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“Wonderful helpful hosts. Superb accommodation” 5 of 5 stars
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52 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #32 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Wonderful helpful hosts. Superb accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed in December 2012. The owner was very helpful in securing a last minute booking for us. The accommodation was spotless, so convenient to all the local amenities and the ferry and more than we ever expected! Our hosts gave us advice on what to do and where to eat. It was the ideal home for a perfect occasion. Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Innisfail, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stayed at Ala Moana for three nights in January 2013. The owners came to greet us as soon as we arrived - we had no booking but they found us a room straight away. Although not 5 star, The rooms were spotless - so clean. The price was very reasonable, especially considering the location. They even booked our tours for us, after going through them and helping us decide - and added the cost onto our room charge. They also suggested some other things to do during our stay that we found very enjoyable, and even let us borrow their towels to take out on our tour! I would highly reccommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Awesome comments - thank you so much for taking the time to review - it makes our hard work worthwhile!
We trust the rest of your holiday was as perfect.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed at Ala Moana ther nights in january 2013 on our tour around NZ. We just wlaked in from the street and meet a really nice and friendly owner couple. The apartment was newly refurbished and nice. No luxury but relly god for its price.
We had a nice veranda and wiev over the bay. Abslouly worth staying at!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kiwigirlBayofIslands, Owner at Ala-Moana Motel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you - we appreciate your fine comments and hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back soon.
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DERBY
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

English couple stayed 2 nights in December . Excellent hosts , very friendly & helpful .Room was large & very comfortable with great view. Motel is superbly placed for all shops, restaurants ,boat trips etc . great swimming beach across the road . Would definately stay here again

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We very much appreciate your kind words and hope you get a chance to come back soon. Thank you.
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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
136 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We (myself, my mum, and my girlfriend) came back to the same room after we all stayed there 2 years ago also. It's the only room with a good view out to the bay as it's up one level - not panoramic by any means but lovely to sit just outside the room in the chairs provided and relax with a wonderful view in the direction of Russell. Great to spend an evening just sitting out there with a couple of bottles of wine and some cheese and bread.

There are also two units at the front of the property that would have a view but from ground level and more obscured by foliage and whatnot. The remaining units don't have any view.

The unit has pretty much a full kitchen and is a good size, it's only the bathroom area that is quite tight really. The only other minor negatives I can think of is that the TV is small and that being the Bay Of Islands in summer it's pretty warm so you need to sleep with the fan (provided inside the unit) on and windows open.

Location is fantastic being very close to town centre and just walk across the road to get to the beach and go for a swim.

This room, or one of the other two rooms with a view at this motel, would again be my first choice if I was staying in Paihia again in future.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

Nice clean motel and comfy beds, had three good nights sleep. Owners very friendly and helpful about what to do while you are there. If up there again would stay there for sure.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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UK
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2010

2 couples stayed here for 5 nights in January Martin and Lynette could not have been more helpful.The accommodation was first class and we enjoyed our stay very much The Murrays

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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Additional Information about Ala-Moana Motel

Address: 52 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 44 Hotels in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best waterfront location in central Paihia, surrounded by an abundance of historical sites, cafes & good restaurants, shops, wharf, bus depot & all the water based excursions & fishing boats are just across the road. Waitangi - our birth place, is a short walk along the foreshore. The beach is at our gate!Our apartments have recently been refurbished, are of solid construction and strictly non-smoking, they are clean, warm, comfortable & quiet. ... more   less 
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Ala-Moana Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands

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