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Hicks Bay Motel Lodge

5198 Te Araroa Road, Gisborne New Zealand
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#21 of 26 hotels in Gisborne
...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters above sea level, in historic and botanical protected -- unspoiled -- countryside. where peace and tranquility abound. Overlooking the beautiful Hicks Bay Waterways 40 rooms with 175 person total capacity. AMENITIES. Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bush walks. Restaurant -- 60 person seating capacity. Breakfast and Dinner prepared by Maori chef with freshly prepared sauces, vegetables - served homestyle. Shop and Bottle Store. Internet access, Payphone, and Guest laundry. Playground and Pool Table. Glowworm Grotto and Rock Fishing. East Cape Maritime Lighthouse accessible to the public, 35km.Located midway between Opotiki and Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Ocean view
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Michael Parker wrote a review May 2021
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I can't believe some of the reviews I am reading here. This is a small town and as remote as you will find in the North Island. Six of us had an amazing trip fishing with Coastal Fishing Charters and to go back to our accommodation for an amazing meal and well priced drinks was just so good. This is a very small community in a very remote part of NZ and to get a steak of the quality we had was amazing. If you don't like NZ as it used to be then go stay somewhere else. Lovely people, great food and decent lodgings. Try being nice to the staff and they will return that in bucket loads. !00 times better than we expected
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Date of stay: May 2021
Manwell wrote a review May 2021
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I have stayed at Hicks Bay Motel a few times over the years,while I see quite a few negative reviews its not easy running a motel in such an isolated area.I do think that both the rooms and the food in the restaurant are way overpriced for the quality provided. We recently stayed in inner city Wellington and paid less for accomodation and paid about the same for a main in very nice Wellington restaurant.The staff were good but were absolutely run off their feet so a long wait for food and drinks ,no sign of the owner. The view is great and the grounds well kept.If id paid about 20% less I would have thought the value was OK
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: if you want anthing more the a jug cup teapot and glass get a fully serviced room.
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LouiseChristine wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed in a room at the far end, with views out over the water. Fab views!!! Lovely to walk outside and enjoy the vista. Accommodation very basic and a lot of maintenance is needed but it was a convenient stop before summiting Hikurangi the next day.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view out over the ocean.
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marienormile wrote a review Apr 2021
Blenheim, New Zealand22 contributions41 helpful votes
The staff epitomise the value of manaakitanga, they know how to look after their guests., elders. Nothing seemed to be a problem in meeting our needs. The food and entertainment was great. An additional bonus was the views from our rooms.. We were very comfortable.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: We stayed in top units..
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Melanie Minky Whale wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions30 helpful votes
We stopped off here for a night with our 2 young children and absolutely loved it. Stayed in the 2 bedroom self contained unit which was ideal. Stunning views, great kids playground, picturesque coastal walk direct from the lodge, and a glow worm grotto! Location was 5 stars - you could imagine it being the site for NZs newest luxury lodge. Luckily for us the original rooms remain and are therefore affordable!! Accommodation is definitely older retro style, but comfortable and clean enough. We enjoyed a pre-dinner drink with views on our own deck, while the kids played happily on the playground right next to our unit. Then an easy stroll up to the restaurant for dinner, where we enjoyed a sumptuous meal of steak and salmon. The food quality was excellent - yes it’s expensive, but if you want a delicious high-quality dinner in the middle of nowhere it costs a bit extra! Worth every penny in our view! Being able to visit our very own glow worm grotto with the kids after dinner was the icing on the cake. Honestly loved our time here - it was a real adventure! Staff were friendly and helpful, accomodation comfortable and reasonably priced, stunning location, cool and quirky amenities, and a fantastic restaurant. Come with reasonable expectations and an open mind and I’m sure you’ll love it too. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hicks Bay Motel Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Hicks Bay Wharf (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include East Cape Manuka Company Cafe, Twilight Coffee and Food, and Kai Kart Takeaway's & Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hicks Bay Motel Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.