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Punakaiki Resort

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Eco Suite

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Eco Suite - Punakaiki Resort. Copyright Punakaiki Resort.

The Eco-Suites are 30% larger than the Standard Resort Rooms. These luxury suites are eco-friendly with ocean and/or rainforest views. The suites have been designed and built to have minimal impact on the environment. They utilize only organically grown timbers and commercial materials with little or no toxins. Large solar panels provide power to heat the water as well as under floor heating, along with ecofleece insulation in the wall cavities and thermocell panels in the ceiling to promote energy efficiency. Additionally, the suites feature environmentally friendly amenities and energy saving devices. The suites were designed and built around the larger native trees and smaller plants were relocated to other areas of the resort. Each suite features; king bed, ensuite bathroom, SKY TV, wireless internet, microwave, toaster, tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, radio alarm clock, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, waffle bathrobes, non-smoking.

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Punakaiki Resort is a stunning complex located on New Zealand's wild West Coast at Punakaiki Beach – and near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes. We offer stylish and comfortable West coast accommodation to suit those travelling for both business and pleasure.

Spectacular Surroundings
The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paporoa National Park.

West Coast Conference Venue
Punakaiki Resort makes for a unique and memorable conference venue; with luxury accomodation, superb catering and plenty of group activities in the area to keep your delegates entertained.

Google Reviews

About Google Reviews: recently Google has converted their review system to require reviewers to have a proper, identifiable Google+ profile. This is a good thing, as it tends to cut down on bad reviews, both from people unwilling to stand behind their comments and fake positive reviews from the businesses themselves. Old, pre-Google+ reviews are still in the system, and will appear below as written by "A Google User". More info from Google is here.

Review date:   January 23, 2018 9:21PM
Review:   My friend and I had a great time staying here! Beautiful views, ideal location, great amenities and the server in the restaurant was fantastic. Thanks!
Author:   Cat House Films Ltd.
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   December 22, 2017 7:33PM
Review:   This is a very nice place, perfectly placed by the beach and next to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. The rooms are spacious, well equipped and very clean. Highly recommended!
Author:   Gary Elsworth
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   February 8, 2018 9:26PM
Review:   Fantastic location. Average accommodation and food at top prices
Author:   David Stewart
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   June 26, 2017 11:01PM
Review:   Great location for certain. Service was spotty and we were given the keys to a room where a guest was already in the room. An honest mistake. Rooms are basic, no frills. Our queen mattresses were a well used and spongy and the pillows were not good. The room is very loud and the shower is through a thin wall so another person can't sleep if someone is showering. Parking is haphazard and the 200 level rooms have limited parking by the room. This is the only hotel in the area so they can charge more. Internet is spotty and there are only 4 channels on the TV - although we're not here to watch it. We're here for one night so it's back to AirBNB after this.
Author:   M Reaves
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   November 19, 2017 5:55AM
Review:   Our stay was done. It could have been better. The 1st room they set us up in was extremely warm with no good way to cool it off (2 windows opened 4" or so at max and the provided plug in fab vibrated like crazy.) Reception told us a couple times to just turn off or turn down the heat that was never turned on in the first place. After contacting reception again to ask for another fan (they didnt have extras) they eventually set us up in a room across the road that was nice. It had a patio door that we could open to get good air flow. The room was nice although it was directly overlooking the highway. Not a big deal at night, but the semis started rolling past around 5 am and I had to shut the doors and windows. The bigger issue we had was the fire alarm went off around 130 am for our room as well as at least 4 or 5 around it. They got it shut off after 10-15 minutes and we went back to bed. It then proceeded to start to alarm two more times for less than ten seconds but about 5-10 min apart which was tough at now around 2am. The next morning at check out I asked of they figured out the alarm issue and all the receptionist stated was that one of the rooms got too hot and triggered the alarm. No apology given. It made for a tiring next day and 3 hour drive to next destination. Pretty location the pancake rocks are extremely close and worth seeing, but execution in the hotel and restaurant were lacking.
Author:   Eric Gutierrez
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