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Pacific Harbour Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   223 Main Rd., PO Box 69, Tairua 3544, New Zealand   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ascot, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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“Would stay again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

Warm welcome, and provided comprehensive local directions with map. Took advice to visit local extinct volcano, Mount Paku, with great views.

Our chalet was very clean, comfortable with full cooking facilities.

We had an excellent meal at the Shell restaurant near by.

We found all locals to be very friendly, with the exception of the cool reception at the Four Square grocery store.

  • Stayed March 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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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2008

The stay at Pacific Harbour Lodge was a spur of the moment decision…we had always wanted to visit the Coromandel Peninsula. This was such a good decision to stay at Pacific Harbour Lodge. Located right on the main road but with the cabins away from the road so limited traffic noise, close to the main beach and the harbour the location could not have been better!!! The delightful lady on the front reception was excellent and provided us with a map of the area, listing the good things to see such as the Hot Water Beach and the extinct volcano which dominates the township. Also she highlighted the location of the nearest supermarket on the map (over the road and up approx. 100m).
We chose a beach front cabin and when we arrived there was only beach and no water…..the lodge is built on the edge of a tidal river. The cabin had all we wanted: comfortable lounge chairs, small but adequate kitchen, very comfortable bed, compact bathroom and a great outlook (there are also chairs and tables outside the cabin for you to sit and watch the lovely view), surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. The unusual design of the cabins meant you had a raised ceiling which gave you a feeling of space…we just loved them! The hotel restaurant was not open but again the delightful reception staff indicated the small restaurant over the road for the Lodge was good…and it was…we had fish and scallops and tasted some of the local sauvignon blanc…a very good night….a very good stay. That night it rained and it was lovely listening to the sound on the roof of our cabin…and the next day the rain had gone and the tide had come in….this was a great way to end our stay in New Zealand

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2008

The Pacific Harbour Lodge is high quality motel style accommodation. We stayed there in January 2008.


The hotel is easy to find on the main street of Tairua town on the banks of the river Tairua estuary and across the main road from Tairua beach and Harbour.

Reception is just off the main street, we arrived shortly after lunch and the hotel reception was not busy, we received a very friendly welcome and were booked into the hotel in just a few minutes. We also received a good description of the hotels facilities and local tourist attractions. We were told that the hotel reception will help with bookings for boat trips and other tours, it raised a suspicion that a commission is payable although this would not make a difference to the traveller themselves.

The Hotel

All of the accommodation is chalet style with most being detached, some having estuary views and others being within the landscaped garden area of the hotel. Each chalet has its own parking space allotted and we were able to drive our car (and luggage) to our chalet. Some of the chalets have excellent views of the tidal estuary.

It was not obvious when booking that sea views are available but this may have been because we booked at the busiest time of the year, our deluxe Queen bed chalet may have been the only room type available.

The presentation of the chalet area is nicely done although it is clear that this is a motel and all of the available space is used for accommodation. Each chalet has an outside terrace area looking out either onto the sea views and offering good privacy, or for the other chalets they do look onto each other. It doesn’t feel too crowded but it’s not spacious either.

The spaces between the chalets have shrubs, small trees and plants.

We visited at the busiest time of the year but did not feel crowded by other people. The hotel was near full occupancy. On one early evening a nearby chalet was occupied by a family who were having a very noisy dinner, the chalets are not air-conditioned so the open windows allowed the sounds of the party to carry to other chalets. In a small place such as this you are dependent on other guests to remember their accommodation is shared.

The Room

The chalet is well appointed for self catering with sink, cooker,
fridge and a full set of saucepans, plates etc. The kitchen is in the same room as the sitting/eating & sleeping area “studio style”. The room has a small table, dining chairs, lounge chairs, Bed and TV. It was spacious but all the furniture fills the space.

A small “luggage” table is there for you to place your case out of the way.

The hotel provides tea and coffee making facilities (with instant coffee, tea, chocolate and fresh milk). Everything was very clean and working well – the furnishings may be a little 70s style but still clean and tidy.

The bed was comfortable. The TV had a good range of channels including satellite TV with movies. The hotel will also put on DVDs which are broadcast to all chalets – most nights there was a kids’ movie playing. The choices are made on a first come first served basis from a list of movies listed in the hotel guide book. It seems they can play up to 2 movies simultaneously.

The room also had a telephone, radio and alarm clock.

The shower room had a good shower with plenty of pressure and hot water, the room is quite crowded. The toilet is separate to the shower room and is reached by passing through the shower room. A wardrobe in the shower room provides hanging space for clothes. There was very little cupboard/drawer space.

The facilities

The hotel has a business centre with computers and free internet access. The rooms can have wireless internet access for just $10 per day – good value for any hotel and works very well.

The hotel advertises laundry service but this is limited to a guest laundry with a single washing machine and single dryer. We used both several times and did not find it hard to get access although guests were using the services immediately before and after us. The costs were very reasonable $2 for a wash and $4 to dry – a service wash might also be useful for holiday makers short on time but this service was not available.

The hotel has a shared barbeque station which may be reserved in advance.

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were serviced each day and even our washing up was cleared.
The hotel provides a bus service to local beaches and tourist attractions.


Near to the hotel and probably in the same building as the hotel reception is the Shells bar & restaurant. We ate at this restaurant twice during our stay – it provides some very high quality meals from a limited but not small menu with a couple of daily specials.

There is also a good wine list. Service is quick and friendly. The restaurant is not actually part of the hotel – this we found out when we came to claim our inclusive breakfast, we were in the wrong restaurant – no worry the restaurant manager spoke to the hotel and the hotel honoured our breakfast costs despite us using the wrong restaurant – we were very impressed with the service at Shells they did not have to do this, we were quite prepared to pay. The hotel was also very helpful and did not quibble at honouring our breakfast costs. The breakfast was superb if you are a fan of the English breakfast. We recommend the Shell’s restaurant for dinner or breakfast if you have a night to spare in Tairua.

The hotel provides room service – which we did not try.


The hotel was comfortable, clean and economical. It is located in a very picturesque setting and seems to have a good range of services for the price. We recommend it to you. It’s not five star resort but great value for money and probably the best in the area.

The Tairua area.

Tairua is a small village on the tidal estuary of the Tairua river. Across the harbour is the Paku volcano summit. There are beaches, shallow paddling lakes and river bathing. The tide retreats each day leaving a large sandy estuary. The hotel will bus you around if you find it too far to walk and don’t wish to drive. A ferry will take you to the sister town of Pauanui across the bay. The town is a great place for a beach holiday, it’s not a metropolis with 100s of entertainment outlets but it has all you’ll need, 5 or 6 restaurants of which at least 2 we found to be very good. (In addition to Shells we also recommend the Manaia Cafe). There’s a fish & chip shop, supermarket, gas station and local shops. It’s a sleepy place closing up at approx 9pm. The weather in January was superb, dry, warm but not too hot.

  • Liked — The price and good self catering facilities
  • Disliked — We would have preferred an option to pay more for a little more space in our chalet
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2007

I found the Pacific Harbour Lodge on www.expedia.co.nz and am delighted with it! We stayed here for 2 nights during the North Island portion of our NZ vacation and loved the place! It rained like crazy during our stay but our room (cabin) was so comfortable we hung out for the afternoon after doing a hike down to Cathedral Cove.

Very comfortable room (chairs and bed), friendly staff, free Internet access in the lobby (or $10 for 24 hour Wi-Fi access), and great location for access to all activities (only half an hour drive from Hahei/Cathedral Cove where there's great kayaking when the weather's nice). We also had a nice little kitchenette too (oven, 3-ring stove top, fridge, dishes, cutlery, etc).

We discovered the The Cypress Tree restaurant in Tairua and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. We stumbled across it on our first night in town and went back the second night. Delicious gourmet food at reasonable prices.

  • Liked — Separate cabins (not adjoining walls)
  • Disliked — I liked it all!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 223 Main Rd., PO Box 69, Tairua 3544, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Tairua
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Tairua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pacific Harbour Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pacific Harbour Lodge is an attractive Tairua accommodation option for those wanting an island style holiday. Our well-appointed chalets are set among lush vegetation on the shores of the spectacular Tairua Harbour. We have a wide range of on-site facilities, a restaurant and cafe, and even a day spa for luxurious treatments. Just 50 meters from the center of Tairua, Pacific Harbour Lodge Tairua is a 20-minute drive from Hot Water Beach. ... more   less 
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