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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Anakiwa Lodge

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Anakiwa Lodge
Ranked #5 of 5 Anakiwa B&B and Inns
Nelson, New Zealand
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“Can't believe this is a youth hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

We stayed here en route to the Queen Charlotte track. The friendly owner discussed our plans and drove us to a starting point on the track which gave us a beautiful 4 hour walk back to Anakiwa more suited to our middle-aged abilities than our original plan would have been. If the weather had been suitable he would have transported us to our starting point by boat.

We had the double ensuite with large deck and our friends had another double ensuite. Really comfortable beds and everything was spotless. We enjoyed ourselves sitting in the sunset on the deck, using the spa pool, checking out the extensive book and video library and using the very well equipped kitchen to cook our meal.
It really exceeded our expectations and it was luxury at a very affordable price. T

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

We stayed there only for one night, the hosts were very nice and accommodating, we took a double en-suite room which was bright, clean and super comfortable, much better than most hostels offer in every aspect.
The kitchen was great and well equipped.
I took a peek at the 4-bed dorm room and those beds looked extremely spoiling :)
They have a spa area and a TV room and I really wish I had a picture of the room to share.
Strongly recommended!

One note: we didn't go on the queen Charlotte track so for us it was a bit out of the way, though I kinda wished I'd stay another night and just have a relaxed time in the lodge and near the water.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

Stayed here when we finished walking the Queen Charlotte Track. It is a very homely place to stay and the owners are very friendly. The hostel is extremely clean and comfortable and it was great to have all the home comforts after our 5-day walk. They even pick your bags up from the jetty for you if your luggage is being transported by boat! The beds were very comfy. You can sit out on the verandah, hire a kayak, rent a DVD from the extensive collection, watch TV in the lounge, use the spa, buy wine and beer too (possibly the only place in Anakiwa that sells it!). We also got driven to the ferry at Picton the next morning. Would recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The reason I decided to book this lodge was that they offered free kayaks. The owner was really helpful throughout the stay organizing breakfast for us as we didn't yet have a chance to go shopping and also changing his plans to accommodate our request to be picked up with his boat later during the day. He also gave us a small free tour of the bay on the boat.
If you decide to go make sure to make your shopping upfront as Anakiwa consists only of a couple of backpackers and an outdoor school. But it is wonderfully quiet and remote.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

we were able to finish our walk of the track with curry, wine, a soak in the spa and some movies - not bad! The Hosts were wonderful and made sure we had everything we needed. It was a bit of a trek to the bathroom, but we did have our own wee deck and a custom baby gate to keep the kids safe - so we were very happy with our room

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

I stayed a couples of days in Anakiwa with my girlfriend and we loved it! Great location at Marlborough Sounds. Great walks, nice lake with lot's of activities. Great if you just wanna get away from all.
The owner upgraded our room as it was quiet and it was the best value for money I had in New Zealand. He was always friendly and eager to help and when I left my Kindle in the room he forwarded it without extra costs.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

I have stayed at Anakiwa Lodge the last three years in a row. It's a great place to hang out if you want the ultimate getaway. There is loads to do and kayaking on the Sounds is definitely a highlight! I also walked part of the Queen Charlotte track as a day trip to another bay and last year, my friend and me went on a boat trip around the Sounds with Darrell which was awesome. Darrell and Debbie are great hosts and have picked me up and dropped me off from the ferry terminal. There is also a spa and loads of DVDs to choose from. I would definitely recommend it if you feel like the ultimate getaway from city life or are finishing the Queen Charlotte track.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Anakiwa Lodge
Address: 9 Lady Cobham Grove, Anakiwa 7281, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Anakiwa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Anakiwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Anakiwa Lodge is a new modern 5 star hostel similar to a small boutique hotel. You should note that we are located a 30min scenic drive (25kms) from Picton, into the stunning Marlborough Sounds. We guarantee it is worth the drive to experience our premium rooms and sparkly clean facilities. The popular Queen Charlotte Track is only 2 mins walk from our doorstep. The pace here is quiet, comfortable and relaxed. Explore the bays, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking or walking the local tracks. Wind down with a soak in the large luxury hot spa and then retire to the movie lounge for some big screen entertainment. ... more   less 
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