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The Rocks Homestay
Ranked #1 of 2 Punakaiki B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 June 2012

The Rock Home Stay B & B
Beautiful rooms in a fantastic area with great views from the balcony. There are only two restaurants in the area, but we chose (hotel / motel approx. 2 km from Home stay) was ok. Homemade breakfast in the kitchen with 2 other couples. Interesting to hear about the hosts, who have emigrated from Switzerland

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank WinnieTom
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is a beautiful home and Roland was a great host. they provided this fabulous chocolate cake in the evening and a really large and a very tasty breakfast in the morning.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HartlandWisMark
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

A very warm welcome greeted us when we arrived at this charming house, situated in the 'bush' with views to the ocean.
Roli is a very friendly host who served tea and cake as soon as we had been shown to our very clean and comfortable room.
Breakfast included delicious muesli, made by our hosts, and eggs from their hens.
A comfortable guest lounge offered a selection of reading materials, comfortable furniture and of course- those views.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Caroliz B
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We came from Hong Kong and had a 10 day tour of the South Island. Stayed one night at The Rocks at the start of our trip. It was the best of the 8 motels/B&B we had stayed for this trip. The place is clean and comfortable. The breakfast was the best we had. Eva and Roli were not only friendly, but also provided some helpful tips on where and when to take photos around the west coast. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mkwli
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

After staying with Roli and Eva for one night in 2010, on our second trip to New Zealand in 2012
we just had to stay again,but this time for 2 nights (1 is really not enough). The Rocks is hidden in the bush close to The Tasmin Sea and offers wonderful views in a most relaxing atmosphere. Roli, Eva and now little Aaron are fantastic and natural hosts.
We wish them all the very best for the future.

We highly recomend The Rocks to those looking for a tranquil break in beautiful surrounding and superb company.

Louise & Bill.
Norfolk. England

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Bill A
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Really beatiful and sustainable house! With great views to the sea side. If you want to relax it is worth to stay longer. The owners are really friendly and helpful. It was the most incredible place I stay ever:)

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Location: Not that far from the main road but you have to go down a gravel path and be careful with the bends. We were wondering if we missed it already when it appeared on the left side. It has a nice view over the woods and down to the ocean and is very quite.
Hosts: Rolly and Eva went over their head to help us. There was a terrible weather on that day (offical warning of heavy rain 140 mm in 24 hours) but nevertheless Rolly helped us with the luggage and showed us our room and we had a nice chat with him. We were served some tea and cookies while we waited to dry and all was done in a very relaxed way. He offered good advice on the restaurants (we took the tavern, see review) and when we came back from the rocks (sse review), soaked to the bones, they offered to machine dry our clothes and even put newspapers into our shoes and placed them near the fireplace. The clothings were handed back to us the next morning, dry.
Communal area. This is one big room containing a library, a small workstation, the eating area and the ktichen with glass windows all aorund, all balcony around, all wooden with a pretty nice fireplcae, a nice lounging area and all in all very comfortable. There is wine by the glass and the bottle on sale for small prices, pretty good idea for the evenings.
Breakfast: Pretty filling, with lots of fruit, cereals, rolls eggs (from their own eggs) freshly baked bread and coming from Swiss they offer a Swiss/German breakfast with cheese and cold cuts added to jam and peanut butter (the best peanut butter I ever tasted).
Room: We had a room in the upper floor which theoretically would have offered a very nice view but the weather did not allow this. The room was also bright and wooden with a nice bed, big enough for two andwith a very nice bath, big by comparison. All spotless clean and with nice reading materials.

All in all we had a wonderful stay and the hosts really went up and beyond the expected hospitality.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Florian254
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Additional Information about The Rocks Homestay

Address: Hartmount Place 33, Punakaiki 7850, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Punakaiki
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Punakaiki
Price Range: £82 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — The Rocks Homestay 1*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Think wild coast, isolated beaches, Nikau Palms, stunning views and fern-filled rainforest. Your hosts, Eva and Roland, welcome you to The Rocks Homestay at Punakaiki, nestled on the West Coast, the wildest side of New Zealand. Experience Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, forest tracks and river walks, canoeing, beach rambles, memorable sunsets and enjoy delicious home made evening meals. Complete your day relaxing in the conservatory with fantastic views on the rainforest and the sea. ... more   less 
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