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Harky
Christchurch, New Zealand

Cheap and cheerful accmadation

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Sep 23, 2023via mobile
Budget place , clean , great views, cars and scooters avaliable for hire. Appreciated car upgrade. Great to have pick up and drop off. Would have been 5 star if we could have had long life milk rather than milk powder, that said we would stay again! Breakfast cafe anx 2 restaurants for dinner close by, Go to Blue Lagoon restaurant and bar as better, more laid back service than the snobby one at the private island across thd water. They put you at lesser tables if you are not staying there and we had to go to bar to get a second drink.
Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

The place fills its purpose… it offers decent accommodation for a fraction of the price of the resort across the lagoon. But there is a reason for it.
Reading the other reviews I can see we were not the only ones to be ‘forgotten’ at the airport… Upon landing, all the meet and greet services from all the hotels are here to welcome their guests with flower leis, except this one… we had to wait a fair bit before seeing someone to pick us up.
Additionally, it is true that there is hardly any chance to get any requests attended during your stay unless you find yourself on the ‘retreat’ premises during office hours in the morning.
The last issue that some customers may find, is the lack of soundproofing between the cabins.

Otherwise, everything was fine. The place was clean and well appointed. The bed was comfortable. Just don’t expect 5 star services but I do not think this place claims to be 5 star!

Once you know this, you can definitely still book a cabin at Ranginui. It still is a nice place to stay if other hotels are full or not within your budget.

Room tip: Just be aware you will not see any hotel ‘staff’ after midday. Transport can be an issue so get organised in advance in case you need…
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 24, 2023

Steve was helpful in finding rooms for us all, car hire and airport pickup. This place is well located with good swimming on the doorstep and nice cafes and restaurants nearby. Rooms were clean and comfortable with excellent beds. We loved the low key vibe and would happily return.

Room tip: Enjoy the nearby cafe and restaurants. And a trip out on the lagoon is fantastic.
Date of stay: July 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2023 via mobile

I stayed two nights at Ranganui’s. The location is great, walking distance to the boats and 3 nearby restaurants. The room was small but clean. The area is rampant with mosquitos, so bring insect repellant! The only reason I gave this place 3 stars instead of 5 is due to the lack of communication with staff. I had emailed my itinerary as well as the need for a morning airport shuttle. When I arrived, I had to wait an hour outside to find someone to help with check-in. I never saw the owner again and upon leaving, did not have a ride and had to walk 35 minutes to the airport with my heavy bags. One thing to note that I didn’t know in advance is the office is closed some days and only open 8:30-noon others.

Room tip: Bring bug spray!!!
Date of stay: June 2023
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2023 via mobile

This place is a great find…..
Great location on the lagoon, not for from the lagoon cruises set of point - just down the road. Koru Cafe and The Boatshed Bar and Grill are within easy walking distance - there is no restaurant at Ranginui’s Retreat but the rooms have cooking facilities. There is a pool, sun-loungers, kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling gear. There are scooters available for hire.
The rooms have recently been renovated and are nicely decorated.
Our room had a king bed, table and chairs (inside and outside), bbq, microwave, cooking facilities, kitchen utensils/equipment, bathroom with external shower.
Other rooms had two bedrooms and slept 4 adults - they had all the other stuff too.

Room tip: If you wish to hire a car ask before you get there - just to be sure….. We were there end of March/beginning of April - it was quiet…..
Date of stay: April 2023
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2022

Awesome place to stay and great people running it. Couldn't think of a better place to stay. I very highly recommend it.
Clean units well groomed grounds. All scooters where reliable and well maintained.

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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