Don't go there , especially if you are a night shift worker or just a late eater... the kitchen is closed from 9:30 pm and the tenant ( the women) will come and check that all the dishes are done at 9:30 and not 9:35, and will kick you off the kitchen !!! Really not the friendliest tenants! She likes drama and gossip and i had the feeling she doesn't really like backpackers which is quite a paradoxe ! Even if the backpackers there are mostly really nice ,would definitly not recommend because of the management ! I spend all the lockdown and more at the tasman Motor camp , between mapua and motueka, which had no kitchen restrictions, lovely tenants , and was much more nicer than the white elephant .
We have stayed in many hostels throughout NZ and the world (pre covid). This is a very old run down hostel with poor management. It was probably reasonable many years ago but has been exploited well beyond its years and not been upgraded by the management for a long time. We had friends staying in the dorm and we stayed in the private cabins. All the rooms were dirty... Very dirty... Imagine cobwebs everywhere and dirt all over the floors, curtains falling off the rails. All things that can be rectified quite easily if the owners were actually interested in customers. There are only 3 toilets & showers to share between approximately 30 people in the main house which were also very dirty with significant mold and mildew everywhere. These and also the kitchen facilities are shared with the private garden rooms which adds another 30ish guests. There are also additional people camping in the grass areas in the backyard. Alongside multiple camper vans (with people staying in them too!) which adds yet more people onto the numbers above. In my opinion there simply is not enough facilities for the volume of people they are pushing through them. The managers appear to be very aggressive and unhelpful to all guests irrespective of whether they are a long term tenant or short term guest... I passed a girl in the hallway wanting to ask the manager/owner a question at 805pm. The owner was incredibly rude and told her that her question would have to wait until tomorrow at 9am as the office was closed at 8pm. On another occasion another guest tried to tell the manager that her shoes had gone missing and the manager was not interested at all and told her that it was her problem. Everytime we ran into the owners we were made to feel unwelcome and a hindrance when any question was asked of them. Even something as simple as where to put dirty tea towels was met with sarcastic responses and made us feel very unwelcome. We chose this hostel based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and there were no obvious alarm bells from what I read before booking... Please take this as a warning and stay away from the White Elephant. There are many better hostels in New Zealand and Motueka and I would suggest ANY other would be better.…
Lovely self contained cabins in a spacious garden setting. Nice touch of milk in a glass bottle on arrival. Great base between tramping trips very accommodating when plans changed due to the weather. Lovely hosts will definitely come again.
Second visit here. Stayed in garden room which had two beds and en-suite and fridge. Slightly noisy next door when they used their bathroom but otherwise great. Very well priced and super clean. Lovely setting, beautiful building and everything we needed.
White Elephant backpacker hostel has been for me like a home. I spent here two months meeting lovely people. The facilities are very good and the garden is just beautiful. The price is very good as well. Here I've learnt how to play the guitar on the veranda, I've so many things about life and relationships. Also while staying here I had a serious ingiury on my knees and the owners, Pam and Rex, looked after me for a whole week providing crutches and medicines as I couldn't move from my bed. I'll be grateful for that for the rest of my life. Both the owners are very nice and relaxed people, they put love in keeping the house tidy and they provide everything is necessary for the guest to better enjoy their stay. Highly recommended!! Enjoy :)