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“Fantastic location even in the pouring rain”
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Punakaiki Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic location even in the pouring rain”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

We stayed here one night over the Easter weekend when the weather was very very wet. The hotel was gorgeous, it kinda felt right to be experiencing the Cost in the rain! They seem to discount their rooms all the time, so the prices are good, why they don't just advertise them as such I don't know. The rooms are lovely and large, even the garden rooms are great and look out to the sea which we weren't expecting. It is hard to keep dry when it is raining though, as the rooms are detached from the main building. Lovely food and wait staff here, we will definitely be back in the future to see the Punakaiki Rocks, as the rain was so heavy the 18hrs we were there we couldn't go and see them (and enjoy it). Very nice hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us especially our large rooms and great value. We do provide an umbrella with each room for those wet days to keep our guests as dry as possible. Once again thank you for your review and we look forward to your next visit to Punakaiki Resort.
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

With a wonderful view over the sea, our room was as comfortable and convenient as we could have wished for. We also enjoyed meals in the restaurant. A relaxing place in which to enjoy the beauties of the West Coast.

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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your kind words regarding our nice views, comfortable rooms and restaurant meals. Once again thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again on your next visit to the west coast.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2014

you may think the theme of my reviews has been that i love everywhere we have stayed, but the hospitality in new zealand has been fantastic and this is no exception, staff were great, location great, and the drive here was fantastic. Food good and reasonably priced, stay here if your after a relaxing night by the wild west coast beach!

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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us especially our friendly staff, beautiful location and restaurant experience. Once again thank you for your review and we appreciate your recommendation to other travelers.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay here with our two children for just one night and wished it was longer. We arrived late in a storm, and the hotel was being run off a generator: it was the only place with power in all of Punakaiki, and the staff took extra steps to make sure we were OK and had everything we needed for the night, knowing that when the generator went off, so would the lights and the water! The rooms are beautifully designed, and the dining and bar areas were gorgeous. The hotel is nestled nicely into the native bush and right on the edge of the beach. The food was very good, and the wine list was excellent. We would love to return here again to enjoy it properly for longer.

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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your understanding with power outages in the area. Thank you for your kind words regarding our nicely designed rooms, restaurant and bar area. Once again thank you for your review and we wish to invite you back to the resort so you can take advantage of the beautiful surrounding area as well.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Stayed here one night after deciding the place we had originally booked looked a bit of a dump! Called in to ask if they had a room available and a very helpful staff member let me view the room. Had a lovely stay despite the very noisy Porsche gang of people! Unfortunately they were meeting up for a last night together and were in the bar at the same time as us, nice for them but a bit noisy for us. Still enjoyed the lovely views of the ocean. Had an excellent meal in the restaurant also. Would definitely recommend this motel.

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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Thank you for your review. We appreciate your time taken to leave your feedback and are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your comments regarding friendly staff, great views and meal served in our restaurant Jacobs Grill. We apologize for the noise coming from another party and have spoken to our staff to suggest to loud groups to consider other guests when dining. Once again thank you for your feedback and we wish to welcome you to stay with us again at Punakaiki Resort.
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stayed here on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. The resort is right on the beach, walking distance from the pancake rocks. The rocks are beautiful and so interesting - worth the stop to see. We also hiked in the area on some beautiful river trails. The resort is very eco-friendly, which is great. The room was lovely, the views great, and the restaurant was excellent. The resort is a little pricy, but worth it. There is no town there, and not many choices on places to stay. We really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melanie H, General Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially our great location, surrounding activities. Also thank you for your comments regarding our restaurant Jacobs Grill. Once again thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Punakaiki.
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Haymarket, Virginia
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The Punakaiki Resort is located in a unique spot overlooking the rugged coastline and immediately adjacent to pancake rocks. The resort itself is eco-friendly but warm and comfortable and the views from the rooms near the top can't be beat. The restaurant is also excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The walk through the Pancake Rocks is short but really spectacular and the Porari River Track nearby was amazing. We highly recommend the Punakaiki Resort if you are looking for a great place to stay along the west coast of the South Island in New Zealand.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melanie H, Manager at Punakaiki Resort, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your comments regarding our spectacular views, comfortable rooms, excellent restaurant and convenient location to surrounding activities. Once again thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Punakaiki.
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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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