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Anakiwa 401
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Spent 3 nights at Anakiwa Backpackers and rate the place as one of my very favorites in New Zealand. Tanya and Shayne are really helpful, service-minded, nice and generous. The accomodation is comfortable, set up for the guests to socialize easily and probably more appreciated by "mature" guests than young backpackers. It's tastefully decorated and the kitchen has everything you need and a bit more. There are herbs for cooking and free coffee and tea. You can do day-hikes onto the trail, swim and watch life on the pier, borrow a bike for a ride in the bay, paddle or just relax, do "nothing".

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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AnakiwaJacks, Owner at Anakiwa 401, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Thank you for your great review and we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found it to be a highlight of your stay in New Zealand. Should you be visiting the Marlborough Sounds in the future, we very much look forward to welcoming you back again.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We had such a fab time here. The facilities were great and the rooms were lovely and had a real homely feel. It only has three rooms in total so is very quiet. The information pack was great and we were able to use the kayaks for two hours for free!! The hosts (Shayne and Tanya) were very friendly and helped us feel at home in the space. All the best, Holly and Zoë.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnakiwaJacks, Owner at Anakiwa 401, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2014

Hello and thanks for your review - we always value feedback from our guests. It's great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and felt relaxed and comfortable as you would at home. Hope to see you here again one day.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We had a great two night stay in mid March. The place is lovely, as are the hosts. The location is brilliant - could easily stay a week or more if you have time. The hostel is ideally placed at the end of the Queen Charlotte Track and within fairly easy reach of Havelock, Picton and the Kenepuru Sound area. Thanks Shane and Tanya.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnakiwaJacks, Owner at Anakiwa 401, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2014

Hello - thanks you for taking the time to review us. It's great that you too, realise the fantastic location of Anakiwa Backpackers. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We were on our way back to Picton after walking in the Abel Tasman my husband and 30 year old son we had booked the sea view apartment.I was very pleasantly surprised it was more beachfront hotel than backpackers ! The facilities were excellent and the location beautiful . Our hosts Tanya and Shane were excellent . We used the Kayaks one morning and had a trip on the sound.As another reviewer said make sure you pick up supplies on way as no shops or restaurants and Picton is a very windy trip

Room Tip: It depends if you want shared facilities
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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AnakiwaJacks, Owner at Anakiwa 401, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Glad to hear all your positive comments and that you enjoyed your time in our free kayaks. We look forward to seeing some or all of you again in the future.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights in the Old Veranda and feel we enjoyed a comfortable and complete Queen Charlotte Sound experience with the accommodations Shayne and Tanya have created.

As said in other reviews, one feels as if visiting in a friend's home. Our room was ensuite, which we would recommend, and one we actually preferred to the self-contained apartment because we met so many fascinating people from around the world while cooking, dining, and relaxing in the community spaces.

The location of Anakiwa Backpackers is perfect. It is right next to the Queen Charlotte Track (and the glow-worms on it at night) where we walked daily. There also is a jetty right across the street with wonderful swimming off the end. We enjoyed an amazing kayak trip one evening along the shoreline. Not to mention the stars from the upper terrace picnic table!

As warned by the owners, bring your food and supplies from stores in Nelson or wherever. But the upside is the kitchen is large and stocked with all the necessities for cooking, plus free tea and coffee. Also there is a grill and large outdoor picnic table for group dinners and evening converstaions.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnakiwaJacks, Owner at Anakiwa 401, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2014

Hello and thank you for your review - we always value feedback from our guests. It's good to hear you enjoyed our setup where you can interact with other guests as much as you want to and that you felt relaxed and comfortable as you would at home. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future should you be visiting Marlborough again.

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