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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

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310 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

We stayed for two nights in a private room with an ensuite in the backpackers lodge at the rear of the property. Room was clean and comfy. Communal kitchen and lounge rooms were clean and tidy. Only negatives: 1. The room was a little bit stuffy and could do with a fan (as there are no windows in the room... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Me and a friend stayed here for one night and enjoyed our evening there. We were greeted by a lovely couple who run the hostel shortly before reception closed. We paid a little extra and had a private room but it was still relatively cheap. The wifi in the hostel was free, showers were warm and the lounge/kitchen area had... More 

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Thank Davebrannen8
Christchurch NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Great facilities all-round. Clean rooms, toilets. Convenient laundry and kitchen . Great outdoors dining. Some visitors said was the best they had experienced in New Zealand. Central to Super market, cafes and transport. Friendly welcome. Convenient stepping stone for Abel Tasman National Park. Has an outdoor spa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I was looking for a place to relax before looking for a job again, and the Laughing Kiwi was perfect to me ! The facilities are clean, the showers are huge, the living room comfortable with sofas, there is even a fireplace for the cold time. My room (6 bed dorm) was spacious, the wifi is free and the people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the laughing kiwi for 3 nights a few weeks ago. We loved it. We had three beds in a mixed 4 bed dorm. Beds were big and comfortable, with plenty of space not to hit your head as you sit up. Lots of plug points as they provide an extension cable. Free unlimited Internet. Washer and Dryer... More 

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Thank Laurenhanah92
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

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 7, 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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Thank no1daughter2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 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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Thank Cat7583
San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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