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https://aliveandtrekking.com/2017/04/17/hopewell/Words from world traveller and blogger, Sanneke from the Netherlands

Caitlin F. via TripAdvisor

Mike and Lynley were fantastic hosts and clearly work extremely hard to make sure their guests have the best time possible. I will definitely be back to Hopewell!

I recently stayed at Hopewell and couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Hopewell has some of the cheapest kayak, paddle board and fishing gear rentals in the South Island and you could hardly find a more beautiful place to use them. The rooms are immaculately cleaned and the kitchen is stocked with every utensil/gadget you may ever need. My friend and I completed all 3 of the nearby hikes and loved the amazing views over the sounds. (They were also great way to try to work off one of Lynley’s giant gourmet pizzas!) Mike and Lynley were fantastic hosts and clearly work extremely hard to make sure their guests have the best time possible. I will definitely be back to Hopewell!

 

Penny H. via Facebook

A truly magical place to go – very special.

Wonderful, warm, welcoming hospitality – had a safe & comfortable stay despite mother nature’s disruptions! A truly magical place to go – very special. Many activities to do -or a beautiful backdrop to simply do not much at all. Thanks so much for looking after us so well & I look forward to next time.

William S. via Facebook

I’ve stayed in many, many, many hostels around the world. This one, without a doubt, is my favourite by a mile.

Hopewell is everything you could want in a hostel. Peaceful, friendly, beautifully equipped yet unassuming, welcoming, tranquil, seemingly remote but actually wonderfully accessible. The owners Mike and Lynley do a superb job of making guests feel at home from the very start of their stay. I’ve stayed in many, many, many hostels around the world. This one, without a doubt, is my favourite by a mile. A special place indeed: if you can spare the time, come here. You won’t regret it.

Rough Guide

A gorgeous backpacker hostel in a dreamy setting…

A gorgeous backpacker hostel in a dreamy setting where even a couple of nights isn’t enough to fully appreciate the relaxing setting , wonderfully welcoming hosts, waterside hot tub, kayaks, fishing and regular opportunities to visit the local mussel farm and taste the product, or go water skiing.

Lavi E. via TripAdvisor

Perfect location, amazing views, fabulous atmosphere & Mike and Linley were the best hosts ever.

Perfect location, amazing views, fabulous atmosphere & Mike and Linley were the best hosts ever.
Fresh Cinnamon buns and warm smiles welcomed us on arrival. Linley and Mike made great effort to keep us all enjoying the Lodge and the beautiful opportunities surrounding it. We’ve gone on beautiful walks, fishing, kayaking and biking. We enjoyed the Hot Tub facing the beautiful sound and our kids even got an opportunity to visit the local school –which was wonderful. There was excellent coffee available, yummy muscles brought by Mike and a great common room to sit back and relax. Clean and tidy with anything you can ask for; and more !! We cannot recommend Hopewell Lodge highly enough.

Lonely Planet

Stay at least a couple of days, so you can chill out or enjoy the roll-call of activities…

Beloved of travelers near and far, remote Hopewell sits waterside surrounded by native bush. Savour the long, winding drive to get there, or take a water taxi from Te Mahia. Stay at least a couple of days, so you can chill out or enjoy the roll-call of activities: mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, fishing, eating gourmet pizza, soaking in the outdoor spa, and more.

Davina E. via Facebook

 Worthy of 6 stars out of 5!

Well, I think this very special place in the sounds, is worthy of 6 stars out of 5!
A very unique New Zealand holiday experience, that more kiwis should enjoy. Such attention to detail and hospitality from the hosts. Thank you Mike & Lynley!

Hostelcritic.com Review

Hopewell is a jewel in the backpackers’ crown and you would be hard pushed to find a more perfect place to rest your travel weary body anywhere in the world.

Hopewell is a jewel in the backpackers’ crown and you would be hard pushed to find a more perfect place to rest your travel weary body anywhere in the world. Its waterfront location affords spectacular views of the Kenepuru Sound and the community feel makes everything friendly. The communal area is spacious and comfortable plus the modern, fully-equipped kitchen has everything you could need. Hopewell has a waterfront spa, two private pebble beaches, hammocks that overlook the Sounds and a boat/kayak launch. Hopewell is a great place to unwind but if you still have energy to burn then the numerous hikes and biking trails will not disappoint. A stay at Hopewell will be one of that will stay in your memory for many years to come and surely has to rate as one of the finest backpackers hostels on the planet.