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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Stayed here for 3 nights over Easter - paid $150 per night for a 1 bedroom motel unit - the end one which was lovely. Everything was very clean, spacious and light and airy. I could easily live in this unit full time. Small kitchenette - 2 burners, microwave. No oven. Unit was warm with great views up the valley. Bed was comfortable. Good size bathroom with shampoo and soap. Laundry facilities were on site. Generally I would not pay $150 a night but not much choice this weekend and to be fair it was worth it for that extra bit of room and comfort. Would definitely stay here again. Owners helpful and friendly. Free wifi that worked well.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank deejay8567
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

We stayed before and after walking the Heaphy Track. It was clean with comfortable beds and nice furnishings. A good size kitchenette and large bathroom. A nice patio in a sunny spot

Shona was very freindly and helpful.

I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Bob175
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

What a lovely surprise, just on the road as you drive into the ( town? Hamlet ! Village )
Yes it is quite small, but still has everything you need.
Back to the Motel, very good.We had a 1 bedroom unit , which are semi detached.But so cleverly designed you have a your own private garden. The unit is very large, in my opinion the largest I have stayed in.The large lounge has 2 settles big table with chairs and of course a kitchen. The front window overlook the countryside with the owners mixed animals in a small field in front of your units.Very clean, good bathroom with plenty of hot water.
The new owners make you very welcome and full of advice of the various natural attractions in the Area ( of course the Oparara Arches,a must see )
They do have a Laundry, not mentioned on the web site.
I highly recommend River Motel, Thank you Shona for making our stay so enjoyable.
The village does have a 4 square supermarket, a hotel / restaurant/ pub.
So a good place to go

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Barry-Jang
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

We booked a studio room here for 3 nights in order to do some hiking in the area. We had one room with a small kitchen area and our own bathroom with shower. The kitchen area was primarily for cold drinks and breakfast, because there was no stove. The other units (one-bedroom units, for example) have a more normal kitchen area for cooking. Consequently, we ate at restaurants all 3 nights and used the room facilities for making a lunch each day and for breakfast.

We had free WiFi which worked well. The room had a queen size bed, a small couch and some chairs outside on a small patio. The view was nice with a green lawn and a small vegetable garden. The bed was comfortable. They serviced the room each day (took out the trash and brought towels if we needed them). I did a couple loads of laundry while we were here - they had a washer, a dryer and clothes lines (reasonable price to wash and dry).

We were here mainly to hike. We hiked in two areas, including one day on the Heaphy Track.

Room Tip: If you want to cook meals, don't book the studio unit.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Thank BJW17
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

As described - quaint kiwi baches/cribs of the 70s, some original retro decor,but all spotlessly clean and with comfy beds. The host and driver were both just lovely- friendy and interesting. And you're near to the pub for beer and food, especially useful if finishing the Heaphy. But far away enough for this spot to be silent - no noise at all, so a good night's sleep.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Tamara L
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