Accommodation in Punakaiki, New Zealand (Punakaiki Resort)


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.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view along the way. Ups

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view along the way. Ups

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)

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Entrance to Punakaiki Resort. The layout is quite similar to Costa Sands Pasir Ris.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Entrance to Punakaiki Resort. The layout is quite similar to Costa Sands Pasir Ris.

Thumbs-up:

  • 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).

Some notes:

  • 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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