After Franz Josef, we proceeded northwards along the West Coast to Punakaiki. The road hugged the Tasman Sea for most of the way – lovely views and cooling as usual. Punakaiki Resort is just along the main State Highway 6. Not hard to find at all.
Name: Punakaiki Resort (under Williams Hotels)
Address: State Highway 6, Punakaiki 8252
Rate per night: $210+
My rating: 3.5 Ki out of 5 Wis (mainly because of its proximity to the beach)
- Off-street parking within the compound
- One heater with heated duvets for the beds
- Pretty cosy apartment – feels like a small chalet at Costa Sands
- Washing machines and dryers are available – $3 per cycle
- Right next to the beach – soothing sound of waves
- Not-too-bad restaurant at the reception
- One more of more modern looking accommodation
Room for improvement:
- No welcome drink
- No free milk daily
- Single bathroom
- No kitchenette
- No free Wi-Fi unless you ask. They will give you a voucher for an hour’s worth of Internet if you ask.
- Note that there is no town centre nearby. Pump petrol, buy necessities, etc on the way to Punakaiki at Greymouth (40 minute drive away) or Westport (1 hour drive away).
- We are a family of four and had to choose bigger rooms to fit us all. Rooms for two would be slightly cheaper.
- I won’t talk about their television and pay TV channels (named SKY TV). Travel to watch TV? Nope, they weren’t our focus.
- The front desk and housekeeping services, like many other shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, are not available round-the-clock. Their working hours are stated clearly at the respective reception. Remember to grab your extra boxes of tissues or toilet rolls early.
- If you need help in any town, find an i-site (NZ’s visitor information centre)
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