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Aquapackers
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All reviewsanchorage bayhot showertea and coffeeprivate cabinone nightdouble roomno alcoholbelow deckabel tasmanbring your ownunique experiencefantastic hostsfantastic bbqnext morningday tripa great place to stayincluded in the price
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We were tramping in the Abel Tasman National Park with a child and thought this might be a fun way to stay somewhere different.

We arrived at Anchorage two hours earlier than our scheduled pickup time, so were able to swim and search for shells before the rubber dinghy collected us and took us out to the boat. We were in the girls' dorm which sleeps seven, and all bedding was provided. After a quick swim (the water was freezing) and changing our clothes, all 20 guests assembled on the top deck for the included barbecue dinner which was uninspiring but adequate. Scraps went over the side where a school of large herrings were waiting to devour them.

A seal swam by as I was helping with the dishes, waving his flipper in the air in salute.

We all slept very well, and tucked into the included breakfast of cereal and toast before being taken back to the beach on the dinghy at 9.00 am.

The cost per person was $70 for accommodation and two meals, which I thought was reasonable.

It was a fun start to our holiday, and I recommend Aqua Packers as long as you aren't picky about your food. Please note that no alcohol is available on board - if you want alcoholic drinks you need to bring your own.

Room Tip: There are several private cabins available, as well as the women's dormitory and a mixed dormitory. We found the dorm was fine (it wasn't full).
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank cyber49er
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed one night at the Aquapackers as part of our 2 day Paddle-Hike-Paddle that we booked through the Sea Kayak Company (reviewed elsewhere on the site).
At the end of our hike we arrived at the beach in Anchorage, we were told to shout and wave if we had to wait too long to be picked up, but that wasn't necessary. Lisa spotted us from the boat and came and got us immediately in an inflatable dinghy. She gave us a tour of the Aquapackers, told us to help ourselves to tea/coffee at any time from the kettles that are always boiling. On the top deck is a fridge with (Non alco) drinks and also chocolate, nuts, pringles etc that we could help ourselves to, we had to keep track of what we took on a list and pay upon check-out. Great stuff!
A lovely BBQ dinner was at 7 on the top deck, it was very sociable, everyone was relaxing and hanging out, jumping in the water from all different levels of the boat and chatting to each other.
I was slightly worried beforehand that it was going to be an annoying party-boat type evening, but this wasn't the case at all.
We had booked a private cabin which had a very comfy double bed and opening windows. Not much space for anything else, but that really wasn't needed. I was glad we paid extra for a private room when I looked in the dorm area, it looked very cramped! To be honest, though, at breakfast the people who slept in the dorm said they all had a great nights sleep, too!
The shower/toilet was just down the hall and I was surprised at how lovely the hot shower was! (only 3 minute showers are allowed; water preservation!)
The next morning we had a very nice breakfast, choice of toast with every imaginable type of topping (Manuka Honey!! YUM!) and cereal, and of course tea and coffee.
Check out was at 9.30 am and we were told we could get dropped at the beach at any time between 7 and 9.30.
We had a truly awesome experience, watching the sun set over Anchorage Bay, hearing the birds early in the morning and just being on the water the entire night (feeling a slight sway!), it was all just so wonderful! We would definitely stay again!
Thanks Lisa and friend (sorry, couldn't remember your name) for looking after us so well!

Room Tip: I would definitely pay extra for a private room, but that's just me.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Martine N
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

A great place to stay in Abel Tasman National Park whether walking or kayaking or both. The dinner bed and breakfast package allows you to traverse the park with a minimum of baggage. You can arrange to get luggage dropped off by water taxi. The boat is comfortable and the food is adequate. The communal nature of the accommodation encourages conviviality and makes it a fun place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

After a day’s kayaking I was looking forward to a relaxing evening on the Abel Tasman and aqua backpackers provided just that! After a few months travelling in Asia I was worried that it was going to be another backpackers party boat but I couldn’t have been more wrong!

We were collected from shore and given a tour of the boat and shown our sleeping quarters – we stayed in the dorm where the beds were clean and comfortable and very reasonably priced. The double cabins were spacious (for on a boat) and looked more luxurious! We had dinner on the boat with a fantastic BBQ provided by the staff and enjoyed a glass of BYO wine as the sun went down. Breakfast the following morning (also included in the price along with the BBQ) was basic buffet style but good. All in all a really enjoyable experience with great food, lodgings and lovely staff!

Room Tip: The dorm rooms are fairly compact being on a boat so if you're a tad claustrophobic it may not be the best option. The cabins were great though - double bed and private.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ruth W
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

One of the best experiences we had on our trip to NZ. We tok a kayak to the bay where the Aquapacker Boat is anchored up, parked our kayak and were fetched by the captain at the beach. We spent the rest of the evening on the Aquapacker katamaran enjoying a lovely barbeque (included in the price) and hanging out around the heater exchanging stories with the other people on the Boat. Tha captain had some great ones.
Every time you want something, fetch it from the little bar (beer, eine, soft drinks, crisps), and make a note on the tab. Pay as you're leaving the next day. Breakfast was also included.

Beds were comfy, obviously a dorm kind of room for most of us and one private room on the boat.

Cheap, fun and definitely recommended!

Room Tip: There's one private room, good or couples. Book in advance and ask for this if that is more comfortable for you.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Bakoyma
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