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“A Beach Camp- near Abel Tasman Walking Track” 3 of 5 stars
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Waterfront, RD 2, Marahau, New Zealand   |  
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“A Beach Camp- near Abel Tasman Walking Track”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

The Abel Tasman area is a popular designation. When I searched for lodging most of it was expensive or sold out for the night. I loved Kaiteriteri the most but could not find lodging there. We drove to and from Marahua to Kaiteriteri in the evening for dinner and in the morning to meet the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle. It is about a 10-15 minute drive on a tight and windy road.
Marahua is the town closest to the Abel Tasman Walking Track and if you are planning on hiking it is the best town to stay in. There are only two cafes in town and they seemed pretty expensive and we decided to drive back to Kaiteriteri to dine at the Bus Stop Cafe. Kaiteriteri feels more livelier than Marahua. You do have access to kayaks and taxi's through the Abel Tasman Center which is part of the Marahua Beach Camp. There is a cafe onsite and a small store selling drinks a few food items. It is best to buy your food in Motueka if you want to dine in at your camp.
We stayed in the cabin. The cabin is nice and clean inside. There was a double bunk bed that my husband and I slept in with a bunk bed over us. The bed was very stiff and you have to purchase your linens for an extra $5. The bedspread they gave us was a twin instead of a double. There is another bunk bed in the room so the cabin is great for a family. They do not have any cabins with bathrooms. You have to use a communal bathroom and showers are coin operated. In the communal building there is coin operated laundry and a kitchen to cook. We had a kitchenette in our room. Our favorite part of the room was sitting on the deck and hanging out. We hardly spent time in our room only to sleep and have a glass of wine on deck before bed. We left early in the morning to spend time in Abel Tasman. It was ok for 1 night but I would have preferred a bathroom in my room. However this was the only place available in Marahua and Kaiteriteri at the price I wanted to pay. The secret to this area is book far in advance to get the room you want because all the lodging I wanted for my first and second choice was sold out. Marahua Beach Camp was completely full when we arrived, so book ahead. If you like camping this is a nice spot. There is a playground for kids and the beach is very close just about a minute walk. The scenery is beautiful.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

We stayed in the double room, within the backpackers lodge. The camp is small and basic, but right in front of the beach. The backpackers is also very basic, but clean. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

This is a campsite but does have a few rather sweet cabins with kitchenette but no bathrooms. The communal bathrooms are clean but have coin operated showers which is one of the most amusingly miserly things I have yet seen when travelling.
The reason to stay here is that it is part of the Abel Tasman centre so the water taxis, kayak trips etc leave from here. It's about 10mins walk to the park gates.
There is a very good restaurant in the camp - pricey but good food.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Marahau Beach Camp

Address: Waterfront, RD 2, Marahau, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Marahau
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Marahau
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Marahau Beach Camp Nelson-Tasman

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