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The White Elephant Accommodation

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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The White Elephant Accommodation

The White Elephant Accommodation

2 out of 5

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
55, Whakarewa Street, Motueka, 7120

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMotueka District Museum13 min walk
  • AirportMotueka (MZP)2 min drive
  • Popular LocationLittle Kaiteriteri Beach16 min drive
  • Popular LocationKina Peninsula19 min drive

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About this area


Located in Motueka, The White Elephant Accommodation is near the beach. Riuwaka Resurgence and Kahurangi Estate are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park.

What's nearby

  • Motueka District Museum - 13 min walk
  • Kaiteriteri Beach - 15 min drive
  • Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park - 16 min drive
  • Little Kaiteriteri Beach - 16 min drive
  • Kina Peninsula - 19 min drive

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 38 min drive


  • Arcadia - 8 min walk
  • Antonius European Bakery - 9 min walk
  • New World - 10 min walk
  • High Street Chinese Takeaways - 12 min walk
  • Swinging Sultan - 12 min walk

About this property

The White Elephant Accommodation

Hostel in Motueka with free parking
Along with a microwave in a common area, this hostel has a fridge in a common area and laundry facilities. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a library, tour/ticket assistance and a garden are on-site. Rooms offer free WiFi and portable fans.
The White Elephant Accommodation offers 13 forms of accommodation with portable fans. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating
  • Portable fan


  • Hairdryer (on request)

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open Monday - Sunday (8 AM - noon) and Monday - Sunday (2:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
If you are planning to arrive after 8:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds
This property accepts credit cards
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests should be aware that 2 cats and 2 dogs reside at this property.

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

White Elephant Backpackers Hostel Motueka
White Elephant Backpackers Hostel
White Elephant Backpackers Lodge Motueka
White Elephant Backpackers
White Elephant Backpacker Motueka, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman
White Elephant Backpackers Lodge
White Elephant Backpackers Lodge
The White Elephant Accommodation Motueka
The White Elephant Accommodation Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 32 out of 64 reviews
5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 23 out of 64 reviews
4 - Good 36%
Rating 3 - Okay. 7 out of 64 reviews
3 - Okay 11%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 64 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 64 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Exceptional for the price
Motel like accomodation out the back, privately set amongst beautiful scenic flora and trees. The house is the backpacker part, the motel like self contained units were separate behind the house. Love it and would stay again
Stayed 3 nights in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I liked the surroundings the grounds and the overall peacefulness .
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice unit in lovely garden.
Really enjoyed our stay. Our unit was very sweet, and host Pam was very welcoming. We would stay there again.
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2021

4/5 Good

Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2020

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The unit was private, clean and comfortable. It maybe needed a heater because of the unusual weather. (The hailstorm) The little outside table and chairs on the verandah were lovely in the morning sunshine and the attractive surroundings.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2020