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“perfect stop for the surf highway”
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Stony River Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Okato B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“perfect stop for the surf highway”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Great hosts, comfy rooms and facilities, awesome location for access to all the A class breaks of the Taranaki. This is the place for all surfers to base their Naki surfing from. Bloody tops. The food was great too, beeeewdiful big brekkies to get the fuel up!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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StonyRiverHotel, Manager at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Simon and Daniel, so good to know you enjoyed the surf and your stay, we are very happy to
hear about your experience here at the surf highway, we look forward to host you again.

warm regards
Heimo and Renate
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Ucluelet, Canada
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We first stopped there to get a meal after a great surf session on the Kumera Patch.
The food was really good! Later we came back to stay at the hotel, we chose this place because it was really close to all the good things in Taranaki; the mountain, the Stony River, the surfs break, Oakura beach etc...
On avait arrêté mangé une première fois parce qu'on revenait de surfer a Kumera Patch et on était trop affamé pour revenir en ville. La nourriture était excellente.
On est retourné souvent à l'hotel parce que c'est situé près de toute les meilleures activités de Taranaki; la montagne, la Stony River (rivière), les meilleures places de surf, la plage d'Oakura etc.
Je le recommande!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank The_travelers_MD
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StonyRiverHotel, Manager at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you very much Melina and David, it is so good to know, that we are a real surfing destination here in Taranaki well known all over the world, looking forward to see you again.
warm regards
Heimo and Renate
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Home Hill, Australia
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

This hotel is a lovely little surprise. The hosts are very friendly & the rooms are so clean & well set up. There was enough for breakfast that lunch wasn't needed. We could look out & see Mt Taranaki from our bedroom window which was nice. Overall I would recommend a stay at this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Carol B
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StonyRiverHotel, Manager at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Carol, we are more than happy about your review, we will pass it on to our small but very enthusiastic team. warm regards
Heimo and Renate
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Ocean City, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Having arrived to the hotel which is an old house that has been tastefully renovated we were greeted by a charming hostess. She told us a little about the place that since it was built (late 1800s) has always been run as a hotel. When shown to our rooms we were pleased with a view of the mountain and a very clean room. On the pillows we found delicious home made chocolates! Good water pressure in the shower is a must for me and I was very happy with this one! Plus if you feel like tea or coffee there's a little table set in the corridor for it.
Okato is a tiny town but has a lot to offer for outdoors lovers. You can drive up to the beach with black sand or try to climb the mountain! If you get hungry the hotel's restaurant is under a serious chef control and has an extensive menu. There's also a little fish and chips store in town. I am a healthy eater so I was cautious about what I might find. Well I found a lot of hospitality and understanding. So I got grilled scallops and the sallad.So good! People were so generous that they gave me more seafood than I orded. It was also one of the cheapest bills since we got to New Zealand.
Before we left Stony River we had a buffet breakfast that included fresh fruit salad, muisli, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter and toast, cheese and ham and coffee of course. Saying goodbye the lady advised us a few places to visit on the South Island since she and her husband travelled around a bit, hugged us and promised to keep her doors open. What a lovely place. If you drive past you must visit!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank MarinaWorldTraveller
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StonyRiverHotel, Manager at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Marina, thank you for your wonderful review, it was wonderful having you both here in our little county hotel, we hope you had a good time in south island and enjoyed your trip through New Zealand. All the best!
Heimo and Renate
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

very cosy rooms !
the tenants are so kind. you will be welcomed as if you are the best friends from ever. you can never forget your stop in this hotel. On top, the breakfast is one of the best you can get in New zealand. Don't miss!

Room Tip: this is close to the road, but it is true that in between 6pm and 7am, not a lot of cars go through...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank gyp2014
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StonyRiverHotel, Manager at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you very much for your response, we are more than happy, you enjoyed your stay at the Stony River Hotel, we opened the restaurant in February and a lot of renovations are done. Looking forward to host you again.
warm regards
Heimo and Renate
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Okato, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We spent our wedding anniversary at the Stoney River Hotel and the service was outstanding the room and food were first class. Renate and Heimo were wonderful, friendly and very kind. We will go back at any excuse we enjoyed it so much.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carol W
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StonyRiverHotel, Owner at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Carol and Errol, a big thank you for your loyalty since we took over the Stony River Hotel. It is wonderful having you both as guests and friends. Hope we stay in touch. warm regards Heimo and Renate
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Salzburg, Austria
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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Our stay in this cosy little hotel was a real highlight! Neat cosy rooms, exceptional service, abundant and excellent breakfast. The very friendly and welcoming hosts made us feel like home. Great meals for lunch! There is also a nice walkway along the stony river through a lush forest. Everything was just perfect, we certainly would love to come again.

  • Stayed December 2013
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StonyRiverHotel, Owner at Stony River Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Sandra and Reini, thank you very much for your kind words, it was a real pleasure having you in our little country hotel and you enjoyed your stay. We are looking forward to see you again with a warm welcome.
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Property: Stony River Hotel
Address: 2502 Surf Highway, Okato 4348, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > Okato
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Okato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Stony River Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stony River Hotel is a genuine country hotel with 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms, 2 triple rooms and 1 wheelchair access room. All rooms are en suite, some with mountain view. Easy access to coffee/tea facilities. All room rates includes a substantial continental breakfast. A warm welcome awaits you! ... more   less 
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