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Happy Apple Backpackers

500 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stayed for two nights and got a twin room as you get 10% discount for more than one night so ended up being similar price to a dorm. Rooms and beds were warm and comfortable. Nice grassy areas outside to lay around in the sun. Owners were friendly. Short drive to the national park. Would stay again.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stayed here for two weeks while looking for work in the region. The hostel corridor smelled quite strange and the rooms were cold and not really comfi. The bed was one of the worst we've slept during our travels. The owners seemed nice but one problem was that the cleaning of the bathrooms was done by other backpackers. They... More 

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Paris, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This hostel is eco-friendly, therefore there are no heaters and no hot-showers after a certain hour. Our night was ruined because we were freezing, which is not very pleasant when you're doing a big hike the next day and you know you have to get proper sleep. Apart from this disadvantage, the hostel is nice, cosy, the lounge is great,... More 

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Heerlen, The Netherlands
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9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stayed here for a few days while visiting Abel Tasman. It's a cosy hostel with a nice and clean kitchen. The beds are not really great (woke up with pain in my back every day) but everything is fairly clean and it is close to the park :)

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Janet G, Owner at Happy Apple Backpackers, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your stay, pleased to say we are upgrading our mattresses so if you ever return you may rest assured :). Thanks for your feedback. More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Nice place, close to the beginning of the Abel Tasman NP. No heat in the rooms so cold in the winter. TV with a lot of VHS and a Xbox 360 :) Most of the residents are working around, nice atmosphere. Too far from the center of the city ( more than 2 k ) and from the bus stop.... More 

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Janet G, Owner at Happy Apple Backpackers, responded to this review

Except for Naked Bus, all other bus companies pick up and drop off at our gate, this includes all buses going to and from Abel Tasman National Park. Golden Bay Coachlines and Abel Tasman Travel are recommended when traveling to and from Nelson, Golden Bay, Motueka and Abel Tasman National Park. But we do not recommend travelling with large carbon... More 

Palm Desert, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here one night and enjoyed the accommodations. The rooms were nicely done and clean. The backyard is a nice bonus for playing games and relaxing. The kitchen is also large which is good because it is a busy hostel. It doesn't feel too crowded though because there is a lot of eating places outside. The biggest downside is... More 

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Janet G, Owner at Happy Apple Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and pleased you enjoyed your stay at Happy Apple..AND very sorry you were not forewarned about the showers. The 5 minute timer is our way of raising environmental awareness. In this country most electric power is generated from damming rivers. As a result the habitat for many of our endangered birds is at risk. Its... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

i stayed here for a total of about 1 week over spending some time in the abel tasman. It is a nice hostel, very clean, large grounds for tents and great facilities. The owners were not the friendliest and it seems like they are sick of backpackers! i stayed in 3 different rooms and they were all ok. Basic, i... More 

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Janet G, Owner at Happy Apple Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for making the time to review Happy Apple, we're always pleased when you like us enough for return visits. We are proud of our facilities, we aim to maintain a clean, comfortable and affordable hostel for all travellers. But have to agree with you...we do have that jaded look about us! Your feedback is valued and much appreciated.... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We really enjoyed Happy Apple - it was clean and although it's a good size hostel with lots of long-term guests, there was plenty of fridge space (I think five refrigerators??) and plenty of room to cook - pots/pans/utensils/plates were nice and organized and looked to be in great condition. As a major bonus, the kitchen was CLEAN - and... More 

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Janet G, Owner at Happy Apple Backpackers, responded to this review

An very belated thank you for taking the time to review our hostel, we really appreciate your feedback. Its was great to talk with you while you were here and I enjoyed hearing about your holiday and future plans. Hope all went well for you with your travels and you arrived home fresh and ready to get that school into... More 

Ghent, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed two nights in this hostel with my sister last week! It was such a nice place to stay ! The people were very friendly! The place is very clean, there is a big kitchen and they have cool chill out areas !! Cheers ! Katie en sofie from belgium ! !

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San Antonio, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I stayed here for two nights. The hostel itself is quite nice. Receptionist was a lovely woman who couldnt do enough. There is a large kitchen area which has all the supplies you need and is kept clean. There is also a social lounge and a few outdoor seating areas. It seemed like a place of activity with a nice... More 

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Address: 500 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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