YHA Motueka

Description

Whether you’re visiting to experience the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park or planning to spend time in the vibrant, cosmopolitan township of Motueka, YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi offers a welcome place to relax and kick off your shoes. This comfortable backpacker hostel has a choice of accommodation options, free WiFi and an enticing spa pool.

With three separate houses and a maximum of only forty guests on site, even in peak season, there is plenty of space for everybody, especially when it comes to cooking a meal and relaxing after the day’s activities. Each house has its own homely lounge, well equipped kitchen and unlimited hot showers. All bedrooms have heaters and all beds have hotel quality sheets and warm comfortable duvets.

YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi, located on the western shore of the Tasman Bay is on New Zealand’s South Island and is a short drive to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park. The hostel is also only a two minute walk to the supermarket, shops and cafes.

A large carpark is provided for off street parking at the rear of the property.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you book walking and kayaking trips into the Abel Tasman. Most companies provide a free pick up service from outside our reception.

Stop by this welcoming hostel and discover the long summer days and mild winters that attract so many people to this corner of New Zealand.

Quote

"The lounge, kitchen and bbq area is excellent to chat with other travellers and was always clean and tidy. The rooms themselves are of good standard and the shared bathroom was spotless with good water pressure. Amazing Hostel in great location." - Trip Advisor October 2012

Location

YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi backpacker hostel in Motueka is only a 50 minute drive from Nelson, 3 hours from Picton or just over 3 hours from Westport.
Centrally located between Nelson and Golden Bay, an ideal accommodation base to explore the Abel Tasman National Park and experience all that this area has to offer.

By Car

A 50 minute drive from Nelson. Follow SH60 to Motueka. Continue along SH60/High Street. The hostel is located on the left hand side at 310 High Street, just past the Avalon Manor Motel and 200m before McDonalds/KFC.
 
From Hanmer Springs/Westcoast
On arriving in Motueka, continue along College Street & King Edward Street. At the junction by the Clock Tower, turn left onto High Street.
 

By Bus/Shuttle

Buses from Picton, Nelson, Golden Bay. The main bus stop is just a short walk away in Wallace Street, by the informaton centre. Sometimes, by prior arrangement, the driver is able to stop outside the hostel door.

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  • BBQ
  • Communal dining area
  • EFTPOS
  • Free WiFi
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • Spa/Pool
  • TV
  • VISA
  • Whether you have just a few hours or a few days, there are many walking and hiking options to choose from.
  • Kayak the cystal clear waters and explore the spectacular coastline with the chance of seeing fur seals, dolphins or the shy little blue penguin.
  • Water taxis based at Marahau and Kaiteriteri provide scheduled year-round services allowing you to combine a scenic cuise and walk option.
  • Enjoy a full day sailing, or combine with a kayaking or walking option.
  • Enjoy a horseback ride along Marahau’s golden sandy beaches or through native bush and farm land.
  • If you are an active person and are ready to have fun to be challenged, try canyoning! October to end of April.
  • See the Abel Tasman from a different angle and enjoy some air activities.
  • Skydiving, hang gliding, scenic microlight flights, or even piloting a stunt plane. All these adreneline filled activities are available for you to enjoy in sunny Motueka.

Events

  • Dru Yoga Classes (Jul 15th - Sep 9th) Strengthen your body! Relax you mind! Open your heart! Perfect for all ages, states of health, & levels of fitness. Soft & flowing yet powerful movements and sequences, proven to ease physical discomfort & relieve ...
  • Faust Quartet (Sep 4th - Sep 4th) The Faust Quartet is one of the most promising young string quartets in Europe, with New Zealander Simone Roggen, graduate of the University of Auckland and the Lucerne Conservatory in Switzerland as their lead ...
  • Abel Tasman Coastal Classic Trail Run (Sep 20th - Sep 20th) If there's one event to put on the list for the run of a lifetime, it's the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic. Come stride into paradise. 36km trail run from Awaroa to Marahau along the renowned Abel Tasman National ...
  • Spring Fair (Sep 21st - Sep 21st) Celebrate Spring with us. Wander through Fairy Land. Conquer the Medieval Challenge. Enjoy local live performances. Be enchanted by puppet shows. Savour delicious international foods. Create unique hand ...
  • Science Roadshow (Oct 15th - Oct 15th) The Science Roadshow offers school children, their teachers and accompanying parents and wider public visitors an opportunity to explore various science and technology concepts by ‘touch and feel’. It provides a ...
  • Dru Yoga Teacher Training - Module 1 (Oct 16th - Oct 19th) Want to train as a Dru Yoga Teacher? After a long wait, we are excited to announce the very first Dru Yoga Teacher Training course in New Zealand is coming to the Nelson Region. Dru Yoga is one of the fastest growing ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.