NZ accommodation #3: Harrogate Gardens Motel @ Hanmer Spring, South NZ

We did an anticlockwise road trip for South NZ. The first night in South NZ was spent in Hanmer Spring, a small town located between the east coast and west coast.

Harrogate Gardens Motel was a great find. The motel had two self contained unit and one ensuite room, I booked one of the self contained unit at NZ$110 after reading all the good reviews. The unit was at the back garden of a family house, so it was very easy to reach the owner when we needed help.

The unit was really large, even bigger compare to the previous accomodations. It made us feel so comfortable until we did not want to step out from the room. I did ask if we want to go to the Hanmer Spring Hot Spring, but the answer I got was No. :D

In case you did not notice, it was a luxury king size bed. The room was large, so the bed was relatively small in the picture. :)

The unit had a double spa bath and the owner even decorated the bathroom with roses petals.

Take a closer look to the spa bath, bubble bath gel was provided too. It was definitely a romantic getaway for honeymoon couples. ;)

This unit also had a fully equipped kitchen, but too bad I did not take a photo of it. We found a washer in the kitchen. So when I finished cooking dinner, the washer finished one load of laundry too. We had lamb shoulder, mashed potato, blanched brocolli and mussels for dinner. Green tea for me and coffee for him. Oh yes, if you happened to see fresh mussels in tank in any of the hypermarket, remember to grab some. They were huge, fresh, juicy and most important delicious. Just boil them in water and if you want(I did not) squeeze some lemon juice when served. I bought 6 mussels for less than NZ$2.

I woke up too late to prepare breakfast the next morning. Thanks to the spa bath. ;) Therefore, we had a quick breakfast, my favourite Nissin instant noodles, Harrogate's cookies and plunger coffee(with Harrogate's freshly ground coffee).

At this price, it was difficult to find the same range of accomodation in the more touristy NZ cities. We were definitely pampered after staying a night at Harrogate and had set our expectation higher on the coming accomodations. Stay tune to see if we will be disappointed in the coming days! :)

Harrogate Garden Motel
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