We stayed here for 3 nights in the Old Veranda and feel we enjoyed a comfortable and complete Queen Charlotte Sound experience with the accommodations Shayne and Tanya have created.
As said in other reviews, one feels as if visiting in a friend's home. Our room was ensuite, which we would recommend, and one we actually preferred to the self-contained apartment because we met so many fascinating people from around the world while cooking, dining, and relaxing in the community spaces.
The location of Anakiwa Backpackers is perfect. It is right next to the Queen Charlotte Track (and the glow-worms on it at night) where we walked daily. There also is a jetty right across the street with wonderful swimming off the end. We enjoyed an amazing kayak trip one evening along the shoreline. Not to mention the stars from the upper terrace picnic table!
As warned by the owners, bring your food and supplies from stores in Nelson or wherever. But the upside is the kitchen is large and stocked with all the necessities for cooking, plus free tea and coffee. Also there is a grill and large outdoor picnic table for group dinners and evening converstaions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, homely self-catering guesthouse accommodation with waterfront location in the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Perfect place to relax at the end of the Queen Charlotte Track or stay here and enjoy day walks, swimming, biking, kayaking, boat cruises, water-skiing, fishing, marine life, native birds & bush, glow worms and wine tasting in New Zealand's largest wine making region, Marlborough. Double, twin, share, en-suite rooms with full kitchen facilities or a self-contained apartment available. All beds are fully made up including towels. Free use of kayaks to explore the bays. BBH discounts apply when booked direct. Official Partner of the NZ Cycle Trail. The Green Caravan Cafe is on site offering delicious coffees, ice-creams, cold drinks & snacks during summer. ... more less
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