Punakaiki Resort

State Hwy. 6, 1 km (½ mile) south of Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki, West Coast, 7873, New Zealand

The modern beach-house design blends well with the dynamic coastal site; the front steps reach almost onto the beach, and driftwood, flax, sand, and surf are all part of the deal. There's a mix of hotel rooms on the seaward side of the road and "eco-rooms and villas," designed to have minimum environmental impact, just across the road. Ask for a room on the seaward side for a really salty, surf-crashing view. The villas are a touch more spacious than the hotel rooms and have small kitchenettes. A pedestrian tunnel goes under the road so you don't have to dodge the tourist traffic. Jacob's Grill Restaurant and the Club Bar have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy the outlook, no matter what the weather. Good, modern New Zealand fare is served and house guests have priority over casual visitors for bookings.

PROS

  • prime seafront location
  • spectacular outlook from rooms and oceanfront restaurant and bar

CONS

  • some traffic noise in some units

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-731–1168 | 0800-706–707-NZ only

HOTEL DETAILS

27 rooms, 12 eco-rooms, 22 villas
Rate Includes: No meals

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