Kanuka ridge is located less than a five minute drive from Marahau Beach (one of the most famous beaches in Abel Tasman, always depicted on the post cards). It is a little ways from a town or grocery store, but there is a great restaurant, the Fat Tui just down the street from Marahau. A little beyond the Fat Tui is the entrance to the hiking trails and access to the water taxi and kayak rentals.
The rooms were clean and comfortable with sliding glass doors and a porch overlooking the woods. The owner was friendly and knowledgeable.
My only complaint would be that the dorms were up the hill from the kitchen/bathroom (which was co-ed) and there were only two showers and three toilets for the whole hostel. It got a little crowded in the mornings. Other than that though, the hostel was very nice and convenient. I would highly recommend staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kanuka Ridge Abel Tasman Backpackers. Enjoy starry nights and birdsong in our native bush surroundings while you rejuvenate or plan your Abel Tasman adventure. Onsite booking & info for kayaking, walking and water taxis. Modern, clean kitchen, heated rooms, bedding provided. Free WiFi, tea, coffee & gear storage. Friendly, knowledgeable local staff to ensure you have a quality experience. ... more less