After a fairly long & scenic drive from Auckland we were pleased to pull into this lovely place. Check in was smooth & very friendly. We had booked a studio room & were told we'd been upgraded to a 2 bed apartment (I thought this only ever happened to "other people"). We were shown to our room & given some milk for a well needed cuppa. The apartment was gorgeous, nice kitchen area & lounge/dining, which had an awesome view over the pool to the beautiful bay. 2 seperate bedrooms, both with tv. Bathroom was lovely & big. Everything was spotlessly clean. Reception gave us heaps of info about tours, eating out etc. They provided discount vouchers to a few of the restaurants. There is a restaurant right next door which does breakfast onwards. We dined there 1 night & used a free drink voucher from the motel.
Reading a previous review I agree about the smoking. I actually am a smoker, but only smoked on the balcony if our neighbours windows were closed, otherwise I went for a walk around the gardens or over to the beach. I would not have minded a designated smoking area, as long as it isn't just shoved into a corner.
We travelled as a couple but this place would be perfect for families too.