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“Lovely location, older building, plenty of room”

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Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Lovely location, older building, plenty of room”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We stayed two nights. As another reviewer mentioned there was a smell which the manager said was new linoleum (probably the glue). If you left the windows open you didn't notice it. We had a two bedroom cottage with a queen, and 3 twin beds. A big lounge. Kitchen. Toilet and shower. The queen bed was very comfortable. One night was very chilly and the small electric heater took a while to warm the place up. Walking distance to the tavern, the Pancake Rocks and the beach.

Room Tip: The Cottage would be good for a family of five.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Usually stay at the resort, but decided to try this little gem out and it certainly did not disappoint! You cant get any closer to the beach, the rooms are incredibly clean, spacious and the beds are exceptionally comfortable. The linen in soft and warm and of very high quality. You have the pub a 5 minute walk around the corner and the rocks just up the road. The owner was very welcoming and friendly and we had a great stay. Will be coming back to here over the resort next time for sure!

Room Tip: Unit 2 has a little shelter which is great (especially when theres a storm!) and both unit 1 and 2 a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

We selected this location because it was intermediate in price between a much more expensive property down the road and a backpackers stay. As some other reviewers have noted, the decor is dated, but the room comfortably served its purpose for us. We made our own dinners in the kitchenette and had room to spread out and organize our clothes (and wash them in the guest laundry). The beds had electric mattress pads which made it cozy in the evenings and early mornings, as it was a bit chilly. We ended up staying an additional night because we enjoyed the location so much.

We arrived late on the first day because it took us some extra time to drive in from our previous location. The next day we were very tired and did not do our planned activities; instead, we decided to see if we could stay an additional night so we could relax that day. The hosts were very accommodating and even helped us reschedule our bookings for the next two places we were scheduled to stay at. The hosts were very helpful in pointing us to activities they thought we would enjoy.

The beach in front of the motel is actually a rocky shore, not really a beach one would sit on and swim from. It is a wild West Coast beach with waves crashing on the rocks, and it is beautiful. The raised rocky walkway is a perfect place to watch and take pictures of the sun setting over the Tasman Sea, which we did all three nights of our stay.

Room Tip: Close the windows before dusk to reduce the amount of sandflies that come in!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

The Punakaiki Beachfront Motel (as it is now known) is indeed right on the beachfront only 500 metres from the Pancake Rocks. The units are large, and although slightly dated are comfortable and well equipped. The sound of the surf pounding on the shore only a few metres away is a wonderful way to drift off to sleep. The area has no cellphone coverage but there's wifi (charged), so you can keep in touch with the world if you want. The Pancake Rocks are interesting but would have benefitted from a good strong swell to get the blowholes going. I'd recommend the Punakaiki Tavern for good, straightforward food and the Loop Track via the Pararoa and Punakaiki Rivers was idyllic and almost totally deserted bar the birds.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed in a two bedroom cottage, which was about 100m from the sea. The cottage was spacious, but quite old. There was a strange/unpleasant/strong smell inside (had to keep windows open most of the time and it was cold outside). A small heater was there, but not strong enough to keep the place warm (even after we closed all the doors and windows). Kitchen was fully equipped, bathroom had a sink and shower in it and the basic toiletries. Separate toilet. WiFi was NOT free. We paid $5 for 50MB. Overall, despite its age it would have been a very lovely place to stay in, if it wasn't for the smell.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Whittlesey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed here one night & wished we could have stayed longer. The manager, Bruce, was very welcoming & helpful. Our accommodation was spacious & clean (recently renovated). The rooms are virtually on the beach & when we stayed you could hear the sea roar as the weather had been rough. Great value for money.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed one night in a self contained bungalow at Punakaiki Cottage motel on a trip around the Sth Island. The Manager Bruce was very welcoming and friendly. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Practically on the beach, great place to chill out and enjoy the fabulous sunset with a glass of wine. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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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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