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33 Main Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff and the people there are very friendly. The owner really cares if you are searching for a job. We stayed two weeks and enjoyed it :) You got a ping pong table there and a small but good kitchen. Blenheim is boring though.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent place for our school group to stay. We have been coming now for 10 years for a school jazz festival. The Lodge suits us perfectly, good standard of clean accommodation. Kitchen and dining/lounge facility great for school groups, plenty of room to spread out, makes preparation of meals very easy. Well equipped kitchen, very clean. Superb... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review - it was a pleasure accommodating you and your students for the 10th consecutive year! We are ideally set up to accommodate groups at an affordable price, and we are very pleased that you continue to enjoy our facilities and service. More

Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

Koanui is one of best places I have stayed in new Zealand. It has a nice homely feel to the place and with in no time at all you will have made lots of new friends who will become like family. The owners are lovely and really care about the people staying there, they organise treks most weekends and take... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review - it was awesome having you! We love to go the extra mile for our guests, and love the fact that so many return to Koanui because it is your 'home' in New Zealand. Take care, and enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

...you come for a few weeks and leave after months. That's how it usually goes, because Koanui is just simply amazing. I got included into the community within, uhm, half an hour. Just by walking through the dining area a large group on a table asked me to join, I got offered some food, asked about myself, we exchanged the... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback - much appreciated! It was great having you and thank you for your valuable input to our promo video, we couldn't have done it without you! We are extremely proud that so many of our guests have such a fun and memorable time at Koanui, and we will continue working hard to make sure... More

Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I intended to stay for a few weeks. I ended up staying for a few months. And returning again. And again. Though I am not unique in my love for Koanui. It's typical for long-term Koanui residents to stay for months, and return to either visit or work again. You become a family with the international group of backpackers who... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic review - you've summed up exactly what we're all about at Koanui, and it was a pleasure welcoming you back each and every time - you are certainly a treasured Koanui veteran. Take care and enjoy the rest of your travels! More

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I have brought a group of my personal training clients up every year for the past 5 years and we have hired out the whole lodge. It is a fabulous set up with a great big kitchen and lounge area which has been so good to host our large groups. The staff are so friendly, really helpful and only too... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Kate for taking the time to write us a review - it was a great pleasure accommodating you and your group. It was much fun and we look forward to welcoming you next year. More

Seaside Heights, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Most of the guests living here are foreigners on visa to work in the agricultural fields. The facility has 2 buildings. The front building is completely full of long term stay workers. The back building has 5 rooms: three rooms are reserved for long term workers paying monthly rent and two rooms are rented at a daily rate. Each building... More

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Firsty, thank you for your comments, which the management at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers take seriously. I am sorry that we failed to maintain satisfactory standards during your one night stay. It is true that most of our guests are ‘foreigners’ to New Zealand; we are an International Backpackers, and it is also true that most of our guests are... More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I stayed in one of their double rooms for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. Clean, decent rates, good location, very helpful staff. There's a mix of tourists and workers so it's pretty quiet (not a huge party place apparently). Which is fine if you want to relax! I recommend! ;-)

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Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I came to Blenheim and expected to stay for one month. Six months later we were still there thanks to Koanui. Its such a great place to meet friends and have great memories. The staff are amazing, The owners Reena and Dave are the nicest people we have met in New Zealand with very big hearts. The... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We had booked a double room and it was huge! For a budget accommodation, that was a nice surprise. The staff is really friendly and the place has a great feel about it. People are cooking on the barbeque, playing table-tennis, etc. Really great place for backpackers and budget travelers.

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Address: 33 Main Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Also Known As:
Koanui Lodge & Backpackers Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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At Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, we welcome you to stay, make some lifelong friends, and enjoy your home from home in NZ. Only a 5 min walk to town, we are an international backpackers and working hostel, mainly catering to young long-term backpackers looking for work - our friendly staff can help you find a job most of the year round. Here for a wine tour or other Marlborough based activity? We have budget modern ensuite rooms, off-road parking, table tennis, log fire, Sky TV, wifi, bbq, fun weekly activities, and heaps of fun! ... more   less 
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