Being located out east has a lot of advantages to it, it’s a lot more quiet for a private and peaceful stay and we are located centrally east that it makes it easy to explore some of the local secret hotspots. One such hotspot is cockle bay, a few minutes from the motel and well worth taking the time to explore!
One of the biggest draws to Cockle Bay is the beautiful Cockle Bay beach which is just off the reserve. The Awaroa Walkway runs along this beautiful sandy beach connecting it to Shelly Park Beach all the way to Musket Point. At the eastern end of Cockle Bay a legendary pohutukawa tree stands, marked in ochre (a natural earth pigmant) by a Manawatere (a chief from the Hawaiki tribe). This beach is accessible on the 6 bus routes and ample parking is available close to the shore.
Cockle Bay Beach is a tidal beach making it perfect for shellfish hunting during the open season from March 1st – September 31st.
After a days exploring around the beaches, afterwards you can relax and enjoy a meal at a historic favourite, the Windross of Cockle Bay, a restaurant that is homed in a gracious historical villa with a sun-drenched wrap-around verandah located on a tranquil beach-front reserve at Cockle Bay. Enjoying beautiful sea views from its romantic setting. Windross is a popular venue for both everyday dining and those special celebrations including weddings. The Windross House Restaurant offers an Italian-style menu with European influences together with a comprehensive wine list which includes both local and imported wines.
If you are looking for a more casual dining experience with a more modern feel and selection, then look no further than The Corner Bar to close off an evening. Positioned on the corner of Picton & Cook Street, The Corner is a casual Restaurant & Bar, serving tapas style dining Noon, Afternoon & Night The Corner operates on a ‘walk-in only basis’ so there is no need to book. There menu is brimming with favourites such as tacos, wedges, burgers, and as we are near the beach it also have some seafood favourites such as shellfish and mussels.