Punakaiki Resort

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Average rate: $112 - Hotel class: 4 stars
State highway 6, Punakaiki, New Zealand

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Punakaiki Resort Reviews

mrgishi mrgishi
134 reviews
Get away from it all and relax in peace and quiet Feb 08, 2010
If you get bored easily, this is not the place for you. However, if you just want to chill out on a balcony facing the Tasman Sea, listen to crashing waves while you fall asleep, or have a romantic getaway with virtual isolation, this place is great. The resort is located right on a stretching beach that goes from pancake rocks on one side to a lagoon and cliff on the other side. The only people you will see are others staying at the resort, which is small enough to keep those numbers down.

You won't be close enough to walk to any kind of town, but you can walk right into Paparoa National Parks. You can also ride horseback along the beach or go to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes.

Every room faces the sea. The rooms are long and each have porch or balcony. Food at the Waterline restaurant is pretty good. This resort is very environmentally conscious. You will see weka and pukeko birds and may even see some blue penguins if you are lucky.
Beach entrance to Punakaiki Resort
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shirlan shirlan
74 reviews
Great value Aug 23, 2008
Andrew and I had travelled from Picton to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes. We then went to the information centre and had a few accommodation suggestions given to us. Although we knew this was one of the dearer ones we liked the sound of it and decided to check it out.

On the beach side of the road there is the reception area, a restaurant, bar, motel style units with carparking and a guest laundry.

On the other side of the road there are 3 more sets of units. The 2 sets closer to the road do not have parking facilities so what happens is you leave your car in the car park on the beach side of the road and walk through a tunnel that goes under the road. The 3rd set of units on that side of the road are further back and do have carparking.

The units on the beach side and then the units closer to the road are the cheaper ones and of course the units further back, which are higher up the hill, are a bit dearer. They have great views. The downstairs ones have beautiful vegetation to ocean views and the upstairs ones of course have better ocean views.

The units are eco/enviromentally friendly.

We went to the reception desk and said we needed a room for the night and asked prices and availability. They only had 2 left, 1 was the beachside unit downstairs that we could have for $130? or we could have one of the units in the furthest set downstairs for $150 normally $250 or we could have it for $165 including a buffet breakfast in the Waterline Restaurant. We took that one! Tea & coffee making facilities and bathrobes supplied.

We were able to sit and look over the ferns etc and onto to the ocean. Even when I walked to the guest laundry behind the other units, I walked down steps surrounded by plants and a little waterfall.

We also decided to have dinner in the restaurant and it was so busy we couldn't get in until 8.30pm. It was a lovely meal.

They do cater for wedding receptions either in the bar area or the restaurant and wedding ceremonies can be held on the beach with the verandah of the restaurant as an alternative incase of bad weather. The other option for the ceremony is in the tunnel under the road!

We also had breakfast in the restaurant which was good because it meant that we could view the ocean while having breakfast. A lovely spot.

It is only about half a kilometer walk to the Pancake Rock & Blowholes.
The set of units further of the ro…
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Punakaiki Resort Overview

The Punakaiki Resort is tucked into the northern end of Punakaiki beach, just 50 meters from the high tide mark, and 300 meters south of the famous Pancake Rocks & Blowholes. Few places in the world can offer such comfort so close to the wild action.

The rooms at the Punakaiki Resort are cleverly staggered for the best view, while maintaining privacy from one another. Elevated walkways wind over luxuriant plantings to access many rooms. There are two types of rooms: Standard Resort Rooms and luxury Eco-Suites.

The Resort has been carefully designed to blend in to its natural setting and capture the essence of its beauty. From the Waterline Restaurant and Bar guests can watch the changing moods of the untamed Tasman Sea. The staffs will help guests enjoy the wonderful environment with their knowledge of local walks, beaches and activities.

Punakaiki Resort Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Bar / Lounge
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Private beach
  • Laundry service
  • Excursions
  • Beach (Direct Access)
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Facsimile
  • Ceremonies
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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