Basic no-frills motel. Way cheaper than the other establishments in the area. Rooms were basic but comfy.
Twizel is a great location for a stopover as it is less than an hour away from Mount Cook.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
We stayed here 3 nights and chose it because it was cheaper than staying in Mt Cook and only took about 45 mins to drive there. Don't pick a unit that faces in round a circle or you will be looking at other people - ask for one facing the service road. Good cooker - ocen etc so we cooked ourselves. Spacious lounge and bedroom good. Lack of hanging rails/cupboards. Car space is right next to your unit. Internet available in the office at a price, or in the tourist information. Perhaps it is looking a bit tired now, but was perfectly adequate.
Opposite is a frisbee course laid out like a small golf course.
Short walk to town - say 5 mins - for the ubiquitous supermarket. The town itself is new and was built when the nearby huge reservoirs were built - so it is pretty soulless.
If you are into birds you must visit the nearby black stilt hide - it is a rare bird.
We stayed here for 3 nights on recommendation of friends, as motel is well sitiuated for Mt Cook and surrounding lake exploration. We had one bedroom unit with full stove, which proved useful as we self catered using fresh salmon from local salmon farm about 1 km down road. Decor was little tired, but all clean and worked, though shower in disabled access bathroom left something to be desired. Bedroom had queen and single and was quite roomy.
We stayed there in our trip the hotel is a bit fair away from Mt Cook we though it would only take us about 30mins there but in fact was 45min. The facilities were clean. I found the bed linen was old. The kichenette was fine enough to have a meal. It is ok for one night stay. The toilet and the shower were too small. The closest restaurants are about 7min driving from the hotel.
We arrived at this motel on one of the hottest days in February, 33 deg. Thank goodness there was airconditioning. Clean enough, the kitchen was tiny, no frills. This room had the windows and sliding doors facing the sun for most of the day, so we had to keep the curtains closed and it was dark and dingy. Would be great in winter. Ask for a chalet with afternoon shade in summer, then you can sit outside and enjoy a bbq.
Units are cramped with very little furniture. No drawers space so we ended folding clothes on a ledge at the interface with the walls and roof. Cooking facilities very poor indeed for our party of 9 (in 5 units). What crockery glassware and cutlery there was, it didn't match at all - all odd shapes and colours. Only ONE unit had a cooking stove. Very few clothes hangers. The bed linen was very good and the place was clean although there was a jaded feel to the whole complex.