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Hicks Bay Motel Lodge

5198 Te Araroa Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Hicks Bay Motel Lodge
Ranked #20 of 26 hotels in Gisborne
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although the whole site was very dated the meals, accommodation and service was of an average standard. If anyone else is considering doing a 2 day motorcycle ride around the east coast this is the perfect place for an overnight stop so long as you are not looking for luxurious top end accommodation. Even though the prices seem high for... More

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay at Hicks Bay. The motel unit was comfortable and clean. It afforded a great view of the Bay. The restaurant was great with a good menu catering for all tastes. The staff were very helpful both in reception and the restraurant

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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed overnight in a small party of people. Our room was spartan, but comfortable. No phone or Internet, no light over the mirror to see yourself if it's dark, no shampoo, no bulb in the outside light. All basic things you expect when paying $110 -$130 compared with accomodation around the country. The entry to the motel is tired and... More

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Patahi, Manager at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write this detailed review. I am so sorry you were unhappy. If only you would have informed my staff we could have made you another meal and fixed your problem. It is unfortunate that Ivett enquired three times and you didn't mention anything. We are not able to discount our room because we... More

2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

quiet clean room great views enjoyable breakfast & dinner good staff we walked down to see the glow worms we only stayed one night we would have stayed longer very good views getting there along the coast .

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Rooms are basic but comfortable. Restaurant is basic but provided nice meals. Staff are friendly. Handy shop on site. But it is the views you should go for, both once you are on site and on the journey there. Some tremendous vistas and interesting stopping points along the way. And if you are an early bird you can be one... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

An overnight stop. Bit hard to spot as not very well lit up on road and it is on a dangerous bend. We missed it ( night driving) had to do a U'ee when safe! Restaurant on site. Bit basic and over priced.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The room was clean, dinner was great and the wine even better. After long rainy drive around the coast we really appreciated the light sign pointing to the hotel. If stay here, don't miss the grotto at night with glow-worms.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Stayed one night over Easter. Walked down to the beach which was excellent. Had a traditional NZ meal in the restaurant which we enjoyed very much, it was busy. Room was comfortable and clean and we all slept brilliantly. We self catered for breakfast and then headed on the road. Stunning views and lots of space, kids trampoline and a... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Hicks Bay Motel Lodge is proud of its 1960s Kiwiana feel and it delivers this claim in style. The basic and rustic style might not appeal to everyone but it's perfectly clean and comfortable with views to die for. With no alternative dining opportunities nearby the eating arrangements afford the opportunity to mingle with the other guests and this... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

After along ride from Napier running around the Cape we were all very happy to arrive at the Lodge. Stunning views, beautiful surroundings, comfortable rooms and great amenities ( bar, restaurant and shop) everything you could need when travelling light. A great steak meal followed by a games of Pool. Very hospitable hosts, I loved my time here, too short!... More

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Address: 5198 Te Araroa Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Gisborne Region > Gisborne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hicks Bay Hotel Gisborne

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#5 On the Beach Hotel in Gisborne #7 Business Hotel in Gisborne
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...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters above sea level, in historic and botanical protected -- unspoiled -- countryside. where peace and tranquility abound. Overlooking the beautiful Hicks Bay Waterways 40 rooms with 175 person total capacity. AMENITIES. Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bush walks. Restaurant -- 60 person seating capacity. Breakfast and Dinner prepared by Maori chef with freshly prepared sauces, vegetables - served homestyle. Shop and Bottle Store. Internet access, Payphone, and Guest laundry. Playground and Pool Table. Glowworm Grotto and Rock Fishing. East Cape Maritime Lighthouse accessible to the public, 35km.Located midway between Opotiki and Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway. ... more   less 
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