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Gold Coast, Australia
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184 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place! Unbelievably clean! I'd always go back. Loved it there! Everything is provided and the rooms are perfect and very quiet at night. This is how hostels should be! I highly recommend it to other Travellers!

Thank Benjamin F
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've stayed in the Laughing Kiwi for 3 weeks and it was by far one of the best hostels I have been in in NZ. Hosts are really nice and friendly. It was always nice and clean. The wifi was pretty good as well. All in all nothing to complain about. I would recommend it to everybody.

Thank Maria H
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Aw thanks Maria! we miss you! it was really lovely having you stay, if your ever in this part of the South Island again be sure to visit us again. Take care and safe travels - Trace :) More 

New York City, New York
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owners Tracy and her husband are absolutely lovely! They sorted us out so we could all stay in the same room and were really friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the rear lodge, and our room was perfect! The showers and toilets are clean and never felt crowded. When the wi-fi was down they were genuinely apologetic and did... More 

Thank neha g
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Neha! what a lovely review thank-you for your kind words we are really happy you and your family had a great stay and yes Dotty our hostel chicken is quite naughty! she's going to end up in a roast if she continues to be naughty...just kidding lol. Travel safe and visit us again that would be fantastic :) all the... More 

Balmoral, Australia
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115 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2016

The whole feel of this hostel is friendly and respectfull. We stayed in a double room in the back house of the hostel. The house is well layed out, practical and inviting. Great couches to lounge in, good size rooms and everything is nice and clean. Staff is very friendly, helpfull and professional. I like the atmosphere here. Only room... More 

Thank Leeuw605
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guest! thanks for your lovely review that's very nice :) I'm super happy you had a great stay with us your welcome back any time. We looked into that water pressure thing and have just replaced those shower heads with new and improved ones the older ones were becoming blocked after years of use I guess that's why the... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed August 14, 2016

Three great nights at the Laughing Kiwi Backpackers! Welcoming hosts with heaps of local knowledge and willing to book our day trips for us. Cool! Cosy fire place in the big lounge and loved the huge kitchen set out well and so clean and tidy. Comfy beds, clean bathrooms etc. The outlook and surrounds are rural and lovely. Plenty of... More 

Thank Kiwicouple009
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Aww that's so nice thank-you for your lovely comments :) we are so happy you had a great stay with us, come visit again guys! - Trace More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2016

We only stayed here for 2 nights but I wish it had been longer. The dorm room we stayed in was basic but modern. It was spotless and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom facilities were lovely and clean. The lounge area and kitchen were modern and very cosy. Everyone we met there including the staff were friendly and helpful.... More 

Thank GlobalBackpackerLife
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments :) visit any time! - Trace More 

South Australia, Australia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed June 27, 2016

This backpackers was fantastic! the hosts are really nice, Tracey the owner is lovely answering any questions and helping out with bookings. Our room was clean and comfortable with fresh sheets and a heater! there is a friendly atmosphere in the large lounge area and nice to see everyone talking, really close to the shops and town centre (2 minute... More 

Thank annabelletizzy
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Annabelle, Thank-you for your lovely comment and staying with us :) safe travels visit again soon! - Trace More 

Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed June 24, 2016

We stayed for 2 nights and rebooked for a further 2 because it is such a great place to stay. It's very clean throughout and plenty of room. Wifi was excellent which was great as I was also working at the time and needed a good connection. The owners are amazing very helpful and friendly our entire stay I recommend... More 

Thank frank002016
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Frank, what a lovely review we work hard to ensure our guests have a nice experience and I'm super happy you had a great stay :) it was lovely to meet you both I remember you mentioned you guys might come back with friends next year and stay with us, that would be fantastic! - Trace More 

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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

They charge 5% to use a credit card!!! They make you take your shoes off which keeps there place very clean! And the "ultra fast" wifi is incredibly slow. No breakfast or dinner. And they are very strict about eating in your bedrooms. Unusual place.

Thank Adam S
Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hay Adam from NY.. Thank-you for your feed back, we give all our guests the opportunity during their stay to approach us with any issues or questions you may have so we can rectify any problems right then and there... A surcharge is common for credit card payments especially when we are offering such cheap rates, I recall we offered... More 

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61 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

+ clean and comfortable dorms + lovely helpful owner + amazing kitchen/ lounge area, felt like I was at home! Great gas fire makes it really cosy + central location + great wifi - dorms could do with individual bed lamps, only one main room light in our 6 bed dorm. Overall we had a great stay and would definitely... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Laughing Kiwi, provides clean affordable accommodation in the heart of Motueka,close to supermarket, restaurants,shops etc. The Backpacker Lodge & Villa have Double, Double Ensuite, Twin & share room options available. All houses have well equipped kitchens, homely lounges & outdoor areas.FREE Wifi, Spa Pool & BBQ. The Laughing Kiwi Backpackers in Motueka, provides both hostel & motel type accommodation with FREE wifi. Just a short drive to the Abel Tasman National Park and a few minutes walk to supermarket, shops, cafes & banks. With its range of clean comfortable accommodation options, a great place to stay, to explore the Abel Tasman, Nelson and Golden Bay areas. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

Address: 310 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Price Range: $20 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Laughing Kiwi Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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“All is great, no complaints.”
 of 5 bubbles frank002016, Jun 24, 2016 | Read review
“if you're staying there as to see the room you're going to be in first”
 of 5 bubbles onenightvisitor, Apr 17, 2016 | Read review
“We booked 4 rooms and all were great! no complaints at all, any room is fine.”
 of 5 bubbles missbond77, Mar 24, 2016 | Read review
“Rear lodge possibly best choice.”
 of 5 bubbles Bikingroy, Nov 24, 2015 | Read review
“Ask for a room in one of the back houses for a more quiet sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles frangz, Jan 11, 2014 | Read review
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