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“An Excellent Getaway” 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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Ranked #3 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“An Excellent Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

When we arrived we were greeted by our lovely hosts Norm & Shelagh. They made us feel home away from home in our cosy unit. From our room we had the most spectacular view back across the Haruru Falls River and Waitangi Waterfront. In addition we had an amazing spell of weather to liven up our stay. We had a late afternoon swim in the heated pool which was lovely. Afterwards we chose from the array of free-to-borrow DVD's at the front desk ( 'The Holiday' & 'Oceans 11').
Both of our hosts were lovingly accommodating, with great knowledge of their local surroundings, the ins and outs of where to eat and how to make the most of your stay!

Overall 'The Cook's Lookout' is one of the best value, and genuinely friendly places we have ever stayed. It's suitable for everyone who enjoys a good laugh, a bit of local info and splendid views.

P.s We also were able to experience the spectacular, Only Loo with an Ocean View in the Bay of Islands ;P

Room Tip: Ask for the Loo with a View!!!
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  • Stayed October 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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We booked this accommodation at short notice to make the most of a long weekend (Public Holiday).
Upon arrival we were greeted with smiles at reception and a truly friendly feeling is what we gained throughout our short stay.
The views are amazing, the pool is beautiful and the rooms are fantastic for (as in our case) individuals with youngsters. In the event that you are needing to keep them entertained, there is a whole library of DVD's available for all ages and these are free usage.

It goes without a shadow of doubt that we will again stay here and have already passed on this information to close friends who frequent the area.

Thank you yet again Norm and Shelagh :)

Room Tip: Try for a room with a view
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  • Stayed October 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, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Had a great stay here. The views from the room were simply breathtaking and our two kids loved playing in the warm pool which has similar spectacular views. Norm and Shelagh could not have done more to make us feel welcome and were a mine of great information and top tips about the local area and beyond.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

If you're looking for somewhere with great views over the islands, in quieter surrounds than central Paihia, and with friendly and helpful hosts then this is a good choice.
Norm did an excellent job of helping us to make the most of our time locally with advice and maps.
You can tell Norm and Shelagh do their absolute best to help you enjoy yourself and make the most of your stay.
Couple of points I think it fair to mention - the price of your stay is great value given the views you get, but bear in mind that for this money, you aren't going to be staying at the Hilton. Whilst very clean, some of the decor is a little dated and the furnishing a little worn so don't expect everything to be pristine and brand new. Secondly, you need to be high up and out of town for the views, so you can't walk to the main drag in Paihia. We had our own car. For sightseeing tours, Norm will gladly arrange these and organise you to be picked up and dropped off back at the accommodation.
I truly believe Norm and Shelagh to a great job and I hope they get the continued success they deserve such that they can afford to keep investing in updating the accommodation and maintaining Cooks Lookout as a great place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We stayed with Norm and Shelagh as part of our honeymoon around the North Island of New Zealand from 1st to 5th October 2013. Cook's Lookout was a fantastic location and the view from the room was breathtaking.

The rooms are very clean and have everything you need and more, Norm and Shelagh ensure that all your needs are catered for, nothing is too much trouble and they are extremely helpful with all the touristy stuff you may want to do during your stay. This motel is suitable to both families and couples alike.

Again, a word of note, the Motel is located a few minutes from Paihia and up a hill so a car is essential also, it is conveniently located to a 'Countdown' supermarket.

Overall, a peaceful place to stay and would thoroughly recommend. We would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Room 10 was good, however, you will get noise from people/kids swimming in the pool.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We booked for 4 nights to start our New Zealand holiday off in the Bay of Islands, it was so relaxing and the views were amazing we extended our stay another night. Norm & Shelagh were the ideal hosts, there when you need them, helpful with maps and dining recommendations. The unit was comfortable and clean and the views were as promised on their website when we made the booking. We had a very relaxing and peaceful start to our New Zealand adventure and would recommend this motel highly.

  • Stayed September 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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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cook's Lookout. The room was clean and well presented, fitted out with all the self-contained items you would need. The bathroom was also clean, and there is nothing like a good hot shower after long days exploring the bay. It was also beautiful to have the privacy to sit out on the deck with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the bay - truly stunning! We couldn't believe how quiet and peaceful it was.
Norm and Sheilah were excellent, friendly hosts and we particularly liked that we were able to book all our activities through them - at good prices too. They were very easy to talk to and were very hospitable.
If we come to Bay of Islands again we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 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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Also Known As:
Cook`s Lookout Hotel
Cook`s Lookout Hotel Paihia
Cooks Lookout Hotel
Cooks Lookout Paihia
Cook's Lookout Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands
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
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cook's Lookout Motel 3.5*
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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