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In the tiny Central Otago trailside hamlet of Waipiata, sitting right on the iconic Otago Central Rail Trail, you’ll receive a welcome with a difference. Just a stone’s throw from the Rail Trail, the Waipiata Motel could well be the Rail Trail’s best kept secret offering stylish accommodation ….... a sun-drenched balcony, the comfort of a cosy Lockwood and home-cooked nourishment more like a country B&B than a village motel. You might be fresh off the Rail Trail after a long cycle, a bunch of friends on a Central road trip, or weekend visitor from Dunedin, Queenstown or Christchurch.
Reflecting the big-hearted hospitality of Central Otago and its pioneering past, new proprietor Jennifer Balle, who’s just moved down from Auckland following her Central Otago dream, will personally welcome and settle you into your gracious quarters.
Each apartment has been individually styled with tasteful, cosy comfort in mind where attention to detail is paramount. In the long ranch-style classic Lockwood, you’ll find everything you need: sun-filled double rooms, bright modern en-suite bathrooms, natural fibre textiles, a handy kitchenette, teas and coffee; and books to browse, which tell the stories of Central's people and land.
Your stay will be luxuriously quiet and comfortable under Otago’s star-spangled night sky, with a gentle stroll to the Waipiata Country Hotel for some convivial village hospitality. And although you won’t want to leave, you’ll wake up to a simple but nourishing breakfast to enjoy in your room; or, for a full-on cooked breakfast, you can pop back down to the Country Hotel.
General Room Facilities
Each of the five spacious apartments open onto a sun-drenched veranda and includes a queen bed, kitchenette & modern en-suite bathroom. A single bed can be set up for twin share by prior arrangement. The fifth apartment, set up for families includes a double bed, a single bed and one set of bunks.
Car and bike parking provided
Between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
8am - 6pm
Directions to Property
Waipiata Motel is conveniently located 10km off SH87 or SH85. For those cycling the Rail Trail, and you're arriving from Hyde/Middlemarch, turn right and if you're arriving from Ranfurly turn left at the Factory & Waipiata Domain Rds intersection in the centre of Waipiata and we're just a few minutes pedal up Komako Road, which is more like a country lane. Look for the black Lockwood, 8 Komako Road.
We have bikes & helmets available for part-daily or daily hire with advance notice.
Please note, no smoking is permitted anywhere on the property.
All reservation requests are subject to confirmation on receipt of a 20% deposit to be charged to the credit card number you have loaded. The difference for the total booking will be charged to the same credit card on your departure to allow for any additional charges, in addition to the room, to be made to the account.
Bookings will be instantly confirmed at the time of booking.
Please check our cancellation policy.
Tariff includes the New Zealand Goods and Services Tax of 15%
Due to the limited, seasonal nature of our business, cancellations affect us significantly. Cancellation within 30 days of arrival date: 100% forfeit of the total booking price.
Children welcome. Under 10 free in the double apartments. $30 for under 18 in the family apartment. Toddlers free.
Check In Policy
We would be grateful if you would please observe our hours as stated, however, as we live on site, we are very flexible.