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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Paparoa Park Motel

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Paparoa Park Motel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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72 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2010

We were allocated a cabin right at the back of the complex with no view. It's obviously a wet climate because there was lots of moss near the fake grass material on the small verandah area - it looked like no one had cleaned it in years. The room was old but very spacious, except for the bathroom which was extremely tiny, and I mean 'extremely'. The rooms at the front of the complex looked much better with views over towards the beach and sea. It didn't seem to be very busy so I was perplexed why we were placed in the really old cabin at the back? The owner (I assume) was friendly once I called him so we could check in but after that we didn't see anyone at all around the complex for the one night we stayed. I'm sure the pancake rocks would be fantastic to see if the tide conditions were right. Unfortunately for us they weren't and if I had my time again I wouldn't stay here. I'd stop, look at the pancake rocks and move on. If you are just looking for a bed, then this place is fine. If you plan on spending any time in your room, then it's not.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2010

We only stayed for one night to break our long journey from Fox Glacier to Nelson but, as with most of the places we stayed in during our month in NZ, we wished we could have stayed a bit longer.

We rented Unit 5 which had a sea view from the side window. The accommodation was built in pine cabin style with a large shower room and separate WC. The large studio room contained the sleeping and eating areas, with a small kitchen which was well-equipped for cooking meals. The double bed was very comfortable and there was also a single bed and a couple of small armchairs and TV. The dining table and chairs overlooked the sea in the near distance. All very clean and well presented. Windows at the far end of the room also so very light. All the windows had insect screens to stop the dreaded sandflies entering if you had them open. Very necessary along this particular coast line apparently.

Very reasonably priced at $140 especially as it could have slept three people easily. Very handy for the nearby Punakaiki pancake rocks with their spectacular daily displays. Lots of good walks in this area too and a couple of places to eat further down the road in Punakaiki.

Would definitely recommend a two night stay in this motel as plenty to see and do in this area and a relaxing place to stay after all the driving one tends to do when visiting NZ.

I believe Paparoa Park Motel is currently for sale.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tazzzzzzzmania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2009

Comfortable room with a nice private balcony, and there is a shared picnic area built for late afternoon drinks/nibbles that has great views. We would be happy to stay again at this motel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2009

A very pleasant stay in a great location.

Our family overnighted in Gordons villa and loved it. Very clean and comfortable at a great price. Wonderful view.

Our host was very helpful and made us most welcome.

We had a family dinner at the local hotel which was good value and nicely prepared.

Easy to find and plenty of parking.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2009

We stayed in a one bedded unit – Gordon Villas Room 6. Had an excellent view over the beach and rocks.

Our overall impression was that the place was in need of an upgrade, the furniture was not that comfortable and the room could have been cleaner.

The shower / toilet was a wet room and it certainly got wet – the water didn’t drain away very well.

  • Liked — The View
  • Disliked — Tired decor
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2008

Conveniently located for Pancake Rocks and other walks. Provides above average accommodation at reasonable prices. In a rainforest location, and even has a glow worm grotto and friendly wekas on site.

  • Liked — The wildlife
  • Disliked — The mosquitos
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Auburn, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2007

Spacious units with cozy wood paneling, large bedroom area and clean modern en suite bathrooms. On a beautiful property. Conveniently located by Paparoa Park. Only issue was a few insects inside at night (not unexpected for a rainforest location). Owners very friendly.

  • Liked — nice rooms
  • Disliked — insects in room at night
  • Stayed December 2007
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Property: Paparoa Park Motel
Address: 4136 Coast Road | Punakaiki, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Punakaiki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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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