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Kaniere Empire Hotel

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#1 of 1 small hotel in Hokitika
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Cosy and welcoming old country pub with accommodation 5 mins drive from Hokitika Township. Located on a busy main road. Clean & tidy Budget accommodation. Rooms have bunk sets, single beds or queen beds, Shared kitchen facilities, TV lounge and shared bathrooms - no ensuites. Restaurant and bar menus available 7 days in summer. Sunday Roasts! Dog friendly bar and accommodation FREE WIFI.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Golf course
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Street parking
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Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Billiards
Darts
Evening entertainment
Banquet room
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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Shane_Adcock wrote a review Oct 2021
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand20 contributions1 helpful vote
Great hotel with tidy and comfortable rooms and nice shared kitchen for people staying. Plus a fantastic Sunday Roast! Best part though was the west coast hospitality - from both the people working and the locals themselves. Only possible downside was it is close to the road and so noise could be an issue, I did have earplugs though so I was all good.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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azoic17 wrote a review Oct 2019
New Zealand18 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed one night at the Empire Hotel on a recent West Coast trip. Room was clean and tidy and included a handbasin. Shared bathrooms/toilets were down the hall and were clean and modern.Checkin was straightforward with the friendly barman who let me park out the back which made offloading luggage a breeze. The rooms are right next to the bar which is good if you want a drink or some food. I took advantage of the Friday night burger deal (free fries with every burger. Score!). Was a quiet Friday night so I didn't hear much noise but it might be different if a band was playing or the pub had an event on. I spent time hanging out in the guest TV lounge with couches, dining table, magazines to read and large TV. There were useful kitchen facilities to make breakfast in the morning (toaster, plates, cutlery etc) and good range of tea and coffee to set me up for the day. This is an older style pub that's been modernised. Great to see them making a go of it. I recommend giving the Empire a look if you're after somewhere cheaper to stay close to Lake Kaniere and the Hokitika Gorge road.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Rooms were pretty quiet but may need to pack your earplugs if bar noise is an issue.
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NZGirl69 wrote a review Jun 2019
Wellington, New Zealand129 contributions62 helpful votes
We stayed at the Kaniere for the Hokitika Wild Food Festival, and although it's a bit out of town, the staff ferried us all there and back no problem. The hotel itself is pretty basic, but with decent facilities, comfy beds, pretty clean, and the bar serves decent food and a good range of drinks - and it's relatively good value for money.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Howat69 wrote a review Feb 2018
Masterton, New Zealand14 contributions7 helpful votes
I was on a motorcycle holiday in the South Island and travelling on a budget. I found this place on the web booked a bed, ended up with my own room for the same price. This is an old West Coast country pub on the outskirts of Hokitika. Beds were comfortable, rooms clean and there was ample tea and coffee available. The hotel had washing machine soap powder and dryer available for a small fee. Evening meals were available at very reasonable prices. Bar opened at around 4pm and the locals and staff were welcoming. I enjoyed this stop over and will do it again. No need to spend a fortune on accommodation and meals when this good old fashioned country hospitality is available
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from KaniereHotel, Manager at Kaniere Empire Hotel
Responded 8 Feb 2018
Thank you for the complementary review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay All our rooms are private so if you book for one person and there are two or three beds in the room you will not have to share.
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Satyam Shrestha wrote a review Nov 2017
253 contributions117 helpful votes
I checked in this hotel today. The room was not expensive so obviously had shared toilet and of course shared kitchen. I was amazed how clean and managed was the shared kitchen, shared toilets and common lounge room. Very comfortable room and comfortable bed. I am very happy with the staff/owner, very very friendly. Has a bar so you can have fun there. I am satisfied with my stay at this hotel. 😮 😎
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from KaniereHotel, Owner at Kaniere Empire Hotel
Responded 21 Nov 2017
Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Michael D wrote a review Nov 2017
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada12 contributions12 helpful votes
I hopped off the Stray Bus in Hokitika to do a bit of jade carving but my last minute planning style had me looking a long way out of town for accom on the weekend. Just up the river in Kaniere, The Empire is a hidden gem. Well out of reach of most of the tourists and holiday makers, the bar and dining area hosts a lively bunch of locals for happy hour. They have name tags written on jade and they're laughing around the bar, as I eat the Sunday Special prepared in house - a plate of delicious roast lamb and traditional veg - with a jug for 30 bucks?! Can't beat it. The hosts, Grant and Debbie, even helped me resolve a booking issue caused by a third party site. They're friendly, and accommodating. The rooms are clean and comfortable. All things considered, I'll be sad to move back in to the backpacker's tomorrow. Thanks for a great stay!
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 21 Nov 2017
Thank you Michael. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Sue C wrote a review Feb 2017
France19 contributions40 helpful votes
We wanted the true Kiwi hotel/tavern experience and got it! Our room was comfortable, the kitchen facilities excellent and the guest lounge is a good place to relax if you don't want to join the bar scene. But we did, and had a great time meeting some of the locals during happy hour. The Kaniere Empire's cheaper than most places in Hokitika and on route to the beautiful gorge. Good budget accommodation with friendly and accommodating owners.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Tai B wrote a review Jan 2017
New Zealand70 contributions13 helpful votes
I hobbled in to the hotel on crutches straight into a gaggle of locals at a tall pub table.... a voice asked "how did you do that?".... I replied "I can't remember".... which seemed to make me an instant local!!!! Everyone in this pub was a real character... I only wished we'd had longer to get to know a few of them. We stayed for a meal from their menu and blackboard.... Our meals were Seafood chowder (yum!), Seafood Basket (fried, but nicely done), Thai Red Chicken Curry (plates completely cleaned, so assume it was delish). What can I say? We all 4 of us really recommend this local gem.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Response from KaniereHotel, Owner at Kaniere Empire Hotel
Responded 16 Jan 2017
Thank-you! We're glad you enjoyed the food and local company. Look forward to seeing you again. Grant and Debbie
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Dave D wrote a review Apr 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand145 contributions48 helpful votes
Absolutely worth the visit. I asked for a menu, the. Lovely lady replied, it's in my head. Then She recited a very simple menu. How do you want your steak, I replied medium rare. Oh she said not sure about that,I'll give it a go. Great pub meal $25.00 and an atmosphere hard to find in a modern world. A must do.
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from KaniereHotel, Owner at Kaniere Empire Hotel
Responded 12 Apr 2016
Thank you for your great review. Your visit must have been some time ago, we now have a standard menu and black board specials. Would be great to have you back again to try it out!
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$105 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionHokitika
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaniere Empire Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Wilderness Gallery (4.3 km), Glow Worm Dell (4.5 km), and Hokitika Beach (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hokitika Sandwich Company, Fat Pipi Pizzas, and Stumpers Bar and Cafe.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kaniere Empire Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kaniere Empire Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a banquet room and conference facilities during their stay.