Reefton Accommodation, New Zealand
0800 BELLBIRD or 0800 235 524
+64 (0)3 732 8444
Bellbird Motels Introduction
Bellbird Motels offers arrange of warm, affordable Reefton motel accommodation located beside the Inangahua River in park-like surroundings and handy to the local swimming hole.
Our Reefton accommodation on the West Coast is only two minutes' walk from the town centre where you will find the visitor centre, restaurants and hotels.
Our Reefton motel units have a laundry, swimming pool, trampoline, children's swings, barbecue area, orchard, and gold pans for your use.
Alison Hale, resident artist at the Bellbird Motel is happy to show you her work.
Reefton Motel Accommodation
Bellbird Motels in Reefton offer you a range of units from studio, to large two-bedroom units that will sleep up to eight people.
All of these Reefton motel units are fully self-contained so you can have that home cooked meal if you wish. There are telephones in all rooms, the option of units with a bath or a shower, and continental breakfasts can be ordered.
In addition to the motel units, Bellbird Motels in Reefton offer a small riverside cottage or budget accommodation in a historic villa.
Fax and email facilities are available along with a good range of local information. All major credit cards are accepted at our Reefton accommodation.
Reefton Township is situated in the heart of the Victoria Conservation Park (New Zealand's largest; 180,000 hectares). It offers natural thermal pools and a variety of walks. Pristine rivers and excellent fishing are a feature of this outstanding natural area.
The stress-free way of life in Reefton is distinctive. The area is known for its diverse beech forests and variety of bird-life including tuis, bellbirds, kea, kaka, and parakeets. In some places you can even hear kiwi calling at night.
Reefton, born on gold in the late 1860's, has preserved much of the character and charm of its historic past. The town of Reefton owes its origins to the discovery of extensive gold bearing quartz reefs, last century.
With mining came technology and innovation. In August 1888, Reefton turned on electric street lighting before any other town in the Southern Hemisphere—indeed even before the fashionable suburbs of London and New York.
Natural West Coast Environment
With vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches, often spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity, a temperate climate and fascinating animal and plant life, and it is no surprise that New Zealand's pure natural environment is so attractive to visitors from other countries. And the great advantage of New Zealand is there are many different landscapes, environments, and ecosystems so close to each other.
The wild, natural part of New Zealand, the West Coast has been described often as the natural gem of New Zealand. Its landscape of lofty mountains, pristine glaciers, primal forest and rugged coastal formations makes for a diverse landscape. Main centres include Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and Haast.
With a population of only 31,000 people, the West Coast retains the feeling of a pioneer frontier. Known for its mighty rivers and rainforests; glaciers and geological treasures it is a fascinating region. Legends and stories unfold from every feature of the landscape.
The locals are known as “coasters”, a term synonymous with friendliness and hospitality. Isolated from the rest of New Zealand for many years by the Southern Alps, coasters have developed a distinctive culture of their own.
The West Coast is an adventure and outdoor paradise. There are beach and forest walks to suit all ages and abilities, tourism experiences, caving, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, surfing, jet boating, jet skiing, glacier walks, scenic flights, mountain biking, horse treks, fishing, gold panning, to name but a few.
The West Coast is also becoming increasingly famous for its world class artists and craftspeople. The dramatic landscapes attract a growing number of national and international artists, who value a lifestyle hard to find in more populated places.
Paparoa National Park—Paparoa National Park was opened in 1987. Its boundaries were carefully chosen to protect the area's forests and minerals and a full range of ecosystems.
A relatively small park (30,000 hectares/74,074 acres), Paparoa is packed with variety and stunning landscapes.
Paparoa is perhaps most famous for its “Pancake Rocks” on Dolomite Point. These fascinating limestone formations put on a spectacular spouting display in certain sea conditions. The eroded rock layers look like stacks of pancakes.
Water is forced by the waves into small holes, where it blows upward, making tiny geysers. The effect is best during stormy weather. The coastal promontory of the Pancake Rocks is looped by an easy walking track.
Attractions of the Northern West Coast
At the northern end of the West Coast you can revel in the wild perfection of the landscape:
- Discover the Oparara limestone arches and Honeycomb Caves (complete with preserved Moa Bones), at Karamea
- Relax at Maruia Springs Thermal Resort, on the Lewis Pass Road (State Highway 7) to Christchurch
- View the seal colony at Cape Foulwind near Westport
- Follow the Coal Mining Heritage trail to historic coal mining sites at Denniston and Stockton
- Visit Coal Town Museum, Westport, for great historical exhibitions and photographic displays
- See the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. The blowholes operate at high tide and are best on a blustery day
- Adventure tour operators in this area offer white water rafting, underground cave rafting, jet boating, horse trekking, mountain biking, unimog tours, land yachting, kayaking, surfing, caving and a range of other outdoor activities
- Reefton is a town with rich history from its gold mining hay day that saw it as the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to have electric street lighting
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