As part of our NZ tour, we spent one night here, breaking up the journey between Nelson & Fox. Whilst Punakaiki is a tiny place with nothing but a couple of hotels, 2 cafes, a tourist info & the famous blowholes, it is still worth stopping off here.
Room was 213, right on the beach and with possibly one of the best views in the complex. The bathrooom was standard, but the room, and the view from it, just breathtaking. There are huge windows so you can admire the Tasman Sea. As a result it's a pretty romantic place, as you can hear the waves crashing away all night long.
We had a room only basis, but ate dinner & breakfast in the hotel as there's nowhere else to go! Dinner was good, if a little on the pricey side. The hot chocolate was divine.
Take a walk along the beach but watch the sandflies - my husband got bitten badly. If you're visiting the blowholes check the tide times at the tourist info - they're most impressive at high tide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the wild West Coast, 30 minutes north of Greymouth and 300m south of the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and only metres from the beach. Floor to ceiling windows in the Waterline Restaurant and Bar mean you can admire the gorgeous sunset while dining on local West Coast food.Few places in the world can offer such comfort so close to the wild action. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punakaiki Hotel Punakaiki