Hogwartz's Testimonials

If you haven’t seen enough yet, please keep reading. We have compiled some reviews and testimonials for you:

Travel Guide Book Reviews:

The Rough Guide to New Zealand, 5th edition 2006 (recommended hostel)

Lovely, welcoming hostel in the former Catholic bishop's residence close to the centre of town but with free parking. All the facilities you need, city views from some rooms, no bunks and a relaxed feel..."

The Lonely Planet New Zealand, 14th and 15th edition 2008-2012 (recommended hostel)

The Catholic bishop's residence since the 1870s, this beautiful old building has now been converted into a wonderfully complicated warren of comfortable rooms and 'projects', such as a mezzanine in the dining room and a bathroom in a corridor. The five-bed dorm, the bishop's old formal dining room, would almost certainly be the grandest dorm room you have ever stayed in. There's a short, steep walk up a winding path through lush bush from Rattray St.

The BUG (Backpacker's Ultimate Guide) New Zealand, 3rd edition 2008

This is one of the nicest hostels in New Zealand. It is set in a restored bishop's residence that has handsome woodwork, high ceilings, chandeliers and commanding views from many of the rooms. And it is all exceptionally clean and carefully maintained. There is a cosy TV lounge with an extensive DVD collection, a large modern fully-equipped kitchen, and a lovely dining area with a mezzanine and great log fire. While most hostels would cram ten or more bunk beds into its huge rooms, they have just five single beds with quality mattresses and duvets. Double and twin rooms are particularly good value. They have cheap laundry and internet access. It has a cheerful atmosphere, a central location and has extrememly friendly management and staff.

Guest comments:

I have really enjoyed a very magical stay here at Hogwartz! I loved the whole house, the homely atmosphere, the room, the kitchen, the chill-out areas, the chess set and the cabinet full of books, the herbs in the garden, the cleanliness, the staff and the very unique magical timeless atmosphere. Thank you all for making our stay so memorable. We will miss Dunedin and Hogwartz and will definitely be recommending you! Best wishes for a very successful and happy future!
Auti, London

We stayed here for 4 days and saw 3 different rooms. Each one was a gem. This hostel has been the absolute BEST one that I have ever stayed at in 6 years of travel. THE VERY BEST! Have fun with the coming years.
Lisa, Canada, Yukon Terr.

This has been the cleanest, friendliest, most spacious hostel we have stayed at. You have truly done a great job creating a wonderful place to stay. Dunedin is a wonderful city and I hope to return here to visit again.
Eric, USA

Thanks so much for a stay at such a brilliant spacious home away from home. You both deserve medals keeping up with making it so nice and the busy traffic passing through. I'll be sure to recommend Hogwartz to fellow travelers. God Bless!
Shaun, S.African now American in Hawaii 

This is already my 2nd visit here and although I have to admit that the first time was because of its name, this time I chose it because it is one of NZ's finest hostels with great clean facilities and friendly staff. Thanks for everything!
Iris & Marina, Germany 

We came back to Hogwartz after 3 years... and it's still amazing! Thanks,
Sabina & Andi, Switzerland 

Our first hostel in NZ. It will be hard to beat! Room 12 was absolutely fabulous! And the kitchen is better than my own. Good luck and hope to see you again,
Petra & Gerard, The Netherlands 

What a fantastic hostel! Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We will be lucky if we find as quality a hostel in the remainder of our year away. Many thanks for a great stay,
Neil & Mhairi, Edinburgh

Thanks for everything, Maja & Gilbert! I have really appreciated the sense of community you have created here. Will miss everyone, but look forward to bumping into folks on the road & will be back in the not too distant future...
Polly, Oregon USA 

Thanks so much for the warm hospitality, the comfortable beds, the strong showers! This place was absolutely fantastic. One of the best hostels I have stayed in all my years of traveling! Cheers,
Sarah Jane, Lansing MI 

The small touches which do not go unnoticed create a fine ambiance here - the wooden floors and loft, the wood fire in the evening, the plants, the dogs. I wouldn't have been happier in a $300 hotel room. We had a million dollar view from our room. Thank you!
Janis and Rick, Ootsa Lake, B.C. Canada 

Came for 2 nights and stayed for more than a week! Thank you so much for the friendly, clean, homelike beautiful place. I enjoyed every day here and hope to come back someday.
Roni, Israel 

Really great hostel & wonderful New Year's! Had a fantastic time - top BBQ and endless punch! Best of luck and thank you so much for your hospitality... love the little mezzanine! Cheers,
Sarah, London

From the BBH ratings page:

Very much enjoyed our stay at Hogwartz - the dorm spaciously accommodated its 5 guests and the facilities were consistently very clean. Would definitely stay there again.

This place somehow manages to combines cozy and pristine. With amazing views from the dorm room as a bonus!

I had a great stay at Hogwartz. Very clean, cozy rooms, friendly owners Maja and Gilbert and Jack Russell dogs. A place to feel home - and I loved the numerous different bathrooms :-) Thanks for all.

Great showers, comfortable beds (not bunks), big dorms, plenty of storage space, huge DVD collection... I ended up staying longer than I had planned.

Grand, "grown-up" place. Helpful staff, comfy beds, character. Lovely, tidy bathrooms and kitchen, nooks to discover. A hotel feel with the friendliness of hostels. Maja was warm and helpful!

A very nice and welcoming hostel in a good location in Dunedin. Room was better than some hotels we have stayed in!

By far, most comfortable bed and pillow of all hostels been in, and this was dorm bed. Nice heating units in room. Great outdoor view of church with trees giving privacy from road. Fabulous DVD collection...

This hostel was squeaky clean, the cleanest on our entire trip. The owners were really helpful and the double room we stayed in was big and spacious. Thanks to Hogwartz for an enjoyable stay!

The best backpacker I ever stayed until now … comfortable bed and two cute dogs, friendly staff! Everything is prefect in this backpacker!! Just wish to stay longer

Just perfect! Great Hostel, very large, clean and cozy dorms, great facilities, nice atmosphere. The owners are really friendly and helpful. Must-see hostel in NZ

Beautiful historic building, the double bedroom was better than any hotel... other facilities (kitchen, lounge, dining room) were lovely as well. Good location and overall highly recommended. Owner's customer service was superb!

I loved this hostel and spent about two weeks there. It is just a short stroll away from the octagon and the Speight’s brewery (factory tour ...). Excellent facilities - ...and if it's really raining, you can find out, what Hogwartz is all about (Harry Potter DVDs...)

great hostel, we had a nice room with the best views of town. great, that they do not fill up rooms in off-season. clean and nicely made up facilities. honest advice for Otago peninsula, don't wanna just sell

no relation to the Potter boy but still magical. very good facilities, kind and helpful staff - there was a mix-up with our booking so they gave us a double room for the price of a dorm. clean and spacious, and they really do recycle everything!

What a find!, helpful staff and very comfortable rooms - nice city hostels are the most difficult to find but definitely stay here.