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“Great stay in Paihia” 5 of 5 stars
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Pioneer Waterfront Apartments
4.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   44 Marsden Road, Bay Of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #11 of 23 Paihia B&B and Inns
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“Great stay in Paihia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for five nights with my wife on a larger trip to New Zealand and the Cook Islands and this was our favorite place. It would be hard to improve on anything at this place. Mark was a great host to the apartments and was very resourceful and friendly.

It was a little too chilly for the main swimming pool, but we enjoyed the hot tub. There is also a smaller heated pool there as well that would be enjoyable as well. The apartments are located in an ideal location near downtown Paihia, which has a decent amount of restaurants, two grocery stores and a post office.

If you plan on taking any fishing charters or cruises of the Bay of Islands, or the ferry to Russel, the pier where these trips/boats is located very close to the apartments. Overall, we enjoyed our stay in Paihia at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Some places would be hard to improve on, and this is one of them. What you get is a very spacious, very clean and very well-equipped 2-bedroom low-rise apartment right on the Paihia waterfront and just a short stroll to shops and some really good restaurants. The view from the front apartments by day and by night is spectacular; uninterrupted across the water to the town of Russell a couple of kilometres away. The rear 'garden-view' apartments don’t get the same view but are cheaper.

We had one of the water-view apartments on the top floor and found it to be quiet, well-maintained and very comfortable. The balconies on the lower levels are partly overlooked by those above, so top floor gives you the most privacy. It is 'walk-up' to the third level but not too onerous and the view from the balcony is worth it. The hosts, Mark and Viv, are wonderfully helpful and very knowledgeable on all things in the region. We really do recommend this place highly to anyone holidaying in the Bay of Islands area.

Room Tip: Penthouse water-view for the best view and totally private balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Stayed 4 nights in spacious 2 bedroom apartment. Clean, comfortable and well situated property to enjoy Paihia. Walking distance to shops, restaurants and wharf where all the action is. Viv was hosting the resort whilst her family were away and had her hands full with the pool being upgraded but managed our requests with ease and a friendly smile.

Beds are super warm and comfy for this time of the year. Lovely clean towels, sheets and bedding made this a pleasurable stay. Everything you need is provided in the apartment which makes living away from home easy.

Would recommend for location and comfort :)

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights.
Very well appointed apartment, you're not lacking for anything, it's all here.
Apartment is very roomy, and nice and snug.
The spa bath is nice on a cold night.
Situated close to the shops, and the beach is right across the road.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Not our first time in Paihia but definitely the best so many options for accomadation it is hard to know where to go. After staying at the Pioneer Waterfront Apartments we wouldn't stay anywhere else. For a family getaway the apartments are amazing spacious, clean and comfortable there was everything we needed and more. The view from our apartment was beautiful and the sunny large deck is great to kick back and watch the boats. Mark and Viv are outstanding hosts that go above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable. The location is ideal as it is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and wharf. A memorable place to stay for all the right reasons we look forward to returning.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nothing to complain about! Nice space. Clean. Nice helpful owner! Best bed I ever slept in!!! 2 bedrooms in the apartment. Would absolutely stay here again!............................................

Room Tip: Pick a room with seaview :) Always nice!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

Been coming here for 4years will be back to stay every year for as long as we can .MARK VIV AND BOYS ARE FANTASTIC HOST FEEL LIKE PART OF THE FAMILY . :-D plenty of help of when to go and what to do. Never get bored relaxing at the apartments beautiful views taken from the deck or his looking out windows.Totally recommend as a beautiful place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Pioneer Waterfront Apartments

Address: 44 Marsden Road, Bay Of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pioneer Waterfront Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fully equipped and serviced 2 bedroom apartments in Paihia, gateway to the Bay of Islands. All apartments have spa baths, full kitchen, dining lounge area and patio with BBQ. On site pool and hot spa. Ticketing facilities for local tours, cruises and activities. 3 minute walk to Paihia Village and Maritime Centre. Restaurants right next door. Your Bay of Islands home away from home. ... more   less 
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