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“Comfortable, spacious and lots of excellent touches” 5 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 #20 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Comfortable, spacious and lots of excellent touches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We got a great low season deal from GrabOne so value was good. Rae was lovely and helpful, rooms are big and beds very comfortable. They obviously take a lot of care to make it special, we would definitely recommend.

Kids loved movies on the big TV plus the hot tub. Countdown supermarket is next door if you are self catering.

Only negative was the advertised free Wifi which cut out a lot and was accessed through 100Mb cards which means you have to login every time you want to use it. This seems to be quite common in NZ but pretty frustrating. We did get extra cards at no charge when we asked but worth mentioning as a nudge towards a better system.

Room Tip: downstairs so easy nip over the lawn to the hot tub
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Canberra, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is so late! We arrived at the Nautilus Resort via a huge detour in September 2012 and were ushered into a spacious, well-appointed and warm!! room (it was bucketing down outside). There was no outside noise to be heard in our 3 night stay, and we were really well located. Walking distance to the main shops, well-placed for the Treaty House, and on the road out of Paihia to Cape Reinga in the north. Our hosts Rae and Steve were nothing short of wonderful - full of advice for an excellent local restaurant, and where to go that was off the beaten track (including local glow worm caves that even Bill Gates has visited, at a fraction of the price of the more famous caves and a local kauri stand). Oh - and the supermarket next door was a boon. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ground floor room facing onto the back and accessible to the pool, was wonderful for arthritic limb...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Urenui, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

On this return visit with a friend we were welcomed by the owners Rae and Steve as long lost friends.
They provided a friendly environment for my companion to relax and recover.
Can thoroughly recommend this accomodation for anyone. We had the disabled unit and this proved a gret choice for my companion.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed four nights in a suite of rooms with our own balcony. Although the motel was built a few years ago, we found it well equipped, clean and comfortable. There was a modern large TV in the lounge and a smaller TV in the bedroom. The hosts, Rae and Steve were very helpful. Although we did not use them, there is a large swimming pool and spa . The BBQ was easy to use and conveniently placed. The Wifi connection was good. It is about a 15 minute walk from town but just a couple of minutes by car. If you need groceries, Countdown is just next door. Overall, this is well worth a stay.

Room Tip: Try for upper room with individual balcony
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  • Stayed February 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed a few nights. The place was quite smelly. It needed freshening. The pool was immaculate. But if you get a room near the road it's a noisy road. No air con but fans in the room. Nice clean bathrooms. Supermarket right next door.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stephen W, Owner at Nautilus Resort, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your stay at our resort and we are sorry that you did not enjoy the experience.

To respond to a couple of your comments and ratings we are firstly disappointed that you saw fit to title your review “Upstairs Terrible”….there are seven rooms upstairs, you have only ever had experience, or seen, one of them.

We are sorry that you thought your upstairs room was smelly, despite the nice clean bathrooms. The room you stayed in before we moved you has been occupied continuously throughout the summer season and never before has anyone mentioned a smell of any kind. When a guest leaves the rooms are thoroughly cleaned, down to replacing all mattress protectors, pillow protectors, shower curtains and linen with freshly washed materials. Kitchens are deep cleaned and all crockery and cutlery are washed and polished.

Given your other comments we feel that your two star rating for cleanliness is grossly unreasonable.

The road noise you mention is an issue around most of Paihia during the summer season, remember it was high season when you stayed and Anniversary Weekend in Auckland and Northland. There were many thousands of tourists visiting the area that weekend so yes there is a certain amount of road noise disruption, remember also that we are not on the main route into town so it could be a lot worse.

We noted also that you gave us a three star rating for service which we find confusing given that not once did we fail to give you what you wanted, and we went to the extra effort and expense of moving you as soon as we could to one of our best two bedroom apartments downstairs, for no extra cost, which was already minimal to reflect your original room booking, yet again, you mark us down on value.

We do appreciate your comments about the swimming pool and bathrooms and are glad you found downstairs more to your liking, but we do believe that some of your rating scores are unfair. That said, perception is in the eye of the guest. As always we will try to address any deficiencies we find immediately.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed for work, but I would definately stay out of my own choice too. The staff were always accomodating and friendly! We have stayed there 4 times, and each visit never fails with service and a great room. Boat washing facilities are provided, and the supermarket is right next door. Highly recommended for your next visit to Paihia!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Gerringong, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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!

Room Tip: Avoid the studio rooms for a longer stay.
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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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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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Paihia
#6 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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