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“Beautiful view and a friendly personal service” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #11 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Paihia, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Beautiful view and a friendly personal service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We were very impressed with Falls motel and campsite. We stayed in the campsite and we were very happy with the facilities provided - toilets, warm showers, kitchen with fridge and hob, laundry, and bbq area. The best part about this place is the view, you really can't beat waking up to the view of the Haruru falls every morning! You can also take canoes out onto the lake. Pete was so friendly he could not have done more for us, he helped us book onto tours and gave us friendly advice, even picked us up from the town after one of our trips and took us back to the campsite. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Peter, who owns and runs the place was amazing and so helpful. We were meant to spend 2 nights here but on the second night Peter had arranged for us to stay somewhere on higher griund due to receiving a call from the Civil Defence concerning flood warnings. The facilities were incredibly clean and Peter knew all of things we could do due to the bad weather. Would highly recommend anyone in a campervan to stay here as the view is breathtaking.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed in our caravan here for 3 nights. Nice clean facilities but best of all was the awesome view of the falls. Nice and quiet and metalled parking area. Lovely BBQ area although because it was winter we didn't use it. Free dvd's. Nice friendly host. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 July 24, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in a Queen studio which we found clean and comfortable in a lovely elevated setting. We could view and hear Haruru falls with a few minutes easy waterfront access to Waitangi river directly below. While compact and basic, the unit's comfortable bed plus couch and adequate dining, bathroom and kitchen amenities made a convenient base for both relaxing and day-tripping. We enjoyed the alfresco setting just outside our door (under cover) and beside a near-by big gas bbq but still a little cold for the adjacent pristine pool and offered motel kayaks. For evenings in: TV, DVDs & wi fi provided plus an efficient thermostat-controlled oil fin heater.
Peter's friendly hospitality, sharing local knowledge plus going the extra mile to ensure we got the best out of our holiday activities, was a great bonus, thank you; we will definitely be returning.
Elizabeth and Les, Auckland

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying with Peter and Cheryle (owners operators) on a recent trip from melbourne... We were blessed with room 9 which was very clean tidy and functional (tv, stove top, tea and coffee, hot pressured showers :-) our room had its own balcony which directly overlooked the historical falls (when you get a chance talk to Peter as he is knowledgeable about the heritage and culture of the area and has some great stories and pictures to share) my favorite spot would have to have been the large picnic table on the bottom level that over looked the falls, private beach and Waitangi walking track. The sound of the roaring falls though out our stay instilled a sense of clam and serenity! Magical!!!! More so due to being winter. Our 14 year old was kept busy with access to a playstation, kayaks, trampoline and Peter kindly arranged a trip on the Mac attack eliminating all stress of a stimulating trip away!! It is obvious that this place is nurtured and cared for by a family that take an interest in your comfort and stay, we have arranged a trip back for Christmas and can only imagine that this place will impress us further while enjoying it alongside a kiwi summer... See you soon falls motel! The Johnston family.

  • Stayed July 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

My husband and i stayed for 2 nights in this establishment. We were most impressed with the ustomer service of the new owner who has just taken over the business a few days before us arriving at his door step. Our intention was to camp on his grounds, however when we saw his rooms that he had to offer we decided to rather spoil ourself with a bit of luxuary as the owner was so very accommodating we could not resist. Congratualtions you made us feel at home and very comfortable with your good customer service and manners. Much appreciated and will recommend your place all the time. Many thanks, Tania and Francois Youbi

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  • Stayed March 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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Waitakere City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

After spending the night at a lesser establishment in Paihia, I knew I'd have to lift my game when my wife traveled up to join me for the rest of a camper-vanning holiday. After comparing the reception to my face to face inquiries at the two motel/campgrounds facing the Haruru Falls, I opted for the Falls Motel.
The new manager and joint owner - Peter was very friendly and welcoming. The camp ground, which is situated below the motel, has a stunning outlook towards the falls, has a small beach and also I later learned, the oldest inland wharf and surveyed road in NZ from early pioneering times. It was off peak so the camp was quiet. The facilities - kitchen, showers, laundry etc, are older, basic and functional, though, in spite of this are perhaps the cleanest I have come across. Hot showers were at no extra charge, though you've got to be quick - the hot water appears to last about 3 minutes and includes the warm-up time. The machines in the laundry worked well and were generally cheaper to operate than some other camp grounds I used later. There's a good walking track from the falls to Waitangi and there are basic sit-on-top kayaks (and life jackets) available and fun to paddle on up to and just under the waterfall if you're keen. The paddle down the river to Waitangi passes some nice spots and takes only about 2 hours return if you choose to head out around the islands and in towards Paihia and back. Peter operates a book exchange in his reception - swap your recently read novel for another, or buy one for about $3; and also has a good range of DVD's available for viewing if the weather has you off the kayaks or other available activities. There is also a trampoline and a basic relatively lightly built playground suitable for smaller kids.
Our time at the Falls Motel and Campground was so nice, we stayed an extra night and my wife and I found our experience there a magic start to our holidays together.
I would recommend this place and will return again.

  • Stayed April 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#9 Family Hotel in Paihia
#17 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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