Geeky Gecko Backpackers

6 Stafford StreetDunedin9016New Zealand
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About Geeky Gecko Backpackers

An affordable hostel catering for those on a shoestring budget, Geeky Gecko Backpackers occupies a revamped heritage building in a corner of downtown Dunedin that brims with street art. Highlights include a shared kitchen where travellers looking to keep costs down can prepare their own meals.

This hostel offers basic private rooms or dorm-style quarters featuring bunk beds. Guests have access to shared bathrooms.

Amenities comprise laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi throughout and a shared lounge area with a flat-screen TV, dining table and computers. Parking is possible nearby.

A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is provided. Dining options located within ten minutes’ stroll include Jizo Japanese Café & Bar and the Purple Rain Retro Cafe.

Geeky Gecko Backpackers sits ten minutes’ walk from Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The Forsyth Barr Stadium is less than three kilometres away for big sporting occasions. The house and gardens at Larnach Castle lie about 20 minutes’ drive away on the unspoilt Otago Peninsula, which is home to rare birds.


6 Stafford Street, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
Telephone: +64(3)4776027 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Computer with internet
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Central heating
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 13:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Hostel fosters a welcoming atmosphere

According to reviewers, this property has welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable members of staff who foster a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Guests also appreciate the arty décor in the communal areas, which are well equipped with shared amenities like computers and a big TV with on-demand channels. In addition, guests say the simple free breakfast is a handy bonus. Guests also appreciate the shared kitchen, where they can prepare their own food and mingle with fellow travellers.

Good value lodgings are clean

Overall, guests feel the various room types here are cleaned to a suitable standard. Guest feedback also indicates that the private bedrooms are spacious. It is also reported that the free Wi-Fi is usually dependable. The relatively low-cost room tariff also appeals to visitors.

Great location in downtown

The central location of this property is a real crowd pleaser. It puts guests within easy walking distance of downtown attractions plus shopping options and places to eat. There is also praise for the proximity of bus stops.

Negative Reviews

Dorm rooms attract criticism

The dorm-style rooms here often leave guests unhappy because they are poorly ventilated and lack windows. Moreover, guest feedback reveals there aren’t enough plug sockets in the walls to let all those sharing a dorm recharge their devices simultaneously. There are also claims that the beds have tired-looking mattresses, which aren’t always that comfortable.

Negative sentiment about bathrooms

As this property offers shared bathrooms there can be queues for the showers in the mornings when the hostel is at its busiest. Furthermore, some of the bathrooms could reportedly stand to be more thoroughly cleaned.

Hostel environment can be noisy

The hostel environment can get noisy, according to reviewers. Light sleepers often say they are disturbed by background noises like footsteps from the corridors.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 104 reviews across the web
7.6 /10
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    7.7 /10
7.6 out of 10 based on 104 reviews