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Reviewed 17 January 2017

From reading others' reviews we knew to bring our own food, but I wish the room had better cooking facilities, given that it is so far from any restaurants. The outside of the building is almost comically ugly, but inside it is clean and perfectly serviceable. The lower level does not have much view to speak of, but a 5 minute walk gets you to the beach, and there are lots of lovely short walks less than an hours drive away.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank an0le
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Ruth-Wayne, Manager at Hannah's Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2017

Thank you An0le for your review. It certainly is quiet and off the beaten track. For people who love nature and scenery it is a good place to stop by. Kind regards, Ruth.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

The downstairs motel unit at Hannah's Homestead had everything we needed for our 4 night stay. We were warm & cosy & the king size bed was really comfy. Ruth was really friendly & keen to help make our stay as comfortable as possible. I was interested when reading the reviews before we visited that the most common "negative" comment about Hannah's Homestead was its remoteness. This was actually what drew us to the area & we loved the peace & tranquillity of the lower West Coast. The people we met were really friendly & keen for a chat, we even scored some free fish & whitebait!
If you're staying at Hannah's Homestead it's good to note that the motel unit has an electric frypan & microwave, but Hannah's Clearing doesn't have any shops or restaurants. There's an "On the Spot" convenience store a few km up the road at Haast Beach & a couple of eating options back at Haast Township. We'd read up on the place before we arrived so brought all our food with us which worked great. The motel is about 5 minutes walk from the beach & there's lots of other walks in the area but you'd need a car to access them.
If you're staying anywhere on the West Coast make sure you have insect repellant, sturdy shoes & good wet weather gear. The weather was great for most of our stay & we saw some of the most stunning scenery ever!

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michelle C
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Ruth-Wayne, Manager at Hannah's Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Michelle C, thank you very much for your review. As you can see, people do not usually have time to do one, so it is highly appreciated. I was also very happy to read why you liked the place. It is situated where it is, and I do have many negative comments about the location. However it is where it is and so since I can not change this, your review was very refreshing. Thank you and best regards, Ruth.

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Reviewed 30 March 2016

Hannah’s Homestead

Like the emptiness of the coast on which it is located, Hannah’s Homestead was at the ‘end of the known world’ or so it seemed arriving late on the evening of 17Mar2016; a cold, dark and blustery day which always threatened rain. But then this is a region with just about the highest rainfall anywhere outside the humid tropics.
For NZ$149/night we gained a comfortable and friendly haven in what appeared to be a line of empty homes (meaning mainly ‘holiday’ homes) in Hannah’s Clearing 17 km south of Haast Township and on the road to Jackson Bay – the furthest point south on the single main road that runs north-south to the west of the Southern Alps.
There was no one available, but an envelope taped to the sliding door of the lower half of the homestead provided both key and instructions. The registration people were 500 m down the road should we need them. We didn’t.

Good points then
We got a large modern bedsit with en suite bathroom/toilet accessible through a short internal hallway that also gave access to two additional rooms with beds if you were a family or friends travelling together. These rooms were locked to us. There was an additional sleep-out in the front garden (for another two people). It’s not there in the Google road images.
The bedsit slept two in a spacious comfortable bed.
The deck to the apartment on the upper floor stretched out over the entrance to the bedsit – useful during periods of rain for which the West Coast is famous.
Spacious; clean brown carpet, dining table and four chairs, two armchairs (lazy-boy recliners and comfortable enough to fall asleep in). Light and warm living space.
Functional kitchen – microwave, sink unit, cupboards, worktop high fridge, electric kettle and one of those traditional electric fry pans which were once a priority for all newlyweds in New Zealand (but are now rarely seen). So, sufficient for heating up, boiling and/or frying foods. You could drive back to Haast to eat, but better to come prepared and eat-in. There’s a general store at the campsite 5-6 km back up the road towards Haast, but you’d probably need to catch it open in daylight hours. We didn’t see any shops in Hannah’s Clearing.
Breakfast is available delivered to your bedsit - you’d probably need to order in advance – at NZ$20/head.
Current visitor’s book started four years back, with feedback from reception as required (e.g. messages about culling obnoxious exotic animals).
Quiet. Land of nothingness - no people, no traffic, no noise; just the sound of wind and rain.
Access to the beach – 10 minute walk down the road and turn into a pathway through more empty holiday homes behind high hedges; steep beach with heavy waves moving hectares of shingle and chasing you up the slope. This is where you chain the little kids to you. Piles of drift wood everywhere; not a glimpse of plastic. Dark brooding mountains above Jackson’s Bay; images of ‘The Piano’ for those of you who know their classic movies.
Reception offered ‘safari tours’ on the Waiatoto River and in the adjacent forest – you need to book.

Not such good things
Well, Hannah’s Homestead is much better in reality than the ‘sales photo’ used for internet booking.
The server free2view provided mixed quality TV viewing – assuming you came to the West Coast for the local NZ programmes.
Wifi is available, but you first need to access the codes from reception.
(But then who needs TV or wifi? Nothing, of course, beats a good book in a comfortable room following a good meal complimented by a local Chardonnay; with the rain beating against the side of the house to remind you of where you are.)

Room Tip: Carry sufficient food with you; prepare a meal a la carte; walk down to the beach afterwards with a bottle of wine.
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter S
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Ruth-Wayne, Manager at Hannah's Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2016

Hi Peter, Thank you for your very interesting response. I enjoyed reading it and it is lovely to here some accurate details so well explained. Indeed we have no shops around here but the one at the camping ground just up the road do open long hours from 8 until 8 or 9 at night because they have a good local trade. They sell fresh farm eggs and things that would suffice for a meal. The beach is certainly not my pick for swimming (great for photography and clearing the head) but there is a more child friendly beach down the road, about 15 minutes drive towards Jackson Bay at a place called Neils Beach. It is also home to a large pod of dolphins that are seen on a very regular basis. Certainly I can do breakfast (ordered in advance) and also if people let me know of their late arrival I leave WiFi codes with the welcome letter. As for the Free2View-well Sky might be better or it might not....I agree with you better to enjoy the area for what it is, or a good book if it is raining. Thank you very much for your kind review. Regards, Ruth.

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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Before my arrival, I was wondering what lay inside this industrial steel themed homestead on this windy part of the world. At Haanah Clearing, a friendly personalised note on the unlocked door welcomed us at Hannah's Homestead. It was warm, spacious, very clean, had an excellent bed and large comfortable armchairs. We were able to self cater or choose to drive back to the pub at Haast. We chose to bring some takeaway from the village. Internet was fast. The disabled access and bathroom was of high standard (thats my professional opinion ) which makes it perfect for a severely disabled person to holiday with their carer or independently. Whilst Ruth looked after the accommodation, Wayne was busy treating folk to his jet boat tours just down the road. This is a 'must do' wilderness activity. Also, I can recommend a beach walk to collect driftwood at dusk. Just magic. Take a look behind the lodge and you get a sample of the rainforest which lays behind these forbidding coastal dunes.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed last January at Hannah's homestead at the upstairs apartment. We found it very good for a family, well equipped for everything you need.
Ruth, the owner is very nice welcoming and taking care for all your needs.
Make sure to go for a day to Neil's beach, we had over there one of our most amazing experience with Dolphins. There's quite a big group of them just playing with the waves right next to you.
In total, great place to stay.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
Thank Hardof J
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Ruth-Wayne, Manager at Hannah's Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2016

Thank you, Hardof, for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet your family. The Dolphins are really special, they are Hectors and very rare but play out there all the time. We also had a Penguin crossing the road down there last week which is fairly normal in this remote World Heritage Park.

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