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Punga Cove Resort

Queen Charlotte Sound Marlborough Sounds, Endeavour Inlet New Zealand
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Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent Marlborough Sounds at the top of New Zealand's South Island, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat, surrounded by nature. Choose from our stylish suites, spacious studios and retro chalets or our larger apartments for families and groups. Our basic rooms cater for those on a budget. You won't go hungry at Punga Cove - the Boatshed Cafe & Bar at the jetty has a casual all-day menu and our hilltop Punga Fern Restaurant offers smart casual dining. Getting here is easy - by boat from Picton, by foot or bike on the Queen Charlotte Track, or by scenic drive. And, once you're here you can choose to relax and enjoy the many views, or enjoy the wide range of land and water-based activities on offer.
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Free parking
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Non-smoking hotel
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English, Spanish
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Neil C wrote a review 4 May
Nelson, New Zealand351 contributions50 helpful votes
We stayed 27 years ago. Returned for an evening meal. Excellent evening. Capaccio venison to share, Duck breast each and a delicious Fromm Pinot Noir. Great service, food and ambience. It was so worth the effort to drive there.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from MTCExperiences Team, Owner at Punga Cove Resort
Responded 4 days ago
Hi neilcS1420VQ, thanks so much for coming back after so many years - especially the long way by road - and for your lovely review. We're so pleased we could host you for an enjoyable dinner and are thrilled to read that you had an excellent evening. We look forward to seeing you back again, perhaps sooner than 27 years from now!
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Ian S wrote a review 3 May
108 contributions35 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night while walking the Queen Charlotte Track (a double room and also a 6 bed 2 bedroom suite). We had a really lovely stay and would gladly come back again. Only a couple of negatives for us: - The rooms were getting a bit tired, especially the 2 bedroom suite (Unit 9) – the bathroom/shower in particular and the fold-out double bed in the lounge was incredibly uncomfortable. - The path from the unit along to the restaurant was really badly lit at night time making it a precarious walk, especially for my elderly father. Those negatives aside, everything else was just excellent: - The setting/location was just wonderful and nice to be able to walk straight in off the Queen Charlotte Track one day and then leave the next morning by walking directly out from the restaurant after breakfast to carry on up the track. - The staff were incredibly professional, helpful and competent – all of them, no exceptions. When we left the restaurant after dinner they even called up the golf-cart buggy to drive my elderly father back along the track to our room (so nice of them) - The configurations of the rooms were really good. The 2 bedroom suite we had was excellent with a separate dining table area and living space. The other booking we had was for a double-room with a shared bathroom/kitchen/living area with other guests, but it was really nicely done and so you got a lot for what you paid. - The restaurant was top quality. We eat out a lot and are familiar with fine-dining and these guys nailed it. The salmon sashimi entrée was just excellent (with some lovely little extras added to it), likewise the baked blue cheese stuffed mushrooms were excellent. All of our mains were excellent (lamb cutlets, duck breast and fish of the day) and all cooked perfectly. We weren’t going to have desserts but due to the high quality of the rest of the meal we decided we would and we weren’t disappointed as the lemon meringue tart and the chocolate mousse trio ended up being highlights of the meal. Well done Punga Cove! Thank you for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from MTCExperiences Team, Owner at Punga Cove Resort
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Ian, thank you for this incredible review, and for taking the time to share your experience at Punga Cove - we really appreciate it. We're absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the rooms, the hospitality and that the Punga Fern Restaurant was such a highlight for you - especially dessert! Thank you also for the comment about the bathroom, fold-out bed and lighting along the pathway - please be assured we will take this into consideration as part of our ongoing maintenance. It's fantastic that your father was able to ride the buggy back to the room as an alternative. We enjoyed hosting you, and look forward to seeing you all again in future.
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Kate wrote a review Apr 2021
Te Anau, New Zealand40 contributions3 helpful votes
Everything you need and friendly staff. Stayed in a single room with communal facilities and more than happy, it was all good value. Place to wash bikes, dry gear and options for cooking or eating out. Lots of activities too. Was very impressed with the set up.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from MTCExperiences Team, Owner at Punga Cove Resort
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Katiepai, your review is amazing, thanks so much. We're thrilled you enjoyed your stay, found the bike and drying facilities useful, and liked the food as well. We hope to see you and your bike back again soon.
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Mark D wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand128 contributions23 helpful votes
Awesome place for the family after a tough walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. The setting for the bar, the free SUP's and kayaks and the spa pools. Just the perfect end to a big day on the track. Fishing off the jetty is great after sunset, but try avoid the spotty fish and mind the size regulations. The buffet breakfast is a little steep but worth it for the quality and spread. The poached eggs are amazing and perfectly cooked. A great place and so detached from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Feels like Fiji!
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: get milk for the room and if you are high on the hill, make sure you don't have to go up and...
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Response from MTCExperiences Team, Owner at Punga Cove Resort
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi Mark, thanks for your awesome review and for making it all the way here via the Queen Charlotte Track. It's great to hear you enjoyed the activities, spa and bar, and location. Thanks for coming - we hope you'll be back again soon.
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Cristina wrote a review Apr 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed in the Basecamp lodge. Beds were super comfortable. Kitchen was great and well equipped. Cafe pizza and wine was enjoyed on the waterfront. Lovely helpful and friendly staff. Would highly recommend for a night away or when walking the Queen Charlotte.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from MTCExperiences Team, Owner at Punga Cove Resort
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi cristina3366, thank you so much for the kind review - we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully we'll see you back again in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Punga Cove Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Punga Cove Resort?
Nearby attractions include Marlborough Sounds (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Punga Cove Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Punga Cove Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Punga Cove Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Punga Cove Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Punga Cove Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Punga Cove Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.