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  • About the Top-Rated Motel in Blenheim

  • When you come to stay at 171 on High Motel in Blenheim, you'll be well looked after by your hosts and current owners, Donna & Paul Whakatihi. They are doing a wonderful job of maintaining the high standards of cleanliness and friendliness that visitors have come to expect of the motel that holds the #1 position (out of 30) on TripAdvisor.

    171 on High Motel was opened in November 2003 by grape growers Kerry & Keven Tilly. They set the high standards that continue to be upheld today. After a few years as hosts of 171 on High Motel, they decided to pass on the reigns to another worthy couple so that they could pursue their passions as grape growers.

    So, in September 2006, Christine (aka Chris) & Ian Johnston took over as owners and hosts at 171 on High Motel. This couple sought to enhance the exterior landscaping and to improve the efficiency of the motel. They had the website re-vamped and added an online booking system. They also commissioned a professional photo shoot to be done to better showcase the motel in their online and offline advertising. The stunning exterior photo you see as the background of this website was one of the results of that photo shoot. By 2015, Chris & Ian were ready to move on to their next adventure. 

  • Donna Whakatihi, Your Host at 171 On High Motel in Blenheim NZ

    Along came Donna & Paul who had been looking for just what 171 on High Motel has to offer as a family business. They took over in July 2015.

    Though both new to motelling, Donna & Paul's natural abilities as hosts shine through. This is evident by the continued influx of glowing reviews that have been left about them on various online travel and hospitality websites.

    As their one-year anniversary as owners drew closer, they felt it was time to give the motel's website a facelift to match the quality of service that is synonymous with 171 on High Motel. So they sought out the services of iBeFound International Ltd - you are now enjoying the fruits of their labour!

    Donna & Paul invite YOU to stay with them at 171 On High Motel when you next visit Blenheim, be that for business or pleasure. As your hosts they are happy to offer you advice and assistance with anything you may require whilst in Marlborough.

    Perhaps you might like to take a relaxing cruise on the Marlborough Sounds or a wine tour around some of the region's magnificent vineyards. Alternatively, you might like them to book you a table for dinner or arrange a taxi to the airport or a shuttle transfer to the ferry.

    Whatever your needs, they are here to help!