Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
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Punakaiki Beachfront Motels

56 Punakaiki Road, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
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Room & Suite (31)
Pool & Beach (11)

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#1 of 1 motel in Punakaiki
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
Punakaiki Beachfront Motels offer quality West Coast accommodation right on the beachfront in Punakaiki. Well-appointed studio, family motel units with kitchenettes, and brand new fully self-contained Cabins have all the features you need for your Punakaiki getaway. All fully self-contained with hot plates, fridge, microwave, electric fry-pan, tea & coffee, convection heater, 42" flat-screen TV with free-view, DVD, and Free WiFi. Guest laundry, BBQ area, and garden setting for all guests. Pets negotiable by arrangement.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Beach
BBQ facilities
Picnic area
Self-serve laundry
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Room features
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

56 Punakaiki Road, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 53 out of 100
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Westport Airport
Hokitika Airport
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Sandra McCarthy wrote a review Feb 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived early for checking in, were allocated a studio unit which was next to the main road and the driveway in front. The driveway was Shingle so we heard every car that came in, I requested a different unit as we tend to go to bed early this was declined. Unit was clean but old, The shower was very poor, we just feel that management could’ve been a little bit more helpful as most people haven’t yet arrived. No we would not recommend these units as a place to stay, we feel the $200 a night was over priced.
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Date of stay: February 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Superwoman888 wrote a review Feb 2024
Auckland Central, New Zealand329 contributions223 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here one night before and one night after the Paparoa Guided Walk.

I booked a studio unit both times. The cost was NZD200 per night. Expensive. As I had stayed one night in Hokitika for NZD150

It was not disclosed on the website and I happened to find out just by chance that check-in for the Motels was 500m return down the road at the Punakaiki Tavern.

The lady at the Tavern at my first one night stay at check-in took payment and simply pointed me down the road by way of direction to my unit.

It was a different experience the second time I stayed, a lovely gentleman at check-in and a very pleasant older lady at the motel site.

They do not store luggage, perhaps with good reason.

West Coast Hospitality!

Neither units were beachfront, both were dated and tired from wear and tear.

The facilities were adequate as I only needed a bed for the night.

Location was down the hill from the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks within walking distance.

Get onto the coastal sea wall and it's a lovely stroll with great views of the Rocks behind and the surf (riders) out to sea.

Did not catch any stunning sunsets due to weather conditions, still west coast scenery is breath taking!
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Date of stay: January 2024
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Laryssa W wrote a review Jan 2023
New Zealand50 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic location behind the seawall. Our studio was a great size for 3-4 people. Good sized kitchenette with fridge and freezer. Our unit had a fenced garden with a deck suitable for small dogs (bigger dogs or jumpers could probably jump the fence if motivated), the other units had small gardens but not secure. Separate guest laundry. Short walk down the seawall to a local bar/restaurant or a slight longer walk (10min) up the hill to the Pancake rocks and a breakfast restaurant. Not sure the beach is swimable as a lot of blue bottle jellish had washed up on the beach so noone was swimming the day we were there.

Unit was clean, check in was via the pub. Tight parking so larger vehicles (motor homes) might need to use the neighbors parking area.

Will definitely stay there again. Loved listening to the crashing waves.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Barbara C wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand64 contributions37 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an old Kiwi motel, clean and roomy, with a nice manager. Its behind a high sea wall, with no views, no beach: don’t be fooled by ‘beachfront’ . Room amenities are minimal: no tissues, a few soap chips, ‘on demand’ water heating in the shower - plastic curtain. These things are forgivable at the right price, which is $40-$50 less than current rates. The owners seem tone-deaf to their domestic market. Kiwis are smart people, they will figure this out. Near the end of a four week trip of the South Island, this is BY FAR the poorest value for money we have had. Its a pity. We won’t return.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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BA Matthews wrote a review Dec 2021
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa3 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I would not recommend this stay for any solo or single travellers because of the insensitive actions of the hostess.

My partner passed away three years ago and this holiday I decided to tour the west coast to take my mind off Christmas and the holiday season.

When I arrived I asked the hostess if it is possible to stay two nights instead of one as I might as well enjoy Christmas on a beautiful beach. I was told they are fully booked. Siting in my single unit, I found on Booking.com that they actually do have accommodation available. I walked back to the hostess and asked if she maybe missed this one that is available for me to rent. I was told that this is a family unit and that would not suit me. That it's too big and that she'd rather keep it available should a family need it. I felt sad and alone and for the first time in a long time was reminded of the family I had planned for my life and didn't have.

I'd like to remind the owners of this motel that every solo traveller has a story and that our money is just as good as a family's money. Maybe you should add t's and c's that families are preferred. * Stay was average with no seaview.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Brendon A wrote a review Oct 2020
West Melton, New Zealand69 contributions26 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Good location but under an immense cliff and behind a massive sea wall which may have a bearing on those with memories of the Canterbury earthquakes and cliff collapses or recent tsunamis...
Unit quite comfortable but the door would not lock. After much debate with the proprietor we moved to the adjacent unit the following night.
That unit had a terrible smell of boiled cabbage whenever we used the plumbing. I googled this and the suggestion was a lack of cleaning of the shower trap and accumulated biofilm. I did not have the courage to investigate further!!
In the 5 days we were there the unit was not serviced apart from the trash bin being emptied once. There were no outside bins available for trash collection either - the proprietor comfirmed this. Not sure what we were meant to do with 5 days of accumulated trash?

So good location for exploring this section of the coast, good unit in terms of warmth, bed comfort and equipment but lack of service and cleaning was a real disappointment. I suspect most reviewers only stay for 1 night so the lack of servicing isn't so apparent and unit 12 was free of the boiled cabbage smell which unfortunately overpowered us after we moved to unit 11. Would I recommend this business? I'd rate it as okay for one night (not unit 11 until it is deoderised) but I'd not recommend a longer stay due to the lack of servicing despite charging top dollar for the location.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MoseyAround wrote a review Apr 2022
Nelson, New Zealand97 contributions35 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Unit 4 was not great; it had a damp smell in the kitchen cupboards and around the bed-head. The mattress really sagged so much I had to prop it up with a spare pillow to avoid sliding out of the bed.
Our TV didn't work even tho we could see other rooms had working TV's.
The fridge made a weird humming sound - it desperately needed defrosting but there was far too much ice in it for us to switch it off overnight without flooding the place.
We know times have been difficult with Covid, but this motel needs to find a way to invest in maintenance or it will die a quiet death.
Unfortunately the beach is not visible until you step up onto the rock retaining wall that has been built to prevent erosion of the area.
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Date of stay: April 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Grey M wrote a review Apr 2022
6 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were apprehensive because some reviews stated that the rooms were dated and tired but we feel that was very unfair. The staff were friendly and helpful. The place was very clean and not tired. The hot water was a little erratic for one shower but that was our only grumble. Would stay again.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joe H wrote a review Apr 2023
Oakland, California94 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was way better than advertised! There are not many lodging options in Punakaiki, but I can't believe this can be topped. It does not feel at all like a "motel". Even bungalow seems too cheap. Yes, we drove right up to our room, and yes it was a one-story building with several rooms, those rooms are huge, spacious and downright luxurious in terms of comfort, quality bedding, bath supplies, etc.

It's also walking distance to the only pub/restaurant in town and a couple nice hiking attractions (Punakaiki Cavern was interesting but not much, but the Pororiro River Track was very worthwhile). But the highlight was the absolutely magical sunset from the the seawall overlooking the Tasman Sea. Just stunning... and a short walk across the parking lot from your room.

I can't compare Punakaiki to Hokitika or Greymouth, but if you want to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes (also stunning, very worthwhile), then this is the place to overnight. I could spend a week here and just stare at the ocean and those sunsets.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kevin J wrote a review Jan 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as a family for two nights over New Years.
It’s a lovely little place.
Great base to explore the west coast and to go walking from.
The local pub does meals which are pretty average and your better off taking food supplies with you as there isn’t any shops nearby.
The manager was great and really helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rachel H wrote a tip Feb 2024
Tauranga, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check where you have to check in, before arrival."
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foody12345376 wrote a tip Nov 2022
Berkshire, United Kingdom171 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If staying here ship before you arrive as no local shops within half an hour."
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tylertraveler2015 wrote a tip Oct 2022
Tyler, Texas14 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin #2 had no issues and we were comfortable."
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D P wrote a tip Jul 2022
Wellington, New Zealand7,635 contributions741 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe opt to stay in the newer buildings and bring food as you may miss out on food if the only restaurant is closed!"
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Audrey T wrote a tip Feb 2019
Aberdeen, United Kingdom260 contributions120 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"any room would be good as right on beachfrront"
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PRICE RANGE
$175 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Punakaiki Cottage Motels
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionPunakaiki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Punakaiki Beachfront Motels
Which popular attractions are close to Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Nearby attractions include Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk (0.7 km), Truman Track (1.9 km), and Pororari River Track (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Punakaiki Beachfront Motels?
Conveniently located restaurants include Punakaiki Tavern, Pancake Rocks Cafe, and Jacob's Grill.
Is Punakaiki Beachfront Motels located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Punakaiki.
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