After the spectacular journey up the Otira Gorge and across its marvellous viaduct, over Arthur's Pass, we continued onto Timaru via Geraldine on the East Coast, accompanied most of this way by the tracks of the Transalpine Railway. Although the journey from Hokitika took several hours, the open roads and beautiful scenery make travelling New Zealand a real pleasure. The Ashley Motor Lodge was a little tricky to find, but when we did so, it was a real find. Carl was most welcoming and said that he had upgraded us as the lodge was fully booked as an Army Brass Band was staying. Our room was spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable, and although the soldiers came back quite late, we all settled down to a good nights sleep. Following Carl's recommendation we ate at Bennys Again earlier in the evening and had good value decent food surrounded by images of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn and Elvis and other similar memorabilia. We has also earlier enjoyed walking the rugged surf tossed coast line, with all kinds and colours of seaweeds blown in off the Pacific Ocean, remembering that we had only left the the Tasman Sea that morning on the West Coast. Although we had intended to drive up to the foothills of Mt. Cook, and the wonders of the Tasman Glacier, the weather took a turn for the worse and we quickly revised our plans, thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi and Booking.com, and headed north to Kaikoura, for a spot of whale watching.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge provides quality, 4 Star Plus rated, central Timaru accommodation and is ideal for corporate travellers, families and tourists. ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge offers 17 spacious quiet fully self-contained and serviced studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Asure Ashley Motor lodge also offer the twin king unit, a two bedroom apartment with kind sized beds in both rooms, as well as having two access rooms. All apartments have fully equipped kitchens, spa baths (except for access studios), FREE WI FI (100MB Limits Apply), Continental and cooked breakfasts are available each morning. ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge is situated on SH1 just south of the bypass, 3 minutes' drive to central Timaru, Caroline Bay and restaurants, close to the Timaru Hospital, the Timaru Botanic Gardens and golfers have a choice of seven nearby golf courses. Your hosts Carl and Janet offer you a warm welcome at ASURE Ashley Motor Lodge located in the heart of Timaru. ... more less
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