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July 8, 2018

Blenheim: Motel 171, For Some The Beds Are Almost Too Comfortable…

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Locating our hotel in Blenheim New Zealand took a tad longer then we intended. We were tired and didn’t follow directions quickly enough, but found our hotel after a more roundabout route.

It’s just as well that Our Lady of The Tom Tom resets itself and gives us new directions to get to our destinations because Himself doesn’t like making U turns. We arrived at Blenheim’s “Motel 171 on High (street)” in the sunshine of a fabulous summer’s evening.

Donna, the lady owner was in the office  and amazingly friendly: we asked directions to anywhere where we might be able to buy milk at nine at night so that fussy Little Mr could have a drink that he liked and she said we would have a difficult job, and then without pausing gave us two extra packages (each pack held about one glassful) with no extra charge.

Little Mr. showed his delight by downing one of the packets on the spot. This hotel might be a little further from the main road but the upside is that it is quiet and parking is easy.

We have two separate rooms, Himself and I have a double, the kids have a room with a double and a three-quarter extra bed. Little Mr. wanted the smaller bed which was perfect because Kiwi Daughter quickly bagged the double… phew no squabbles.

Kiwi Daughter and Himself went out to find us a takeaway dinner, Little Mr. helped me sort things from the bags and then we chilled out in my room channel hopping with the TV. It was very warm and there is no air conditioning but our hosts have put fans into the rooms.

We found that the temperature dropped just enough once the sun set that the fan was fine, we didn’t need it any colder, just to have the air circulating was enough. What suits us may not suit everyone however. Air conditioning was something the hotel was working on though and it’s not like it’s a standard thing in New Zealand hotels anyway, especially in older buildings.

One thing that we especially liked here was that we were asked for a few of our breakfast presences: which cereal we wanted, which we wanted of the fruits they had for instance, and then covered plates with everything were prepared on trays and put into our fridges with the milk and juice.

Tea and coffee making facilities were already in the rooms so we could wake up at leisure and have breakfast when we wanted, no rushing to get dressed and out to a breakfast room. If you like having breakfast in bed in your pj’s before you head to the shower then this kind of arrangement is perfect. As an especially early riser, Himself likes that he/we could breakfast as early as we wanted. No waiting around impatiently for set breakfast hours. He likes to let breakfast settle before hitting the road, we both like the absence of mad rush in a dining room, especially when there are crutches involved. There are definite bonuses to this system.

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There is even a laundry room here with washing machine and dryer, excellent if you are travelling for longer and need clean clothes.

The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day. I push myself out of bed and nibble the last of my breakfast and sip tea whilst sorting out my suitcase and clothes for the day and pottering around.

Himself goes next door to the kid’s room to prod them both out of bed. Kiwi Daughter is very comfortable and most unwilling to wake up.

Mumbles of “Go Away” are eventually replaced with “Just ten more minutes” (half a dozen times).

Eventually everyone else has bags packed and in the car and she is barely awake and not even dressed. Himself applies pressure (“do you want to walk to Christchurch?”) and then a few stern words.

Our unwilling child grumbles and orders everyone out so she can get dressed. After ten minutes we knock to check how she is doing and the cheeky imp has rolled over and is sleeping.

Very stern words ensue. Grumbling girl gets ready. Eventually our straggler is ready-ish, and emerges with a suitcase which,  even though it is closed has parts of clothes sticking out which got  shoved unceremoniously into the back of the car by Himself.  Now  we can continue our journey down the coast. Judging by the earlier rapid emptying of the car park the other guests also had the idea to get an early start. Being one of the last to leave, our exit was not an early one but the day is glorious so in the grand scheme of things it will not matter. An excellent stay and now time to hit the road. I took photographs both in the evening and in the morning, which is why the sign says both “vacancy” and ‘no Vacancy”.

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September 7, 2013

A Budget Room But Perfectly Adequate…

Filed under: Accomodation,Canterbury,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Following Yesterday’s post, the Travel Lodge we have arrived at is a budget nondescript affair, but all we want to a bed  for the night as we have an early start tomorrow.

We go inside and take a look around… our family room consists of a double bed for Himself and I and a double sofa bed for the kids to share.  It’s basic but adequate.

Typical kids, Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr. try it on by immediately making themselves comfortable on the double bed  and wondering aloud where Himself and I are going to sleep?  … Nice try kids, but dream on. Now get your little behinds off my bed please.

Now that we have offloaded the suitcases the next most pressing problem for the kids is hunger.

We had a few snacks on our way down from Great Dunmow, intending to have a proper lunch when we arrived in Canterbury but between the long wait for Himself to find the tourist office and accommodation, the search for lavatories and then the hotel,  the afternoon completely slipped away on us and  lunch never happened so we are ravenous. Luckily there is the Little Chef restaurant close by across the car park and the kids are jumping up and down in their impatience to get there.

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July 26, 2012

Palm Court Motel… Just the Ticket for a Tired Family.

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You are following the pages of our New Zealand tour, made in December 2011- January 2012. We have been visiting friends and family in the north of the North Island and are now slowly making our way south again, but this time via  the west coast of the North Island.

Himself and the kids managed to see the famous Waitomo glow-worm caves late this afternoon and now that we are heading for the hotel everyone is suddenly very tired and hungry.

It took quite a few phone calls at the visitor information centre at Waitomo to secure us a room that was suitable for our kids and for me on crutches, but this looks perfect.

We are staying the night in the Palm Court Motel  in Otorohanga which means a small back-track towards Hamilton but it looks well worth it. Himself and I bag the double bed in the living room and park both kids in the double in the side room.  There’s a microwave had we wanted to heat up a simple meal but we are opting for a take-a-way tonight as we haven’t bought any groceries with us.  This place would be ideal for a larger family too, and everything was clean and tidy so we are really happy with the place. Later we go over to the office to ask some questions and directions on how we think we want to proceed with our journey and the owners are really helpful with the information we need.

This is definitely somewhere we would be happy coming to again. The one and only downside was the noise of trucks passing on the nearby main road but  we were tired so after a short while we hardly noticed it and we slept soundly. Let’s have a look around.

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