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Bali Hai Motel
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   8-10 Coutts Avenue, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Put this Hai on your list”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed just one night in March 2013 and wished it could've been longer. Inexpensive, easy to find (the first motel after the signpost to Paihia) the building is of wooden construction with, it has to be said, rather fading paint. But - absolutely spotlessly clean (units seem new - they weren't, just clean as new), superb washroom, comfy beds, great hilltop view. The only motel in 6-weeks touring where you could wash your car. And to top it all, the lovely Barbara. Do stay here, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed May 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Hello, thank you for such a great review, I particurlarly like the play on words. Very clever.
Well, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and that the motel appearance "inside" met with expectations. There are a lot of guests that stay here, and not all write reviews and some review on other sites, but the fact that you take the time after a few months have elapsed is very much appreciated. Thank you. Barbara
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  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 stars
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Spent 3 nights here and it was an excellent experience. The units are well fitted out and spotlessly clean. The views are excellent and nothing was too much trouble for Barbara. The location is excellent for exploring the surrounding area and is close to beaches and restuarants if you want to eat out. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again and would highly recommend the Bali Hai to anyone who wants a base to explore the Bay of Island area.

  • 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you for such a positive review, I appreciate your feedback. Barbara
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Spent 3 nights at this motel, and had a great time. My room (#1) was clean and spacious with a great view, and the motel was very quiet and peaceful. Barbara was great...I felt like I was a guest at her house rather than a customer. The location is good- there is a beach that is about 2 minutes away, and one about 10 minutes away. Nice walks, and you don't have to deal with noisy bars. I would stay here again and again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Anita, thank you for taking the time to write a review for the motel. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and your local walks. It is important that people feel, that they have been looked after and made welcome, and of course that the facilities meet their needs too.
I am glad you were happy with your choice. Best regards
Barbara
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Carnamah, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We arrived at this hotel late at night and on first look thought it might not be that great. We were so wrong. he welcome we received from Barbara was outstanding and she couldn't have been more helpful. The room was clean, of good size and had all amenities needed. As it is set on the hill you get lovely views. We would stay here again when visiting Bay of islands, Thank you for a great stay

  • Stayed April 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Thank you Karen, I was delighted to read your review. It is always a little nerve wracking when a review is posted. I am always relieved when guests have enjoyed their stay. I appreciate you taking the time to access Trip Advisor and post your thoughts.
I hope that you will make the return trip at some point.
Best wishes Barbara
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Returned from NZ after a final stay at Bali Hai Motel to celebrate my 70th birthday. The resident manager, Barbara, was so helpful and kind and made my birthday rather special. Nothing was too much trouble - organising trips and full of very useful local information. We had a lovely one-bedroom apartment with a balcony overlooking the coastline. A great retreat for that early evening glass of wine! We fell in love with NZ and we will certainly be going back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear Chris
It is great that you took time to post a review about your experience at the Bali Hai. Thank you!
I am glad that all aspects of your trip to New Zealand went well, in particular your stay in Paihia at the motel. I hope when you return, you will give us the option to host you again. Best wishes
and I hope the first trip back to the gym was not too tough!!! Best wishes Barbara
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Lytham St Annes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Arrived early evening to a lovely greeting from Barbara that matched the fantastic scenery of the Bay of Islands. Loved the motel. Great to sit on the veranda and watch the evening sun setting over the mountains - while sipping a glass of NZ wine. Barbara could not have been more helpful and arranged a trip for us as well as providing us with information about the area and its history. Could not have had a better start to our tour and we would love to come back and spend more time in this wonderful area. Bali Hai is well named and it was a great introduction to NZ and laid the foundation for a fabulous few weeks.

  • 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Thank you Chris, I am glad that we were a great start to your holiday. Thank you for remembering us at the end of your travels and posting a review. I never know who is going to review. Some people, leave me notes in the room, some people comment on departure.Therefore, I value when people take the time to publicly confirm that we are a good choice of accomodation within the budget range that we are located. Thank you! Best regards Barbara
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Berkhamsted, England, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The first 4 days of our 5 week New Zealand holiday were spent at Bali Hai. We could not have chosen better. Not only is Paihia on the Bay of Islands a lovely part of a wonderful country, our hostess Barbara set a benchmark for kindness and thoughtfulness which was not surpassed and only equalled once for the rest of our visit. And that is saying something, as we found kindness wherever we went. The motel has a pleasant, quiet location on a hill overlooking a bay. Our room was large and fully equipped for us to self cater. We used the gas BBQ, which Barbara wheeled up outside our room door. She then provided candles for our meal table! Barbara was also a good tour guide, suggesting various walks and excursions. She even took time to research some options for where we might find kiwis, as we are keen bird watchers. As for eating out, she recommended Shippey's Restaurant, which was both a bargain and a unique experience. This unique ship is dry docked on the beach next to the Waitangi bridge. It was converted into a restaurant in 2002. We can unreservedly recommend this fine establishment.

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  • Stayed March 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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BaliHaiMotelPaihia, Manager at Bali Hai Motel, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Dear Brian
Thank you for such a kind review, and I am glad to know we set the bar high for thoughtfulness and service. I appreciate you taking the time to post a review; I know that you did a lot of travelling after leaving here. It is really great to get good reviews, as at the end of the day, all I want is happy and satisfied guests, and so many factors play a part in that end result. Consequently, it is a challenge to get it right each and every time. However, the important thing is to try. Thank you! Best wishes Barbara
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Additional Information about Bali Hai Motel

Address: 8-10 Coutts Avenue, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#3 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#10 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Bali Hai Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bali Hai is a small family run business. We are personal in our approach and our size allows us to ensure that we respond to guests as individuals. With only 9 units, you are never crowded, our lay out gives you optional places to sit and take in the atmosphere, be it on our back patio, your front balcony, or somewhere in your room.We look forward to welcoming you to our spot in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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