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Kapiti Gateway Motel

114 Main Road | Waikanae, Waikanae, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

Hosts Viv and Russel were marvelous and welcoming! They were able to sort out with no fuss our late booking. And even warmed our room before arriving! The place was very tidy. Nice place to be if you wanna get our from the city.

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It was a pleasure having you here. Many of our guests love the fact that they can stay out in Waikanae but still get to and from central Wellington so easily by train...at any time of the day or evening they please. We look forward to welcoming you back to... More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We stayed in a ground unit on this trip and had an upstairs last time. Both units were clean, tidy and the shower is great with plenty of hot water. There wasn't anything we had to ask for. It's a nice walk, about 5 minutes to catch the train into Wellington which took an hour, that was stopping at each... More 

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you Philip, we also enjoy hosting you and your wife. We appreciate your lovely comments and are glad you enjoy staying at Kapiti Gateway Motel. We look forward to seeing you both again soon. More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Upstairs unit good size and well appointed. Cleanliness levels in kitchen and bathroom areas high, but bathroom fittings etc a little dated but adequate. Very welcoming by owner and helpful tips regarding local amenities. Laundry facilities good. Nearby SH1 road and main rail line can cause noise from time to time - the only down side to a very good... More 

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you - we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We have done our best to offset the proximity of the main road by installing thickened glass to all rooms. Windows just need to be closed at night to gain the soundproofing effect. Many of our bathrooms have been completely renewed and a few, as you have noted, still have... More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights for a family wedding close by. We were disappointed to find a stain on the bed linen when we turned down to the bed on the first night - this was dealt with by the hosts when serviced the next day. However they had been having difficulties with the company that washed the bed... More 

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are pleased to report the issue with our sheets has indeed been resolved...it was district wide one that the company quickly addressed. We are disappointed to learn that you were disturbed by other guests. We request noise be kept to a minimum between 10pm and 7am. We live on-site... More 

Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Another Hotels.com find one of those clean drive up just as you expect Motels..perfect as it was getting dark after a long drive...it had all the basics in the right places..the beach just a mile away is one of those miiiiles long beaches with shells and driftwood and faces sunset...a definite evening or morning walk.

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is always such a pleasure to offer weary travellers a comfortable nights rest. And delighted you got to enjoy one of our beautiful sunsets. We look forward to seeing you again when you venture back to New Zealand. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Unfortunately only spent 1 night but was extremely happy with both the service and facilities. Both Vivienne and Russell are great ambassadors for Waikanae and were able to give us some great ideas on how to spend the limited time we had there. The units are beautifully set up and we were very happy to have a pet with their... More 

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you had an enjoyable stay. Our doggies certainly enjoyed having a cuddle with you...they always think its all about them. We trust you are enjoying the South Island and look forward to seeing you both again soon. More 

Ohoka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

This was a last minute booking as our pooch was unexpectedly on holiday with us. The motel was great value and really suited our needs. Russell and Vivienne were very helpful with any questions in regards to eateries and places to walk the dog. The also offered a "ferry" discount which was great. Would stay here again.

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Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Perfect for a stay outside the Capitol with easy access by rail or car. Friendly & always helpful. Good everyday shops. Beach nearby. Walk along the river bank was delightful with mix of native & non - native trees.

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

As out of town wedding guests we were were looking for convenient andinexpensive motel to stay at and Kapiti Gateway motel fitted the bill. However although we had the cheapest room in the house ( Budget studio unit) we couldn't have been happier. As mentioned by other travellers, the rooms are spotless, the beds more comfortable than many upmarket hotels,... More 

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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, we are very glad you enjoyed your stay. In our opinion budget should always mean clean and comfortable along with the same level of service afforded to all our guests...and we are delighted you found it that way at Kapiti Gateway Motel. We look forward to having you back to stay again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My husband and our little doggie have stayed at Kapiti Gateway Motel about 3x now. We live in Chch and often drive to Auckland to visit our daughter. After driving to Picton then on a ferry for 3 hours all we want to do is relax. Kapiti Gateway Motel is the place to do that. The owners are fantastic, the... More 

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