Built in the late 1800s and added to with much taste over the centuries, the impressive bluestone building once named "Rockmount" is now home to Dunedin's top-rated backpacker hostel featuring 17 comfortable guest rooms not only for the weary traveler, but also for visitors to the Otago University, cyclists of the Otago Rail Trail or even business people who prefer the sociable, relaxed environment of a backpacker hostel to a sterile hotel room. Over the past eight years, Hogwartz has hosted an international clientele of all ages and walks of life. Many of them returned more than once, finding the atmosphere at Hogwartz warm and inviting - a true home away from home. The majestic building is sheltered from the street by lovely, established trees and bushes attracting many native birds such as the NZ wood pigeon (Kereru), bellbirds, fantails, silver-eyes and even Tuis.
Once past the quaint reception area located in the north-facing, sun-drenched conservatory with access to the large tree-framed sun deck, you enter the hostel with its evident history and stunning features such as the high ceilings, ornate arches and a beautiful wrought-iron and mahogany banister. In harmony with this, there are the tasteful contemporary touches added in recent years like the funky mezzanine floor in the dining room offering comfy seating for relaxed reading or a game of chess or just a snooze, while the giant log fire is sure to spread a cozy warmth on cold winter days and nights. The large and also recently renovated main kitchen features clean stainless steel surfaces and modern appliances (incl. commercial fridge and a freezer). And for the busy season, there is the cottage-styled 'overflow' kitchen with its warm colors and its own log burner. The probably most highly praised features of this up-market backpacker hostel, however, are its bathroom facilities. All of their many toilets and showers have undergone extensive renovations, and the latest European-style upgrades boast such luxuries as a rain shower, under-tile heating and automatic lighting. Last but not least - and really most importantly - you will find a restful, good night's sleep here. None of the impressively spacious bedrooms have more than six beds (no bunks!), offering our guests loads of personal space. All the mattresses are of hotel quality, and so are the cozy fresh sheets and duvets which are included in all the rooms.