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“Mercury Bay a stone's throw away” 5 of 5 stars
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Oceanside Motel Whitianga
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   32 Buffalo Beach Road | Whitianga, Whitianga, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Whitianga
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“Mercury Bay a stone's throw away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

Our last night in New Zealand was spent in Whitianga on beautiful Mercury Bay, a 3-hour drive from Auckland on the Coromandel Peninsula. We were very lucky; January 2nd is a kiwi holiday when many Auckland residents flock to the Peninsula. We called the Oceanside Motel. While it was full, Bill Mehaney had a last-minute cancellation for a ground-floor unit in the Waterfront Apartments. What a lovely spot! Our extremely clean 2 bedroom apartment had off-street parking, a roomy bath, kitchenette, living room, and adjoining sun porch. The entire front of the apartment is glass, affording terrific views of the Bay. The doors between the living room and porch and from the porch to the outdoor patio area all open wide, allowing you to watch sunset and greet passersby while enjoying a glass of wine and listening to the ocean. At Bill's recommendation, we walked a couple blocks to dinner at Aris Restaurant on Albert Street. It was lovely. We rose early to cross the road and walk on Buffalo Beach, a long sandy strand heavily peppered with shells of many kinds, before leaving for lunch at the Pepper Tree in Coromandel Town and heading back to Auckland for an evening flight home. Our Waterfront Apartment was a perfect ending to a(nother) wonderful visit to New Zealand's northern island. Wish we'd had a few more nights to enjoy the area. We look forward to returning.

  • Liked — Views, location, easy access to outdoors, beautiful long sandy beach, near downtown
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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osmotel, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga, responded to this review, September 17, 2010
Oceanside Motel is a 9 unit boutique motel with 6 x 1 bedroom units and 3x studio spa bath units directly opposite the safe swimming Buffalo beach and a short stroll to wharf and shops.
We have recently undertaken a major refurbishment of the units and will have hopefully exceeded all clients expectations.
The location with wide sea views over Buffalo beach and the islands of Mercury Bay remain spectacular, as always and can be enjoyed from your lounge.
We do not have any connection with apartments.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2006

The Oceanside motel is ideally situated across the road from the beach. Ground floor rooms have a nice patio area and I understand that the upstairs ones have a spa bath. The owner is extremely helpful. My only criticism is that, as we found out as our trip progressed, the motel was somewhat overpriced.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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osmotel, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga, responded to this review, September 17, 2010
We agree with you! The location is idyllic! And the price I think reflects prime time beachfront tariffs, keeping in mind the choice lies in the beholder. With such a wonderful location and a dynamic winter of 2010 major "makeover" where else would you rather be!
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Address: 32 Buffalo Beach Road | Whitianga, Whitianga, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oceanside Motel Whitianga 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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