Wellington and the Wairarapa Hotels



Lake Ferry Hotel

At a Glance


  • if you like the feeling of being at the end of the earth, this is for you
  • you'll also love the food and the friendly welcome


  • don't expect the Ritz
  • no en suites

Lake Ferry Hotel Review

The North Island's southernmost pub sits almost on the beach, with breathtaking views across Cape Palliser to the South Island's Kaikoura Ranges, at this no-frills hotel. The rooms are plain, but having a drink on the deck at sunset is an unbeatable experience. The menu ($$$) focuses on fish. The local, classic whitebait fritters are served on salad greens with tomato salsa. This place is so Kiwi, you get a chocolate fish with your cappuccino. (Chocolate fish are iconic Kiwi candy, chocolate-covered pink marshmallows.)

    Hotel Details

  • 8 rooms, 1 with shower; 1 10-bunk dorm.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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