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Koanui Lodge & Backpackers

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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

If you want to stay in a very nice hostel in Blenheim you have to stay at Koanui. The hostel is clean, the atmosphere is great and it has plenty of GOOD showers after a hard day of work. I got there hoping to find work and Luke the manager got me a job the same day I got there... 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 for us and leaving us such kind words! Awesome that you enjoyed your time - enjoy the rest of your travels in NZ and hopefully catch you again when you're heading back North. Take care! From the Koanui team More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

We stayed a LOT of places all over NZ and this was definitely the best. We got jobs starting the very next day after we arrived (arranged by the wonderfully helpful staff). Koanui is a great combination of long term and short term guests - we ended up staying for 6 weeks! Free vegetables in the garden, a laid back... More 

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

Hey Guys! Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and positive review - much appreciated! It was awesome having you and great to hear that you all enjoyed your stay at Koanui. We wish you all the very best for your futures. Take care :) L More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

I Stayed in Koanui for around 6 weeks whilst backpacking and working in NZ. Had originally planned to stay for just a few nights but Luke the manager found me a job on the vineyards within hours of my arrival and the hostel was so homely and welcoming I decided to stay. The rooms are clean, showers warm, staff friendly... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I will never forget my second home. Was running out of money in Wellington and we decided to give Koanui a call to see if we could stay and find a job in Blenheim. This was the start of a beautiful friendship - with the hostel, with the people we met and lived with, with Blenheim and greater Marlborough area.... More 

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Donnybrook, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This place started as a regular backpacker for me. I intended to stay in Blenheim for maybe a month or two. Turned out I stayed ten months in total. Why would I go elsewhere? The price is fair, the hostel is clean and the atmosphere is unique. Luke, the manager, always sorted me out with jobs and the staff and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I arrived at Koanui in March 2014 with the plan to work for a month or so before continuing my travels around New Zealand. The hostel is clean and has good facilities and has a great backpacker atmosphere, plenty of good social areas and the all important ping pong table, sky TV, and wood burning stove for winter. I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We spent there several week and really enjoyed our stay. We came here for work and they found a really good job for us pretty quickly. At the weekends there were often some walks with free transport. On saturday evenings were always aktivities like shared dinner, jam and karaokee night, bowling

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

If you are after a backpacker in Blenheim Koanui is the one! You will be first very well welcomed and felt home! I stayed for 2 month and did not want to leave as we all were a bunch of friends who were going to work and could wait to come back and have good evenings with fun and laughs.... More 

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Leipzig, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've been in Blenheim for over two months due to working and all this time I stayed at Koanui. I had an amazing time, that I will not forget. Everything feels very comfy und family-like and you are sure to get in touch with other people rather quickly. The staff does an amazing work at making you feel at home,... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I lived and worked in Bleneheim for a number of months. Koanui was a fantastic home away from home. Luke was a great host, helpful and pleasant. This attitude filters down throughout the whole hostel. Great atmosphere, great people, great hostel.

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