Stations Inn is situated on the hill a few kilometres out of the town. It is a lovely quiet location but not walking distance. The rooms are very comfortable and large and laid out in a motel style. Each opens out onto a terrace with a couple of chairs and table. The terrace is not segregated so if you want quiet seclusion you won't necessarily get it if other guests are sat out at the same time.
I have based the Average rating based on the price. We stayed at a lot of places in New Zealand on this trip and Stations Inn was the most expensive so should have been the best. It wasn't and so gets marked accordingly. The main points where it under-performed are -
It was the only place;
without complimentary toiletries
where we weren't shown in person to our room
where the wi-fi wasn't working
where there was no cafetiere and ground coffee. Instead there were coffee bags
where there was no complimentary snack on arrival (most places gave us a muffin or similar)
The breakfast is provided the night before in to the room. It was OK but certainly not lavish. There was muesli but no additional milk (you get a 300ml bottle when you arrive for teas and coffees)
We didn't eat in the restaurant but looked at the menu. We ate in some great places in NZ and this menu was the most expensive we saw. No doubt it's good but be prepared to pay for it. We preferred instead to take Lonely Planet's suggestion and watch the sunset at the point with takeaway fish and chips which was superb.
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