South Island Journals

Sleeping in the South (Island)

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A September 2010 trip to South Island by MagdaDH_AlexH

Acheron Cottages Photo, Te Anau, New Zealand More Photos
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Smylies

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Hotel | "Home from home in the hills"

Smylies Photo, Springfield, New Zealand
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Smylies is best described as "accommodation provider", although this dry label doesn't quite describe the warm welcome and comforts of the actual place. A motel, lodge, cottage or a hostel, Smylies is all or any of those, and according to own website, offers rooms configured into twins, doubles and dorms as well as motel units set up as studios, a two bedroom family unit and a three bedroom cottage. Take your pick, in other words. We arrived in Springfield after a long and pretty drive through West Coast and Arthur's Pass in September 2010. It was well after dark and we didn't quite know what to expect, but what we were offered was the two-bed family unit, which, although technically a pa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Smylies
15 Main West Coast Road
New Zealand, New Zealand 7681

Dunedin Holiday Park

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Hotel | "Budget family accommodation in Dunedin"

Dunedin Holiday Park Photo, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin Holiday Park calls itself "Dunedin's largest quality holiday park" and although I am not entirely sure whether this suggests that there are bigger ones but their quality is dubious, or whether it simply means that it's big but also good quality, it's not a bad one – and not that big either (which can only be a good thing). Located in the beach suburb of St Kilda, and on the way to Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Holiday Park belongs to the Kiwi Holiday Parks group and offers powered and unpowered sites, basic cabins, en suite rooms in a lodge, en suite units without a kitchen and full self catering units in either studio, one or two bedroom format. We stayed here in mid-Septe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Dunedin Holiday Park
41 Victoria Road
Dunedin, South Island

Papanui Court Motel

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Hotel | "Good value Christchurch motel, convenient for the airport"

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Papanui Court Motel is located in the area of Papanui, a north-western part of Christchurch, not quite the nearest district to the airport, but not a very far one either: it takes about 15 minutes at the most to reach the airport and less than that to get to the city centre. It's It's also located with easy walking distance of a large shopping centre with a food court, cafes and a supermarket; some restaurants and several take-aways. We stayed there one night before our return flight to the UK in late September 2010. The motel makes a good initial impression, looking new and fresh from the outside. It's located on a corner of a quiet side street and busy main road (Papanui Roa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Papanui Court Motel
140 Main North Road
Christchurch, South Island

Fox Glacier Holiday Park

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Hotel | "Adequate but vastly overpriced"

Fox Glacier Holiday Park Photo, Fox Glacier, New Zealand
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Fox Glacier is very much a resort town (for that read: tourist trap) and consequently, accommodation (an food) wise you are likely to be paying a lot for not very much. Budget family places are hard to come by, and as it was dark when we arrived we simply drove to the Fox Glacier Holiday Park, as we knew it was likely to have some of the cheaper (if not exactly cheap) places, and we needed a bed (or four) for the night. We were offered what is in NZ called a "self contained en suite unit" - in other words, a better kind of cabin, a notch up from a "standard cabin" and a notch down form a "motel". Altogether, the cabin had two bedrooms (a double and a twin), a bathro...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Fox Glacier Holiday Park
Kerr Road
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
64 3 751 0821

Acheron Cottages

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Hotel | "The best value for the area"

Acheron Cottages Photo, Te Anau, New Zealand
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Manapouri is a small resort village located twenty kilometres south of Te Anau, the main hub for the visitors to New Zealand's spectacular Fiordland.In addition to the obvious attraction of the Milford Sound, two hours drive along a high alpine road north, the immediate vicinity of Manapouri has a lot to offer, from decent walks to water pursuits on Manapouri Lake. Manapouri is also where the cruises for Doubtful Sound (the second, and the last of New Zealand's South-Western fjords reasonably accessible to visitors – though, in case of the Doubtful sound, at a price) depart from. We stayed in Manapouri for three days in September 2010, during which time the Milford Road was clo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

Acheron Cottages
98 Hillside Manapouri Road
Manapouri, Te Anau, New Zealand
(+64) 3 249 6869