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“New management” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Last Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Certificate of Excellence
Bendigo, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“New management”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

I stayed for four nights after finishing the Heaphy Track in November 2011. Betty and Dave Watson are the new managers and very good at what they do. I had a very enjoyable stay with great food, plenty of beer and friendly personal service. A most welcome place to stop and rest my weary bones. I encourage you to disregard any negative comments that others may have left after bad experiences, the new managers will have the place back to it's former glory in no time.... give them a go! I'll be back in a couple of months. Cheers!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank David L
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

I stayed for two nights before and after mountain biking the Heaphy Track. I found the rooms to be quite outdated and in need of maintenance. The light in the toilet did not work and the electric heater was very noisy and ineffective. The TV remote also did not work. The best thing about The Last Resort is the restaurant, which serves good food and wine at reasonable prices. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. If the rooms were only given some TLC it would be a much nicer place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul110969
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Nelson, New Zealand
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

We stayed there for one night at Lodge ensuite. The atmosphere was nice, it has fire at the lounge room. The only problem was the mattress was run down, the spring was not working and sank in the middle of the bed. For the price we paid, it was not a good value at all, it was very basic in the room, no fridge/toaster, fan heater only. I don't think we will come and stay there again.

Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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1 Thank virgonelson
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2011

It was very hard to get a hot shower, water temperature fluctuated form very hot to cold. Bed linen of inferior quality. Large amounts of waste timber from renovations outside motel units - a real eyesore!! Not a good image for a 'clean green' country. Restaurant meal and staff were of good quality. Very expsnsive at $130 per night, would be good value at $85.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank cojope
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Brighton, UK
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44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2011

The good things about the Last Resort are the staff and the food - both were great. However, if you are staying in Karamea we would stay eat here and sleep somewhere else. The hotel site has a great plot of land by the river - but it does not make any use of this and all rooms face the car park, there are no views of the river at all from any rooms as far as we could tell. Rooms are very tired and dated and extremely badly designed. Although we had a self contained studio there was no microwave or cooking facilities. There are chairs and tables outside but these look like very old used office chairs. Mattresses were very soft and uncomfortable - if you have a bad back dont stay here! Its a shame - it could be great with that location.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PixiBrighton_UK
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Additional Information about Last Resort

Property: Last Resort
Address: 71 Waverley Street | PO Box 42, Karamea, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Karamea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Karamea
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,638 - ₹ 5,869
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Last Resort was hand built by entrepreneurial locals and first opened for business in 1992. The complex offers a range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar facilities. Make this "very special place" your base when exploring Karamea, the Oparara Basin, the Kahurangi National Park and the Heaphy and Whangapeka Tracks. ... more   less 

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