Backpacker Accommodation and Camping

The closest accommodation to Abel Tasman National Park

Directions To The Barn Backpackers & Campground

Driving To The Abel Tasman National Park

A popular option is to drive yourself to Marahau - you can rent a car from the Nelson Airport or if you're here for a longer journey you could hire a campervan.

A popular choice - in between a car and a campervan is a Spaceship. The Barn is a Space Station so if you're travelling in a Spaceship you can swap DVDs here and get deals on local activities. Spaceships New Zealand Campervan Hire

Driving Directions to Abel Tasman

Follow the road signs to the Abel Tasman National Park via Marahau. Marahau is 18km north from Motueka, and is well sign-posted. The Barn is located in Marahau, and is on the right side of the road, 200 metres past the beach. You can't miss us!

The drive to Marahau is very scenic, with local art, craft and vineyard attractions.

You can leave your car, camper or bicycle at our base. Alternatively, arrange a Bus Pick-Up from your accommodation in Nelson, Motueka or Marahau.

Typical travel times (car):
* Nelson to Marahau = 1 hour, 10 minutes.
* Motueka to Marahau = 25 minutes.

Bus Transport

As Marahau is quite off the beaten track there aren't many bus options to get you here (the main nationwide services don't get this far!)
Abel Tasman Coachlines run buses twice a day from Nelson in the Summer

One great option is Stray hop-on hop-off bus network for adventurous travellers - you can jump on Stray at Nelson to get to Marahau or if you have more time you can do one of their longer trips starting from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. (Stray New Zealand Backpacker Bus)

Another popular option is Stray Journeys New Zealand - this company is a small group, budget tour option for travellers. They have many tour options that stay at The Barn from a five day trip around the Top of the South Island (start in Christchurch or Picton) to a twenty-three day trip around the whole of New Zealand (start in Auckland or Christchurch).

If you want to just travel direct to and from Nelson and Marahau (Abel Tasman) then Abel Tasman Coachlines are probably the best option. Click here for more Abel Tasman Coachlines info.

"All the new Dorms and the shower block with Ocean Views WOW this place Rocks
Huge Fireplace in the Kitchen. we will be back !"

Caroline and Roger Nelson

Contact Us

The Barn Backpackers and Campground
14 Harvey Road, Marahau
RD2 Motueka, New Zealand

Office Hours 8am - 6pm - Winter
Office Hours 8am - 8pm - Summer
Tel: 03 527 8043

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