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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We booked here as our friends had dogs and we could take them. The motel is 5 minutes from Gisborne which is neither here nor there. Located across the road from the beach was great. We took 2 one bedroom units complete with kitchenettes. They had everything we needed and so much so we ended up eating in every night instead of going out and about.
A great extension, whether intentional or not, was the extended roof which meant the outdoor area could be used even when there were showers.
Lovely friendly hosts also.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Nicola W
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

Perfect location if you are after the beach and first sunrise of the world. Walking distance to various entry points to the famous Wainui Beach, this motel offers basic and tidy accommodation for our family of 4. We had all we need and the two-bedroom unit was clean and neat, generally speaking. For the low price we paid during the long weekend we had no complaint of this traditional Kiwi style motel. And they provide free wi-fi too! Nice considerate neighbours with pets. The unit we stayed in looked recently painted.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank HolidayMakerX5
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We chose the motel as we could take our dogs and it was close to the beach. The perfectly equipped little kitchenette was great for the four days we stayed, so much in fact we bought local produce from the Gisborne Farmers Market and enjoyed it at the motel in the evening. We loved the Wainui Store which is just a wander down the road for fish and chips and breakfast butties. The beach is on the doorstep, perfect to watch the sunrise and walk endlessly up and down enjoying the view. Our group of 4 took two rooms and had loads of space between us. The managers were very helpful. Don't be mistaken, this motel is not in the centre of Gisborne, it is a 5 min drive between noise and in a city to tranquil and next to an amazing beach!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank TheBigFoody
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Wainui Beach Motel is located across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Both onsite managers are extremely helpful and make a point to make your holiday experience at the motel one to remember. The Motel is neat and tidy with rustic finishings. The rooms are spacious and can accommodate large families or a group of friends comfortably.
You are greeted by one of the most gentlest dog on the plant, "Gus" who would lick you to death if he could. The area of the motel is quiet - Great for relaxing. To get into town it was a quick drive to the town centre.
I will be back - Love, love, love this Motel.

Room Tip: I have room 5 - Which had two double beds with a lounge that could fold out. The kitchenette is suitable for larger stays, if applicable
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank MIZ_Shot
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Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

I am embarrassed by my selection of this motel for a stop off between Whakatane and Napier which was based on TripAdvisor reviews. Basic accommodation would have been ok but noisy neighbours and children playing right outside our rooms, a plague of flies in the rooms and lack of decent restaurants within walking distance combined to make this the nadir of our trip so far. Yes, it's near the beach, yes the reception was helpful (though I had to pay for the night before getting the key to the rooms) but our overall rating is one out of five at best.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
Thank Richard P
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Tanya B, Manager at Wainui Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

We're sorry that our motel was not to your liking. Being so close to the most beautiful beach in Gisborne makes us a popular choice for families. You booked at the busiest time of the year during summer school holidays when we are always full with families and children. Also, the one night you stayed was during a week long national surfing competition, so there were possibly more children than normal.

It is very clear on the websites we are affiliated with that we are 5 to 6km from Gisborne City Centre and that the closest establishment for food is the Wainui Store. People choose to stay with us because we are away from the city. Furthermore, paying upfront is common in almost all motels these days, and if you had booked through Wotif or AA they would have taken your payment at time of booking. As for the flies, we apologise, but due to the heat and humidity and time of year, it's an unfortunate side effect of nature which is unavoidable and we have fly spray in the units for this reason, as well as flyscreens on the bedroom windows.

We're sorry your stay at our motel marred your experience of the Wainui Beach and Gisborne area.

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