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Breakwater Motel

#1 of 42 Hotels in Paihia
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1 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Underhill, Vermont
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We booked a sea view suite and got just that. The views of the bay are right in front of you. There were plenty of windows to see and let in light and air. Like most places in NZ the Internet is slow. But this place seemed quite slow. There was quite a bit of road noise from vehicles during... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Check in was a breeze despite having to wait behind some very slow and annoying people. Lynn showed us to our Waterfront Suite which was quite spacious and well appointed. The motel was in a great location in relation to the town, however not so grand in relation to the noise. We had some pretty serious issues with the noise... More 

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi Journeys TheDest, Thank you for the review you have kindly done for us. It is a shame that there is a road in front of the complex but we do share it with every other complex on the water front. The road is quiet all night but traffic does start from about 7.00am for people off to see and... More 

Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best location just a short walk from all facilities and attractions in PaihIa with a high quality apartment very clean and well appointed for a comfortable stay, the views of the Bay of Islands was as per its name sake simply fantastic. Good value. Have an apartment with a view RECOMENDED

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello Tony M, Thank you for reiterating what most of our guests have said. The high quality,cleanliness,well appointed and value you see is a pleasure to read. Once again thanks for taking the time to review our Motel. Kind Regards Ken and lyn More 

Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This very clean and functional motel is situated on the edge of Paihia, just a very short walk to the middle of town.Reception was polite and informative. The unit was well appointed with everything one needs for a pleasant stay.

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello BobHart, Thanks for your positive review. We are fortunate to have the handy location so you can park your car or come without one and walk to the many attractions we have close by. Thanks again. Kind regards Ken and Lyn More 

Lancashire, England
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful location with a high quality room and good in room cooking facilities.Ideal location for a short stay. Room was modern clean and just a short walk from all facilities and attractions in PaihIa.

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello Pendle 44, thanks for your glowing review of our Motel. The location is the most important aspect when choosing your place to stay on your holiday and you found us the best choice. We are fortunate to be in the best location by far and able to offer the best quality and value with the facility to cook a... More 

Perth
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent four nights in a garden view one bedroom apartment. The apartment was clean, well presented and spacious. The staff were very helpful and as per most places in New Zealand only happy to share their knowledge of the local area. The location was fantastic and we were able to walk everywhere. The only complaint that we had which... More 

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello CSCS Perth, Thank you for taking the time to review our Motel. Yes our suites are spacious and well appointed in the best position in town. We do have to apologize for the inconsiderate smokers next to you. Please let your accommodation provider know of your discomfort in the future as we would certainly have shifted you to another... More 

Perth, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed two nights, ocean view room as per advance request, clean, tidy and just what we were hoping for. The owners were very friendly and helpful, and provided useful information, and good tips about the best places to dine. We were able to securely park two locally rented bicycles, but used these only on the many bike tracks around and... More 

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi Egalitarian, Thank you for the positive review we do appreciate your time. Your review says it all. we do take pride in our clean convenient and comfortable Motel. We are always happy to lock away for safe keeping you sports gear or bikes etc. Please you enjoyed your time with us and we enjoyed having you as guests. Kind... More 

Taree, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

spacious rooms, very friendly staff could not do enough for you they made bookings for you and their restraunt recommendations were good. we ended up staying an extra day, very enjoyable and if we return to NZ we will definatly stay there.

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello Robert W, Thank you for taking the time to review our lovely Motel. Nothing is to much trouble to us as the Motel has become a passion and we get a buzz from having friendly guests like yourselves enjoying their time so much you stayed an extra day. We are also pleased to be able to recommend the inform... More 

Auckland,New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a perfectly acceptable stay. The unit was clean and very nicely appointed. So why did i feel underwhelmed? I think perhaps it was the somewhat abrupt dealings that we had with the woman at reception and that it is an expensive option for accommodation in Paihia. If you are booking and are paying for a waterfront unit,do ensure... More 

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello Madelaine35, Thank you for your review. I am sorry you felt underwhelmed by reception.Other reviews find her exceptional! But on a positive note we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us. You will find we are priced correct for the quality, position, views and value given by us in comparison to most other accommodation providers in Paihia. It... More 

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for the last two nights of our 35 day visit to New Zealand and it was a wonderful way to wrap things up. The room was in perfect condition and we had a great view of the Bay. The owners were very cordial and helpful with our touring needs. If you're planning a stay at the Bay... More 

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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hello Jake GB, Thank you for the kind review. It is great to hear that the end of your stay in NZ was with us and a memorable one at that As owner operators one of us is always here to welcome our guests and ensure their stay is an experience to take with them for life. The views from... More 

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