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“The place to have dinner in Takaka!”
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The Rocks Chalets
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Takaka
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15 reviews
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“The place to have dinner in Takaka!”
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

What a great place, a beautifully self designed and built wooden restaurant with fantastic service and a tried and tested menu with the best local produce. The chef and owner, Chris made the six on our table feel very special. A fantastic wine list too! A big thanks for making it a great evening, if we return to the area a stop here will definitely be on the itinerary.

  • Stayed December 2012
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chrisGoldenbay, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Thanks and see you soon
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

I was working in Takaka for a couple weeks. Our production company was using Eatery on the Rocks as our dining facility/caterer. We had been traveling for 3 months to various locations around the world. Our food was always so-so due to the measly amount our company was willing to pay each caterer.
I don't know how Chris (chef) did it, and we were all very thankful, but the food was fantastic. Delicious options and even a full salad bar. Some of the best steaks and stripey bacon I've ever had.
Along with the good food, the staff always greeted us with a big smile and made us feel right at home.
I didn't stay on premises, but walking around the grounds was a treat. Cool caves, rock formations and abundant vegetation made it feel like you were walking through "middle earth".

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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chrisGoldenbay, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Thank you for your comments We enjoyed having your team stay and appreciate the respect you all showed the staff and place not all film crews are as enjoyable to look after.
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Takaka
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Eatery on the rock, best place for an excellent meal. Very friendly owners Chris and Pat they don't even forget what you like best. Must say we go there regular as it seems to always make you want to go back. See you again soon.
Also great for big functions, went to a wedding there and it was excellent

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lorraine K
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chrisGoldenbay, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Always nice to see you both.
Thanks
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

This place is amazing the meals are to die for still craving there yummy puddings very special staff and the chief and his wife are just awesome thanks for making my day and I can't wait to get back here when we are in new Zealand next would tell every body to try this place while in golden bay :)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sarah R
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chrisGoldenbay, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thanks for your kind words.
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We chose this off the web and knew that the chalets were all stand-alone and private. To our delight they were also extremely spacious with lovely big bathroom and thoughtful extras - good lighting, extra pillows and towels, a cupboard for storage for longer stays and outdoor table and chairs for warmer times of the year than our visit! Very good value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank NelsonSue
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chrisGoldenbay, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
I am glad our description on the web did not disappoint.
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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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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, Owner at The Rocks Chalets, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
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
Thanks 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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Eatery On The Rock Hotel Takaka
The Rocks Chalets Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand

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