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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was such an awesome way to end a day of kayaking round Abel Tasman. The BBQ was lovely with plenty of meat available. Jumping off the boat was a thrill as well. The only thing I would say is that the dorm room was pretty bad. I know that's not why you go but trust me the private double... More 

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Hove, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Funny experience, relaxed, very beautiful location. Nice people. We arrived only at 4pm, which is a bit late to enjoy the nice environment, the sea and the beach. Better arrive round noon and spend some time. Seen stingrays. Accomodation is basic like backpacker would expect, of course narrow space in the room but clean and tidy! Beds are good, i... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stayed in the aqua packers attachment boat, the Joan. The boat accommodated for approximately 10 people. Although we had an good experience on Aqua packers we believe that the following points should be made aware of for future guests. Our main issue with boat was the scarcity of space in the bunk room, unable to accommodate for our regular... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a unique place to experience the Abel Tasman. A floating hostel of sorts ! The staff is extremely helpful. The Dinner and breakfast is great ! The place is super-clean and the linens were spotless. Note that this is finally A BOAT so some movement is expected. So if you are super-sensitive and the weather is bad you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Rather quaint onboard backpackers outfit. We stayed in the associated bach onshore. This was wonderful; complete with wood-burning stove, hot shower (welcome coming off the track) and CDs of the 1960s. And there's a beach at the bottom of the garden. Wonderful place!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We stayed a night here after kayaking down the coastline all day. We were picked up from the shore when we waved to the boat and taken to our private room, up by the captains cabin. Teeny tiny room but absolutely fine for what it is if you're just staying a night. There's even a single bed fitted above the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Excellent and unique experience! Stay in a dorm room in a cabin below deck. Delicious dinner and great breakfast provided. Sinead was fantastic, really friendly and chatty, made us feel welcome even though she was busy being the only member of staff on board. One of the best hostel experiences I have had here in NZ. Only criticism would be... More 

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