Welcome to Happy Apple Backpackers, Motueka, Abel Tasman, New Zealand

A vibrant hostel with one of the largest gardens on offer with BBQ's, Volleyball, Pingpong, loungers and lots more

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Happy Apple Backpackers, Motueka

Happy Apple Backpackers are located in Motueka, and we are just a short drive to the Abel Tasman.

We have a range of Single, Double, Family or Dorm rooms available all with linen provided.

Our large shared kitchen with everything you need includes oven, microwaves and gas hobs.
We also have all the laundry facilities you will need, with washing machine, dryers and clothes lines.
Come and stay with the friendly team at Happy Apple Backpackers and relax in the large outdoor area and guest lounge. There is lots to keep you occupied including volleyball, pingpong, and a pool table.

With the regional bus companies having pick up and drop off at our gate, we are in the perfect position to explore Motueka and the Abel Tasman Region.

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All the regional bus companies and activity courtesy buses pick up and drop off at our gate

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We have a range of rooms available from shared dorms to private double, twin and single rooms. Family rooms with private bathroom. Tent camp sites, and sleeper van parks.
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We have a large, well-appointed kitchen, plus BBQs outside for summer fun in the sun! Large garden with volleyball, pingpong table and hammocks.

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Heading from Nelson, we are located on the main road into Motueka (Highway 60) on the left hand side, 150m past the first roundabout.

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Happy Apple Backpackers is only 25 mins drive from the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

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Guest Reviews

We checked in after hours and there was an envelope with instructions taped to the front door. Huge yard for all sorts of activities. Even a BBQ that we made use of. Large kitchen with good organization system for everyone’s dry food. Plenty of places to sit and eat or hang out inside and out. Two tvs pool table and video games. Clean bathrooms and kitchen. Overall one of my fav hidden gems on this trip and ended up booking a third night here.

The happy apple was recommended to us by the Sea Kayak Company as we were going on an expedition with them. My son and I stayed in a twin room and it was a great place to stay and we were glad of the recommendation. The room was clean, tidy and comfortable, shared bathroom facilities were good. I have seen complaints from people about the 5 minute shower limit (with a 2 minute reset time) but to be honest The Happy Apple make this clear in their write up and as an ex submariner friend of mine would say “if you want a Hollywood shower, stay in a 5 star hotel”. Backpacker hostels are a way of life in New Zealand and I think this is one of the best examples.

We had a nice stay while exploring Abel Tasman National Park. But it’s a bit far away from the town centre if you don’t have a car. The room (twin) was spacious and close to many showers and toilets but not noisy at all. The kitchen was large, but would need some more sharp knives. The big garden was nice to sit around or playing any ball games. We also liked to use the free hot tubes.

Beautiful hostel. Awesome outdoor space. Garden with fresh greens and the owners have us a few eggs from the chickens. Great, clean, big kitchen. We camped here for two nights and absolutely loved our stay!


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Happy Apple Backpackers
Address: 500 High St, Motueka 7120

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