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The Rocks Chalets
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Takaka
Certificate of Excellence
Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
“and again...”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Yet again Chris and Pat were the perfect hosts, we had been staying in the Cobb Valley (Kahurangi National Park) the nights prior to coming into Takaka and felt like we needed a night of quality and comfort before returning home, having stayed at the "Eatery" once before we thought this would do us just nicely. We were right...
The rooms are clean and tidy and very private, with their own little "court yard/garden" area and they are set amoungst the most intriguing rock formations (which are such a large part of Golden Bay).
On that particular night there was a function on at the restaurant, so room service was the order of the day....the meals arrived in a timley manner, well presented and most importantly cooked to perfection!! Having spent quite a bit of time over the years passing through (hunting and fishing) and working in Golden Bay, The Eatery on the Rock would have to be easily the best true restaurant in Takaka, there are plenty of other options if you're looking cafe style food or good 'ol bar type meals, but if you want true restaurant qualitydining in Golden Bay, with warm, friendly hosts then then the "Eatery" with Chris and Pat is the place!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ray B
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Look forward to your next stay
Thanks Chris
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We didn't quite know what to expect when we booked this place based on previous reviews, especially because it was called a "motel" and we usually stay in B and B's or "inns". It was a little out of the way to drive to Takaka but we did not regreat it for a second! The rooms are in self contained chalets that are just lovely - with very unique settings among rocks and beautiful scenery. Even better - you just walk a short distance up the driveway to the restaurant where we had a great dinner and were well-served by Chris. Also this was the least expensive accomodation we had throughout our 2 week trip around NZ, so definitely graet value. This place is really special, so definitely worth going out of your way to get there!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
We may have to look at our pricing policy Ha Ha
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

A gang of us were off to do some tramping on the Heaphy Track stayed here the night before we set off into the wild. Eatery on the Rock is about 800m from Takaka's shops and consists of a handful of chalet-style cabins in a garden setting amongst interesting rock formations. The owner showed us the features of the chalets - heating, etc and was very helpful. As we were a large group we shared some of the chalets - some are set up for 3-4 people and some for couples. All are tasteful and have been given names of NZ birds (Kiwi, Tui, Kea etc) so you don't stumble into someone else's chalet by mistake.
The owner runs his own restaurant which is part of the property, serving up good locavore type food. I had steak and veg as was preparing for days of a scroggin and sardine on rice cracker hiking diet. Others also had dessert which was a creme brulee. We did our own thing for breakfast out of our own supplies, they supply tea, coffee and milk but don't do breakfast. However Takaka is close by and has a great cafe in the old theatre with fantastic coffee and excellent food.
Takaka is small, cute and a bit rainbow region with lots of dreadlock and organic types as well as your trad. country kiwi types. Aussies, think Bellingen/Nimbin type vibe.
On another note, if you're going to Takaka consider doing the 4-5 day Heaphy Track. It is an amazing, varied walk with no two days the same. you can camp or sleep in the excellent Dept of Conservation huts.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank hazeltrek
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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
We enjoyed your stay as much as you did
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at that wonderful place (Appartement Fantail). We enjoyed sitting between the rocks in the evening, watching birds and drinking wine. Dinner in the restaurant was delicious, and so was the breakfast in the room. The hosts were very friendly, the service excellent. We would like to come back, someday...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Daniel S
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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
We will be here
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We stayed at the Eatery for 3 days in Mid December during the worst rain Takaka had experienced for over a 100 years and yet we still have fond memories of our stay. Despite the weather we felt safe and secure in our very comfortable unit while Pat kept us up to date with the weather conditions and flood reports. We ate twice in the restaurant and on both occasions the quality of the food was exceptional - Thanks Chris! We hope we get the opportunity to stay there again and enjoy this lovely location in the sunshine.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Sue H
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We can not guaranty the exciting weather on your next stay
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

What a wonderful, tranquil place! We stayed for 4 nights in a lovely private apartment looking out on the garden. Breakfasts outside on the decking listening to the birds was wonderful. In all we saw 9 different species of birds, and on the last evening were visited by an inquisitive hedgehog! Evening meals in the restaurant were excellent, and the staff unfailingly pleasant & helpful. Don't rush away, stop for a few nights & let the peace seep in!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
We feel privileged to live and work here
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our stay here. Pat and Chris made us very welcome and we had the most wonderful self-contained apartment -very private with a lovely view towards Takaka. We also enjoyed a delicious dinner in the adjoining restaurant, cooked by Chris. Pat even took our dry washing off the line and folded it all for us and was very helpful over a problem with some telephone calls to the UK. A really relaxing stay in a wonderful part of New Zealand.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank hazel J
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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
Hope to see you back again soon
Chris
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Property: The Rocks Chalets
Address: 2086 Takaka Valley Highway | Tasman, Takaka 7110, New Zealand (Formerly Eatery on the Rock Motel)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Takaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Rocks Chalets 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rocks chalets offer 5 one bedroom affordable private island style chalets each with their own en suit bathroom, patio and garden, and 1 two bedroom family unit with private deck. The chalets have been built amongst the large Karst rock formations, which dominate the four-acre award winning gardens. Commanding breath-taking views of Takaka and the surrounding hills. Just minutes from beautiful beaches and all that Golden bay has to offer. The Rocks is perfectly located, within walking distance of Takaka township and sandwiched between two national parks. ... more   less 
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