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Review of Lake Brunner Country Motel Complex

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Lake Brunner Country Motel Complex
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Moana
Chertsey, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Good in fine weather”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

We spent 3 nights here as part of a longer road trip around the South Island. The cabin we were given was very clean (it looked recently decorated) and reasonably well equipped for just 2 of us. The Motel is in a really beautiful woodland setting and we were given a friendly welcome upon arrival. The rates are reasonable for the accommodation offered and there is parking right by your cabin which makes for easy unpacking/packing. There was a nice verandah for enjoying the view outside if the weather allowed. The cabin offered good views of the local bird life and the property has the added bonus of being adjacent to the Midland Main Line of KiwiRail. The local road is quite near but carries very little traffic so this is not a problem.

The town of Moana has very little in the way of amenities and if you are staying here you will probably need to stock up in Greymouth which is about 30 mins drive away. If the weather is poor there is very little to do - we had planned 3 walks but were only able to do one. The cabins are heated only by a noisy fan heater in the main living room, and this was barely adequate in the damp and cold weather conditions obtaining at the time of our visit.

The bed in our cabin was very soft and extremely springy - any slight movement in the night produced a rolling motion which was quite unnerving. In addition, the 'settee' in the lounge sagged alarmingly in the middle when used and was not at all comfortable. This made the cabin feel rather 'second-rate' which was a shame as it looked well-maintained in all other respects.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mekydro
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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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dublin
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40 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

There doesn't seem to be much happening in Lake Brunner, but I imagine that is part of its appeal. This complex is in a beautiful location - the sound of the birds in the morning is magical.

We stayed in a two bedroom cabin. The cabin was probably the smallest of all the places we stayed, probably two small for a toddler year old when it is cold and wet outside. It was also freezing when we initially arrived, from the floor up, and it took a fair length of time to get the temperature habitable. There was also a timer on the heater which seemed crazy in such cold conditions. Otherwise, the cabin was clean and well kept.

The broader complex had excellent facilities - a laundry and a general recreation area with computers. BBQs and outdoor activities were also available for a small fee. It was too cold when we were there to make use of these latter facilities.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ughboot
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2011

on arriving we were met by owner who had everything in order for our arrival. the accomm consists of individual cabins in their own grounds located just outside the small village of Moana. we were only staying one night enroute to Queenstown. the grounds were immaculately maintained and the cabins contained everything you might need. wireless internet could be received in your cabin for a small charge. the cabins were clean and tidy.
Lake Brunner was only a two minute drive away (beautiful views from the swinging bridge)
The owner, in her correspondence described it as "the special place" and i would have no problem going along with that. I would have no hesitation recommending this place to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 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 Thank bunter04
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Takaka
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2010

We enjoyed a warm welcome and immediately saw that everything was kept scrupulously clean and tidy. We used the camper van plug-in site and enjoyed the use of all amenities for six nights.
We viewed the cottage units and have booked one for January to bring family.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank heatherussell
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Stamford Bridge, United Kingdom
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341 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2010

We stayed two nights at in chalet No 7 in February. The chalet is well appointed with all the amenities you need to have a relaxing break after travelling from Akaroa. Unfortunately the weather was not very good (rain over Lake Brunner), but we enjoyed a great day in Hokitika and the West coast. Afterwards we relaxed on the verandah with a glass of wine whilst we enjoyed the sunset. Weka birds were visiting us most of the day too. And, make sure to bring bbq food for the evenings, as Moana has not much to supply you with. I recommend this place to anyone who likes peaceful life.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank René R
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Auckland; New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2010

A beautiful place - with a relaxing and restful atmosphere. The quality and cleanliness of the accomodation has been one of the best we've encountered on our travels throughout the south island of New Zealand. We like walking - relaxing and good service. This place had it all. We normally don't write about places we stay at but this one is one we will recommend to our friends and family.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sharjamobile
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2008

This is a quiet little place only 20mins drive from Greymouth, and very close to Lake Brunner, which is beautiful. The chalets are well spaced, in a nice green setting with sheep and cats and dogs around. Small but with all you need, the chalets as mentioned have all the amenities to make it easy to look after yourselves food wise, as there is not much in the way of restaurants nearby (the hotel in Moana was given a thumbs up when one chef was off, and down when he was on - unfortunately we didn't know his roster so avoided it on advice!). The one thing was that the heater is no doubt expensive to run and a bit inadequate, and can only be put on for I think 3hrs maximum, so in the winter, you are going to wake up COLD! Coming from the tropics we really felt that, but at the same time we were charmed by the sun coming through the trees in the morning and setting off a sparkling frost. We also saw the most amazing stars at night - the milky way, southern cross all beautifully clear. It really is an enchanting place, just keep the heating on!
We did a big walk around Lake Brunner as well and it's a amateur photographer's dream, as well as peaceful and interesting. I would go there again, maybe in the summer this time... :-)

  • Liked — Peace, countryside
  • Disliked — Needs better heating in winter!
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Helenoma
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Property: Lake Brunner Country Motel Complex
Address: 2014 Arnold Valley Road, Moana, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Moana
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Moana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lake Brunner Country Motel Complex 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique self-contained, serviced, motel cottages (sleep 1-6) in a village style setting on six acres of native bush & trees. Immaculately presented. Secluded, with abundant birdlife, & no neighbour noise. Cabins, power sites & non power sites also available. Chip & putt golf, games area, spa pool, wireless internet. 2Km from Lake Brunner, boating, trout fishing (rivers,streams & lakes), bushwalks. We are centrally situated on the West Coast, an ideal base for your holiday. You are invited to come & stay at "Our VERY SPECIAL PLACE" - where service comes first. ... more   less 
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