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Abilene Garden Motel

136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Kerikeri
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
0707David Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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226 reviews 226 reviews
41 hotel reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed in this motel for circa three weeks in January/February 2015. The rooms were spacious and adequately furnished with good internet/WIFI connection. The pool was great. The owners, who only took this motel over a few weeks before our arrival, were very friendly and helpful as were their staff. The motel was a little dated -... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I really liked this motel. Simple but spacious rooms, lovely setting, good free wifi, good location and very comfy beds. The rooms are basic but have a couple of nice touches like the cute cushions and good quality bedding that give this place a retro feel - like a cosy kiwi bach (beach house). I didn't use the pool (partly... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

New owners are very friendly and have made quite a few improvements since taking over just before Christmas. The room was very clean and most kitchen bits were New. The owners are working hard to update the rooms. The motel is within walking distance of the shops and even though it is on a main road it is very quiet.... More 

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Waikato, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stayed here as a family with three children. We were travelling with the wider family, so my parents and brother had rooms here too. The staff were very friendly, welcoming, and the units were clean, comfortable, and quiet. Our children loved the pool, and the owners provide additional towels for swimming or the spa, which is great. We walked... More 

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Clinton, Washington
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327 reviews 327 reviews
55 hotel reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This motel had many nice features--a spa, gardens, great outfitting in the kitchenette and a spacious, compartmentalized bathroom. And the price was good. We would recommend it to others even though it is a bit dated. It's very close to town and staff gave us good tips on grocery stores to visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This motel is well situated on the edge of Kerikeri, close to the Stone Store and also within a few minutes walk of the town centre and shops. The accommodation meets all needs but is tired and in need of modernising. It is clean and well stocked. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. It's a perfectly fine base for... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

we stayed here for a night having booked some months ago via travel bug, although owners had not hears of them and needed to prove payment had been made, which had some time ago, room was basic and fridge was turned off, unbeknown til us til morning, so everything had soured in the heat, could do with a spring clean

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Mount Maunganui
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stayed a short notice when stuck in Northland due to road closures. We needed to accommodate 2 adults and 4 kids, and Abilene was one of only two available motels that could do this. We had unit 2, which was basic and dated but clean. There was a bit of mold in the bathroom area on wall/roof, but apart... More 

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129 reviews 129 reviews
18 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This motel is situated at the end of town and surrounded by huge trees. You still get a bit of noise from the road so I dont think it can be double insulated. Very clean and really friendly owner. Units are a bit dated but it had everything I needed and was warm.

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I only stayed here for one night, however I would've like to stay longer if I was visiting Kerikeri for longer. It is definitely the nicest motel I've stayed in so far. Even though the owner said the room I booked was the smallest room, the room was huge. It was clean and tidy, and had everything I needed (i.e.... More 

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