A very quirky motel - rooms are in either: Hobbit holes, a railway carriage, a ship, or in an old cargo plane. We spent one night in the ship (the Waitanic) and one in the cockpit of a Bristol Freighter (go figure!). And we had the best nights sleep in months! Basic and very quirky but plenty of hot water in the showers, tea/coffee making facilities, and very comfy beds. Plus lots of kiwi in the area so very cool hearing them at night.
Based on previous reviews and the motel’s website, we had low expectations that were unfortunately met. On the positive side - the kids loved the novelty of staying in the tail of a plane - so I’m glad we stayed for that alone, but wouldn’t go back now we’ve checked it off our list. The whole complex is extremely run down. The chemical smells inside the room were pretty unpleasant, despite the motel warning of this on their website I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it actually was. The doorway into the plane and through into the double bed is extremely low, and accidentally bumped our heads into steel on several occasions. Living space was tiny with a very small kitchenette - definitely could not cook in there easily and opted to go down the road for dinner instead. The bathroom floor was covered in water after showers. Whenever the family staying in the cockpit part of the plane moved around, the whole plane shook - and I’m sure vice versa. All in all - go for the novelty factor but keep expectations extremely low.…
We booked the Hobbit Unit for a family of four and loved it! Very clean, great check in and such a unique experience. Huhu restaurants own the road was fabulous for dinner. Brought own cereal so self catering for breakfast before hitting the caves in the morning 💕
Our group of five enjoyed our one nights stay here. We were comfortable in the train unit and appreciated having the area around the unit just for us. We had a nice view down to a creek and fields and there was space for the kids to explore and play. The unit was clean and roomy enough (surprisingly). The only downside was that there was no shelter from the hot afternoon sun for the table and chairs outside. It was not a problem to drag the chairs to a shadier spot, though, and hopefully the owners will soon replace the umbrella that can provide some shade. In the morning this was a great place to sit and enjoy the views.
Our family of young adults were delighted to find themselves staying in a Hobbit Hole over night. The external recreation of Bilbo's home and pretty garden were very good. Inside it was comfortable but really just an ordinary hotel room. I'm glad we did it if only for the kids' reactions. They really enjoyed this special experience.