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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived and were given the key to our room, we got to it only to find the bed wasn't made up and the room not cleaned. I wish it had of been made up because the duvet underneath was disgusting, yellow and smelly and so were the pillows. We were moved to a made up room next door, the... More 

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello James We are sorry to hear that you had such a terrible hostel experience. However, we feel that from the description you give of the hostel in your review, it could not have been the Laughing Kiwi in Motueka that you stayed. The reasons for this are as follows: We have looked through our bookings and arrivals and can... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Laughing Kiwi after our 4-day Abel Tasman Hike. What a great way to end our stay in Motueka! The private room was clean with a very comfy bed, and the onsite hot tub was amazing! The kitchen facilities were again very clean and well stocked. The only downside would be the fact that... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We found the staff friendly and helpful. The accommodation comfortable, clean and well laid out. When we changed our plans and came back to Motueka needing a bed for a night they accommodated us, no problem!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Laughing kiwi is a good backpackers but, in New Zealand standards, I saw better ones. We booked a double room which was comfy and clean but do not expect any frills. The heater was a fan heater with no thermostat or anything so it was impossible to keep it on, despite the cold weather. Shared bathroom is pretty cleaned. Shared... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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Montgomery, Alabama
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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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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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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