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Arena Motel
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We choose this hotel for its location as well as the shuttle it offered to the train as we were taking TransAlpine Scenic train to Greymouth the following
morning. When we arrived we pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome, clean and comfortable room - perfect for an overnight.
Just make sure to arrive before 7pm or so as the front desk like many other smaller hotels close around 8pm.

For dinner the host recommended that we walk a few short blocks to Lincoln Road and offered several great dining options.
The location may be considered suburb with several large throughfare roads, but rush hour did not last long before the community returned to it's quiet nature.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed one night before catching the Coastal Pacific early in the morning. The proximity to the station was what made us choose the Arena. The room was clean and comfortable. The owner was very friendly and helpful and was up very early in the morning to make sure the free shuttle to the station picked us up. Excellent value, overall.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We stayed in a spacious two bedroom unit. Front desk was helpful, went so far as to carry one of our bags up the stairs. 500mb of free internet was well above average for most places we found in NZ. Excellent value at $90 after Orbitz promo applied. Very quiet, though admittedly our unit was upstairs and appeared to be about as far away from either street as possible within the building. Clean. Location wasn’t ideal for us as we were headed to the airport the next day, but could be good for those wanting something close to downtown and/or the Trans Scenic Rail tours. Tips: If arriving around 5pm, we’d suggest approaching from the north if at all possible as crossing oncoming traffic on Whiteleigh was challenging at this time of day. We enjoyed eating at Morrell & Co, which opened this year (2013) and is located just a few blocks from the hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We wanted to stay here as we were booked on Tranz Alpine next day. The Motel room was absolutely spotless, the owners were lovely, and a courtesy shuttle to train station in the morning. Fantastic value, you can't go wrong if this is the location you want.

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We stayed at the Arena for one night to catch the train to Picton the next day. The room was spacious with a comfortable bed and a desk. The kitchen was nice with a small table and chair set. The motel provided free WiFi and milk for our morning coffee. The hosts were friendly and provided free transportation to the train station. We were able to walk to nearby restaurants.

Room Tip: Our room was on the first floor in the front of the motel at the end. It was quiet and convenient.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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