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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed at the laughing kiwi for 5 weeks and we loved it there, the owners are really kind and friendly and helpful throughout our stay they even lent us bikes for free when we couldn't get to work. The hostel is right across the road from a New world which was convenient and close to town we stayed in...

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Alex for your review, we miss you guys already make sure you visit us and stay again! have fun in the North island travel safe see you soon- Trace

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a very bad experience in the Laughing Kiwi Backpackers. Without talking about the place - the commun space which don't look very clean and well maintained (1 shower of 2 is working proprely) and also the sheets are not wash so often than they pretend - the most important to know is the owners are NOT FRIENDLY and...

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who is deceptive in payment, under the influence or disruptive to the business. We don't deal with seasonal workers (who receive a very cheap rate of $115 - $130 yes depending on availability) to take advantage of our good will. Say what you must we have excellent scores for our cleanness...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this Hostel because of its close proximity to Abel Tasman Canyons. It has a clean, welcoming, and peaceful environment. The Hostel has free wifi, laundry available for $3 a load, and a nice open kitchen and common space. The beds and bathrooms are clean and well kept.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to stay for traveling or working. The backpackers is really clean and tidy, the beds are confortable, the kitchen is well equipped, the outdoor is cool and the wifi is unlimited with a very good connection speed :) The team is friendly and welcoming. I recommend it!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hostel cosy, clean and great location! The staff is very welcoming and the environment is ideal, very good value for money, I recommend it to all! Free wifi with really good connection, free bike and kayak!

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Laureline! thank you for your review we are glad you enjoyed your stay and all the free services we offer :) visit us again soon. Travel safe- Trace

La Ferte-Bernard, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A warm welcome is always a good sign ! Nice place. Two stay of 1 night each. I prefer the villa part, modern and more spacious. Kitchens well equiped, bathroom clean. Free and unlimited wifi, private parking, calm but still in the center of Motueka. Very pleasant ! Love the quotes ! I just did not like the camera everywhere......

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Guest thanks for taking the time to review us we are happy you enjoyed you stay here with us, it was a pleasure to host you. A friendly reminder the cameras are there for all guests security during their stay any good hostel will have a CCTV system installed for security purposes on site. Travel safe- Trace

Hildesheim, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked that place. Very nice hostel with the most stable bunk beds I've ever slept in. Nice garden with a porch swing :) Well equipped kitchen, cozy common area. Staff is so friendly and helpful and really caring!

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Sacramento, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in a dorm for 3 nights and found it to feel more like staying in someone's house than a hostel. The room was large, but there wasn't luggage storage, so our stuff took over the room, and I didn't like that our beds were assigned since I wanted to claim a bottom bunk, but those were the only...

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi! thanks for your review and feed back we are super happy you enjoyed your stay with us! we are looking into storage we aren't sure how to go about it yet without noisy lockers people slam at night any suggestions welcome!! we do have a huge storage room in the office if you anyone needs to keep items out...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for one night and got all we wanted. Friendly staff, a hot shower and a clean room. The kitchen is also clean and there are couches to hang out. So all in all you will get really good things for this money.

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Patrik! thanks for taking the time to review us and give feed back we have been so lucky with so many lovely guests! please visit us again if your in the area :) travel safe- Trace

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my friend had a great time here. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the hostel is clean and cozy. The dorm rooms are surprisingly big and the beds are very comfortable! The garden is nice for a relaxing afternoon. The only thing missing: a pool table ;)

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Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Kira! why thank you for your lovely review and feed back we are glad you had a great stay with us and it was a pleasure to host you, we'll have to look into that pool table idea ;) take care and travel safe- Trace

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Laughing Kiwi, provides clean affordable accommodation in the heart of Motueka,close to supermarket, restaurants,shops etc. The Backpacker Lodge & Villa have Double, Double Ensuite, Twin & share room options available. All houses have well equipped kitchens, homely lounges & outdoor areas.FREE Wifi, Spa Pool & BBQ. The Laughing Kiwi Backpackers in Motueka, provides both hostel & motel type accommodation with FREE wifi. Just a short drive to the Abel Tasman National Park and a few minutes walk to supermarket, shops, cafes & banks. With its range of clean comfortable accommodation options, a great place to stay, to explore the Abel Tasman, Nelson and Golden Bay areas. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

Address: 310 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Price Range: ₹ 2,451 - ₹ 3,314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Laughing Kiwi Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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“if you want a bottom bunk phone and ask for one - even if you booked online.”
mattywatson79, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The Back Lodge overlooks a kiwi fruit orchard. Front lodge has great deck for lounging and cooking up a BBQ. All rooms well appointed”
Kiwicouple009, 23 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All is great, no complaints.”
frank002016, 24 Jun 2016 | Read review
“if you're staying there as to see the room you're going to be in first”
onenightvisitor, 17 Apr 2016 | Read review
“We booked 4 rooms and all were great! no complaints at all, any room is fine.”
missbond77, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
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