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Apple Valley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here 3 nights. Had a very clean private room with bathroom & shower for a great rate. Had a nice little outside area that we could relax, read, and nosh at. Had dishes, cups, etc and a kettle, tea and coffee in our room. Nice touch! Lots of fruit trees. Lots of people staying here but felt quiet...

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Paris, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pams and her husband are lovely guests, theY have a quiet and comfy hostel. The terrace is enjoyable in summer and the kitchen spacious and well equipped I slept into my tent in the garden, and I could use all the facilities I would love to stay again !

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

We would love to have you come back and stay.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We had our own en suite chalet in the garden which had a covered veranda out the front so could enjoy the outside even when it was raining. The kitchen was well organised and the owners had good control of the facilities and accommodation. Quite a young clientele who were very friendly and chatty. Definitely recommend this one.

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Im so pleased you enjoyed your stay . and to hear we have such lovely young guests

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We’ve been in the en-suite bungalows in this wonderful garden - clean, modern and in good condition. The distance to the main building makes it very peaceful and saves you from the noise over there, as the guests in the main building were always in action.

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Thank you .We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay

Tel Aviv District, Israel
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Very clean! I was shocked with how clean it was. Very nice and cosy, spacious rooms, good price! (25$). The owner is lovely, and extremely helpful! Also they have 3 dogs and 2 cats so that's a good bonus too.

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Thank you We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay

Reunion Island
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I stayed here for 6 weeks, during the renovation but despite this, it was one of the best hostel I ever been in New Zealand. Good kitchen facilities, very clean. Friendly guest and the owners are very kind and nice. If you want to do the Abel Tasman Track or to work in the area, it's the place to be...

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us .We hopre to see you again

Balmoral, Australia
Reviewed 21 October 2016

What a great place! First impression is that I am a guest in somebody's house that I would like to own ^^ Big back yard with flowers and shrubs in all the right places, nice lawn and well maintained units dotted around the property. We had a unit with en-suite right at the back of the property. Nice size, great...

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review I will ensure there is a heater in there in future, unfortunately we only have a small dining room , but heaps of dinning area outside for the summer .

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 October 2016

I was in motueka for a friends wedding and I needed a place to stay, the wedding was later in the afternoon so I rung up to find out if I could come in earlier to start getting ready as I was coming up from Christchurch early in the morning on the day of the wedding. They were willing to...

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Thank you for your review It was lovely to meet you and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay

Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

White Elephant offers rooms in the house, nice for backpackers. But in the backyard there are also some chalets for a more camping-ish stay. We had a room with only a double bed in a double chalet. The room was nice and clean. The shared kitchen is not very good organised, often too crowded and though not very clean. Overall...

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WhiteElephantM0tueka, Owner at White Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, The kitchens are now renovated, all new and more functional and the outdoor kitchen is also available for the summer.

Wiesbaden, Germany
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The White Elephant is one of the best Backpackers I have seen in New Zealand. I stayed for 3 weeks and had a great time. The owners are very welcoming, the comunity is very nice and the property itself just looks great. When I was there in May the log fire in the dormitory was going, haven't had that before....

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Base yourself in this friendly Motueka backpackers while you visit New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park & the Tasman and Nelson regions.Come and enjoy this elegant homestead or our new accommodation units with private bathroom and verandas, nestled in this Motueka backpackers’ mature garden setting. ... more   less 

Additional Information about White Elephant Backpacker

Address: 55, Whakarewa Street | Tasman, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Price Range: $40 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Ensuite bungalow is the way to go if you are a couple.”
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“the ensuite cabins at the end of the lovely garden are the best!”
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 of 5 bubbles SunKissingMoon, 27 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Private units in the garden are lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles ozcan123, 7 Jan 2015 | Read review
“The rooms in the garden are more quiet and private, but the doorms have a lot of space too.”
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