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“Fantastic In Every Way”
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Punakaiki Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
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Denver, Colorado
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“Fantastic In Every Way”
Reviewed January 29, 2007

The Punakaiki Rocks Resort is a fine establishment not to be missed. As other reviewers have mentioned, the rooms are large, quiet, contemporary, with large restrooms, a very comfortable bed, and all the amenities of home. Although we obviously didn't go into every room, they all appear to have fantastic views looking out over the beach. Ours certainly did!

The service at the front desk was fantastic, especially since we didn't even have a reservation:o)

Our dinner in their dining room was absolutely delicious! And the service was impeccable.

As others have mentioned, don't forget to make the time to hike the short walk up above the hotel to stand in awe of the beautiful Pancake Rocks & blow holes below...even in cold, windy, foggy rain it was a beautiful sight.

  • Liked — Everything: the quality service, comfort, cleanliness, the scenary, & the food in the restaurant.
  • Disliked — There wasn't anything that didn't like about this accommodation! Congratulations! Please keep up the good work.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2006

Great new hotel right on the beach. Rooms are large with a large bathroom, decorated in contemporary style. Even has a small kitchen area. Good bed. Veiw so gorgeous, we never even turned on the TV. If you choose to eat at the hotel restaurant, get reservations as soon as you check in. Otherwise, you will have to wait behind all the people on the tour buses.

Don't miss the Punakaiki rocks just up the hill (north) at Paparoa National Park. Lovely short hike showcasing great coastal rocks. See photo.

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 18, 2006

On our three week tour of both North and south Island this was one of the best and one of the worst hotels we stayed at. Great views over the beach to the sea with large room with everthing you need. It went down hill when we went into the restaurant at 8pm for dinner, not late by anyones standard. we where given the menus quickly and rushed, by 9pm we had two courses, they where setting up for breakfast and the waitress in charge gave us our bill to sign before we had asked for it. The Chef needs to sit down and try his own food to see where he is going wrong.

We then went to the bar which was closed and where told that we had a mini bar in the room. After that we did not bother with Breakfast and did not leave any Service charge

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed March 19, 2006

One of the best hotels we stayed on our 10 day driving tour around the south island - all quality. Our deluxe room with 2 king size beds had terrfic ocean views and was immaculately presented. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The tunnel under the road was great to get to and from the main building. We had a fabulous dinner in the restaurant accompanied by a panoramic view of a marvelous sunset. We would recommend this hotel very highly for anyone undertaking a trip down the west coast of NZ and its only a 3.5 hr drive to/from the Marlborough wine region.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

One of the best places we stayed on our tour of the south island. Our room overlooked the ocean and was really spacious and immaculate in every sense as well as being eco-friendly. There was a road in between our room and the main bar/restaurant area but it's not busy, there's a tunnel under the road so you don't have to cross it and the double glazing means you don't hear anything anyway

I would thoroughly recommend the restaurant as it is right on the beach, is priced fairly reasonably and has fantastic food in both taste and presentation

Would highly recommend to anyone. The rocks themselves are about a 15 minute walk along the road

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Reviewed February 2, 2006

As I've only just found out about Tripadvisor by using it to check up on a hotel in Madrid, I checked reviews for hotels stayed in around the world.

Could not believe there wasn't a review on this fabulous hotel.

Whilst there is a bit of a time lag between now and my stay I hope this will give readers reason to check into it further.

Crashing waves from the Tasman Sea are what you hear most of the time as it's right on one of the most unspolit beaches I've ever seen.

Very close, just down hill from the famous and very strange Pancake Rocks. A must see!

Stayed twice in late 2004, first time with a bunch of UK charity riding cyclists in a party of a couple of dozen, second time two weeks later with friend on a private drive around South Island.

On both occasions stayed in very large rooms on eastern side of main road. No problem with traffic however as there is a private tunnel underneath road to main buildings.

Rooms very well furnished with large private balconies with 180 degrees view of ocean. Private kitchenette very well equipped but only used to brew coffee and store booze. Enormous and powerful showers.

Every effort has been taken to landscape buildings into hillside, with decking and foliage etc incorporated into design rather than just plonked onto a virgin site.

Food was excellent both as a very hungry bunch of cyclists and privately the week after.
Highlights however were the impromptu bonfire beach party on the beach and the private travelling fish barbie two weeks later in the pouring rain. Sublime!

Rates were excellent value for facilities on offer, location and the fact that this coast road, whilst spectacular for scenery, doesn't offer too many hotels of this standard for many miles.

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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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