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1. What months are you open?

The Gazebo Backpackers is open December through April extending into May until the colder May air arrives. There are a number of excellent open year-round backpackers in Golden Bay to take up the slack when we are closed.

2. What makes your backpackers so special?

The Gazebo Backpackers is a home business. And we accommodate only a small number of guests. The most common comment received is that the place feels like a home and not like a backpackers at all. So I guess that is what makes us special. Well maybe 'cause we are also clothing-optional.

3. What extras do you have in your home hostel?

The garage has been converted into a gym. It still looks like a garage but has some excellent weight and aerobic equipment. Most short term guests are not that interested. However I do get the occasional guest or volunteer who is into body training.

A privacy fence has been constructed in the backyard allowing guests the opportunity for total nudity in a more private setting. Otherwise, any level of dress is acceptable in the house and on the entire grounds.

3.What if I want to wear clothes - do I have to be nude?

The Gazebo Golden Bay Backpackers is clothing-optional. So feel free to wear whatever you like. Others may decide to be nude. Feel free to decide on your own dress code. Keep in mind that if you are offended by such an environment, it would be best for you to consider staying at one of the other great backpackers in the area.

Many guests find staying here allows them the opportunity to experiment with social nudity yet not feel pressured to do so.

Our motto: Any level of dress is acceptable. Just be yourself and respect others.

Please note that volunteer helpers are expected to enjoy a nudist lifestyle. This allows nudist/naturist guests to feel comfortable where the majority of people also participate in a nudist lifestyle.

4. What do you mean when you say your backpackers is gay-friendly?

Golden Bay is known for its pleasant atmosphere and acceptance of many different lifestyles and it overall frowns upon intolerance and homophobia. Most Golden Bay businesses and backpackers welcome wholeheartedly LGBTQ+ . Autumn Farm, a local gay men's resort, specializes in men's accomodation and events. There are also a number of guest homes in the area for the ladies.

The Gazebo Backpackers offers a warm welcome to LGBTQ+ guests looking for budget accommodation. Our guest bedrooms are especially attractive for couples.

And please feel free to be yourselves while staying in the Bay.

5. What about families with kids?

The Gazebo Backpackers  has had a number of families stay. The dorm room can be pre-booked for families of four to five when available. And there are tent sites available.

The backpackers is not the best place to stay for families with small children (under 9 years old.) My home is not child proof and could be considered dangerous to youngsters. In addition, I offer no age discount and so larger families would find it cheaper to reserve a motel room.

6. What about pets?

Raichel is a large friendly dog and pretty much has the run of the place. Although she gets along with all animals, there may be chickens about also. So no other pets are allowed.

7. I would like to travel around the Bay and also want to tramp one of the famous tracks in the area - can I leave my stuff at your place?

The Gazebo Backpackers can store your possessions but it does not take any responsibility if something gets lost or stolen.

8. I would like to woof/volunteer help at your place. Is that a possibility?

Definitely. I depend on the occasional helper as there is no way I can keep up with the weeds in my garden in the summer. My needs vary but usually I can use at least one helper each day I am open. Sometimes I need more. So feel free to contact me. Note that helpers are expected to enjoy the naturist/nudist lifestyle.

Helpers work two hours for a night's stay with no food provided, whereas most woofing establishments require 4-5 hours of work (but some   include meals). The town centre is close by with lots of food establishments and a large supermarket. There is even an organic store and plenty of local organic farms to get the freshest produce. On Wednesdays, Fridays snd Saturdays, there are local fresh vege stalls in the town centre.