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“Outstanding views,location, accommodation & service” 5 of 5 stars
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Anchorage Motel
Ranked #3 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
South Canterbury, New Zealand
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding views,location, accommodation & service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We were lucky enbough to stay at the Anchorage for 4 nights recently while touring around the upper north island. We loved every minute of it. The service was friendly even by the fill-in staff while the oweners were away. The location was excellent within walking distance to everything we needed. The views were awesome straight across from the beach. The accommodation was spacious, modern, clean and warm.
What more could we ask for. All at a very reasonable winter rate as well.
We stayed at 9 different places and the Anchorage was on a par with a larger penthouse suite we had in Whitianga.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms have a brilliant view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank vicki028
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our motel. We are delighted that you enjoyed such a nice break away and were able to take advantage of our ideal location and amazing sea views. I will also pass your comments onto our staff. It's always rewarding to know we rate amongst other top accommodation properties around the country!
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Had an overseas visitor last year and we stayed here for almost a week. Hosts are incredibly obliging (even returning stuff I left behind), booked trips at discounted prices. Views, creature comforts, very clean, short walk to shops/eateries. Just had to bring my partner here for the whole experience. We had a brilliant time. wouldn't stay anywhere else in northland.

Room Tip: Room 7 best for light, sun, views, but get more traffic sound being on a road bend, (however windows...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank valerie c
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for reviewing our motel. We are thrilled that you were able to show off our beautiful "piece of paradise" to your overseas visitor last year and really appreciate your return visit with your partner in June. Yes we are pleased to be able to offer our guests discounted rates on our local tours to help them get the most out of their holiday! We look forward to being able to host you again one day.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

stayed here for a night as part of a Bay of Islands trip
clean room
had a heat pump! most of their rooms do but not all
sky tv
kitchen had mini fridge, stove top cooking surface, kettle
comfortable queen bed, kitchen table, couch
would stay here again
ask the reception for a discount on the boat tours - they can discount 10%
100 MB free wifi

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank FredShuuz
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for your time to review our motel. We are happy you were able to take time out at the Anchorage while visiting the beautiful Bay of Islands. Yes, for our guests comfort, we have provided heat pumps in all our rooms except for our one budget studio room located at the back of the motel. We are also pleased to be able to offer discounts on local tours and restaurants and free WIFI to all our guests as part of our "welcome" package. We would love to see you again one day.
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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

My wife and i stayed at 5 hotels/motels during our recent holiday. This was the best. Lovely owner who was very helpful. Great view and unit spacious and spotless.We were only sorry we only stayed 2 nights.We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kevy913
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you and your wife were able to enjoy the many attractions our little "slice of heaven" has to offer. It is very rewarding to hear we rated as the "best" accommodation you stayed at during your time away. Your positive comments on the clean and spacious units are much appreciated as this is something we take particular pride in! We would love to welcome you back again on your next visit to the Bay of Islands.
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Methven, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

After having some pretty average accommodation in the North it was a pleasure to stay here, It was clean comfortable had everthing we needed plus more and was excellent value for money. An added bonus was the balcony views - stunning. Will definetly be back.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our motel. As always, it is a pleasure to hear we have exceeded our guests expectations. We are always proud of the stunning sea views our guests can enjoy while staying here and of the clean modern rooms we provide . Would love to see you again the next time you visit Paihia.
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Mold
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We spent two nights at this motel in March 2012 and had a fabulous time. As a family with a teenage daughter we were worried that she would end up sleeping on a pull out sofa, but the family room had a separate bedroom with two full sized single beds and a wardrobe/dressing table. We had absolutely everything we needed and more, from a well decorated and modern living area with super bed, to a spotless bathroom with large shower, to a plentiful supply of tea and coffee etc that was replenished on the second day. The room was extremely clean and overlooked the spacious covered bbq area which had ample seating for the party of 20 people that enjoyed it. The hot tub was an unexpected bonus and a welcome relief after a long drive in poor weather. The motel might be on the road across from the beach but we didn't hear any noise overnight at all. We were welcomed by a fabulous host who did everything to make our stay spectacular. Having stayed in at least 9 different motels and B & B's during our 3 week visit to New Zealand, The Anchorage was definitely one of the cleanest and most modern and accommodating that we experienced. Will certainly stay here again when we next visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank PaulandMarieDay
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anchor01, Manager at Anchorage Motel, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to accommodate your family in March and it is always nice to hear how much our guests enjoyed their visit. Yes our one bedroom units are ideal for families and we are always able to arrange the beds to best suit the needs of our guests. We are glad you were able to experience what the Anchorage has to offer including our spa and poolside BBQ. It is rewarding to hear we were among the best of your NZ accommodation experiences and we would love to host you again on your next visit to the Bay of Islands.
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Browns Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at the Anchorage Motel for two days in March prior to a family wedding and can honestly say that our stay there was excellent. Due to the accommodation and special thanks to Aileen it certainly got the wedding celebrations off to a great start.
Location:- The Motel is directly across the road to the beach and 5 minutes walk into Paihia town centre.
Rooms:- The room we stayed in, situated on the ground floor was very comfortable, recently refurbished, light and well decorated with all the modern appliances you would expect and inclusive of tea,coffee and milk. In addition the bathroom was massive and fitted with a whirl pool bath. Again all fixtures and fittings looked new and appeared to be of good quality. Room cleaned impeccably on a daily basis.
Grounds:- There was a pool, jacuzzi and large BBQ situated to the front of the motel all of which our wedding party made good use of.
Staff:- I cannot praise the staff enough, they where helpful and polite and even made arrangements for several of our guests to check in very late at night without any problems.
Overall:- An excellent choice whilst staying in Paihia and would recommend the Anchorage Motel without hesitation.

Room Tip: I wrote this review after staying in a ground floor room, all of which look towards the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Anchorage Motel
Address: 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Paihia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#4 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchorage Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Anchorage Motel A warm welcome from owner/hosts, Aileen and Denis. Ideally located motel on the central waterfront of Paihia, in the subtropical Bay of Islands, the cultural hub and recreational Mecca of historic Northland. Come and anchor at our spacious luxury accommodation, designed for comfort and relaxation. Ideal place to stay for couples, family groups and business people. The ideal anchorage for your holiday in the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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