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“Unexpected! Stayed by chance and loved it.” 5 of 5 stars
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Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   50 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand (Formerly Gateway To The Sounds Havelock Motel)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Havelock
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“Unexpected! Stayed by chance and loved it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

It was by pure chance that I stopped in Havelock just before Christmas and this hotel had space for me. If you like to take a break from driving (I'd been trying to fit too much into my holiday) and relax with water, then this is your place. My room had a good sized (and very new looking) spa bath. I got a bottle of wine with my stay and the two went together really well! There is also a really nice pool. It's heated which is good. I was so relaxed floating on my back watching the sky that a staff member checked to make sure I was okay! There's a wooden hot tub near the pool but I didn't have a chance to try it. If I ever pass through that way again, I'll give it a go! It was nice to have friendly staff (there is a Scottish (I think?) lady there who was hilarious!) who were happy to chat (and share baked goods :-)).

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Had the best fun with our 3 kids after a long day, swimming and playing in the gorgeous new pool at these motels. The area has been well thought out and looks great. Would recommend for a family. Nice evening stroll around the marina too on a lovely evening.

Stayed January 2014
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Great motel, Room was really clean.

We stayed for a couple of nights, and we just loved the pool area - just beautiful, as were the grounds above!

Staff were really friendly and helpful!

Havelock is a lovely little place, and I would recommend staying here!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great little motel, staff were welcoming and friendly, room I had (5) was great, big enough for me with spa bath, and they have an outdoors pool and hot tub. Weather wasn't on my side but the stay was good. Drive to it also amazing from picton.
Just down the road is the mussel restaurant which was excellent too.
And the pub next door also served good steak too.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were in the middle of a camping expedition with three dogs when we got rained out near the Sounds. Out of desperation we stopped here to see if they could take us.

The Motels are dog friendly, something that more motels around the country should consider, we stayed two nights and had a great time. The units we stayed in were clean and tidy and there seemed to be a good range of accommodation from older to newer.

The pool area is really good with a high-quality fitout. It also includes a wooden hot tub mineral pool, which was excellent for the aches and pains.

It's next door to the local pub, but we didn't have any problems with noise, and its in the middle of Havelock so you have everything that you need.

The owners were friendly and helpful providing home baking as well. For free.

We'll be back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

What a delightful place! Located within minutes' walk of the marina, the mail boat, the two major restaurants and several cafés and bars, the motel includes a comfortably heated pool. And, there is a Fa-bu-lous and soothing cedar hot tub! Its aromatic airs are as soothing and relaxing as the heated water.
The rooms are large, spotless and very well appointed. And, with huge windows, they are cheerfully bright. Oh yes, and the showers are great.
There are comfortable chairs outside, from which watch harbour life.
The energetic Kerri is ever cheerfully helpful. She also bakes and dispenses great cookies and a quick whit.
This is truly a delightful place to come back to after a day of exploring the Marlborough Sound region. We spent a mere three nights here, but could have spent a week, schedule permitting.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Purchased online vouchers for this stay here and we were impressed with the friendly and excellent service from Carrie (not sure if that's how her name is spelled). The room is spacious and well-equipped. Very clean and comfortable.
Really enjoyed my stay here and will indeed come back to this place again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 50 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand (Formerly Gateway To The Sounds Havelock Motel)
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Havelock
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Havelock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located on the main road, between Blenheim and Nelson, with the town's restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. We offer family friendly accommodation with a variety of room options, from studios to family units to luxury spa rooms. We have recently opened a heated mineral pool and kids pool also a cedar hot tub. Wifi broadband is available free of charge. Our newest rooms have stunning marina views and all unit have 50 plus sky TV. ... more   less 
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