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“Cove Comfort” 4 of 5 stars
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Waipu Cove Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   891 Cove Road, Waipu, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Waipu
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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“Cove Comfort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

The term 'resort' is probably a little inflated for this neat and modern motel located in the ever-so-family friendly Waipu Cove. I suspect that this was once a rather nondescript little motel that has had a canny makeover: the rooms are not large but the fittings are modern and stylish, and the decor creates a feeling of spaciousness that probably wouldn't look as generous on a floor plan.

Our room had a seperate (small) bedroom, kitchen/living and bathroom. Breakfast isn't provided. You could whip up a quick breakfast or light meal using the facilities, but probably not much more. There was amply room for two to sit and watch telly, however, as the weather was warm and pleasant we enjoyed a glass of local white wine on the outdoor setting located through the double glass doors at the rear of our room. The motel has a restaurant (really an upmarket pizzaria) that looked a bit overpriced. It's the only real choice in town besides buying food from the even more overpriced general store. The evening we were there however the restaurant was closed, and we enjoyed a meal in nearby Waipu town, about ten minutes drive away.

Waipu Cove is geared mainly towards family camping, so this is the only choice besides B&Bs of various quality sprinkled along the roadside. As such, its not at all a bad choice. Just make sure you buy up some supplies on the larger towns either side of the cove unless you want to be held hostage by the outrageous prices next door.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2008

One hour's drive south of Whangerai and 10k south of Waipu will bring you to Waipu Cove, a delightful little community on a perfect swimming beach. The Waipu Cove Resort is basically the only Motel in the area (there are other B&B's), however with this one there is no need to look any further.
The twelve rooms are spotless, completey modern, fully self contained and offer free broadband internet access. Other facilities are BBQ's and a free laundry for guests. Management (at the time of writing) are a delightful couple and extremely helpful in every way.
There are many attractions in the area - great walks and several superb beaches. Be warned though - shopping is extremely limited so if you are travelling from the north stock up at Waipu Town at a 4 Square there or for greater choices try the large Super Valu at Ruakaka just east of Waipu , otherwise get your provisions at any major town travelling north.

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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 891 Cove Road, Waipu, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Waipu
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Waipu
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Hotel Class:3 star — Waipu Cove Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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