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“Fantastic Views & really nice Management” 5 of 5 stars
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Cook's Lookout Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   9 Causeway Road | P.O. Box 380, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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“Fantastic Views & really nice Management”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I stayed here with my wife initially for 2 nights and then extended for another 2 nights. We extended because of the extremely peronal warm management style. The rooms all have great views of Bay of Islands, are clean and the beds were good. My wife used the pool every day as it was always as she says "just right". If you are looking for a really good experience I would totally recoemd here.
Ken Wood

  • Stayed February 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Babinda, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

My partner and i stayed here for 3 nights which just wasn't long enough. The views from our unit of the Bay were amazing either while having breakfast with the sunrise or a wine while watching the sunset were truly unmatched. This is as close to paradise as you can get. The room was very clean with all the facilities you could need. The beds were comfortable and unit spacious. The complex was quiet yet only a short drive to Pahia and a Supermarket close by. Norm & Shelagh were the perfect hosts with their expert local knowledge and a willingness and friendliness unmatched in my experience staying at other accommodation. They arranged our tours which we thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't have asked for better. Would definately recommend Cooks Lookout to anyone wanting to take a trip to the Bay of Islands and wanting to stay at the best accommodation in every way. Thank you Norm & Shelagh for making our stay truly memorable. We will be back!
Ryan & Troy
Australia

Room Tip: Units 4 or 5 had excellent views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

If we could give this motel 7 Stars we would, and this would not just be for the most fantastic views, in particular the sunrises from our deck. From the warm welcome from Norm and Shelagh, who were happy to advise us on what to see locally, and arranged a cruise, to the Studio with all the facilities and views to die for over the bay, our 3 day stay was excellent. We stayed in 12 motels/hotels over 4 weeks in North and South Islands; on the basis of value for money, spacious, clean and quality facilities and equipment, mine hosts, and of course the views, Cook's Lookout topped the lot. A great way to finish our holiday in N Z.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Just absolutely fabulous! The view from our two bedroom unit was amazing, & the owners can skite about this 'til Kingdom Come - they do a great job.
The pool was so warm, it was like getting into a bath, & we used the gas barbecue for a great Kiwi dinner.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Babinda, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

My partner and I had 3 nights here and enjoyed every part of our stay with Norm & Shelagh. The view from our room was just amazing and overlooking the bay with a bottle of wine just topped it off. Our room was clean and tidy and the kitchen had everything that we needed but try out the chinese takeaway that Norm recommened as it was very tasty. We would have no hesitation in recommending Cook's Lookout to any of our friends wanting to take a trip up the The Bay of Islands.

Troy & Ryan
Australia

Room Tip: Great View from Room 4 or 5
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Just about to leave after 4 peaceful, relaxing days in northland. Many thanks to Norm and Shelagh for the friendly advice for places to visit and help with making bookings (Norm plays a mean guitar too).

This is our second visit to Cooks Lookout, good clean & well equipped rooms with that fantastic view over the bay.

Thanks again

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great location, a couple of minutes out of Paihia, has two distinct advantages over its competitors - none of the noise and all of the views... spectacular views. Norm and Shelagh are lovely hosts, welcoming, kind and helpful, without being intrusive - they gave good advice on restaurants and sightseeing options, plus several nifty maps to help us find our way about (there is a supermarket close-by). The accommodation is very clean and well appointed, with a proper little kitchen and comfortable beds. We stayed in a Poolside Unit, which had a double bedroom and an unobtrusive single bed at the edge of the living area (should it be required) - this was an ideal and economical option for my mature parents and I - far less expensive than two rooms in an average motel would have been. In conclusion, great value, service and accommodation - richly deserving of its excellent TripAdvisor reviews - highly recommended. Thank you Norm and Shelagh, we'll be back!

  • Stayed February 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
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Additional Information about Cook's Lookout Motel

Address: 9 Causeway Road | P.O. Box 380, Paihia, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Paihia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cook's Lookout Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, spectacular location with Million Dollar Views. Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments all upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms, most with stunning ocean views. Totally smoke-free property - no smoking in Buildings OR Grounds. Large solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, trampoline, BBQ, guest laundry, tour desk. FREE Wireless broadband internet access to all units. FREE DVD library & Book Exchange. 4 minutes drive to town centre, 3 minutes to beach. Secure parking outside all units. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cook`s Lookout Hotel Paihia
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