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Bay of Islands Gateway Motel
4.0 of 5 Motel   |   2 Puketona Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #13 of 42 Hotels in Paihia
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19 hotel reviews
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“A very enjoyable stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

While visiting from Canada, my wife and I, plus my NZ cousin and her husband, shared a 2 bedroom suite.

Prices are quite high compared to Canada, but according to my cousin, the rate was quite reasonable by NZ standards.

The suite we had on the 2nd floor was very modern, spacious, and spotlessly clean. The beds were very comfortable and there wish a nice breeze through the bedrooms thanks to the overhead windows on the vaulted ceiling.

After a long day or travelling, I really enjoyed relaxing on lounge chairs on the balcony, watching the sunset over the Bay of Islands, and enjoying a cool beverage (or two).

Grocery store was nearby and we made a nice breakfast in the suite's kitchen.

Hosts were welcoming and friendly. I would highly recommend the Gateway!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • 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
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Our first motel in NZ. If they are all this good we will be very happy. The owners are very helpful and the motel is near a great beach. The rooms are great for those who want to self cater, but there are plenty of eating places nearby if you prefer.
Bay of Islands has something for everyone.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Friendly welcome, immaculate rooms, great service, the motel is conveniently situated close to the beach and is good value for money...I enjoyed two great nights there and on my way back from the cape I stayed for a further three nights whilst exploring the Bay of Islands...well worth a visit...

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Of all the places that we stayed in, this was my favorite. I was travelling with my parents. We booked a family room, with two beds. The room was spacious, clean and had everything you need to be comfortable. There was a small kitchen to make a basic meal, a dining table, TV and unlimited free wi-fi (which I found was a rare commodity in most hotels in NZ!!).
The hosts were wonderful. They were helpful and approachable.
Our parking spot was right outside our room.
It's a 2 minute walk to the waterfront. About a 10 minute walk to the pier. The grocery store Countdown is right across the street from here.
This place was perfect!

  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Awesome hosts, couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. Good location, close to beach, supermarket and treaty of waitangi grounds. Clean comfortable rooms with air conditioning. The only reason I didn't give this an excellent score is because you have to wash your own dishes or get charged an extra $15, we were unaware of this until we were there. I didn't like the fact that the dishes may not have been washed to a high standard by previous guests, my first job was to boil the dishes!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kevin119, Owner at Bay of Islands Gateway Motel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for your reveiw ,As a reply to the dishes, Our Motel Policy requires all guests to wash
their dishes before they check out, As Most motels request the same. All of our Kitchen utensils are checked and cleaned on every departure of guests to a very high standard,I could post some pics of some guests that dont wash their dishes,with every piece used, and pots full of burnt food, stacked up on the floor and spillage on the the carpets and breakage.Then we have to pass
this cost on to that guest.

All the best for 2013

Regards

Kevin
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London
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

A lovely motel in an ideal location in beautiful Paihia. Virtually on the beach, walking distance to a good supermarket, Waitangi Treaty house and the ferries to the Bay of Islands. The room was very spacious and clean with everything you need for a relaxing stay. The owners were very helpful in booking trips and advising us on other activities.

  • Stayed October 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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kevin119, Owner at Bay of Islands Gateway Motel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thanks for your reveiw


All the best for 2013

Regards

Kevin
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Frimley Green, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Got there late at night. 1st thing I noticed was that is was next door to a petrol station and opposite a supermarket. Delivery trucks and such coming and going all day.

Yes I could see the beach 200 metres away but the street was a busy highway with all the traffic going to the main town of Keri keri right outside - roads were busy from 0700 to 2300.

I stayed only a night or two then moed on.
Sherrin & kevin were nice hosts but if \I had the time to research things I would never have stayed in such a location.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kevin119, Owner at Bay of Islands Gateway Motel, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank for your reveiw, We are only 50mtrs from Ti Beach, and 200 mtrs from the only supermarket . The the whole of Paihia is a very noisey busy happening place, We are very sorry
about that .Im glad that we have a vacant site next to us, and not a backpackers or Bar.

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Kevin
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Address: 2 Puketona Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#10 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#18 Family Hotel in Paihia
#23 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bay of Islands Gateway Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A newly renovated motel located at the northern entrance to Paihia. 50 meters from a lovely swimming beach. All units self contained and air conditioned. ... more   less 
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