I stayed 1 night at the Paparoa Park Motel. Pam and Cam picked me up at the bus stop in Punakaiki, they turned out to be very friendly and helpful hosts. I booked a studio room which consisted of a large room with wooden panelling and a kitchenette, a balcony, and a bathroom. The accommodation was not luxurious but was clean and very good value for the price. The motel is approx. 2 km from Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks. There is a laundry facility next to the main house. The beach is just a short walk from the motel.
Overall, a good stop over on the West Coast. The Pancake Rocks are quite spectacular - I travelled by bus that stops for 1/2 hour at Punakaiki so the passengers can see the Rocks but I think this is a bit short. I am glad I stayed overnight as I could walk a bit in the area and on the beach, and especially - spend more time at the Pancake Rocks, it was worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in quiet coastal bush environment, overlooking Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and near Paparoa National Park one of New Zealand's treasured locations. On State Highway 6, a perfect location between Nelson & Glaciers, to walk native rainforest & rugged beaches.Spot native birds, particularly black petrels, wekas, wood pigeons and tuis, then after dark visit the glow-worm grotto. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paparoa Park Hotel Punakaiki