My Mother, two sisters and I stayed 2 nights in a lovely apartment at Driftwood Akaroa Waterfront Motel in Akaroa, New Zealand. The Motel is very centrally located so is only a short walk to most places.
We arrived very late at night, having organised with the owner to leave a key for us. Our apartment (No. 2) was upstairs and right at the waterfront end of the motel and so we had beautiful views of the water, including a cruise ship. Waking up to such gorgeous sights was definitely one of the best parts of our trip!
The apartment itself was lovely - 3 spacious bedrooms (can easily sleep 6), a modern bathroom, spacious and modern kitchen and a lounge and dining area. There was also a verandah which my mother (89 years old) liked to sit out on. The gardens were lush and tropical and the waterfront views just gorgeous. There's even a little beach.
The Motel also has a laundry which is open till 9pm which was very handy for travellers needing clean clothes! We we had a full day of sightseeing and still had enough time to wash and dry our clothes.
Although this was our second visit to Akaroa, there was still so much to see and do. The Manager, Chris, helped with recommendations about where to eat in town, and local attractions to visit such as an Artist's property - amazing art work and incredible gardens. He also provided info about a lovely drive to Little Akaloa, which we did and which was the highlight of our visit - I highly recommend this drive but be very careful as the road is a bit precarious. The scenery is worth it, though.
I would definitely stay at Driftwood again, and in fact we have plans to return to Akaroa hopefully in Feb/Mar next year. Can't wait.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the beautiful, historic French village of Akaroa, just 1.5H from Christchurch. With 24 refurbished units to choose from featuring studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, you can enjoy affordable comfort with the waterfront right at your doorstep. With most units offering views of the water, spacious living and well-equipped kitchens you have everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. We are only a minutes stroll to the art and craft shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions Akaroa has to offer. You could also relax in our private hot tropical spa pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Akaroa Waterfront Hotel Akaroa
- Driftwood Hotel Akaroa