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Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp
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28 reviews
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“Home from home”
Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

We came across this urban gem completely randomly. We were welcomed by the staff and fellow guests with a bbq and drinks. This campsite/motel is a home from home. When it comes to facilities they have everything a backpacker could possibly need and all for a reasonable price! This is a great place to meet other travellers and get an insight into local traditions. Don't be shy if you want to get the most from your stay!

We were lucky enough to be taken on a tour of the Marlborough sounds where we saw some of the most incredible views of New Zealand. During our tour we visited several sites on the private boat where we learnt some of the local history including the story of captain hook and encountered a mixture of wildlife From birds to dolphins. This was a place of natural beauty and peaceful tranquility that we will never forget topped off by karasmatic tour guide who will remain a good friend to us.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

This is a awesome backpackers. Really cool chilled atmosphere. Great facilties. Almost every room has its own mini kitchen and a tv that actually works ! Great value for money for short term or long term. The owner barry and his son james are fantastic hosts. The best i have come across in 2 years traveling nz and oz. They really go out of their way to help you and make your stay a happy one. Free bbq's every week. Sometimes even free beer. Barry even went as far as letting myself and my girlfriend use the backpacker courtesy car to get to and from work. For free !!! Also a really good place for seasonal work in nz all year round. All in all a 5 star backpackers no doubt, and thats coming from a seasoned backpacker.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I stayed here for some weeks during my time working on a vinyard. Felt like a home from home, comfortable environment & good facilities, It was a wonderful experience. In the most part, this was down to the people. Always a friendly social atmosphere. The staff are incredibly helpful & went out of their way to look after me. Also creating opportunities for us all to get together; weekly bbq parties. The owner often having a fire or two on the go for us on chilly evenings after work, perfect! I've been in nz for over 9 months & never come across such a well run backpackers. Stay here anyone who wants to experience amazing 'kiwi hospitality'!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

We spent 5... yes 5 weeks in this motorcamp in blenheim while working during the sunny vintage 2013. We were even happier to come back "home" at the end of the day thanks to the awsome staff and good facilities. We were sleeping in our campervan but the kitchen was the heart of many encounters and friendships! Thank you for your welcome.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

We booked a double room for 3 nights over the phone and were told the room is next to the kitchen and TV area.
On our arrival the friendly owner offered us a quiet 4 bed room at noe extra charge. It was a quiet room with everything we needed so we paid for another 2 nights. To our surprise he offered us a discount as well!
The last day we were looking to rent a car, but being Easter that proved to be difficult.
Out of the blue the owner helped us out again and offered his own ute. Unbelievable!!
Thanks for a great trip that day and a pleasant 5 day stay!!
We will be back!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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James D, Owner at Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp, responded to this review, 6 May 2013
Thank you very much for this review. We hope your return flight home was pleasant and you arrived safe. We are happy we were able to make this a pleasant stay for you.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Stayed here for one night in a camper and enjoyed it. The owners are very helpful. Toilets and showers are spotless. BBQ, kitchen and swimming-pool on site. Right beside the train-tracks so expect some noise. Only negative point the camper-van site is really only a car-park plot so don't expects privacy.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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James D, Owner at Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp, responded to this review, 6 May 2013
Thank you very much for you review. We will look into better ways to provide privacy for our van site tenants as no one has really pointed that matter out to us. Thanks
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Phuket, Thailand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2012

This is a great place for backpackers. The management are really nice and went out of their way to help us out. The central area has a BBQ and seating, which is great when the sun shines or in the evenings for a few drinks. There is a swimming pool - as far as I know the only backpackers in Blenheim with one. Rooms are tidy, all facilities are functional and the manager is friendly and very helpful. They will give you a list of employers and contractors so you can find work, but there is no deposit/charges for doing so, unlike most other hostels in Blenheim. In my view, the best backpackers in Blenheim by a long way!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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James D, Owner at Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp, responded to this review, 6 May 2013
Thank you very much for such positive feedback! We have strived to try be one of the top backpackers in the Marlborough region and by your review we must be pretty good, once again thank you very much it is greatly appreciated
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Property: Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp
Address: 27 Budge Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Blenheim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A great selection of clean & comfortable accommodations with free unlimited wifi to suit all budgets. All rooms have a TV, jug, toaster, fridge and some with own kitchen and also rooms with bathroom and kitchen. Recently refurbished amenities, free showers, local phone, washing machines and BBQs. Rooms available short or long term for backpackers plus contacts available for seasonal work. We have also recently underwent a huge expansion adding another 30 sites! weather you want to park up in your van or pitch your tent you can do it under our large trees and wide open areas right beside the river, in the summer time we have a large pool and sun loungers to chill out after a long week at work, or you can park up in a hammock and meet people in our bbq area, We are a friendly family owned and operated Backpackers in a great location. We are well traveled and incorporate our years of experience to provide backpackers the best service while staying in the Blenheim and Marlborough area. Next door to a 24 hour service station, corner store, pub, Subway and KFC. 5 Minute walk to the town centre and Blenheim train & bus terminal. There is also a courtesy van which if you are licensed you are able to use to get out to the supermarkets instead of walking. If you arrive at the airport and would like to stay with us we will be happy to pop out and pick you up. Thank you for checking us out and we look forward to seeing you. ... more   less 
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