It was getting dark and i had not seen a hotel for a while when i arrived in Urenui. As you enter town there is a large sign for the hotel on SH 3. You book the hotel in the pub, with the brusque bar manager, and are directed to 4 (?) small concrete units on the next road up. As near as i could tell i was the only one there.
The room is good sized and equipped for easy meals. It is clean, no bugs, hair, etc. but smells like nobody had been in it for years. It was that stale, dank smelled that bothered me the most until i tried a bed. The mattresses on the 2 single beds are awful and the linen smells stale.
All the cords for TV, kettle, alarm clock, microwave, non-working heater are all hanging down next to the lone plug on that wall. You mix and match what you want to use.
Since the heater was broken and the pub was closed when i discovered that it was a bit cool sleeping. since it is right off SH 3 be prepared for heavy truck noise.
If it is raining, the water drains along the covered area in front of the door and there is no easy access to your car because of the physical set up.
Every backpackers i have stayed in was more inviting and half the price (60$/night). I just came in slept and had coffee in the morning and felt relieved as i left. this is not a room I felt comfortable spending any time in.
If you are in this area of the Taranaki make sure you have you sleeping arrangements done in advance since there is only one other hotel in town.