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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed in one of the cottages-super comfortable.The location is fantastic as they are right next to the pancake rocks.The cottages are tastefully done and they are equipped with all the things you could need.Moreover the hosts ,Neil and his wife are so warm and friendly.Neil took our 10 yr old to show him the horses and that was the highlight of our son's trip.Wished we could have stayed longer and done some horseriding!

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Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed at Nikau Cottage with friends for 2 nights. The 2 bedroom cottage has a rustic charm but with all the mod cons. The setting is tucked away so its nice & private with great views of the ocean. The beds were very comfortable & the bathroom spacious & very clean.
You can walk to the Pancake Rocks & there is a cafe near the rocks or a restaurant at a hotel across the road. A great selection of good magazines & books to read if you want to stay in & DVD's available from the office. We really enjoyed our stay & would definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We had a really comfortable night at Rimu Cottage. It's tucked away at the back of the property, so you're not bothered by the road traffic. It's very peaceful and sitting on. The verandah in the afternoon sun is so pleasant. The bathroom is perfect with a superb shower. The cottage is unique, individual and charming. Very friendly reception staff too.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed 2 nights here with a full moon that obscured star-gazing until about 4:00 in the morning, but DO set your alarm and see the brightest stars with clouds of the Milky Way. That was our highlight of Punakaiki! We had the Niki with 2 bedrooms that was very large & well appointed. Our deck looked right over the Tasman Sea with beautiful sunsets. The furniture is getting a little tired-looking, but the beds are comfortable and linens clean & crisp. Sleeping with the windows open with the waves and cold night-time temperatures made me feel right at home along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Be warned: the cottages sit right above the only road going through town, but the traffic does diminish during the night-time hours; so you do get some traffic noise. We brought food for breakfasts and lunches and for dinners, just walked down to the tavern or to another lodge across the road. Here's a hint for people travelling: go to a New World market (in all larger towns) and at the fish counter, you can buy a "coolie bin" for $0.50. With that, you can carry yogurt, juices, lunch meat, etc..and eat your breakfasts & lunches on the fly (usually at a beautiful overlook or on a hiking trail). We packed an insulated lunch bag from home to bring our lunches in during the daytime. Then, went out for dinners (usually able to "share" as the portions are enough for 2 people)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful spot on wild and lush west coast. Very private cottages right opposite wonderful beach, well equipped (including real leaf tea with lap sang - couldn't believe our luck after the ubiquitous sad tea bags elsewhere), fabulously comfy bed, great shower, discerning DVD library. We booked in for the morning horse ride which was a fabulous way to see the river valley and beach. Neil is a great host of this (as was Chrissy, recently from Irrland to lend a hand). There was a family in our group with two girls, and Neil was so good with the younger one in providing respectful appropriate challenge while keeping her safe. The other host, Karen, was terrific too. Unreservedly recommend!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed there only one night in the Rata Suite. Karen the owner was very friendly and helpful. She upgraded us to the Rata Suite at no extra charge. A lovely location with great view of the ocean and the Pancake Rocks are only a short walk up the road. The only negative if you're cooking was the kitchen facilities which were very limited with only a 2 burner cook top and microwave.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed just one night. The cottages are spacious and very well equipped. The staff was very helpful in checking us in and getting us going in the surrounding area. We sat outside the cottage and saw the most incredible night sky – Milky Way and all. Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hydrangea Cottages

Address: Main Rd, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Punakaiki
Price Range: $151 - $351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Five secluded, stylish cottages, surrounded by native bush, huge limestone outcrops, wild hydrangeas with stunning sea views. Choose from studio, one or two bedroom self contained options. Each cottage has its own design and character. We are 600 m south of the Pancake Rocks. Horse trekking available from end of October to June. ... more   less 
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