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Punakaiki Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

My group of 3 stayed here for a couple of nights and thoroughly enjoyed it - the rooms, the views, the proximity to area attractions, the restaurant - both for dinner and breakfast was excellent. The rooms open out onto the ocean, proving a nice backdrop - lots of nice strolls right out of the rooms, interesting beachcombing with lots of rocks and driftwood.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed two nights in the ECO villas, fantastic weather made our stay restful and enjoyable. The units are clean, and the upstairs units have a deck on which you can sit and watch the sea and the fabulous sun set. The setting is beautiful amongst the tree ferns. Overall a great place to stay.
Prices were perhaps a little on the high side, but the peaceful setting makes up for this.

Room Tip: Go for an upstairs Eco unit at the top of the drive, these have a great deck
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a lovely property and blends into the background scenery perfectly. My room looked out on the sea and it is the perfect stopping point when driving the West Coast. The hotel restaurant food is fantastic and has windows looking out over the ocean. A really unique property in a stunning location, and the perfect warm welcome after a long day of driving!

Room Tip: Try to pick a sea-view room so you can enjoy the best part of the West Coast!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Toowoomba, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

This resort is situated in a great location,close to the pancake rocks and with impressive views over the coastline.

Our room was and Eco Suite,which was located across the road and up the hill from the main resort building and was reasonably large, with decent furnishings and generally clean and comfortable. The location of the Eco Suite afforded great views of the coast over the resort but meant it was quite a walk across to the main building for breakfast etc.

The staff were friendly but not very efficient, the check out process was a little slow.

We would stay here if going to Punakaki again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

Although not luxurious, the rooms are comfortable and away from the bustle of the main lodge. The restaurant is special, and the meal that we had there was one of the most memorable of our trip along the west coast of the South Island. The Resort is convenient not only to the Pancake Rocks, but also to several walking tracks that are worth the time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michelle G, Brand & Quality Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you so much for your comments. The chefs are delighted that you enjoyed your meal at "Jacob's Grill" restaurant so much! We love to hear feedback like this as we have a great team who put a lot of effort into the food. Thanks again and safe travels.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Like most others who have submitted reviews, my wife and I stayed for one night between Abel Tasman and Franz Josef.

Punakaiki is a very small town centered around the pancake rock formations. There are very few places to stay in town and this appeared to be the best of a pretty poor lot when we researched and booked.

We had a narrow room that was constructed from wood - it felt a bit like a cheap 1970's Swedish sauna. Parking was an issue. The view from the room was fairly nice, but nothing all that specatacular from our perspective. Beds were comfortable. But it was easily the poorest place we stayed in for our entire trip.

Things to do in Punakaiki - we obviously toured the pancake rocks which were very interesting. Our guide book also recommended a walk down a gorge and whilst not all that challenging a trek after Abel Tasman, was pleasant enough. We ate in the pub in the centre of town and the food was absolutely dreadful - frozen chips and cheap battered fish that looked and tasted like it had been bought in a local supermarket, despite Punakaiki's locaiton on the coast.

All in all, this was the most disappointing place we stayed for our tour of Southy Island and I would probably not return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michelle G, Brand & Quality Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
We are very sorry to hear that the town of Punakaiki was not for you. Many people love their time in the village and use it as a time of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle. We're sorry also that you didn't enjoy your meal at the local pub. Next time we invite you to eat at our in-house restaurant Jacob's Grill. Thanks for your comments about the area. Safe travels.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed at Punakaiki Resort for one night only on a drive up the west coast of the South Island.
We had an Eco suite which was across the road from the main resort and set on the slope. Huge room with fantastic views out the the ocean, such a pity we only had the one night there.
Access to the main complex is through a special tunnel but we preferred to cross the main road as we never saw any cars and you got the fresh ocean air and view.
We had breakfast and dinner at the resort. Dinner was fantastic, very high standard with friendly service. Breakfast was buffet style but service was a bit of a let down with the staff nowhere to be found for ages.
Punakaiki is famous for its Pancake rocks and the blowholes, there are several rocks on the beach in front of the resort but do take insect repellant as the sandflies are everywhere!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michelle G, Brand & Quality Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback. It sounds like you had a great time at the Resort which we are very happy to hear. I'm sorry our staff were not as responsive as they could have been during breakfast service, that is not usual. In any case I sincerely apologise.
We hope you are able to come again and we wish you safe travels.
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Property: Punakaiki Resort
Address: State Highway 6, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Punakaiki Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 61
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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