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55 Whakarewa Street Motueka


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  • Friendly & Homely Accommodation

  • In the heart of Motueka

Base yourself in this friendly Motueka accommodation center while you visit New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park & the Motueka, Tasman and Nelson regions.


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Come and enjoy The White Elephant accommodation in this elegant homestead built in 1910, or our accommodation units with private bathroom and verandas, nestled in this Motueka accommodation centers’ mature garden setting.

The White Elephant provides more than basic, yet highly affordable and homely accommodation. Whether you require a family, double or twin room with or without your own bathroom, a bed in a dorm or private unit accommodation you'll find what you need at The White Elephant in Motueka.

The White Elephant's extensive gardens offer you room to stretch out, relax and unwind. Every bed comes fully made up with fresh linen, cosy duvets and blankets, and electric blankets and heaters in winter.

Our well equipped indoor kitchen and dining area is complimented by our outdoor kitchen, BBQ and pizza oven and is open for your use all day. We are responsible recyclers providing bins for each recyclable items and a pig bin for food scraps.

Relax in the comfortable lounge with TV, Pool Table and Piano available.

Outside games for entertainment or relax on our covered over courtyard.

Our guests say...

Lovely hosts, very welcoming, lovely private room. Would definitely stay here again. =)

Had a wonderful time. Awesome welcoming owners. Beautiful surroundings. Clean cabins, and utilities. Overall excellent experience. Definitely be back.

Had private room with en suite - very good value for money. Friendly owner, who ran a welcoming, clean and well equipped backpackers and lodge.

The lady that runs the backpackers is amazing so lovely and helpful. The backpackers is spotless. Such an cool place to stay!

With this mail I wanted to say thanks you very much again, for the amazing time I had during my stay in your absolute magnificent backpacker, which became the perfect home for me while working. The way you manage the White Elephant with so much heart and concern about every single guest is totally unique and is extremely appreciated by your "children", I can tell you that for sure. If I ever come back to the South Island I will definitely take a few nights in the White Elephant. Thanks Pam, Niclas.

Pam & Rex, thank you for allowing me to stay for such a long time at your place and for making me feel at home and feeling so comfortable. Thank you also for your friendly words, it is always hard to say good-bye. To leave your lovely place isnt easy for me. Thank you, Heiki.

Thank you for being such good parents to us, it was amazing time here in Motueka, we made great friends, learned a lot about ourselves and different people and cultures all around the world. Thanks a lot for this great opportunity. Stay as you are, you make the White Elephant such a unique place and so special to us. Hope we meet again Adrien & Heudrich

Loved staying here, from the time I made the first phone call to the time I checked out Pam and Rex were so friendly and helpful.  We stayed there for about 3 weeks and all loved the atmosphere of the place, beautiful gardens round the front and a small Orchard with various fruit trees out the back, showers we great, kitchen is the best I've seen in a hostel, rooms and beds had good character and very comfortable and warm at night. Free WiFi allowance per day. We stayed for a weekly rate which was the cheapest I've had in NZ. And two beautiful cats roaming the property, miss you poppy. Liam 

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