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Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
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“Arriving in the Office ...”
Reviewed May 13, 2010

After a beautiful drive from Lake Hawea to Haast, we arrive at the office of this only caravan park (place where you are aloud to pitch tent) in Haast.
The owner walks in from behind us, asking what he could help us with.. We politely say we want to have an unpowered tent site for the night.
Very elementary he goes through his list of things to say.. It`s 32 dollars for an unpowered tent site, there is a kitchen, toilet, and if you want a shower, they work on 50 cent pieces...

(So, what are you actually paying for with the 32 NZD??? A piece of grass/dirt.. some water to flush the toilet maybe.. a bit of electricity if you use their kitchen? Sounds already like a BIG rip off... but the worse part is that the shower isn`t even included in that price! )

Stunned by this `MONEY-SUCK` we agree we have no other options, since we hitch-hike, and don`t have a car to escape quickly from this terrible park.. It`s already late in the day, and we can`t walk far with all our stuff.. so we decide to do it, and pay the price...... Afwul feeling though, supporting such criminalities!
The guy starts asking for our name (to put in his computer), our car registration number (which we don`t have) We say T H U M B .. but he wasn`t in for any jokes..
Then he wants to see our passport. We are very surprised to hear this, and ask why he needs our passport.. (are we still just paying for a campsite here, or is there something else going on?)
He answers: "In case something gets stolen, or in case you get KILLED"
Now we are even more surprised, and ready to get OUT of THERE! (why would we possibly need to accept such assumptions.. does he means that we would steal something.. and who is going to kill us?? )

He doesn`t like our reaction on this (which reflects the stupidity of the whole situation, created by him... we are not the kind of people who don`t think twice about prices to pay.. things assumed.. when we feel ripped off, we`ll say so!)
and he says: " I`m not happy with this... you have to leave.."

We gladly leave, and i`m glad this site exists, so we can share our story!
Please, don`t support such rip-off prices, unfriendly-ness..

If you go to Haast and want to go camping, i think it is a much safer option to illegally disappear in the riverbed, instead of staying in this place... where you could get killed!?

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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haastlodge, Owner at Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park, responded to this review, November 2, 2010
This couple were found trespassing within the property grounds without permission despite reception being open mid afternoon and obvious signage

They supplied their surname as "Smith" at check in and did so in a most hesistant fashion. When 'Mr Smith' gave his name I asked for ID as he had no car rego to offer. Despite the lady physically holding her passport they refused to show it, as they were obviously busted supplying a false name.

At this point they were refused accommodation. It is a REQUIREMENT in law that we know who we are accommodating. We had no choice but to deny this couple a site after they lied to us and refused to give ID.

Our other 12000-15000 guests per annum dont seem to have a problem with identifying themselves

The complaint about our facilities is interesting as they never got to see them.

This couples behaviour nearly resulted in a police complaint. The 'Smiths' were aggressive abusive and last seen loitering outside the facility for over an hour before eventually hitching north.

In the interests of our other guests we are proud that we denied these people entry.
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Property: Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park
Address: Marks Road | Haast, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 0000, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideal stop over located halfway between the Glaciers and Queenstown. We offer quality accommodation for every budget. Our range consist of self-contained studio rooms, buget double, twin, dorms rooms all with shared facilities, powered van site and tent sites. We are an easy walk from iconic Hard Antler Bar and Restaurant and shops. Activities in the area consist of River Safaries on either the Waiatoto or the Haast, helicopter flights, bush and beach walks, scenic Jackson Bay. ... more   less 
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Haast Lodge Budget Rooms & Motor Park New Zealand/Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

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