Kapiti Gateway Motel

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4.5
#1 of 2 motels in Waikanae
Location
4.4
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.6
Value
4.4
Kapiti Gateway Motel is located in the beautiful village of Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, minutes from stunning beaches, great river/bush walks and many wonderful attractions. A short walk to local restaurants and cafes, and half-hourly train service between Waikanae and Wellington City. 10 min drive to Otaki (great outlet shopping) and Paraparaumu (Kapiti Island Tours). Your Kiwi Hosts Viv and Russell promise cleanliness, comfort and service to remember long after your travel ends. Accommodation options for business travellers and holiday makers alike. Full SkyTV service, free unlimited WiFi, free parking. Complex has swimming pool, private spa pool, childrens playground, BBQ facilities, full guest laundry. You are warmly invited to try Kapiti Gateway Motel for your accommodation when next visiting the Kapiti Coast. ENJOY FREE UNLIMITED WIFI DURING YOUR STAY!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Housekeeping
Safe
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Family

Location

114 Main Road, Waikanae 5036 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 55 out of 100
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Kapiti Coast Airport
Wellington Intl Airport
34.1 mi
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MurrayL wrote a review Dec 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand97 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a very convenient motel, close to Charles Fleming Retirement Village as well handy to shops, but was a lot smaller than we had expected. It was clean and comfortable, but with a queen and a single bed in the room, it would have been difficult to swing a cat in. Another short-coming was the absence of a table.
The hosts were friendly and efficient, but we thought the continental breakfasts @ $16.00/head were a bit steep.
Nobody had warned us about the proximity of the railway, though admittedly, we were not really aware of the trains after 11.00pm, but it would have been nice be forewarned.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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River127 wrote a review Jul 2023
17 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
On arrival we found check in was easy and staff were friendly and helpful with restaurant recommendations. The room was extremely clean. Only recommendation would be black out curtains as room was light as soon as daybreak. Had an upstairs studio room, dated but perfectly fine
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hooper Collier wrote a review Jan 2020
Palmerston North, New Zealand24 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for work recently, and was very satisfied. The owners were really nice, and I thought the place had a good feel to it. I've stayed in a lot of motels for work, and this is one of the best I've stayed at. Unlimited wifi is pretty handy too!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Thank you for the great feed back. We love a happy guest and are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Sightseer30452080578 wrote a review Jan 2024
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very well run Motel in an area preferred by families for holidays. Frances and her staff have created a relaxed atmosphere for guests. Rooms are comfortable and well stocked with the basics. The Motel was full during my visit, quiet and with a good sleep quality. The owners deserve success with this venture.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Dave T wrote a review Mar 2024
Cambridge, New Zealand66 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Returning here after a few years found still a great place clean and tidy with friendly new owners.
Now much quieter with new motorway bypass.
Not a new motel by any means but comfortable with all the neccesities required for self contained etc.
Most enjoyable.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled on business
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patmary68 wrote a review Jul 2011
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions51 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose what was supposed to be one of the better rooms - upstairs and larger with a 'view' of the countryside from the back. Both highly exaggerated! Still noisy depite away from the main road. Interior VERY shabby - looked like a cat had been clawing the sofa to bits. View was over the neighbours back yard - we could see them drying off after a shower in their bathroom from the window! Kitchen was terrible - fridge minute and couldn't fit our meagre supplies- basicaly just a cupboard on the wall. No benchtop or hobs for preparing food, tiny old fashioned microwave only. Standing heater only - we froze 5 mins after turning it off. Bed moderate, blankets and not cosy, no wardrobe space provided. Altogether poor value for money. I can't see how a place like this can advertise as 'qualmark 4 star'.
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Date of stay: June 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel
Responded Aug 25, 2011
It has been a challenge responding to this review. It contains a number of untruths. There are strict guidelines around Management Responses - we can supply the facts about the room, the subject of this review: • Refurbishment was completed 8 months ago – interior repainted, new carpet, new curtains, new bathroom, 33” flat screen TV fitted. • The room is advertised with tea/coffee/toast facilities only, not intended for cooking. • Microwave full size and only 8 months old. • Fridge is a free-standing 115 litre standard size motel fridge with ample storage. • Room has a full size wardrobe that contains extra blankets and pillows. • 2400 kw heater is very efficient but must be kept on to be effective – a second heater also available in this room. • We agree sofa needs replacing. • We have been reluctant to renew bed because of feedback that it is very comfortable – this will now be reviewed. Bed has a cosy feather and down duvee. • The neighbouring residence can be partially seen from upper level units, but so too can the Tararua Ranges, which provide a scenic backdrop to our property, be clearly seen from every room. • Qualmark have rated us 4-star by their own rigorous standards – we are not self-rated. Russell and Viv are owner operators, live on-site and available at all times. Our aim is to always exceed guests expectations. Despite interacting with these guests during their stay, we were never made aware of their dissatisfaction. We would have been very happy to put right anything that was not up to their expectations – had we been given the opportunity, a free upgrade to an apartment with full cooking would have been the best option for these guests.
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Siri B R wrote a review Mar 2018
Oslo, Norway29 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived by foot, were taken well care of. Room was spacious and clean, with tv and well functioning free WiFi. Near grocery store and railway station.

Multiple hiking options in nearby Tararua ranges, and a beautiful river walk to the coast.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel
Responded Mar 17, 2018
Thank you for your review Siri. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and some of the wonderful walks we have close by. We hope to see you again soon!
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Evan L wrote a review Apr 2017
Blountville, Tennessee452 contributions145 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are driving into Wellington from the north and need a place to stay on the first night this is a good way to save some money. Rather than pay big city prices you can stay here and drive fairy comfortably into Wellington in the morning. There may be rush hour traffic early in the morning but we went in about 9 am and there was very little traffic by USA standards. Actually this town used to be jammed with traffic but since this section of the motorway/freeway has been opened there is almost no traffic in the town of Waikanae. Don't scoot down the motorway and miss this opportunity.

It is a clean and comfortable motel and the Kiwi owners are very helpful.
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms appear to be quiet.
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Yvonne K wrote a review Sep 2015
Dunedin, New Zealand158 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly hosts great location very well appointed room comfy bed but the noise from the road and rail was not pleasant maybe a unit on the bottom floor might not be as bad hosts very eager to help and would return
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Date of stay: September 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Maybe ground level not as noisy from the traffic
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Response from kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel
Responded Sep 9, 2015
Thank you for your review Yvonne. We are pleased you were comfortable and enjoyed our hospitality. We are indeed a main road location and traffic can be heard in the night although there are very few trains during sleeping hours). Guests who are particularly sensitive are encouraged to request a room well back from the road, or downstairs. Our rooms closest to the road do have thickened glass and generally we find guests report that they sleep well, and our reviews seem to support this. We are delighted you will be coming back and look forward to hosting you again at Kapiti Gateway Motel Waikanae.
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garyfursdon wrote a review Feb 2015
Pongaroa, New Zealand19 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights for a family wedding close by. We were disappointed to find a stain on the bed linen when we turned down to the bed on the first night - this was dealt with by the hosts when serviced the next day. However they had been having difficulties with the company that washed the bed linen. We were also disappointed with the where the room was located upstairs with a marvellous view of a painted block wall outside the room and above the laundry. It was very noisy with the traffic noise and the trains going past caused the building to shake. There was also a golfing group staying there at the same time that we found talked quite loud and were noisy. Although the room was very clean and tidy it was very dated with 70's & 80's tiling and we feel did not warrant the $140.00 tariff. Very close to the town and restaurants which was a bonus.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel
Responded Feb 26, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We are pleased to report the issue with our sheets has indeed been resolved...it was district wide one that the company quickly addressed. We are disappointed to learn that you were disturbed by other guests. We request noise be kept to a minimum between 10pm and 7am. We live on-site and pride ourselves on managing this well so all guests can enjoy a peaceful stay. Our golfers departed for their days activities at 7:30am each morning, chatting rather loudly, but we were not aware this was actually disturbing any guests. Our executive one-bedroom unit is one of our most recently refurbished room types: brand new carpet and kitchen, room repainted 2014, new furnishings and top quality bed. The only original features we have chosen to retain is the large bath and existing tiling which are both in excellent condition. Many of our guests request this room specifically for its great view. Although a wall is indeed visible, we hope you had time to also look to the left up to the bush clad Taurarua hills...and to the right, from the outdoor furniture setting provided, to enjoy the lovely outlook over Waikanae to Kapiti Island in the distance. Thank you for choosing Kapiti Gateway Motel Waikanae. Regards, Viv & Russell
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nickbooth wrote a tip May 2018
Cromwell, New Zealand2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would personally avoid this motel."
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Evan L wrote a tip Apr 2017
Blountville, Tennessee452 contributions145 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms appear to be quiet."
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Yvonne K wrote a tip Sep 2015
Dunedin, New Zealand158 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe ground level not as noisy from the traffic"
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Philip N wrote a tip Apr 2015
Hastings, New Zealand41 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ground floor self contain with full oven"
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Keith F wrote a tip Jan 2014
Hamilton, New Zealand85 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Probably better to stay in a downstairs room away from traffic and railway noise."
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PRICE RANGE
$103 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandGreater WellingtonKapiti CoastWaikanae
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapiti Gateway Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Nearby attractions include Shoreline Cinema (0.3 miles), Kapiti Coast Museum (0.3 miles), and Parata Walking Track (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Relish Café, Salt & Wood Collective, and Prah Ta Pang Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Kapiti Gateway Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Waikanae.
Are there any historical sites close to Kapiti Gateway Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rangiatea Church (9.3 miles).
Is Kapiti Gateway Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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