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Aquapackers

The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night as part of a 3 day trip with Abel Tasman Kayaks, and found it to be a great little place. Interesting bed arrangements ;) but comfortable, nice hosts, BBQ dinner and the continental breakfast was good. I've never slept on a boat before so that was a cool experience. Would stay again.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This was an interesting experience for one night, but I wouldn't want to stay for more than one. The private rooms are clean and comfortable if not cramped. The shared bathrooms are OK, but there are only three on the two boats for everyone (and all three of the toilets got blocked the night we stayed - they did get... More 

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denbighshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Don't think of aquapackers as a low budget experience, far from it...lovely linen, towels, shampoo and spotlessly clean. Aquapackers is a great halfway point if you're walking the Abel Tasman path, we were picked up on Anchorage Bay (just give us a wave when you're ready said Sinead) by Chris the owner and taken onto the boat. Dive off the... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed such an awesome Kiwi experience despite the unseasonable rainy weather. We had a great host who provided excellent customer service. He was considerate and showed concern for keeping the group dry and warm from the terrible but much needed wet weather. The attention to small details such as providing soap and shampoo packets for everyone in the group,... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We stayed on the aquapackers as part of our tour. The beds were amazingly comfortable and the dorms were clean and served the purpose. We jumped off of the boat, saw stars and had some great company. However the only downside for us was that you could tell the staff had lost a passion for the business. Which really emanated... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We stayed here as part of our kayak trip in Abel Tasman. We stayed in the dorm style room below deck and while it was a bit compact (you are on a boat) it was cozy and comfortable. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price of a nights accommodation- and let me just say the dinner buffet was so... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had such difficultly getting out of bed as we were rocked to sleep in our private cabin. Thank you for such a comfortable stay. We had a nice warm shower which was very welcome after a rainy hike to Anchorage. We were also spoilt with lots of food at dinner and breakfast.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stayed with Aqua Packers for one night. It was a great way to kayak Abel Tasman and stay in the park, without camping. We would have loved to camp, but seemed like a hassle since we were travelling from the States and didn't have any of our gear. We opted to rent the bach (holiday home) on shore since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

What a fab experience. We walked from Onetahuti to Anchorage (15km) on Day 1 and stayed on the Aquapackers. We chose it because we didn't have a tent and didn't fancy having to carry all our food etc. On Day 2 we walked back to Marahau (about 12km, then another 2km to town - a much easier walk than Day... More 

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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

I stayed one night on the AquaPackers, it was a great stay.the nice warm shower was welcomed after a long walk. The staff are excellent and you get plenty of food. They don't have a liquor licence so bring your own if you want. The night I stayed there was an impromptu sing along session by an irish guy who... More 

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