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“Not as good as leaflets make it look”
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Last Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 11, 2012

This place has the potential to be a great little retreat - unfortunately it needs a bit of work before that can happen. We stayed in an ensuite unit, the bathroom was very dated and rough around the edges. The bedroom was fine - comfy bed. The carton of fresh milk was a nice touch.

We used the onsite bar which was nice, and the restaurant seemed busy although we didn't eat there.

At the time of our visit, we found that the eargerly awaited spa was broken.

For the amount of money the room cost I expected more, hence, do not think it is good value for money. I would investigate other options if staying in Karamea again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Bikinbingo
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Massive improvement since new managment in Nov 2011. Stayed two nights in a studio ensuite room. Clean and comfortable - great sleep both nights on the comfy bed! Had an evening meal and two breakfasts in the restaurant which were all great!! Friendly staff - will be back again!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank jellybeanbee
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Badly in need of restoration after a long hiking trip, we arrived wet, tired and hungry late in the day, with just 15 minutes left till the restaurant closed. Long hot showers were, as any hiker knows, the prime consideration, along with laundry services, to be run in the background while eating the first proper hot meal in six days. The staff, led by front of house receptionist Sarah, prepared and delivered a delicious super fresh fish supper while we soaked. Excellent coffee, comfortable accommodation and best of all a clean shave, made possible with all the shops closed till morning, by a disposable razor Sarah kindly provided 'just part of the service'. After 30years in a global hospitality business I can sincerely recommend the small group of people operating this unique resort, for their genuine unassuming wish to make their guests comfortable, ensuring a relaxing memorable stay.
Thank you again to all the staff who,looked after us so well.
Heather and Baz

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Baz B
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

With three friends I stayed here in March 2012. The rooms we were given were spacious, comfortable, and reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and helpful. Meals were first rate. They served real whitebait patties as only the NZ West Coast can. Wifi is available at a modest price.
The main building is interesting architecturally with some creative use of local timber for its interior decor and some pleasant artistic touches.
Karamea has a good information centre nearby and a range of interesting activities locally.
Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CydWright
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Nice, clean room. Would have been a nicer stay if the hotel had not hosted that evening a local talent show. I had to call at 11:30 PM to see if they could lower/shut down the music! We were even treated to some drum playing past midnight. The sad part about it was Betty's non-apologetic attitude the following day. Saying sorry or offering a cup of coffee didn't seem to be part of the vocabulary.
That being said, a comfortable place to stay in Karamea.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Abacus16
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We didn't stay here, but made a couple of afternoon stops and ate a wonderful meal here. Everyone was really friendly and we were entertained by a five-legged praying mantis (or something that looked like one) on the deck.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

A large group of us stayed here end of February, and the guys running this place were so very helpful and friendly. There has been a lot of new work done there, new beds, new TV's, excellent new individual hot water arrangements for each of our units. I was in one of the motel type units and it was really very comfortable. Just little things are nice too, like flowering pot plants on the tables on the long verandah outside our rooms and fresh flowers in the main areas, and the log burner keeping us warm. Karamea is fairly isolated and they are doing a really magnificent job there. We spoke to some of the people in the back packers part and they were very happy, they loved it. It's not a five star international hotel, it is a great New Zealand experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank fendie
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Additional Information about Last Resort

Address: 71 Waverley Street | PO Box 42, Karamea, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Karamea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Hotel Class:3 star — Last Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Last Resort was hand built by entrepreneurial locals and first opened for business in 1992. The complex offers a range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar facilities. Make this "very special place" your base when exploring Karamea, the Oparara Basin, the Kahurangi National Park and the Heaphy and Whangapeka Tracks. ... more   less 

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