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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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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park New Zealand
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Nelson Airport25 mi
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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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A spacious boat, comfortable bed, fantastic dinner and breakfast, good company, warm and friendly hosts - even a birthday cake was whipped up to surprise one of the guests. I loved swimming off the lower deck then climbing out of the sea to rinse off under the hot outdoor
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I’m sure Jane and Mark will have heard this hundreds of times but we honestly had the most perfect stay and we are incredibly grateful! Their friendliness and warmth is second to none, the boat is sparklingly clean and the food is just perfect. We wouldn’t hesitate to book
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Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We never get sick of hearing how much people enjoy being here. Its the surroundings, the place and the people that come and stay that really makes it pretty perfect for us too. Love to see you both again! Safe travels
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Aquapackers far exceeded my expectations. What a cool place! Anchorage Bay is gorgeous, Mark and Jane are wonderful hosts, the food is outstanding (we usually go a bit hungry as vegetarians, but not here!), and the bunks were comfy. Also, jumping off the roof was so fun! One
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We stayed for one night with Aquapackers during our two day hike in Abel Tasman. Jane and Mark are doing a great job and our high expectations were even exceeded: they are so welcoming and their catamaran is just an exceptional accommodation. You can go for a swim, jump from the
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Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded yesterday
Really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us....and even happier we exceeded expectations. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Hope we do get to see you again in the future. Safe travels.
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"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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