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Kapiti Gateway Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Waikanae
Whangarei, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Exactly what you're after”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were a group of five in our early 20s and had a great experience staying here. Room was really spacious, clean and tidy, staff really helpful. Awesome location- close to the train, supermarket and cafes. Would definitely return again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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English first
Peterborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Kapiti Gateway Motel, Waikanae, for 11 nights recently whilst visiting our daughter. We had contacted Vivian and Russell from the UK informing them of our plans and enquiring about accommodation availability. We booked a Double Studio however our hosts upgraded us to the Superior Studio with no extra costs. The rooms were very clean and as stated by others the beds are very comfortable. Although the motel is located near a main road and train station, we found the noise very minimal and we always enjoyed a good nights sleep. We used the pool often to cool off, it was well maintained and clean. There is also a children's play area with a trampoline etc which our grandchildren enjoyed playing on. We decided to visit Napier on our way back to Auckland Airport and Russell recommended a nice motel in Napier which he booked for us (as the Napier motel was in the same chain it only cost us $50 for the night). Vivian and Russell were superb hosts and we shall have no hesitation in booking another stay at the Kapiti Gateway Motel on our next visit to NZ.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank John F
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newcastle england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Very clean rooms excellent hosts rooms bit dated but everything works and beds are comfy we had booked a studio and the hosts upgraded us. The shops were just along the road and just off the main highway for Wellington. A little bit noise from the road Highway maintenance were working one night of our stay so this could be the reason for road noise, and a couple of trains trains but the super clean rooms and comfy beds made up for this. Thank you for our upgrade we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank worldholidays
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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Thank you for for feed back. Our building may be an older style but our exterior upgrades and interior refurbishments are recent and modern. Comfort and cleanliness are what we promises our guests so we are delighted to know you had a comfortable stay and enjoyed your room. There was indeed some night time work going on in Waikanae village, we heard it too but unfortunately have no control over the inconvenient choices the road maintenance companies make! It is rare for this to occur though. We hope to have you back to stay at Kapiti Gateway Motel when you next journey to our part of the world.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

3 couples Spent 1 night in Waikanae recently. Beds were extremely comfortable. Units not ultra modern but very clean and comfortable. Hostess superb. Easy walking distance to shopping,restaurants and train station. Would stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank marlaw
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Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

What a great place, perfect for day tripping into Wellington by train. Rooms were super clean, nice linen, comfy beds and the owners very lovely and helpful. If you want somewhere nice and basic but comfortable then well worth the stop.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Mandy C
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Wellington, NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed one night at Gateway; in town for a birthday party. It was completely fit for purpose- close to restaurants and shops.
Despite the garish turquise exterior, our room was fresh, modern and immaculate. (I have never seen such shiny cutlery!). The is a nice and quite sizeable garden area, with trampoline, swings and bbq. DIdn't chance the 'solar' heated pool or have time to check out the spa pool!
Other people have commented on the traffic noise. We didn't notice it- and traffic is fairly low on the road over night. Once Kapiti Expressway is built, and takes traffic from SH1, this place will become a little gem- and a destination in itself!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Woodinio
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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thank you for staying at Kapiti Gateway Motel. - it is our aim that every guest, no matter how long you stay, has a comfortable friendly experience and enjoys the service and facilities we offer. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We recently had the motel exterior repainted and have passed your comment about the colour on to our painter - we will take pleasure in telling him not everyone loves the Dulux D'Urville Island colour he chose! Your comments about the lack of road noise are in keeping with what many of our guests say so thank you for pointing that out. We wholeheartedly agree with you that once the Kapiti Expressway is complete, our township will become a wonderful picturesque destination...and we are well prepared for that here at Kapiti Gateway Motel. Thank you again, and we look forward to having you back to stay.
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Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We needed somewhere with easy access to Wellington. Booked through booking.com, very easy to do. Railway station within a couple of minutes walking distance, great rail link into Wellington every half hour. Waikane Beach a couple of minutes drive away with excellent eateries, would recommend the Long Beach, delicious butter fish. The motel was easy to find, just off SH1. Very clean room and extremely comfortable. The staff were very helpful and very friendly. Had a great night's sleep. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this motel to anyone wishing to stay in Waiakane.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kapiti Gateway Motel
Address: 114 Main Road | Waikanae, Waikanae, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Kapiti Coast > Waikanae
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Waikanae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kapiti Gateway Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Kapiti Gateway Motel, Waikanae's only Qualmark 4-star quality assured accommodation. For corporates or couples, families or groups, your hosts Russell & Viv Willis, have thought of everything to make your stay an enjoyable one.Studio, executive and 2-bedroom units, clean and inviting, featuring comfortable beds and double-glazing for a great nights rest. 40+Sky TV channels, free wireless internet (conditions apply), heating controlled by you, electric blankets, iron/ironing board, hairdryers, 3 units with bath. Cot/highchair available. Consider having a delicious cooked or continental breakfast delivered to your unit.All our units enjoy a pleasant outlook and easy access to attractive garden area. You'll love our private spa pool, free for use by our guests, and in-ground swimming pool (solar heated Oct-March). Playground with trampoline and basketball area. Guest BBQ and laundry on site.Kapiti Gateway Motel is easy to find and a short walk from restaurants, cinema, art gallery and popular bush/river walks. Waikanae Railway Station is just a 2 minute walk so you can leave your car with us and take the train to Wellington city for a great day out, or to attend an event at Westpac Trust Stadium. Also close by is Waikanae Beach, Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Southwards Car Museum, Waikanae Golf Club, Otaki factory outlet shops. Ten minutes from Paraparaumu Airport, 45 minutes to Interislander Ferry - late arrivals welcome. ... more   less 
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