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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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29 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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44 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Seattle, Washington
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3 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Stayed in their “bach”, aka beach cottage which was pretty great. It’s definitely a splurge, but when else do you get to have your own little house & semi-private beach in the middle of a beautiful national park? Cottage has everything you need, BBQ dinner on the boat was good, and then they provide you with a breakfast basket in... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
38 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed here for one night as part of a sea kayaking/tramping two-day package in Abel Tasman. We are not backpackers - we were there as part of our three-week honeymoon, but as accommodation was limited in the park, we decided to book into Aquapackers. I should say here that I like my luxuries, so I didn't have high expectations... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Staying at Aquapackers had to be the highlight of my Abel Tasman National Park holiday. We walked in the rain the whole day and finally made it to the Ancorage, what better way to make the day better by being picked up by Chris in his inflatable, a hot shower followed by a cup of milo and taking in the... More

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Feilding, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Chris and his crew had the boat in tip top condition, our beds and pillows where very comfortable. We had come off a big day kayaking straight onto the Aquapackers, a warm greeting, a hot shower, hot cup of tea and great company made this a very happy memorable night away from home. 81 year old Poppy, was with us... 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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