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Norfolk Pine
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Among all the places I booked for our trip to New Zealand, this was the worst.
Booked a 2 Bedroom, very tired looking, beds were not firm. The best part we were only here for one night (thank God).
One of the things we signed up for was to swim with the dolphins (fabulous). And it helped that this was next to the meeting place of Encounter Kaikoura where we had to meet at 5:55 in the morning.
But the worst part was, walking into our room with the owners cleaning our room, removing all our stuff from the rooms and scolding us that check out was at 10am. We were there a little after 10am after our wonderful swimming with the dolphins!!! First of all, if they had told us upon check-in that check-out was at 10am then they have every right to scold us and remove our stuff from the room. The woman also scolded us for using the white bath towels for swimming with the dolphins. She said if we told them when we checked in that we were swimming with the dolphins, she would have given us a different set of towels. Hello? Am I missing something here? I told her we went to the reception last night and it was closed. I wanted to get extra towels and the password to the wifi. And she answered saying: " Just like you, we have a life, we also go out"... So this is how they treat you in this dump. I will never recommend this to anyone. It's ugly to start with anyway. And with this nasty behavior, it can really ruin your day!!! I just ignored her and collected our stuff and left. I didn't want her attitude to ruin anything for me especially since this was Easter Sunday...

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Penciltoon
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Just across the road from the Norfolk Pine Motel is the ocean .... it's a magic spot for the kids to play , or to just sit with a coffee in quiet contemplation . The motel rooms are simply designed and tidy . Full cooking facilities are provided , handy to knock up your own breakfast . You don't get much noise from the road traffic , nor from the local environs . It is a quiet , soporific location . If your budget runs to it , one unit does has an amazing ocean view .

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Roger T
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

its just so 1975, once you get inside, there is really little to recommend this place at $125. Small and dated. It a typical managed motel where the the owner is absent and lacking.If you want Internet you will find $5 lasts you no time , if you are a couple who need internet get ready for $20, bad showers , not don't do it, there is better up the road.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank paulscottfilms
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Friendly, helpful owners. On seafront - rooms are at a right angle to the road so you don't notice traffic noise, and it's not a busy road anyway. Very clean, well equipped. Internet access was free, via a Zenbu voucher. Room decor was retro but in good condition! We had a slight problem with the television and the owners both came to sort it out very quickly. Swimming with seals was wonderful!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank riverwater
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed there for 1 night on the way down South and then again on the way up North, we had our dog with us and they were very gracious to accommodate her. Very friendly owners and amazing views sitting outside the room. We stayed in the studio unit and found it perfect for a stopover for both 1 or 2 nights, we sat outside when we where there on our little porch and the rest of the time we were out and about. Location wise it's perfect with fabulous little restaurants close by and the beach a stones throw away. This is what a typical kiwi motel should be like.... would stay again just for the views of mountains and ocean..

Room Tip: the studio's are perfect if you just need a bed for the night, smaller but perfectly cosy and comfy
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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