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Breakwater Motel
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   1 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Roma, Queensland, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love It....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We didn't have a booking at this motel we just walked in off the street. We originally stayed for one night and ended up staying for 4. Ken and Lyn were ever so helpful to us. We had our son with vomiting and they just helped us immensely and it was New Years Day. They also helped book our trip to the Hole in the Rock. I would highly recommend this motel to friends and family.

Room Tip: We had the bottom floor at the front which overlooked the bay was very good for the New Years Eve fi...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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bc
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had the pleasure of spending 5 days in this hotel last week. We had a view of the bay from our room. The units, while smallish, were well designed. The kitchen area was nicely laid out and perfect for having dinner in which is all one needs after long days seeing the sights the bay of islands has to offer. Lynn was the consummate host looking after all of our needs. She was kind enough to book our tours for us both of which were marvellous with terrific guides. We were fortunate enough to have a unit with a garden out front well above the road which helped reduce the road noise, something which is constant in Piahia. Would recommend to all travelers.

Room Tip: Stay in room 5 or 6 for best views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

My arrival time at the motel was delayed due to cancelled flights. I called them to let them know and they went out of their way to ensure that my reception late at night went smoothly. To make my stay even more enjoyable they upgraded me! Great hosts who ensured my stay was enjoyable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The owners here, Lyn and John, really seem to genuinely care about their guests - at least going by my experience. They helped me cancel a booking I had made by mistake (similarly named Breakwater Apartments in Napier) such that I didn't have to pay a cancellation fee. They offered good, considered advice when asked questions. And they also always said hi with a smile when walking past.

The modern and very clean motel rooms are spacious with a flat screen modern tv (with Sky channels) in both the bedroom and the main room. They are well insulated for noise. The air con works a treat although sitting on the verandah with the ocean breeze is awesome. They also have a kitchen with microwave and fridge (no oven) which we took advantage of. The motel is about 2 mins walk from Paihia shops and the ferry terminal. It is also just across from the beach.

Would recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Wanganui, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We returned to Paihia on 13 December 2012 and stayed at the Breakwater Motel.
When I told owner Lyn why we were staying she immediately offered us a more expensive
room with amazing close up seaviews. On our special day we got back to our room to
find some flowers plus a bottle of champagne!! Lyn also took some photos for us.
Our accomodation was superb, loved the couch to lie on watching the sea! Also extremely modern & sparkling clean. We're going to return for sure.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view - well worth it, caus you get close up views
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  • Stayed December 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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Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Friendly hosts giving the impression that we have been friends for ever, nothing been a problem to them. A the rooms are excellent with outstanding views overlooking the beach. Central location to attractions and all dining needs in Paihia. Looking forward to taking the kids with us next time :). Five star rating at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed January 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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Adelaide
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Breakwater at Piahia is a great motel in a perfect loction. The owners were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Our view of the island over the water was a delight, quiet, air conditioned room....it all just worked. Walking distance to ferries and shops it made our stay in the North Island. We will be back for a week next time. Happy Aussie

  • Stayed January 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
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Additional Information about Breakwater Motel

Address: 1 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#3 Business Hotel in Paihia
#4 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Breakwater Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a two minute flat walk to cafes, restuarants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular interrupted ocean views from Waterfront Suites, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Unlimited Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more   less 
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