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“Coasters what a great people watching place”
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Last Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Certificate of Excellence
Napier, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Coasters what a great people watching place”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We checked into the dorm room..me always going for budget..5 of us and then realised that for another $20 or so we could have a cottage..with large bathroom, lounge, sofas, table and comfy bed...looked so fab...
The place was buzzing with many locals coming to dinners at the restaurant and to drink at the bar..all very friendly.
We like to give our hard earned cash back to these small remote communties so used Dave from Karamea Transport to take us back to Nelson..He is wonderful and gave us heaps of local history and a tour of Westport on the way..

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed here after mountain biking the Heaphy. For 5 guys staying in a dorm it was excellent: clean and simple. The bar was great and the meals huge. I wouldnt say they were urban sophisticated meals but good food and huge portions. The hosts were excellent and this really is a great place to stay after exploring the mountains.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Nelson, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

I spent the last weekend at the Last Resort, the first visit for five or six years. Back then the service was atrocious, so I was a bit hesitant. I needn't have worried: the new owners are trying really hard and appear to have made a big difference. Small issues were dealt with quickly and efficiently, the food was good and reasonably priced, and the (budget) room was fine.

The presence of lots of locals in the bar to watch the All Blacks beat Australia added to the experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Nambour
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92 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We have stayed as a couple and my husband has stayed a few time for pick up for the Heaphy Shuttle. The rooms are clean and large enough for last minute preparations to tramp.
The coffee and food are excellent. The reception staff can be very helpful though on occasion a little busy. The site as a whole is charming and for more than a "stopover" as we have done, would be a pretty and relaxing place to stay without being cut of from shops and other tourist attractions.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Simply a great place full of character charm, spacious very clean rooms with nice modern bathroom in the studio unit my son an i were in. Superb friendly as service which left me feeling like Ed & Tania the owners were old friends. Well the food was really good, like out of some flash as Auckland Cafe but of course the served amazing west coast white bait, Mmmmm. Walking the Heaphy Track or just need a break? The Last Resort is a must stay location.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Masterton, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

After a good laid back drive up the coast, over the karamea bluff.. along the straight. ? We arrive at Karamea four square.. advised to check out Last Resort.. ( which we did the night before, but since we have already been let down we throught we would try and get the double thumbs.. yes we did) reception was awesome, nice friendly, accommading... anything we need they were pleased to help.. I was about to right a review then my mate said.. how about we check out dinner first.. amazing home cooked meal.. lamb shank, and he had the roast pork... golden syrup dumplings... bliss.. nights early.. had a bath as we chosse the two bedroom unit.. sleep time very soon.

Room Tip: Room with two rooms has full bathroom and bath with separate shower.. dinning table and one double b...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013

On a recent trip to Karamea I returned to the Last Resort to find it was under new management. We had a family meal for 8 of us. The food was superb and the service friendly and timely. The surroundings were well presented and on the other side from the restaurant the locals were enjoying participating in a pool competition. The new proprietors,a husband and wife team, both came over to check everything was in order. A very enjoyable night out.

Room Tip: We did not stay here just went to the restaurant although we have stayed int eh past. There are a v...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Last Resort

Property: Last Resort
Address: 71 Waverley Street | PO Box 42, Karamea, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Karamea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Hotel Class:3 star — Last Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Last Resort was hand built by entrepreneurial locals and first opened for business in 1992. The complex offers a range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar facilities. Make this "very special place" your base when exploring Karamea, the Oparara Basin, the Kahurangi National Park and the Heaphy and Whangapeka Tracks. ... more   less 

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