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“Absolutely wonderful!” 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 #1 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Absolutely wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We had an exquisite view of the ocean and valley from our room. Waking up in the morning to the exceptionally beautiful sunrise was the highlight of our stay. Our host Norm was very accommodating and helped us plan out our entire day. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and quiet. If you are looking to relax or get away from city chaos then this is the place to go! I would definitely return to Cooks Lookout Motel and recommend it to anyone looking to visit Paihia.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Derby, UK
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in February, 2014, and just got 'round to posting a review! The unit (7) was spotless, and extremely spacious & comfortable for my wife & myself (plenty of space for 2 more as well). We stayed 5 nights and loved it. The incredible thing here is that we didn't need, nor have, the curtains closed day or night - privacy was secure, and there was the fabulous view to enjoy in sunlight or moonlight.

Norm and Shelagh are extremely hospitable. They extended an invitation to us to join them and some of the other guests in a "musical evening" on the Saturday night, and we enjoyed it tremendously. Watching the fabulous sunset in one direction, and turning to watch the full moon rising in the other direction over Bay of Islands was one of the highlights of our holiday.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Denmark, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Reasonably priced, grand views, quiet and lovely hosts…what more could you ask for? We stayed 4 nights here and enjoyed it so much. There's a small kitchenette & fridge so we could fix our own meals, but Paihia's cafes & restaurants are only a short drive away. Ask Norm for his recommendations on what to do & where to eat!

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Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful few days here. Fantastic accommodation. Bright,spotlessly clean and well furnished.The beautiful view from my bedroom was breathtaking. The owners Norm and Shelagh were most helpful and cannot do enough to ensure you have the perfect base for your holiday. I would recommend Cooks lookout to anyone looking for first class accommodation in Paihia.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 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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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

F riendly kind caring helpful owners Norm & Shelagh

A mazing views that take your breath away

B eautiful clean fully equiped units

U nique setting to see sunrise and sunset

L overly heated pool and BBQ area

O utstanding service to book tours with pick up and drop off at your door

U ttterly delightful holiday experience of my life

S imply the best motel in the Bay of Islands

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Excellent accommodation with unrivalled views over Waitangi, with Russell in view across Bay. The owners couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Paihia is an easy 3 minute drive from the motel with a large supermarket and a range of restaurants.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

We arrived to be introduced and greeted by Norm who then introduced Shelagh. This welcoming gesture is not something we have experienced before from moteliers and certainly made us feel welcome. They provided good advice as to dining which we used over our two night stay.

We were unit 6 which was an upgrade suggested by them and is one we are glad we took up. The view of Waitangi, Russell & the Bay of Islands is magnificent and one you could never tire of, by day or by night. We also enjoyed the quiet location while only being a short drive to town.

As mentioned the units are dated but have been updated inside, are clean and tidy and had everything we needed plus great water pressure for those showers.

We would most definitely stay again and recommend Norm & Shelaghs great motel to others.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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Cook's Lookout Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands

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