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Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
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68 reviews
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“Great location”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Have just spent two nights at the beach front motels. The motels are older style but are clean with most things provided. The location is superb, with towering cliffs behind and the ocean out front. Handy to the pancake rocks and the Truman track.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

This property is right on the embankment, and there are park benches overlooking the ocean. Such a brilliant, surprising location.
We called and asked for a room, they had a 2 BR, 3 bed room available, we got it for a good price, and such a nice, spacious, big windowed 'house'. It looked right at the ocean and a 2 minute drive from the Pancake rocks.
Nice, clean, spacious room.
The owner/ manager was slightly grumpy, slightly friendly - nothing to whine about.

But having our breakfast on the embankment was an amazing experience.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oxford
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

The motel is in a superb location and the room was comfortable. Unfortunately there was food left in the freezer compartment of the fridge which had been turned off and the waste bin had not been emptied. The manager/owner was mortified and most apologetic and quickly ensured the room was cleaned again.
We needed Wi-Fi due to flooding problems at home and he was extremely helpful in ensuring we were able to access the internet.
With few choices of places to stay in Punakaiki these cottage motels were certainly a safe bet.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We stopped here for a night on the way down from Picton to Franz Josef. Right on the beach and 1 min wal from the local pub for fish and chips. Cottage was basic but clean and the lady at reception was very friendly and helpful.
Nothing flash but just what we wanted.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bromsgrove, UK
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

A nice little motel which is very close to the sea. Great for watching the sun set and listening to the surf. Our room was clean, comfortable and well presented. We can recommend the pub just down the road for meals and very good atmosphere. The Pancake rocks are close by, just make sure that you aim to be there at high tide or you may be disappointed. WiFi internet access is via token that you need to purchase.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

We stayed here one night as a halfway point on our drive from from Abel Tasman to Franz Josef. The cottages ARE right at the beach, but there is a rock wall that separates them, so you cannot see the ocean from your unit. However, there is a short, little side road you could easily follow to walk right on a long stretch of beach at low tide. The units are very spacious and comfortable if a bit dated. Quiet and conveniently located.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bateau Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We had a one night stay here. The cottage is well located & within walking distance of the Pancake Rocks & to the local Tavern for a meal/drink. It is clean, comfortable, quiet & spacious though a little dated. Well equipped with everything needed for a short stay. Wifi for payment which we chose not to use. There are no fly screens on any windows or doors to keep the sandflies out.

We stayed in studio 2 which is absolute beachfront & has a little verandah. Even though it is beachfront, you can't see the beach from the studio as there is a rock wall/boundry between the beach & the cottages, you can however sit on the picnic tables on top of the wall if you want to watch the ocean.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Punakaiki Beachfront Motels

Property: Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Address: Mabel Street | PO Box 66, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand (Formerly Punakaiki Cottage Motels)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Punakaiki Beachfront Motels 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punakaiki Beachfront Motels offer newly refurbished quality West Coast accommodation right on the beachfront in Punakaiki. Well-appointed studio and family motel units all fully self-contained with hot plates, fridge, microwave, electric fry-pan, tea & coffee, convection heater, 42" flat screen TV with free-view, DVD and WiFi. Guest laundry, BBQ area and garden setting for all guests. Pets negotiable by arrangement. ... more   less 
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