We stayed here for one night en route to Queenstown from Hokitiki. We booked this motel through the i-site in Hokitiki and were told that Haast was very beautiful but that there was nothing there - right on both counts.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and the place was deserted. Our motel room was clean but very small and contained just a kettle and an ancient toaster. We had been warned to only open the window with the fitted fly screen, which we did, but the sandflies still got into our room. If you've never had a sandfly bite, count yourself lucky. They itched like mad for days! The following morning we discovered several gaps in the screen, which was where they got in.
The night we were there, the only cafe in Haast was closed, the pub was uninviting and the convenience store was not very convenient. We ended up in our room with bread, pate and a bottle of wine and spent our one night watching an awful film on the small TV.
We were very glad to escape the next day
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