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Laughing Kiwi Backpackers

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Room features
Non-smoking rooms
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Overall, I had a great stay at Laughing Kiwi and would stay again. Notes on my stay are below: Pros: - Location, 24 minutes to Marahau and water taxis to Abel Tasman, very easy to get to - Quiet, although off a main road, you heard no traffic and area was quiet at night - NOT
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Response from Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers
Responded 3 days ago
Hi! cheers for your review and feed back we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we appreciate your visit :) just a couple of things I need to clear up in case of any miss conceptions. - ALL shower's/toilets have a push button lock on the door for your privacy and security. -10am check-out is standard to leave the accommodation for cleaning, it's also on the agreement you sign at check-in. - We try to get back to late check-in requests as soon as we can we apologize if it panicked you we don't want you to panic! x - Lastly we try to book as many Aqua taxis trips as we can but remember we are first and foremost a accommodation provider and not a booking center such as the i-site, we actually give up our commission so you can have your 10% discount we do the best we can during the busy season to get everyone their discount. Thanks, travel safe and have fun! - LK
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We had 2 private rooms (2 sets of couples traveling) out of 3 in a little cabin, where we had a whole kitchen to 6 people and a bathroom and living area. Beds were comfy, rooms large. I can't believe this is a hostel! 5 min walk to grocery store and to the downtown strip. 20 min
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What a wonderful week staying at this place! The owner, Tracy was fantastic and always made sure everything was as it should be and very clean (the cleanest I've ever stayed in). People that stayed greatly respected the standard too so everything was well looked after. There was
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Response from Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers
Responded 16 Jan 2019
Hay thanks for this we appreciate it, it's validation we are working our hardest to ensure our guests have a nice stay with us. Have fun on your travels! and travel safe - LK
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I recently stayed at this hostel and it was a very good experience. Tracy and the team did a very good job making me feel welcome. Sprocket and Pepper were a delight too! Warning: if you are allergic or don't like dogs, maybe try elsewhere. Laughing Kiwi is located a maximum
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Response from Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers
Responded 16 Jan 2019
Great through review thanks for this feedback :) we enjoyed hosting you visit us again one day! Travel safe and have fun- LK
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Stayed here for two nights, and was so happy about the cleanliness and the tidyness of kitchen, common area and toilets. Loved my stay, I wouldn't hesitate to sleep here again. Good location right next to the big food store 'New World'. AWESOME
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Response from Kiwis01, Owner at Laughing Kiwi Backpackers
Responded 7 Nov 2018
Thanks Nina for the lovely review, it was a pleasure hosting you guys. Have fun and travel safe -LK
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"We stayed in room 10 and this was very convenient"
"The cabins are very private, but you still get to be part of the overall atmosphere and shared facilities."
"if you want a bottom bunk phone and ask for one - even if you booked online."
"The Back Lodge overlooks a kiwi fruit orchard. Front lodge has great deck for lounging and cooking up a BBQ. All rooms well appointed"
"All is great, no complaints."
US$40 - US$51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMotueka
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