Hotel Reviews

South Island Hotel Reviews

We stayed in some fantastic places in New Zealand, from the character blessed Formerly The Blackball Hilton with wonderful host Chris, to the majesty of The Hermitage hotel at Mt Cook.

Trailways Hotel – Nelson

We stayed at Trailways at the beginning and the end of the trip.

Friendly staff withe clean modern rooms, Trailways also features a delightful and reasonably priced restaurant.

After a long day’s traveling, the restaurant was good enough to stay open a little later to ensure we all got well fed and watered.

A about 500 metres from the centre of Nelson…read here for more.

Kaikoura – Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Kaikoura is a lovely part of the country on the east side of the South Island.

The Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge is a fairly new (opened in 2005), modern complex of 40+ units.

We had x2 2 bedroom apartments and they were….click for more.

Akaroa – Akaroa Criterion Motel

What a gorgeous place Akaroa is.

With a great position, the Akaroa Criterion Motel is ideally suited to enjoy the quaint French established tourist town right on the water……click here for more

Hermitage Staff Complete Knobs Dickheads Obnoxious Jerks

As nice as The Hermitage was, many of the staff are complete knobs.

I was having a cleansing ale on the bar balcony late at night and had the experience of a pissed group of workers from the hotel sitting across from me slagging off guests for 20 minutes or so!

The staff might seem nice to your face, but once you’re tucked up in bed you get a good old fashioned slagging for daring to act like a guest should… here for more.

Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

What a bargain the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park was!

Beautifully situated just under the start of the Skyline Gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain, the Holiday Park is a very short walk to the centre of town (just a couple of hundred metres).

At this very popular and efficiently run Park, we had ourselves a….click here for more.

Westhaven Motel – Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier is a small tourist town set up for tours of the nearby Glacier and The Westhaven Motel is a nice, clean and tidy motel.

It’s pretty much smack, bang in the middle of town….read on for more.

Formerly The Blackball Hilton

I love hotels with character, friendly unpretentious service (yes The Hermitage, I’m talking about you!) and style.

Formerly The Blackball Hilton ticks all 3 boxes easily and was an absolute delight… here for more.

Song of the Tui

Okay, I confess.

When we rode to the top of the hill to the luxury B& B that is the Song of the Tui my first thought was “Oh Riley, you’ve screwed it up this time!”

After some terrific accommodation that suited 5 blokes on a motorbike trip around New Zealand, you can imagine my surprise to find ourselves at a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast run by an English artist called Reg Turner.

It didn’t really seem our style.  And we were here for 2 nights!… here for more.

North Island Reviews

Copthorne Hotel, Auckland Harbour

After a pretty smooth check-in, we went up to our rooms and found it was a nice, basic hotel in a terrific position smack, bang across from the harbour in Auckland.

The room was more than adequate, nicely clean with comfortable beds and the amenities you’d expect from a nice hotel …click here for more

Ahipara Bay Motel

The Ahipara Bay Motel is a very solid motel with stunning views over the beach.

The rooms were spacious and well appointed, totally self contained if needed …click here for more

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell

This recently renovated hotel is in a lovely position on the water and is apparently New Zealand’s oldest hotel.

The rooms were comfortable and clean and the staff friendly…click here for more

Grand Hotel, Rotorua

The web site looked great, but the reality wasn’t quite so spiffy.

The Grand Hotel was just a grey drab box with basic rooms, dead insects all through the room and the cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired …click here for more

Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier

Very nice quality hotel that’s very professionally run.

It’s in a great position just a few minutes walk away from the centre of town, with free parking a bonus …click here for more

Copthorne Hotel Grand Central, New Plymouth

Nice location with free parking, this larger hotel has a lot to offer.

Once you enter and are greeted by a very helpful staff member, things are looking up …click here for more

Holiday Inn, Auckland Airport

Because we were checking out early in the morning, we checked into the Holiday In at Auckland Airport.

Professional hotel that runs smoothly – the shuttle bus to the airport in the early hours was the real reason to stay here …click here for more