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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Our group of 3 couples stayed one night while hiking the Abel Tasman. The Aquapackers is an interesting way to provide sleeping accommodations in the park for those who don't want to camp. We all stayed in private rooms which are small (think just enough room to walk around a double bed), but ok. There are two heads on board... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

- Good beds - Friendly staff - Relaxt atmosphere - Clean - Enough space to chat with others or read your book - Good dinner (BBQ) and breakfast - Not expensive for the nice experience at a unique place - Small boat - Stayed 1 night - I will be here again! Go for a morning dive from the toproof!... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Even though I fell in the water getting into the baby zodiac taking us to the Aquapackers from the Anchorage beach after walking 8.5 km from Bark Bay, I loved the shared experience of sleeping in the hull of an anchored catamaran. Great fun and wonderful way to break bread with fellow travellers. Visitors and natives shared their adventures over... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 hotel reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I'd come across Aquapackers whilst researching what to do and how to get around Abel Tasman. Since I had no camping gear it was a great option to enable me to go further north as I did not want to do a day trip using the water taxis as they all return unreasonably early, something like 5:30pm (to Nelson) or... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I stayed at the aqua packers as part of an overnight paddle/hike in Abel Tasman. Jimmy was extremely friendly and called all the guests by their names. The boat is in a stunning setting at anchorage bay with 360 degree views. The BBQ dinner was great with plenty of food. Bring your own booze though as you can't buy it... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I returned to Aquapackers four years after my first visit, this time hiking in from Marahau. I was picked up by Jimmy this time and Sarah was working on the boat, no sign of Captain Chris, which I was sad about, but he'd just become a father so absence excused :-) I arrived a day early though, I switched up... More 

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Address: The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Abel Tasman National Park
Number of rooms: 5

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