Blackball Hilton New Zealand (Formerly!)

What a great old hotel!

Formerly The Blackball Hilton is a unique old West Coast Hotel off the beaten track in Blackball.

Formerly The Blackball Hilton

Formerly The Blackball Hilton

About 20 kms from Greymouth, Formerly The Blackball Hilton is everything a pub should be:

  • Super friendly staff
  • Cheap as chips for accommodation and breakfast (from just $55 NZ per night!)
  • Fantastic cooked breakfast, cereals, toast, coffee, etc included in price
  • Big open fire
  • Comfortable TV room
  • More character than you can poke a large stick at

When we rocked up, Chris (the publican) came out onto the street to meet us and suggested we park the bikes in the back garage to keep them out of the weather.  Chris is a Harley man himself from way back (22 years he tells me) and so is very bike friendly.

Tons of Positive Write Ups

The hotel has a ton of positive write ups online and in various books on pubs with character in New Zealand.

A lovely guy, Chris and his wife Viv have had the hotel for a couple of years and are just about to get a mate in to help them run it.

Chris patiently answered all of our questions about the pub and Blackball and was a fountain of knowledge.

Now This Is A Bar!

Now This Is A Bar!

After a few beers in the bar we settled down for a delicious dinner – we weren’t disappointed.

The food was plentiful, tasty and well presented – top value.

It’s the sort of hotel where everybody mixes with everybody else – we had a great time talking to our new mates from the bar: Danny & Heather, Lex and Carol, Rod and Lyn.

The only time they all weren't laughing theior heads off - Heather, Danny, Lex, Carol and Brendon

The only time they all weren't laughing their heads off - Heather, Danny, Lex, Carol and Brendon

A Hearty Breakfast

After a late night, Chris somehow managed to surface to cook us up a storm for a wonderful breakfast.  At $55 per night for accommodation and breakfast it’s an absolute bargain.

After breakfast, Chris was nice enough to pat my stomach for me!

Chris gives my belly a rub after a hearty breakfast

Proprietor Chris gives my belly a rub after a hearty breakfast

If you’re after a luxury hotel with room service, cable TV and all the modern cons, then Blackball ain’t for you.

The Best Accommodation/Experience We Had

But if you want an authentic, original old hotel (Formerly The Blackball Hilton turns 100 in June 2010), then I can’t recommend the place highly enough.

Of all the places we stayed at in New Zealand, this is my pick of the one that provided the best experience.  Wonderful old hotel that shouldn’t be missed.

Tell Chris I Sent You

If you happen to stay in Formerly The Blackball Hilton after reading this, please let Chris know I sent you.

He’ll remember the “Captain”!