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Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
1 Old Wharf Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 44 hotels in Paihia
Whakatane, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great View!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The friendliest host ever! He went out of his way to help us, even giving us extra wifi for free!
The rooms were comfortable but dated in decor. One of the bathroom lights didn't work, neither did one of the kitchen sockets. Luckily there were two in both!
So, a little bit run down but very clean. Once the upgrade has been done it will be a superb little motel. It was definitely value for money, so nothing to complain about!

Room Tip: Some rooms are dated in decor. Request info before booking. All have a great outlook!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Trafalgar, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Motel is on Wanganui River just out of Piahia. Excellent position. Our room was dated although the owner said that all rooms other than four (including ours) have been updated. We originally booked for two nights and ended up staying for four. Rates were reasonable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Stayed at the Falls Motel. The owners were so warm and friendly and welcoming. Excellent value for money. Husband and wife team with their 2 lovely children whom we met while swimming in the pool. Great facilities and location, just out of Paihia and Waitangi. Wanted to stay longer but had to go home.
I will definitely stay again but not sure if the same owners will still be there as they were in the process of selling up. It is not often you get sincere and genuine people like this couple.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We were recommended this resort by a young shop assistant in Wellington. We were a bit nervous due to the fact the motel had mixed reviews. However we were very pleasantly surprised. The location is excellent with marvellous views. The Motel is old but it is very clean and the owners are very friendly and accommodating.
And it is very cheap for the accommodation provided.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We are not usually campers but we decided to give it a try. We were very impressed with the Falls Camp ground. We got put right on the waterfront and our site was quite a decent size also. Surprisingly quiet even though the camp ground is near the main road too. Loved the free WiFi each day (yes I know we are camping) haha and also the kayaks for hire. The only the room for improvement was the bathrooms, a little run down - needing some definite TLC. Only 5minutes to the centre of Paihia, location is fantastic.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My family camped Waitangi Day the 6 Feb for 5 nights & absolutely loved every minute, the campsite is right on the Waters edge as advertised, with a spectacular view of the falls. The camp itself is compact, well kept and the amenities kept very clean & tidy by the friendly owners & their staff. We are not seasoned campers by any means & normally stay in motels, holidays homes etc but we loved our experience so much we are looking to go back b4 this summer ends.
Can highly recommend.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

stumbled across this campsite and by far our favourite site to date on our travels, we booked an additional night and the staff are lovely and very helpful. reasonably priced and offers all the facilities you need, would recommend.

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Additional Information about Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground

Also Known As:
Haruru Falls Hotel
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Address: 1 Old Wharf Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)
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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#7 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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