Onuku Farm Backpackers Hostel

Onuku Farm Backpackers Hostel


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Sandra Forstner

Ranking: 10/10

15 Minutes away from akaroa, narrow road, but no problem to drive. Big van park, beautiful view. Open common kitchen (stove, fridge) easy to get in touch with people. Toilets and hot showers. Friendly, helpful staff. Nice walks starting directly from the farm. They offer a dolphin tour that is cheaper than the ones you can book via I-sites. Luckily we saw lot of dolphins, also here superfriendly staff. WiFi 500mb per day per device, works slow, especially during the evening when more people are using it.

Reviewed 4 days ago

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Ranking: 9/10

I (campervan) came here for the cheaper dolphin watching tour in a hard-shell zodiac (smaller grouper and closer to the water). Ended up staying 2 nights. Buildings have a bit of a rustic charm and they have everything, including a small charging station.
Only downside is they have no powered sites.
The whole atmosphere of the farm is somewhat enchanting.

Reviewed 13 days ago

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Ranking: 10/10

One of our favourite camps in the whole of our trip. We had planned to stay in the free camping area in Akaroa but it was full and I'm so glad it was as this is a real gem.

As a working farm, there are animals all around (especially some very friendly chickens!)

Free showers, flush toilets, shelter for cooking and eating with a fridge and burners, free wifi. When we were there, someone was making and selling pizzas for $20 which looked good although we didn't try them. Staff were very friendly.

Cost (2p, non-powered): $30
Location: Spectacular views over Akaroa
Facilities: Free showers, flush toilets, cooking facilities, free wifi, walks available
Value: 9/10
Sandflies: None
X-Factor: Yes!
Other: It's up quite a steep road (but then all the best places are in NZ!)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Robert Killey


Ranking: 7/10

Facilities are clean but very basic. If your plan is to sleep-in in the morning, good luck! There's a resident rooster that provides a very early wake up call. All that being said the views are spectacular!!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Melanie Bunch


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome little camp spot for the van. Cool walking trails around the farm area as well. Washing machine on site, kitchen and bbq area. Multiple showers and toilets for campers. Have seen cows, sheep and chickens roaming the neighbouring land. Staff are super friendly and helpful. No set camp sites for the van camp, just park where ever you fancy picnic tables scattered throughout the van camp as well. Awesome views. Would be a good spot for stargazing.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Henk Sjon


Ranking: 7/10

Cute, sheltered hostel/campsite on a hill. Placed a bit off the beaten track, you arrive after a challenging drive, steep and winding. The hostel itself is small but looked cosy. We stayed on the campsite with full equiped kitchen. Unfortunatly the hill on which the tentsites are, is very steep. Sites are extremely small, only a little tent will fit. We had a wet couple of days, which resulted in puddles under the tent and a scary, slippery walk towards the toilets. On a nice day, the place will probably be much more enjoyed!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in December 2018

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Ranking: 9/10

Sehr schön gelegener Campingplatz! Fahrt bis zum Platz selber etwas abenteuerlich (kleine Campers von Vorteil). Tolle Aussicht!
Schafe und Hühner laufen auf Campingplatz umher. 4 saubere Toileten. Warme Duschen. Nur 1 Kochherd in der Küche. Nettes Personal. Haben uns tolle Wanderungen vorgeschlagen. Würde sofort wieder gehen!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Great views, facilities are excellent (washing machine, clean flushing toilets, hot showers, washing fine, equipped kitchen). Free WiFi (and if you reach your limit you can buy more for super cheap!). Add in the roaming farm animals and it makes for an awesome wee get away!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Perfect start in New Zealand for me travelling alone in a campervan (15 NZD). It is tricky to get there, but it is worth it. I stayed 2 nights there. If you like walkes/hiking, you can start directly from the camping ground. Toilette/hot shower was clean and free WiFi. There is also a washing machine (coins needed) and you can use the kitchen cooker.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Very nice place to stay. Friendly Staff, good and clean facilities, even a heater in the room. Wifi connection was bad in the rooms, but okay in common areas. We were offered free vegetables and fruits. However, it is a bit pricey. All in all a good stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Laura Clay


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful veiw. Very backpacker vibe place less, freedom camping vibe. Facilities were good. Bit of a hike to get to, steep driveway.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Silke Boysen


Ranking: 10/10

What a peaceful place ! Simple toilets and showers but for us perfekt. We got Energie after having some trouble with our rental.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Chantal Dauguet

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous view, the road is very narrow, ok for a small campervan only.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Access to the site was fine in our small van but a challenge for bigger vehicles. Helpful and friendly staff, and a large field for camping etc, a few sloping parts though. The views were fantastic and the walks were well marked and away from any traffic.
The toilets and shower were clean and basic, the kitchen shelter a friendly place to spend the evening.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Manon Moreno


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing staff. Nice facilities surrounded by beautiful nature. The camping is designed to give you the sensation to be connected with the environment and people. Good vibes. There are some walks from the campsite you can take up to the mountains. Do not hesitate if you are around!!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Sanne Heil

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this happy hippie camp site! The staff is really nice and welcoming. The van park is a field with nice views on the bay and a cosy communal area. Be sure to arrive early because the field fills up quickly. The showers are really nice, especially for tall Dutchies like us! And the funniest thing was when we woke up we saw sheep everywhere!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Shelly Weissbrem


Ranking: 10/10

Special, amazing and good facilities. Nice people.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Yvonne Horpershoeh


Ranking: 9/10

A campsite on a sheep farm with a lovely view of the sea. Great kitchen facilities and hot shower for $25NZD per person for 2 nights.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Alice Berg


Ranking: 9/10

Great view. Had a wonderful time, would stay again.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Ranking: 9/10

So idyllic. Such a nice place to sleep. Met a lot of kind people! Nice walks nearby and very nice activity’s as swimming with the dolphins. Especially nice because of the small groups.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Becky Edney

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great staff, great location, great facilities - really home from home. TV room etc......

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ken Talan

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Well cared for, friendly staff, beautiful setting with opportunity for great hikes.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Todd Pang

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Awwesome setting and basic but comfortable facilities.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ini & Cees


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful surroundings remote and quiet. Friendly staff, nice small-scale activities like kayaking and swimming with dolphins in Akaroa Harbour.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago