Local Heart, Global Soul

August 15, 2012

An Oasis with a Swimming Pool…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We’ve had fun driving today and seeing the sights on our way south, but now everyone is tired and we come into the Wanganui at the end of the afternoon looking for a bed for the night.

Himself spots an accommodation sign  for the Oasis Motor Lodge that also advertises an indoor swimming pool and this combination has us persuaded and in the driveway within moments.

After signing in it’s apparent that this is a more old fashioned establishment…  the Family Room accommodation is a rambling set of rooms could easily house a small football team or a very large  family … we put Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr. in just one of the rooms, Himself and I take the double and leave the other massive room neat and tidy, but if you had six kids this accommodation would be perfect.

There’s a stove, fridge and even a small courtyard and laundry out the back of our unit so it’s a great find if you want cheap, cheerful and functional.

The older couple who run the place are very friendly and helpful, directing us to their favourite takeaway for our tonight’s easy meal (no photos since we were tired and ravenous) and taking our order for a cooked breakfast that will be delivered to our unit tomorrow morning.

Even though we are in town, there are sheep grazing in the empty section next door, and the kids quickly find the trampoline and the swimming pool before our evening meal arrives.  All in all this is comfortable and does the job.

It’s the kind of place that used to be typical in New Zealand years ago but which is slowly but surely disappearing as customers demand all mod cons when they travels as well as when they are at home.  The current owners are close to retirement and who knows what will happen to the place once it changes hands in the future.

We spend an excellent night here,  although it’s on the main road it’s well off the street, quiet and has plenty of play space for the kids and the beds are comfortable. Let’s look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Wow, that’s quite a LARGE “room”! Great that it was available for you and you didn’t have to hunt for accommodations!

    Comment by Carrie — August 15, 2012 @ 1:51 am | Reply

    • No complaints on room sizes here! Massive is an understatement. I expected the place to be far busier than it was considering it was still the NZ Summer holiday season, but the weather had been all over the place (especially in the North Island) so maybe that put people off travelling ?
      The kids practically had the pool to themselves… (everything here was our bonus!!!)

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 15, 2012 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  2. So much space. Even we’d fit there!! And a pool too. Fab!

    Comment by sarsm — August 15, 2012 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Sarsm,
      ADD to this that I actually *forgot* to take a photo of ANOTHER room with a double bed in the room opposite ours that we put the kids into (to save them bed bouncing their way through all five of the neat beds next door!)

      Our “family room” contained a total of two double beds and 5 singles in a total of three bedrooms so you could get a VERY large family in here without any problem at all !!!
      Ok so all the furniture was very dated, but it was functional and the kids made a bee-line to the pool and the trampoline so it earned top marks for comfort and fun.
      It wasn’t even expensive either so brilliant for very large family on a budget, or a small group travelling for a school trip etc.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 15, 2012 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

      • Such a great find nowadays. Most places want as much money for as little space as possible.

        Great that you put them on your blog. Perhaps one of your readers will go there.

        Comment by sarsm — August 15, 2012 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

      • Maybe people are too picky these days and want something more updated?
        We were tired and saw that whilst it was definitely in need of renovation that it was all functional. The couple who ran the place were close to retirement so clearly any updating would be better suited to a new and younger owner,
        The pool however was a definite draw-card and a complete hit with Himself and the kids.

        One of the reasons I put our accommodations on my blog is a) remember which are worth coming back to at a later date and b)to try and help other families travelling with kids… yes I hope it helps someone too 🙂

        Comment by kiwidutch — August 15, 2012 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

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