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“Comfort in the Catlins”

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Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kaka Point
Merseyside
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“Comfort in the Catlins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

We spent five nights at these motels. The unit was comfortable with a good view of Nugget point. We were able to self cater fine. We received excellent advice on places to visit and can thoroughly recommend the twilight tour to Nugget Point to see the yellow eyed penguins, other wildlife and the lighthouse. The forest walks are excellent and the Department of Conservation guidance is great. We were able to see quite a few sealions and seals and other bird life. In spite of the remoteness of the location there are quite a few good cafes and restaurants. Definitely this motel and the Catlins are worth a few days on your tour.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights (wanted to stay for longer, but fully booked on our available days) in a spa bath studio unit in the Kaka Point motel. Both motel units seem to be managed from the same reception and are just separated by a road.
The units are located in an elevated position giving good views (from our unit, and I would guess a number of others) over the Kaka Point beach to Nugget Point. There is ample parking available off road. The complex is single storey.
Our unit was excellent, it was, from memory, one of the more expensive rooms. The bed was big. There was a good set table and chairs. A comfy sofa and table. The kitchenette was well set up. The bathroom had a walk-in shower that operated very well. Didn't try the spa bath but it looked in good condition. Overall the unit had plenty of room. And it was well stocked with files providing a host of information on local and regional attractions, wildlife, walks, historical matters etc. Bruce was friendly and particularly helpful in giving advice on best viewing sites for wildlife, which proved to be spot-on including the Roaring Bay Doc hide (for yellow eyed penguins) and Surat Bay (for hooker sea lions). Bruce also runs an evening (and daily) optional visits programme, and additional cost, for wildlife viewing, local sights etc - which we didn't take advantage of this time, but might do on another occasion (as the guy is knowledgeable) when we return.
Wifi was available, the signal was strong and the upload speeds were acceptable - with access info being purchased from reception, as a acceptable rate.
The place is handy (by car) to Nugget Point, Cannibal Bay, Surat Bay, Cathedral Cove and those waterfalls in that general area. Plus, on a longer visit it would reasonable to factor in the other key sights - Curio Bay, Porpoise Bay and Jacks Blowhole- from this location, in my view. No problem with sand flies here!
Will return.

Room Tip: If you want a sea view it might be best to so enquire - but I would guess they come at a supplement.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

The place is quite close to the sea, a steep walk up from the shore. We stayed in the older unit which was quite spacious, but aged. The beds were small (double), but the kitchen was really well stocked with utensils and appliances. Heater was near the door, not the ideal place. Toilet and shower were clean (like the rest of the unit) but water pressure was a bit lacking in the showers, and it's a stainless steel floor -- therefore cold. The views from the unit were quite amazing. They also provide an outdoor gas bbq on request.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

Kaka Point is probably my favourite town to stay in the Catlins, and Nugget View Motels is now my favourite place to stay. We stayed for one night in the cheaper rooms and it was fantastic value. Very spacious and comfortable...it had everything we wanted and more. There's a great view from the Motel also and I had a great chat with the guy running the place (didn't get his name!), very nice chap. Would definitely stay again...

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights. I booked via email about 3 months prior to arrival and I believed that I had booked us a studio-spa unit for $125 per night. However, on arrival it turned out that we simply got a studio unit without a spa for that price as someone other than the owners had done the bookings and made a mistake. No email was sent to me explaining the situation prior to our arrival, which is a little disappointing. The host was friendly and helpful, and gave us a map and information about the Catlins.
The unit was of a good standard. The shared balcony has a great view of Kaka Point beach. The unit was well-equipped and very clean, if a little dated and tired in decor (apricot walls). The native birds in the bushes in the garden outside were fantastic, and Kaka Point is a great location to stay.
NB: We avoided the local shops as they were hideously expensive with very limited range - I recommend getting groceries at Owaka 4 Square and eating at the Catlins Cafe in Owaka instead.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2010

Made an initial booking via email, then read a review on this website as to poor room quality and poor service, and rang up the owners to discuss our concerns as we didn't want to spend $150 on a room that was inferior. They were very dismissive about the poor review, were not willing to realise that as a consumer I do need to ensure that what I am paying for is worth it. At no time during the conversation was I rude, I tried to explain that we had in the past been very disappointed with a couple of motels which were very different in real life to the internet advertising. Then out of the blue, we were told to just forget staying there, and that they would just "wipe the booking". I find this lack of understanding of a consumers valid concerns to be very upsetting! If this is how they act when taking bookings, I would hate to see what would happen if there was a problem when they already had your money.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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We spent 30 mins , possibly more talking to this lady and could not change her negative atitude to the review we got in Feb 2008. Average rating. .this almost 3 years ago .
Acknowledging her concerns we talked over the unit on review explaining wet floor shower etc,brought her attention to unit on website. 2008 unit was only 6 yrs old.
We have 890 to 960 customer in Jan-Feb per month. She did not take any other reviews into account. We turned down her booking of $300 as a caution to avoid dissappointment on both sides.
We feel we made the right decision especially when we were abused, [showing her true colours] for turning her down.
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Dunedin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2010

We stayed at Kaka Point Motel for 1night for a weekend getaway in a spa unit. It was clean, tidy and modern. We enjoyed our short stay, the sunshine and great views. The walks in the area are great (lighthouse) The owners were helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels
Address: 11 Rata Street, Kaka Point, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Kaka Point
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kaka Point
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Hotel Class:4 star — Nugget View & Kaka Point Motels 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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