We spent two nights at Punga Cove - it was May so slightly out of season.
However, weather was lovely and we were upgraded from A frame chalet to larger chalet. All chalets (inc some of the backpackers accommodation - we checked!) have fantastic views. Backpackers rooms were clean and fresh, bunk beds and plug socket.
Despite reading previous reviews and being a little apprehensive I was very pleasantly surprised by quality of accommodation. The chalet was clean, had a great deck and good new decor. The kitchen area had a microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle and kitchen utensils, plates, mugs, glasses etc. There is a air con/heater unit but the heater was not very effective in the cold evenings we thought. However, there is an electric blanket on the bed.
Although there was no tv or phone we found this made for a complete break. Internet is available from reception and there is a small shop. Cabins are surrounded by native planting and Punga trees - lovely. Fantastic birds and sounds of bird amazing.
There is a walk to restaurant, cafe, reception - and it is via a fairly steep footpath so probably not best for people with mobility problems. However there is a handrail and luggage (and guests!) transported up to accommodation in golf cart.
We arrived by water taxi from Picton although you can drive around to the resort. Easy access onto the Queen Charlotte track - there are also a couple of shorter walks too which we took.
We appreciated the isolation - guess it could get pretty busy in the summer months.
A couple of times we spotted litter on the floor/in the planted areas which was still there the following day. We felt that this could make the place look unkempt for if this was a continuing problem.
Overall a great location and good accommodation.
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- Also Known As:
- Punga Cove Hotel South Island
- Hotel Punga Cove