Colin and Keiko Pander have run Smylies since it's conception in 1986, they have three children,Toshi, Erika and Georgi and the animals Kunta the cat,  Kuni the walking garbage disposal unit and 2 alpaca's

They have run our hostel as a family business and give all our guest the feeling of being at home, even though your home may be 10000km away.

Arriving home for us means that when you check in you get an introduction from us which includes being shown to your room and introduced to other guests, you have the freedom to cook your own meals or try Keiko's cuisine and have the ability to relax and catch up with yourself.

Apart from the busy months of July and August we try and accommodate everybody in rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room for the dorms so you can spread out.

As we intend to be here for another 20 years  to watch the family and trees grow you can be assured that satisfied guests is our bottom line and not money as is often the case in this ever changing backpackers market.


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Some of the comments in our guest book:

"great feeling of homely stay ,Park Royal and Hilton take NOTE!" Jason &Nicole  rebel tour 1993

"What a fantastic way to start NZ, my first night in NZ in this great place!! if all NZ is like this I'll" never leave Matt K

"Cheers for the hospitality and the fantastic bouldering, love the place"  nick

We look forward to hosting you here at smylies.