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Punakaiki Tavern & Motel

Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
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The Punakaiki Tavern is open 7 days 8 am till late. 1 km north of the pancake rocks & blow holes halfway between Westport & Greymouth. 2 min.walk to beach,Adjacent to the Paparoa National Park. A full range of meals,Breakfast from 8 am.Lunch, Dinner from 5 pm. Bar Snacks,Espresso coffee,tea,Wine spirit sales. Indoor outdoor dining in our beautiful garden setting. Accommodation. Free Wi- Fi in units. surcharge in Tavern. 9 ensuite studio units double or twin.Access unit. Free parking. Eftpos-credit card facilities. Fully Licensed. Wi-fi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Charlotte wrote a review Mar 2020
Beacon, New York116 contributions23 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Les Bouss wrote a review May 2019
Sydney, Australia14 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Mark D wrote a review Apr 2018
Paris, France2 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be aware you needs may not be catered for in the tavern!
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Response from Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel
Responded 1 May 2018
WI-Fi is 1 hour unlimited, you will pay for this service throughout NZ as we pay.The Power plugs are disconnected as we have alot of freedom campers who plug in for no charge this becomes a real problem here, again we pay , you pay.. The hot water in the particular toilet was disconnected as was continually left to run,depleting the hot water supply, also again we have freedom campers using the toilets as bathrooms again no charge. You could have asked to charge your devise from behind the bar.
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Mark C wrote a review Nov 2017
Motueka, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of stay: November 2017
JoWestrupp wrote a review Jun 2017
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand33 contributions4 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Wi-Fi for rooms doesn't work in the restaurant - nowhere to be comfortable in your room &...
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US$90 - US$104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionPunakaiki
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Frequently Asked Questions about Punakaiki Tavern & Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Nearby attractions include Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk (1.0 km), Truman Track (1.5 km), and Pororari River Track (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pancake Rocks Cafe, Punakaiki Tavern, and Jacob's Grill.
Is Punakaiki Tavern & Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Punakaiki.
Are pets allowed at Punakaiki Tavern & Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Punakaiki Tavern & Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.