There are some really good points to this place, and some really bad ones. I ended up staying here for four nights over a five night period while travelling through Abel Tasman. We stayed in the little backpacker cabins which are quite cute, three bunks to a cabin. The cabins have their own little heater which heats up quite quickly which is essential as it gets very cold during the autumn! Beds were a bit old and worn but did the job (felt like luxury after a two day hike through Abel Tasman National Park!).
Small-ish but cosy kitchen area with a big table to sit at, if you are travelling in a large group though you might struggle to all find a seat. BBQ area with picnic style tables if it is warm enough to sit outside.
One real gripe is that there is little in the way of hot water... The washbasins do not even include a hot tap. Showers in the bigger building are cold as well, could not get them hot for the life of me. However there is a little shower block which I managed to get hot water out of: however if you want hot water you have to shower before dark/get someone to hold a torch for you as this block did not have a light! Bit confusing?!
Also it is a bit of a trek to reception which is annoying if (like me) you wanted to use the computers and it buggered up. You can buy milk and essentials from the little shop in reception but I would recommend stocking up before you get to Marahau ESPECIALLY if you are planning on doing a hike in Abel Tasman. As this place is (obviously) in the middle of nowhere.
- Also Known As:
- Old Macdonalds Farm And Holiday Park Marahau, Nelson-Tasman