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Nautilus Resort
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   9 Puketona Road | Waitangi, Paihia 0200, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #24 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
“Good choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Very pleasant view from our room with the sea in the distance and bush covered hills to the left beyond the pool and the spa pool. We had a studio unit which was nicely presented and suitable for the weekend break. On checking in, the owner gave helpful information about local restaurants, as well as the details around the Wine & Food Festival being held the next day. The staff were friendly and obliging and the unit cleaned nicely. This resort had thoughtful extras - games to borrow, dvds available, plasters and an emergency headache remedy in the bathroom, as well as offering to return an item we overlooked when packing up. The resort itself is within walking distance to the town and the Treaty Grounds as well as the beach, with a supermarket next door an extra bonus. We'd be happy to recommend this accommodation to our friends.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Napier, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Was staying with my mother and partner so wanted a two bdroom unit.
Booking was a breeze and the room was exactly as described. It was well appointed, clean, modern and very nice. It was downstairs and had a great view of the pool directly in front of us through the lovely big ranch sliders. The beds were very comfortable and there was no road noise.
The Motel is not on the beach but it is only 2 minutes walk so not a problem to nip down for a quick swim in the ocean.
I only met the owner when I was leaving but they were very friendly. The lady that met us when we arrived was very friendly and helpful.
We had a lovely stay, played tennis and enjoyed the spa. The pool was very clean but a little cold for me.
We will stay here again

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Just outside the main town area but only a very short walk away, and a handy location being next door to a supermarket. The staff were super helpful and friendly. The family facilities were great, our kids loved the large trampoline, swings, tennis court, spa and large swimming pool. We'd be happy to stay at the Nautilus Resort again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

We arrived to find reception closed but as soon as we called the number on the door, Rae left her dinner at a local restaurant to book us in. She also returned later when we locked ourselves out.
The rooms are incredibly good value. We got the room cheaper than anywhere else we looked (and we looked!) and we were thoroughly impressed.
Two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a whirlpool bathtub, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a tennis court and a BBQ all available for use. Full tv, extra pillows, milk provided on arrival and a fully fitted kitchen. Rae and Steve have done an amazing job.

There's more information in the guest pack than you'd ever need and the facilities on site are damn good. Free racquets and balls for the tennis court and citronella candles provided for warm insect infested nights.
There's a supermarket right next door and the beach at the end of the road.

I would come back here again and again.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We were able to make a last minute stay over in Paihia while beingable to take in the local places of interest.
As in previous reviews the place was located close to the supermarket and we found it to be a nice ,clean relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

An ideal location, out of the town centre but only a few minutes walk to get there. Everything you could possibly need was provided. Being next door to a Countdown supermarket which was open from 7am to 9pm was also a great advantage for supplies. Going out of season, we benefited from the "Stay three nights and pay for two" deal, but the pool was a bit too cold to try although it looked very inviting.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

We came to Paihia in the July school holidays, and were looking for a place to relax as a couple. We found this place great - the highlight was being able to have a nice hot spa every night. About a 10 minute walk from town, and very close to the beach. Right next door to the supermarket, so easy to grab food for meals etc. We stayed in the two bedroom suite, so had a kitchenette as well - which worked well for us. The hosts are very lovely and helpful - and gave us advice on where to go and what to do. They even let us borrow dvd's for no cost. Overall experience here was great. I recommend to all. I imagine it's a very popular place in summer.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nautilus Resort

Address: 9 Puketona Road | Waitangi, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#14 Family Hotel in Paihia
#16 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nautilus Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Nautilus Resort / Motel is a Qualmark accredited 4* Plus luxury selection of accommodation apartments, 200 metres from the golden sand beach and close to Waitangi on the edge of Paihia - the hub of the beautiful Bay of Islands in the Far North of New Zealand. The centre of Paihia is a pleasant 15 minute sea front stroll away. If it is adventure, excitement or just relaxation you seek, look no farther than the Bay of Islands. Every conceivable activity is catered for from Paihia, from diving the Rainbow Warrior and the spectacular sub-tropical undersea world, to sailing, kayaking, fishing, horse riding, golfing, parasailing and much more. ... more   less 
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Nautilus Hotel Paihia
Nautilus Resort Paihia, Bay Of Islands

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