Myself (28) & my husband (30) stayed here for one night on our road trip of the west coast. Location: A 2 minute walk to a beautiful beach- no view from the room. Also less than a mile to the pancake rocks which are definitely worth going and seeing. Room: Small size, double bed & single. Clean, private bathroom, area to make hot drinks. Perfect for staying one night. Tavern: Yummy food and good drinks. Nice garden area to sit out in. Fyi the sand bugs are a nightmare but the staff provide bug repellent. Would recommend & would stay again.
Food was good, wine was also very good, but the welcome was very cold! The hostess was everything but not happy to see us! Whereas the room was empty. First time in NZ we were not having a nice and warm service. Was the only place to have diner at this time of the year. Caesar salad was good, the hot smoked salmon too. The pinot noir was also delicious.
The barman was very pleasant and lots of interesting reading on the walls. We stopped for a coffee which was from a machine like in a petrol station. We then decided to have a beer and a wine and connect to the internet. Despite buying coffees, cake, beer and wine we had to pay for wifi (half an hour limit, can't remember the cost $2?), all the power points in the hotel were disconnected/turned off so you couldn't plug into those. The barmaid/waitress made a cutting comment to the barman about us being able to buy a re-charger from a garage to plug into our car and the hot water was turned off in the toilets. In this day and age it is all about profit margins! Despite above, not a bad place to stop, but obviously could cater for traveller's needs a bit better.
Awesome place to stop for a drink. The garden bar in the afternoon was great. We decided to go back for an evening meal and what a contrast! I would have been embarrassed to serve that meal to my family, let alone charging a couple $40 for it! I chose the fish and chips, don't kid yourself that it anything but cheap fish. Very, very disappointed
we pre-booked 4 rooms - the welcome was non-existent upon arrival - $140 per room per night (hugely overpriced - 1 double & 1 single squashed into space that was barely adequate for a double) - the lady who checked us in was also the barmaid - other than grunting & frowning she barely spoke to any of the 7 in our group. We ordered dinner at staggered times - before we had all received meals, she was asking us to "move on as the rugby was about to start". I heard her ask the same of a table behind us - that family left in disgust. Between us all, we spent a considerable amount of money on rooms, meals & beverages - the ONLY staff member who could even smile was the barmaid's Mum (she was referred to as Mum). Seems Kiwi tourists are not welcome in their own country's hotels at the moment…