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“We would have liked to stay longer” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Gerringong, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“We would have liked to stay longer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is a very neat and well presented motel. We had a studio room which was booked for 6 days. On retrospect this was a mistake of mine as it was too small for that length of time. I noticed that there were much larger and well presented rooms that would have been better. Unfortunately we had to cut our stay short to return home after only one day. We received great help from the owner who assisted us with making our travel bookings and drove us to the I-Site to meet the bus to Auckland.
I found this willing and friendly help very impressive and would happly recommend the Nautilus to other travellers. It has a good location next to the supermarket and is about a 10 minute walk from the centre. We did not have a car and I would recommend one for this location.Again many thanks for all your help in making our bookings!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Just lovely, friendly efficient staff, gorgeous gardens and massive pool. Rooms spacious and very clean and up to date. Comfortable beds. Kids play area great and had fun on the tennis court. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Perth
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

After a month away travelling around New Zealand it was so wonderful to spend my last 4 days in the Bay of Islands, staying at the Nautilus Resort. The room was spacious, very clean and the bed was so comfortable. It is located close to the supermarket and a 2 min walk from the beach. To get to town is a wonderful 15min beachside walk with views that take your breath away. The Nautilus made my stay in the Bay extra special, and the owners were very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed January 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Either Booking.com or another motel messed up our booking so we were directed to the Nautilus. This turned out to be a great move. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, particularly when one of our party was ill. The rooms were well equipped, very clean and spacious. There was a delightful swimming pool and good car parking spaces. It was easy to walk into Paihia, close to a supermarket but quiet and peaceful.

  • Stayed January 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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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Great hospitality by the couple running it, they were friendly and eager to help, they also booked our tours for us. Great location right next to the Count down shop, with a 15 minute walk into town. Nice pool and spa, daily servicing of apartment was good too, rooms were clean and a decent size.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed in Paihia for three nights and had pre-booked a two-bedroom apartment in Nautilus. The hotel is well located for exploring Paihia, but having a car is quite necessary as it is not close to any other place than the supermarket next door. Our apartment had two single beds, one double and a bedsofa in the living room. Some noise from cars accelerating on Puketona Road. The "resort" is a little bit faded already and could do with a facelift.
The apartment comes with a small kitchenette enough for basic cooking. No dishwasher or washing machines in the apartment but there is one machine and tumbler next to the reception. Pay 4 dollars for washing and 4 for tumbling.
There is a tennis court, small pool with cold water, barbequeue area, a jaccuzi and some sunbathing chairs in the resort. No problems parking.
A nice surprise was the Northland DVD in our room. It was good to watch it for inspiration. The children also appreciated a vast selection of free boardgames to be borrowed from the reception. Service in the reception was good and they had of course a lot of information to provide about the sights and activities in the area.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stephen W, Owner at Nautilus Resort, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Hi and thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, we always appreciate feedback. We wouldn't necessarily agree that you need a car to get around Paihia, our motel is a very easy and pleasant 10min stroll along the beachfront to the centre of town and access to all the facilities and tours available in the area. We are 200m from the best beach in the area and a 10min stroll to the Waitangi Treaty grounds, the majority of our guests seem to love our location. You stayed in a two bedroom apartment with a king sized bed in the master bedroom, two single beds in the second bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge area. You are correct in saying that the apartment you stayed in needs a facelift, it is one of three remaining apartments that remain to be redecorated over the next couple of months, and this is reflected in our pricing structure. The apartment though still has all the same facilities of our other two bedroom apartments; 40" flat screen TV with 10 channels available, blue-ray DVD player, seperate TV in the master bedroom, corner spa bath, ceramic cooktop, microwave, fridge and a host of other features.
We were sorry that you felt our 16m swimming pool was both small and cold at 26 degrees C, you would struggle to find a larger facility in any other motel in Paihia. We recognise of course that in Singapore pools may be warmer than here.
In terms of road noise, there tends to be some where ever you stay at New Year in a tourist destination like Paihia, there are many thousands of people visiting at this time.
We are very happy however that you enjoyed our selection of boardgames, they are a popular addition we are proud to provide.
Looking at the other reviews you wrote of visits you made whilst in the Paihia area it would seem that you have had better holidays and for that we are sorry. We hope that you will come back to our region again in the near future as it has much to offer the international traveller.
Thank you again for taking the time to post a review.
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Spent 3 nights here and enjoyed our stay. The pool was lovely, there is plenty of parking, a supermarket right next door, its only a short walk to the sea and the owners were lovely and very welcoming. The only downside being the location is slightly outside of town so would be quite a walk to the main Paihia area (we drove).

All round a good place to stay and one I would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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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:
#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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