The owners of this place was non-intrusive. They will only provide you with service when you ask for it, and that suit us fine in this laid back lodge.
When we arrived, we proceeded to the main building. There was always no one at the front desk. But when you ring the bell, the owners will be out in a flash.
They then showed us to a little cottage jst behind the main building. It was looovely! My wife and I had the privacy of staying there alone in this two storey cottage as the other room was not occupied. We took the ensuite room with a double bed.
Unique Quality: The first level were the rooms and fully equipped kitchen with forks, spoons and the likes. The second level was the living room with nice satee and comfortale sofa. Did not really use the room as the television there was a little faulty. but why would you want to watch the television when you're in New Zealand? The natural television set is just a window away. Look out of the window and you'd be mesmerised.
We paid about NZ$75 per night.
Very cosy and definitely worth your while!
At Punkaiki, we scoured through the magazine we picked up from the tourist information centre where we saw this nice single storey lodge called Blue spur Lodge. We made our booking at the centre and everything was nice and dandy.
We had wanted to head into Punakaiki to book our lodging but chose not to take the risk as the tourist information centre there might be closed by the time we reach.
We arrived in Hokitika and headed straight for the lodge. It was a short 5km drive away from town. You will know that you are on the way to the lodge once you hit the gravel road. Cool! No paved roads! We are definitely out of town.
Spent 5 days resting here after travelling thoughout NZ. Quiet, peaceful. Very clean and comfortable rooms. Lots of space, great views of the mountains, gentle walks. Lodge is surrounded by native bush and has wonderful wekas, which visit you in the morning. Really friendly sheep. Hokitika is a great place for arts and crafts and has some great eating places. Lots of places to visit nearby, makes a good base to see the whole of the West Coast.
Unique Quality: Great views, no traffic noise.
Directions: Follow the Blue Spur Tourist Drive up Hampden Street. Its about 5km inland.
Besides dorm rooms, there are also doubles. There's also a separate log cabin separate from the main cabin which seems to be a more upmarket kind of unit.
Unique Quality: Spectacular views! Extensive gardens, large grounds to wander in.
The decor was quite nice, with pine lined walls internally as well as externally.
Our room was brightly decorated and I remember it as having one of the most comfortable beds of all the backpackers we stayed in on our 17 day trip.
About 3 kms out of town, nice log cabin building, quite comfortable.
Unique Quality: The views were great!
Great views of the mountains (and even some snow on the caps) and you got the feeling that you were almost in the wilderness, miles from anywhere, remote, but it was only a few kms back into town if you needed anything at the shops or wanted to visit the beach, or pub or whatever.
A great combination of not too close but not too far away from everything.
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