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Kanuka Ridge Abel Tasman Backpackers
Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed three nights here in an ensuite double room. It was impecibly clean and had the most comfortable bed we have experienced thus far in our travels. The kitchen is very well equiped and kept pretty much spotlessly clean.

As this is a small backpackers it has a lovely atmosphere, and it is lovely and peaceful at night. There are several picnic benches dotted around, and a large clothes line for drying. The staff were friendly and helpful. This is one of the nicest backpackers we have stayed at and we would definately stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

This felt like one of those lucky finds - ensuite private room at hostel prices in a gorgeous setting. Private rooms are small for a hotel but generous for a hostel. Wifi costs extra but was not working when we were there. There is a shared kitchen with refrigerator and coin operated laundry. Private rooms have a parking space on one side and a very pretty shared deck with small tables and chairs on the other. Comfortable bed and nice shower with good pressure. All very clean. Hostel is only a short drive to Abel Tasman hikes and kayak rental which can be arranged by management. Also close to several good restaurants.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This hostel itself was very nice. I think the owner definitely left a positive impression. He showed us around making jokes left a right, very amusing! I definitely feel that his hospitality and humor made this such a memorable hostel.

The hostel was remote and relaxing with nice random hammock spots to lounge overlooking a view. It's about a 5 min drive to the Aqua Taxi from the Hostel which was a huge plus since it meant we could sleep longer. The only downside was that it was a bit cramped. There wasn't much room in the dorms to spread your stuff out if all six beds were full, and the kitchen/dining area was typically cramped too if everyone was making meals at the same time. On the plus side it forced you to socialize! And there was additional seating outside if needed.

The rooms had a nice shared balcony/deck outside the back you could lounge on, and you could park your car literally right in front of the door which I suppose makes up for not having lockers. It had a heater, mirror, small coffee table, and nice sturdy bunks so no squeaking and minimal shaking. Downside is it only had the overhead lights for light at night, but it wasn't such a big deal as most people who stayed there were all there for the same reason and therefore were early to bed early to rise.

Our travel companions complained that for the dorms, you had to walk to/from the bathroom much like a campground, but the walk wasn't far at all and we are the camping type, so we didn't mind that at all. However, if your a stickler for security, the bathrooms wouldn't pass your inspection since they are not gender specific and have a stall like door rather than a floor to ceiling door. The showers themselves were nice, but it was difficult to change in there since the floor got wet.

Another plus was that Internet was a per day rate and not very expensive.

We really did enjoy this hostel. It had a great atmosphere in addition to that something something you can't quite describe. We would definitely recommend it if you enjoy being in the wilderness and are a light traveler :)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Reviewing this from my comfy king-sized bed at Kanuka: After passing through touristy Motueka, we were relieved to find Kanuka Ridge was located up a small hill and away from all the hubbub (and closer to the Coastal Track - about a 10-minute drive).

The lodge offers private en suite doubles and a few camping spots (with access to shared facilities). The kitchen/lounge area is clean and well-stocked and the rooms are comfortable and clean. Al and Cathy, the hosts, were very helpful. They even left out some Christmas candy for us guests to snack on today.

The wifi costs $5 a day (or $10 for the duration of your visit) and the signal is strong. (We were able to call our parents in the states over Skype and upload a video to YouTube). There is a new grill, which we used to cook steaks for Christmas. You can purchase eggs from the hosts' chickens, but you should visit the grocery store in Greymouth or Motueka before driving up here because you can't really walk to any restaurants. We've come to like the New World grocery stores, and there is one in each of those towns.

The only thing we'd add to the Kanuka rooms would be fans because it was a bit warm overnight, but fans don't seem to be common in New Zealand hotels/inns. (We're from Florida, where nearly every room has a fan or access to air conditioning.) If you're visiting in winter, you're set because there is a heater in each room. The private rooms are clustered in groups of three and each cluster has a shared back porch that overlooks the forest.

We paid $41 per person a night for a private, en suite double on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Great value.

Room Tip: I believe there are only six rooms, and they seem identical. They are grouped in two clusters of thr...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed for two nights in a twin room en-suite. The room was not huge, but clean and tidy and it had a wonderful terrace outlooking the forest. The owners were very helpful with information and bookings on Abel Tasman National Park. Communal areas were in good shape, too. Location is just outside Marahau - so it is really close to the park if you have a car. A small minus was that they charged 5 dollars a day for internet which turned out to be not working properly. But, come on, you go here for the beautiful nature, not for using the internet...

Room Tip: If you can afford the extra money, try to get a en-suite room. They don't only have an own bath...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

When we arrived the owner seems to be a little borred and very commercial. We don't like it when the bathroom is outside of the building where you sleep, because it's very dark at night. The bathroom is very basic.
You can't use your cellphones, because there is not any signal. Wifi is very bad and you have to pay 10 dollars for two nights!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I was there in October 2012 for 3 nights. It is a wonderfully peaceful, out of the way place, very clean and cozy , the owners are very nice people, you really don't feel like a customer but like a guest:) The setting is beautiful, on top of a forested hill, the Abel Tasman Nat. Park is near, Marahau- a lovely little town, just down the road. It is a great place, ran by very nice people.

Greetings form Poland
Aleksandra

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 21 Moss Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7197, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Abel Tasman National Park
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Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Abel Tasman National Park
Number of rooms: 8
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Welcome to our friendly and peaceful accomodation at Kanuka Ridge Abel Tasman Backpackers. We are located on a sunny ridge amongst native bush and birdsong near the start of the Abel Tasman National Park. It is the perfect base for exploring our area and our coastal National Park. Information and bookings for Water Taxis or other activities like kayaking are all available here with us. We can offer you different types of accomodations to suite your budget. Free WiFi, tea and coffee, bikes available to visit the local cafes and beaches, modern kitchen with new BBQ, gear, bike and motorbike storage, plenty of secure parking space, heated rooms and bedding all provided. Friendly, knowledgeable local staff to ensure you have a quality experience. ... more   less 

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