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.

Proud Winners of the TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2014 and 2015

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
  • Free WiFi
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • TV
  • 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

  • (Jun 29th - Jun 29th) Due to popular request we are running a Sound Journey for those who want to continue their inner exploration of life. People attending previous Sound Journeys tend to lie down on a Yoga Matt with a blanket. Using a ... Riverside Community Cafe & Cultural Centre
  • (Sep 1st - Aug 9th 2016) 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 ... Riverside Community Cafe & Cultural Centre
  • (May 11th - Jul 6th) 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 ... St John Ambulance Hall
  • (Sep 11th - Sep 11th) Motueka Rudolf Steiner School
  • (Sep 17th - Sep 17th) Douglas Mews - fortepiano & Robert Ibell - cello Enjoy lively music-making in a candlelit performance of five virtuosic works for fortepiano and cello. Two well-known New Zealand musicians perform a programme of ... Chanel Arts Centre
  • (Oct 8th - Oct 8th) If there's one event to put on the list for the run of a lifetime, it's the CHIA Abel Tasman Coastal Classic. Come stride into paradise. 35km Trail Run from Awaroa to Marahau along the renowned Abel Tasman National ... Abel Tasman Coast Track