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Review of Punakaiki Beachfront Motels

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Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Auckland
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Awesome location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

Awesome location right on the beach. Weather was rather "westcoast-ish" on our one night stay but could benefit from its location. Cottage was a bit dated but had everything we needed and very spacious. We stayed in the unit by the beach and was so lovely to go to sleep to the sound of the water which seemed to be amplified by the sheer cliffs behind. Rather pricey but I think all in the area are. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Lovely location right by the sea. Amazing sunsets and great view of the Pancake Rocks. The unit had everything available that we could have wished for.The manager was very helpful with suggestions of what to do in the local area. An easy 5 minute walk along the sea front to a local pub with good beer and a basic menu. Just watch out for the waves when the tide is high!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

I stayed here 17 years ago and was excited to return to stay again recently. It is such a quiet location in a really small settled area just north of the Pancake Rocks.The cottages are great, they have everything you need, good kitchen, good size living area, a verandah, privacy and close proximity to the water. The picinic tables set up on the waters edge are wonderful to sit and watch the sunset. We'll be returning to stay next time we're in New Zealand.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
137 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012

We sadly only stayed here one night towards the end of our road trip around South Island, but would love to go back and spend longer there next time. We had a one-bedroomed cottage, with a double plus two single beds in the bedroom, and another double in the living room, plenty of space for four of us. The lounge, bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom were all spotlessly clean, and very comfortably furnished. The kitchen was fine for fixing a simple meal, and the shower was good.

But the best bits were outside - the beach is just a few metres away, and you can see and hear it from within the cottage. There is a small deck running round the cottage, with chairs, and picnic tables on the sea levée, so we sat and watched the sunset - lovely. And the cottages really are the closest accommodation to the rocks - you can easily see them from the deck/beach.

June the host greeted us with a jug of fresh milk for tea and coffee, very thoughtful. A peaceful haven away from the crowds.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

These cottages are older style cottages but they are huge and have everything you need including very comfortable beds. They are also in amazing location right on the beach. We were lucky enough to stay in one that fronted the beach and it was lovely to sit on the front porch and relax. It was also amazing to fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. We stayed in the middle of summer and my kids swam in the ocean and spent hours looking for fossils in the rocks. It was a quick drive or walk to Pancake Rocks and there were some great bush walks and caves to explore close by. The pub down the road does a pretty good meal too. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

We chose the Punakaiki Cottage motels purely on the basis of some photos we saw, and we don't regret our choice.

It was a slow week when we stayed, and got a lovely little cottage on the seafront, with a small veranda where you can sit and enjoy the sunset.

The room itself was nice and clean, and had all the amenities you can expect from such a property.

Our host was Bruce Gerard and to be honest, at first, I thought he was a bit gruff; but actually he is a very nice and friendly person and I enjoyed the occasional chat we had during our stay.

The only thing that the motel doesn't have is Internet connectivity, so if you are looking for that service, this place is not it.

Also, Punakaiki was the remotest place in New Zealand in my view, where there is no cellphone coverage either, so you can be totally cut off from the world.

Room Tip: Try to get the beach front rooms with the veranda
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perpignan, France
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79 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

A small group of motel units - we stayed here because we were able to get one of the two units right on the beach of the Tasman sea. The unit was fine in early spring - it would be cold in the winter as it is of very flimsy construction.

However we wanted to walk on the beach in the lovely evening sunshine, fall asleep to the crashing of the waves, and wake up to a wonderful west coast morning! Idyllic.

We elected to stay at this more downmarket motel rather than the upmarket, and much more expensive nearby hotel/motel because this motel is right on a better beach.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Address: Mabel Street | PO Box 66, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand (Formerly Punakaiki Cottage Motels)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Punakaiki Beachfront Motels 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punakaiki Beachfront Motels offer newly refurbished quality West Coast accommodation right on the beachfront in Punakaiki. Well-appointed studio and family motel units all fully self-contained with hot plates, fridge, microwave, electric fry-pan, tea & coffee, convection heater, 42" flat screen TV with free-view, DVD and WiFi. Guest laundry, BBQ area and garden setting for all guests. Pets negotiable by arrangement. ... more   less 
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