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The Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park New Zealand
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Welcome to Aquapackers, New Zealand's only floating backpackers accommodation. Owners Jane and Mark welcome you to experience an unforgettable stay on their catamaran in Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Abel Tasman National Park from the deck of their specially converted catamaran and relax in your own private cabin, or one of the 2 dorm rooms. All bedding is provided, and the rate includes a delicious BBQ dinner in the evening and continental breakfast in the morning. Aquapackers is a purpose-built catamaran offering shared living space inside with a large dining table, chairs and bench seats, and several decks to soak up the views of Abel Tasman National Park. There is no road access to Aquapackers. You can either walk in on the Abel Tasman Coastal track, take a water taxi, or kayak. We'll pick you up from the beach. Aquapackers is open from October 1 through to 30 April every year.
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Linds wrote a review Apr 2020
Canada12 contributions2 helpful votes
This a great way to stay right on the water of Able Tasman. The location of the boat is great, as it is an easy swim to the beach or a quick water taxi to the hiking trails. Mark & Jan are super friendly hosts and put on an awesome feed of a BBQ and yummy pancake for breakfast in the morning. The sunsets and star viewing is also spectacular from the top deck at night.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Ask for a private room as it is on the top deck and close to a bathroom. The dorm rooms are below...
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Pete C wrote a review Mar 2020
San Clemente, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
My girlfriend and sea kayaked in Abel Tasman national park and stayed with Aquapackers half way up the peninsula before hiking north the following day. Mark and Jane made us feel welcome, the beds were very comfortable and the food was fantastic. Aquapackers greatly exceeded our expectations for how great sleeping on a boat could be. The location was also perfect to enable us to see more remote and prestige areas of the park than otherwise. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. Pete
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review Pete. What we have here is very simple but what we try and do is "do simple well". Am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we exceeded expectations. Safe travels.
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aejaviera wrote a review Jan 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina71 contributions51 helpful votes
The house of Jane and Mark ( the boat ) is a life experience. We had a great night with the kids there! Barbecue , nice friends meeting there and we have been welcome as a guest of the house ! Thanks we will never forget you ! Javi
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Erica12S wrote a review Jan 2020
Houston, Texas33 contributions8 helpful votes
Staying here was definitely a trip highlight. A unique place to stay which provides excellent access to many activities. It was very clean, the hospitality is top notch. I am so pleased we stayed here!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 9 Jan 2020
Hi Errin,.... we're pleased you stayed here too! Thanks for taking the time to write us a review, love that we were a trip highlight. Stoked with that. Safe travels. Jane
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nallarehctelf wrote a review Dec 2019
Ruby, Australia36 contributions10 helpful votes
Our Family group (5 adults) would like to spend more time here. Lovely place and this is a good venue. You get picked up from the beach in a launch taken to the accommodation boat. Very appropriate for the setting. Could spend a couple of days here. Good hosts.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from JaneM4546, Owner at Aquapackers
Responded 9 Jan 2020
Thanks team for the review. We certainly are blessed to live in such a great place. Pleased you all enjoyed your stay.Safe travels in the future. Jane
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionAbel Tasman National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aquapackers
Which popular attractions are close to Aquapackers?
Nearby attractions include Abel Tasman Coast Track (6.4 km).
What food & drink options are available at Aquapackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Aquapackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fat Tui, Hooked on Marahau, and Park Cafe.
Does Aquapackers have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.