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Koanui Lodge & Backpackers

33 Main Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

These guys are so welcoming and helpful! Went out of their way to make us feel at home. The rooms were spacious, bright and clean and because they were so friendly the whole place had a friendly atmosphere - lots of chat with other people there, it was really great place to stay. I would definitely stay again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

REALLY good people friendly staff. Always have group activities. Lived in the lodge and the facilities were new rooms were nice with their own bathrooms. CLEAN! Got job connections and they would tell you where to work and where not to. Highly recommended!

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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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Koanui Lodge & Backpackers is a fantastic place to meet new and friendly people from all over the world - with great atmosphere and comfortable communal areas to relax and socialise in, we welcome you to come and stay, make some lifelong friends, and to become a part of the Koanui Family. Here for a Wine Tour or other local activity? Our friendly staff will be happy to discuss all the options with you. Looking for seasonal work? We can help - we have many local work contacts and we will do our very best to help you find a job. Centrally located in the heart of Blenheim, Koanui is only a five minute walk from the town centre. We have Double and Twin Ensuite rooms to cater for short stay guests, and over forty dorm beds to accommodate people looking for short and long-term accommodation. There are shared kitchen facilities for all guests, along with shared bathroom facilities for customers not staying in ensuite rooms. There is even a table tennis table in the courtyard for hours of fun. ... more   less 
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