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Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Old Wharf Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“helpful and friendly host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We enjoyed staying in this clean, well appointed motel unit. Lovely view, great shower, useful kitchen. Wish I'd brought my swimming togs! Haruru Falls offers a gateway to the Far North but there are also lots to do here too, A walk through the kiwi reserve and on the mangrove boardwalk to the grounds at Waitangi is very scenic and at 5 km, an easy walk for most people. Get a ride back!

Room Tip: Downstairs by the pool - very convenient.
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Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed for 3nights at this Hotel/Motel and were doing an overnight cruise on the Ippiri cruise and Anton was kind enough to let us leave all of our luggage in the unit and we did not have to pay fr the room for that night. The rooms were great, two separate rooms as we were two couples travelling and most of motels have a bed in the living room. We had a lovely balcony where we could sit and have drinks before dinner. Anton was a great host and very helpful. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed a couple of nights in clean, comfortable if a little dated accommodation. The location is pretty and about 5 minutes drive from the heart of Paihia so its important to have a car. The manager and his lovely wife are friendly and helpful. The location is picturesque and the rooms overlook the river and the falls can been seen from the garden. There is a swimming pool but as it wasn't heated only brave hearts used it while we were there. Don't be put off by the road view of the motel its much prettier on the river side.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed for 1 night in our camper van.

We arrived quite late after a long drive and received a warm and helpful welcome. The site looks straight at the falls - lovely.

We used the small but clean kitchen for breakfast. The showers and loo were OK. We hired a kayak for an hour the day we left and kayaked right up to the falls - great experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fallz, Owner at Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review following your stay on our campground, we are sorry you feel it was only worth an average score as most people rave about our campground and stay longer than planned, not sure what we could have done to improve your stay, maybe you could drop us an e-mail some time with your suggestions. Kind regards, Andre and Olga
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Wicklow, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We recently travelled around New Zealand in a campervan and were generally impressed with the campsites and facilities, however the Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground was definitely a highlight. The facilities are spot on, and really well maintained. The motel is run by a lovely family couple, Olga & Andre, and they couldn't have been more helpful, making sure we were comfortable on their site, and also advising on sight-seeing in the area (including a fab walk behind the waterfall!). They're so lucky to have this amazing property, it's breath-taking. Would definitely stay at this site again if we're ever lucky enough to go back to the Bay of Islands and highly recommend it to any holiday-makers heading that direction!!
Emma & Colin.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at the motel and really enjoyed our stay. Andre the owner was really friendly and helpful. The view of the falls was stunning from our room and the grounds are very nice. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Fallz, Owner at Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
thank you for your review Ross10101, you have no idea how much it means to us to get such positive feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to do so and hope to see you back with us in the future. Kind regards, Andre and Olga
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

We had a fantastic stay, Andre and Olga were great hosts and offered us loads of good advice. The rooms were great and the views from the rooms superb. If we ever go back to this area we'd definitely stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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Additional Information about Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground

Address: 1 Old Wharf Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#9 Family Hotel in Paihia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular views of Haruru Falls and lagoon, 7 studio units sleep 2-3 and 6x2 bedroom apartments sleep up to 7, fully s/c units with 32" LCD TVs, full kitchens and separate bathrooms, balcony or poolside patio. Swimming pool and barbecue area. Waterfront powered camper van and tent sites, safe private beach, historic jetty and wharf with blue water access. WiFi, Kayak hire, full booking service. Family owned and operated. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Haruru Falls Hotel
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground Paihia, Bay Of Islands

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