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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 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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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

When we arrived in Blenheim we didn't have the best start with the hostel we were in. After phoning around to find somewhere else, we spoke with Luke, hostel manager at Koanui, within the hour we were booked in and he had already found us work in a factory. Koanui was meant to be a short stop in our travels,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Stayed here one night. It was clean and tidy, but there was nothing to really set it apart from other hostels. The location is reasonable, being close to the New World and The Warehouse. Let's be honest, Blenheim isn't the most attractive town in NZ, but if you're going to stay there, this hostel isn't a bad place to spend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

I first arrived in Koanui in late May this year to stay here for some work. After just two or three days I was provided with my first job, after it ended after two weeks, I didn't even have a day off until I got assisted to find something new while I didn't seem to be that successful with my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

As a backpacker for working holiday, when I arrived here first, I did't know how long I gonna stay, finally ended up nearly 2 months for me. What I wanna say is, you may check all the comments below and see some negative stuff about the room conditions. Some problems do exist, but Koanui is still a great place to... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Koanui was the most welcoming place I think I have ever stayed in. We arrived with the intent to stay a short while. Luke, the fantastic manager, found us jobs and we stayed for five months! Lovely cozy fireplace in the cold sunny winter, beautiful close river to relax by in the summer. I miss it terribly and hope to... More 

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

Thank you Hazel for taking the time to write a review! It was awesome having you both and we're delighted that you made Koanui your home for 5 months. Enjoy your travels in Thailand and hopefully we can welcome you again in the future. Take care! More 

Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If you are; - a friendly and social backpacker; - looking for a job so that you can earn money. If you want to: - have the feeling of coming ‘home’ after your full day of work; - be surrounded by nice people and join in with organised activities; - be in a clean hostel with a great ambiance, friendly... More 

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

Thank you Rose for taking the time to write a review for us! It was an absolute pleasure having you for the 6 months you were here - you are sadly missed. Enjoy being back in Holland - the team here at Koanui wishes you the very best for your future. More 

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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 August 12, 2014

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
1 review
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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 

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Additional Information about Koanui Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 33 Main Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Koanui Lodge & Backpackers Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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