We stayed 2 nights in Helm Crag whilst touring New Zealand's North Island, and enjoyed the quiet location in a charming neighbourhood, high above the centre of Napier. It is situated on quite a steep hill - not easy to walk down to or back up from the town centre, but near the Botanic Gardens and only short car or taxi ride to the restaurants and other attractions of Napier.
Murray and Jacquie were charming hosts, and very knowledgeable about local attractions, restaurants and Hawkes Bay vineyards.
We arrived to a welcoming glass of NZ wine, and a chance to talk to Jacquie about our sightseeing plans.
We chose to stay in the Queen Room, which was comfortable and had the advantage of being like a small suite, with separate bathroom and toilet, so private but giving us a little more space.
Breakfast was very good, and again gave us an opportunity to talk to Murray and Jacquie about our proposed activities.
Helm Crag was good value for money and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet, friendly and comfortable accomodation in this lovely city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy fabulous 360° views - from Cape Kidnappers in the South to the northern Kaweka Ranges. King or queen room both with private facilities. Situated just up the road from the Botanical Gardens, the property is a 20 minute downhill walk to either the Napier CBD or the restaurants and bars of Ahuriri, although you may want to take a cab back up the hill - or give us a ring and we'll pick you up! Let us help you make the most of your stay! On your arrival, relax with a cold glass of Hawke's Bay wine, or a cup of tea, and we can help you with your plans, booking restaurants or activities. We also offer our own bespoke winery tours and a 'dine with you hosts' experience. After your busy day, you can relax in the spa pool or put your feet up in our guest lounge with a cold drink before heading out for dinner. ... more less