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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Welcome to Aquapackers, New Zealand's only floating backpackers accommodation. Owners Jane and Mark welcome you to experience an unforgettable stay on their catamaran in Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Abel Tasman National Park from the deck of their specially converted catamaran and relax in your own private cabin, or one of the 2 dorm rooms. All bedding is provided, and the rate includes a delicious BBQ dinner in the evening and continental breakfast in the morning. Aquapackers is a purpose-built catamaran offering shared living space inside with a large dining table, chairs and bench seats, and several decks to soak up the views of Abel Tasman National Park. There is no road access to Aquapackers. You can either walk in on the Abel Tasman Coastal track, take a water taxi, or kayak. We'll pick you up from the beach. Aquapackers is open from October 1 through to 30 April every year.
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Breakfast included
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Non-smoking rooms
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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park New Zealand
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Nelson Airport25 mi
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We arrived by Aqua taxi from Marahau. The bunks the boat is spacious with two lounges and the bunk area clean and sufficiently spacious. Our hosts were incredibly friendly and cooked a brilliant dinner, tasty and plentiful. We took our own alcohol with us. In the morning a
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Treat yourself to a hot shower, great NZ hospitality and a spread of amazing food! All with the best view of Anchorage! Highly recommend a stay here! Great stop and if you are walking of kayaking on this trip! You need to make time for a night here. Thanks for looking after me.
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Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us, positive feed back is greatly appreciated.
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Fantastic. clean, comfortable. Jane and Mark were amazing hosts. they accommodated our every request. The food was great also we had breakfast and dinner. and tried to get recipes from Jane! lol.. I have a hard time calling this a "backpacker" boat
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Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks ladies. Really pleased you all enjoyed your stay. Once again and I say this a lot....it truly is the people and their "good vibes" that make our boat what it is. Am more than happy to pass on recipes...maybe I should do a Aquapackers recipe book. lol. Thank you again for taking the time to write us a review. Safe travels.
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Jane and Mark - thank you for a wonderful night! Wonderful hosts, easy access, clean and comfortable! Food simply delicious what more can you ask for the icing on the cake is the view it's magnificent! A must do while walking or kayaking in the Abel Tasman!
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Food, location, bed, hosts. Woohoo. The boat is a clean as a whistle. We had the king bed. White fluffy sheets. Hot shower after a long walk. Just great. Mark and Jane are great hosts. She is a chef so the food was excellent for a “backpackers “
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Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thats so cool! Thank you for writing us a review. We have is a simple backpacker boat, what we try and achieve is to "do simple well". So pleased you all enjoyed your stay, really nice to see family and friends doing things like this together. Safe travels.
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Private cabin option
Backpacker dorm option
"We stayed in one of the twin cabins which was lovely."
"Private cabin if available ."
"The double rooms would be better if you require privacy"
"If your a couple spend the bit extra and get a double room"
"Nice to have a private cabin. Dorm accommodation in the twin hulls was tightly packed and very hot the night we were there!"
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionAbel Tasman National Park
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