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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

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310 High Street, Motueka 7120, 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very friendly and helpful staff. They booked an Abel Tasman water taxi for me and I was picked up right in front. Short walk to shops and restaurants. Great kitchen, community room, and deck. There is also a hot tub. You might want earplugs since the walls are paper thin, but it’s mostly silent from about 10:00-6:00. I stayed in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Backpacker well situated, clean and well equipped. We were in the first house : kitchen too small (we had to wait for cooking and eating). Nice outsides. Wifi free (perfect) but you have to ask vouchers (750mb) often if you send photos or watch videos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

on main road in Motueka, room 5--single with ensuite, rom was fine, had heater, window was located in the bathroom close to town center, room was clean, kitchen and dining area were more than adequate staff had to be buzzed to office

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Nice and quiet hostel within 5 minutes walk from bus station. Staff is very nice and helpful especially with booking all tours for Abel Tasman National Park. Our 4-dorm room was spacious however no lockers in the room. There are 2 showers and 2 toilets in main building for 4 rooms (4 & 6 dorm) which might get busy especially... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We came by the laughing kiwi by taking a wrong turn.. We found a well maintained, clean abd very well equipped kitchen. The hot tub on the outside was hot and nice in the nippy weather. But moat of all the staff was friendly and informative. The manager (I think her name is Sidney) was very a very smiley Kiwi..... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Myself and a friend stayed at the laughing kiwi in Motueka for two nights 30th September-2nd October this year, on a trip around New Zealand. We wanted to stay here so we could venture into the Abel Tasman National Park for some hiking and kayaking. We booked our stay on hostel world, like usual, and we're just expecting a run... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is an incredibly cozy and clean place, great and helpful staff (no problem with changing rooms:p) felt like home with the fireplace in the lounge. I would love to stay there next time I'm in Motueka :) Highly recommended!

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Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We will look forward to seeing you again sometime : ) Kind regards Lucy More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stayed at this hostel for about two months while working and afterwards relaxing in lovely Motueka. As the hostel consists of three houses for about 40 guests max it was never too crowded. The facilities are very comfortable and so clean! As often its the small things that make the difference. They change towels and kitchen towels twice!!! a... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in July, it was quiet but really nice. Parking, good kitchen, nice lounge area with a fire place. The owners are very nice. And everything is SO clean, simply wonderful. Motueka isn't much, but it served us well as the gateway to Abel Tasman with good facilities (2 supermarkets, some shops). Would definitely recommend staying here!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

This review is a bit late as I stayed here a year ago, but this place was lovely!! My friend and I stayed here for about 5 weeks as we worked in the town. The beds were comfortable, the people friendly, and the kitchen was very easy to use. Would definitely recommend this for anyone travelling through motueka!

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