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“The reason I would like to visit Hokitika again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Awatuna Homestead

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Awatuna Homestead
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“The reason I would like to visit Hokitika again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2010

The homestead only offers 4 rooms but all are beautifully furnished with taste of 1800's. Though the room is relatively small, it is very comfortable.

It's not difficult to arrive the place with a GPS. But if you don't, better ask the owner for detail directions beforehand.

We enjoy the stay there very much not only because of the comfortable room, but also the friendly owner, his cute doggies and also the decilious breakfast. I look forward to visit him again!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vail, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2009

Pauline and Hemi made us feel like we were friends of the family. We enjoyed Pauline's meals immensely and Hemi's local-lore stories. The rooms are small, but very clean and comfortable. And they have a hot tub, and after a day on a bike, that was much appreciated.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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castro1980
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2009

Hemi and Paulina were wonderful hosts. The place was completely charming and breakfast was wonderful. They have a wonderful place and I would definitely recommend a stay here if traveling to the west coast. Only a 10 minute drive to Hokitika the location is perfect and peaceful. If you have the opportunity to stay for dinner, I would suggest doing so as this was the best meal (homemade) of our entire trip.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

Hemi and Pauline are wonderful hosts and offer reasonably priced high quality accommodation. Their delightful house with its extremely comfortable and homely bedrooms has a lovely atmosphere, we were made to feel at home very quickly. In spite of the house being virtually brand-new, having been re-built after a large fire, it has the feel of an older property whilst offering the benefit of the new facilities. Loads of substantial timber everywhere gives the warm feel of a log cabin.
The delicious and hearty dinner was a real family affair as hosts and guests all sat around the big table sharing stories, with a mid-evening break to head outside to take in the truly spectacular sunset. What a great way to wile away an evening.
Hemi is a mine of information about nature, Maori culture, Morris cars and growing vegetables (I am sure plenty more that we didn’t get round to). Guided tours of the garden, maori storytelling, vintage car restoration and rides in his 1930’s Morris cars are amongst the options on offer. There is an enjoyable short walk down to the spectacular beach.
Pauline and Hemi gave the impression that they were genuinely enjoying having us in their home, that is a great feeling to get from your hosts. I was so sorry that we were only staying for one night. I have to confess that we only booked because we were looking for somewhere to break our journey between Lake Moeraki and Nelson. With the benefit of hindsight we should have stayed two nights, it was with regret that we had to depart shortly after the excellent breakfast because of the long drive ahead.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Haywards Heath
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2009

Be aware that the cancellation charges are excessive. Even though I gave 2 1/2 months notice of cancellation, the proprietors insisted on keeping the 25% deposit, which is quite within their rights as per their cancellation policy, but comparitively far in excess of anywhere I stayed on a recent trip to New Zealand - and not within the spirit of friendliness and helpfulness I discovered everywhere else.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2009

We drove up the Southern Highway from Wanaka to Franz Joseph to this wonderful Homestead at Hokitika
The lodge is designed in colonial architecture with native
Timbers, French doors, long verandahs where we sat with drink in hand looking into the huge gardens. The picture of
the place is completed with the river, the woods, the beautiful beach
and the stories that the Maori hosts Hemi & Pauline tell by the fire
place. A really relaxing place to stay especially after a long drive. Loved it.

  • Stayed January 2009
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york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2006

Wonderful homestay with very fast broadband wireless internet connection! which lets face it is important! Great hosts who are more than happy to turn up the large fire in the guest lounge, regale you with information about new zealand and provide a feast of a breakfast! Myself and my father stayed for one night whilst on the way to Queenstown and the room was very clean and comfortable.

If your enthusiastic there are horses to feed, 2 very friendly dogs to befriend and even some feline companions about the place. Do not worry if you are not a pet person as all furry companions are kept away from the guest accomodation areas.

Whilst the homestay is not in the centre of Hokitika it is located very conveniently between Greymouth and only about a 5 minute drive from Hokitika township centre itself. There is access to the beach and bush nearby and route 6 the main road through new zealand is just off the turning for the homestead.

Awatuna is easy find, set in beautiful gardens and has a decent webpage. I recommend that you contact the hosts directly for a personal touch for your stay as they are more than willing to accomodate any requests, or deal with any queries.

  • Liked — clenliness, friedliness and accessibiltiy
  • Disliked — hokitika is one of those very small townships in new zealand and not somewhere i would spend my whole vacation. fine for passing through though! especially on way to tranzalpine rail link
  • Tips/Secrets — contact the homestead directly for advice and deals for your stay
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Awatuna Homestead
Address: Awatuna, RD 2, Hokitika 9 Stafford Road RD 2, Awatuna 7882, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Awatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Awatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Awatuna Homestead 4.5*
Number of rooms: 345
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful colonial-style family homestead since 1874 (rebuilt 1998 after fire destroyed original homestead), situated between Hokitika & Greymouth, by the sea. Elegant, boutique lodging, set in park-like gardens. Superior ensuite rooms & 1 self-contained Apartment. Separate guest lounge, Wi-Fi. Eco-conscious professional hosts. Organic produce grown for Homestead table. Guided beach walks. Two friendly dogs, vintage cars. Dinner by prior arrangement. 10 mins to Hokitika and lakes, shops and craftspeople. Glaciers/Punakaiki Rocks within 2 hours from the Homestead. ... more   less 
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