top floor of the lodge accommodation overlooks the lake and the mountains. We are located near the centre of the township, just a short walk from the Lake. There are separate areas for backpackers and Lodge guests but we encourage everyone to join in and get to know each other. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers

Address: 56 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Wanaka
Price Range: $54 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, HostelWorld, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Not sure if there are any.....”
 of 5 bubbles MurrayLucy, 3 May 2016 | Read review
“Probably best not to stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles AmandaPressly, 22 Jan 2016 | Read review
“The rooms on the side of the road are actually a bit quieter (as I moved rooms during my stay). As there aren't people coming in and out of the Backpackers outside your door.”
 of 5 bubbles AndyR61, 8 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Dorms are a good size”
 of 5 bubbles DMbackpacker, 6 Nov 2014 | Read review
“rooms on the street side are noisier”
 of 5 bubbles deb871, 17 Sep 2014 | Read review
5 of 5