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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at this place both as a short term guess and then I returned as a long term working backpacker. The staff are really friendly and helpful in getting you work to do. Most of the work will be in the vineyards or the wine factory. There are two separate buildings- the hostel and the lodge. The hostel rooms...

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337788, General Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time for your review, we are stoked that you enjoy the "spirit of Koanui" during your stay here. We aim to provided local casual work for all our guests who choose to stay with us and offer the best facilities we can, so its very nice to have this recognised. Take care on the rest...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed roughly two months and enjoyed every bit of it. Positive atmosphere, clean rooms and facilities. Best wifi I've had since I can to NZ. two minute walk to New World, ten minute walk to town. Hostel manager is very helpful. Easy to find job through this place as well. Highly recommended!

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337788, General Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Jonathon for your lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your time at Koanui and really embraced the spirit of the place. We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels. Take care.

Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at Koanui for two months. We both got work through the hostel the week we arrived, though that can obviously vary depending on local demand. We stayed in the hostel building which is a bit older, we had a private double room and shared bathroom facilities. The manager is really helpful, has lots of local...

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337788, General Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we're pleased you enjoyed your time with your "Koanui Family" All the best for you and Tom and the rest of your travels, take care.

Mondeville, France
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I stayed 1 week there for 145$ bbh price with no wifi. In a 6 beds dorm, with a bathroom (private but for every guests ???!!!) They find a job for their guests but guests can wait 2 or 3 weeks before to get a job. The kitchen is very dirty, clean every morning but a lot of guests aren't...

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie - many thanks for taking the time to review our hostel, we value all feedback. It would appear you stayed in our newer Lodge building, which admittedly is a little more expensive than the older hostel rooms. As we are nearly full all of the time with long term seasonal workers, unfortunately we often only have the most...

Oshawa, Canada
Reviewed 18 December 2016

My partner and I stayed at Koanui for roughly 3 months while we worked to save up some money and continue our travels South. So long as you have your passport, bank account number, IRD number, and proof of address, it's easy peasy to find a job in the vineyards and factory (factory workers are those travellers who are willing...

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337788, General Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Many thanks for such a thorough review! The fun spirit of Koanui definately lives on!! The long term guests staying here certainly work hard all week then play hard in the weekends. Be sure to join us on FB to keep up with your former Koanui Family members, there has been many Koanui Reunions carried out all around the world...

Braunschweig, Germany
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I can honestly reccomend this place to anyone looking for work. I was offered a couple of different jobs, shortly after arrival and felt like thats also applied to the other guests as well? Hostel is clean and relatively quiet as most of the people are working here. Could have a couple more showers and toilets and wifi was quiet...

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Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, Mexico
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I spent 10 weeks in Koanui and I wish I could have stayed longer. You get to know the people so well that at the end you will be part of a family. The hostel is in a unbeateable location, close to supermarket and town and if you work in a factory a bus comes to get you everyday. It's...

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337788, Manager at Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Claudio, Thank you so much for such a thoughtful and positive review! It was a real pleasure to meet you and having you as our guest. Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Koanui. We hope you'll be back soon and we'll be pleased to help you find work again. ;) All the best, Domi & Matt

Reviewed 13 July 2016

I arrived to Blenheim to find work. Of all working hostels only Koanui offered to find it for me. After a few days I started container loading and work on a vineyard after that. Luke and his staff have it all figured out. They are incredibly helpful and friendly. Weekends can be a bit wild, but I didn't mind the...

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Reviewed 28 May 2016

When I first arrived in Blenheim my purpose was to find a great working hostel, save fast some money and keep on backpacking around NZ. But you as you know travelling is full of surprises and I finally ended up here staying 5 months, and I have to be thankful to Koanui !! From the beginning Luke,the manager, assisted me...

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Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Like many others, I came to Koanui to find a Job somewhere on the vineyards. I had no idea I would end up staying 9 months! I truly fell in love with this place and the people living there. It's a great place für backpackers and overnight guests. Backpackers will be able to quickly find a job in the area,...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
At Koanui Lodge & Backpackers, we welcome you to stay, make some lifelong friends, and enjoy your home from home in NZ. Only a 5 min walk to town, we are an international backpackers and working hostel, mainly catering to young long-term backpackers looking for work - our friendly staff can help you find a job most of the year round. Here for a wine tour or other Marlborough based activity? We have budget modern ensuite rooms, off-road parking, table tennis, log fire, Sky TV, wifi, bbq, fun weekly activities, and heaps of fun! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Koanui Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 33 Main Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Koanui Lodge & Backpackers Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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“Two different buildings, One is newly built and has toilets in each rooms and other have shared toilets.”
JonathanFilmon, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Lodge rooms have ensuites!”
bcroundtheworld, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
“far from italians :P”
394marekp, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“I love room no. 4 in the Backpackers. It's comfortable and quiet, with lots of light”
littleluisa, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“The new lodge has more modern rooms although the house building is cosier”
RyanMillward, 11 Dec 2015 | Read review
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