Newly opened Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge offers an alluring base camp for explorers with a modern range of sleeping, cooking and bar facilities under one roof.
The 50-room facility (formerly known as Glencoe Lodge) has 20 four-bed dormitory rooms (each with en suite), 23 double/twin rooms (en suites), and seven one- bedroom units with bathroom and cooking facilities. Prices start at about $33 for a dorm bed.
Other facilities include a self- catering communal kitchen, the Global Gossip Internet cafe, a tour booking desk, guest laundry and grocery store.
As part of the interior refurbishment, Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge has reopened the Chamois Bar (pronounced Shammie) and Grill, complete with outdoor beer garden for visitors to unwind on-site with a drink, barbecue and magical view.
Lodge operations manager Justin Winter says the conversion was designed to offer a more complete range of accommodation and entertainment choices at one of New Zealand's most spectacular destinations.
"Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge is just a stone's throw from the must-see itinerary trail of the South Island," he said.
"The community welcomes thousands of transient backpackers and budget conscious travellers all year round; it's exciting for us to be able to provide a more affordable, casual sleeping option.
"I've no doubt the Chamois will be particularly well received by both visitors and the local community - it has been a favourite local watering hole in the past and everyone's delighted to see it return."
Phone 0800 100 512 for bookings. See mtcookbackpackers.co.nz.
- The Press