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.
- 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