We booked this hostel to be close to the Abel Tasman and to go kayaking. Luckily, we noticed that this hostel seemed to be quite from the main street so we asked Abel Tasman Coachlines if they would drop us off outside. Thankfully they said yes (although you're dropped off at the bottom of a very steep hill) and for that we were grateful because it is really far!
The hostel office is closed from 10 until 3 and we turned up at 10.05am! The hostel ownder seemed quite annoyed by this even though there is only one bus from Nelson/Motueka and it arrives in the morning! Fortunately, she allowed us to put our bags into storage and they offer free bikes in order to get to the start of the walk. They gladly book water taxis and kayaking trips for you and luckily there's a free pick up from this hostel! After the initial rocky start with the owner, it definitely got better and they always asked how our days were. They also offered to drop us at the bus stop when we checked out which was extremely helpful as it would be a long walk.
The kitchen is clean, although small and the double rooms have bunks which we hate! The toilets and showers are next to the kitchen which is a walk from all of the rooms and is awful in the middle of the night. This hostel is definitely better if you have a car, although maybe that can be said for Marahau altogether. I did like the feel of being in log cabins up in the trees!
- 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