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“Like being at home”
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Outrigger Motel
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
Level 5 Contributor
99 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Like being at home”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

From the moment we arrrived at Outrigger Suzi and Greg made us feel 'at home'. So welcoming and friendly and only too happy to give recommendations and book tours for us. Then, on our return each day, there was the same enthusiasm and interest about what we had done and experienced. It was a pleasure to stay and we were very happy to extend our stay and see more. The motel is very well presented and very convenient to shops and tour departures at the wharf. On our departure we found that our bank server was 'down' and were in the predicament of being unable to finalise our sizeable account. Management's very kind response to sort it so we could get on our way, was much appreciated and very understanding. It was very typical of the great service they give as hosts. Highly recommend to everyone staying in Paihia.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thanks so much for taking time out of your trip to write the review. You were lovely guests - had no hesitation in helping you on your way. We hope that all of your tour went great.
Have a great year and hope you return to NZ soon!
Kindest regards
Suzi and Greg
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

The studio wasn't large compared with some, but then it didn't need to be because Paihia is a place which demands that visitors get out and enjoy the air and atmosphere. The location was perfect, just yards from the CBD, the harbour and the restaurants, yet quiet all of the time. From the balcony we had a lovely view across the park to the wooded hill opposite.The management were very helpful on local advice and booking our dolphin-watching boat trip. Good place. We would return there if and when we come back to New Zealand

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank crw197
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thank you for your great review of Paihia village and as you explain, right on our doorstep. Our Eco studios are smaller and like alot of our guests, you enjoyed the ambience of the room, the outlook and how central the motel is in town.
Thanks so much for your great review. We so appreciate your time doing so.
many thanks
Suzi
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Billingshurst
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

The room was clean and comfortable and fully equipped with a small kitchen. The management made us feel very welcome.
The location was very convenient and there was ample parking space.
We would love to return.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Annette W
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Was great to have you Annette and thanks for taking the time to write a review.
Wishing you all the best for a great 2014 and more great travelling.
thank you again
Suzi and Greg
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Ashburton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Our second stay at the Outrigger Host Accommodation Motel did not in any way disappoint us.

This motel is clean, well equipped and exceptionally well located to access the sights and shops in Paihia. Our unit had absolutely everything we needed to be comfortable, relaxed and to self-cater as and when we wanted.

Good supermarket just round the corner and starting point for the many Bay of Islands cruises just down the road. Ideal.

Add to that the warm, courteous and informative welcome our hosts Suzi and Greg gave us and is is no wonder we had a most pleasant stay.

We unreservedly recommend this motel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank gehdev
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you, you lovely people! So nice to have you here again. We are very humbled you return to us.
Thank you also for pointing out the likes of the supermarket etc for fellow guests.
May you both have the best 2014 and take good care.
Cheers
Suzi and Greg
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

A great place, the studio was modern, immaculately clean, comfortable and well equipped. Right in the centre of Paihia, it was minutes walk from shops, restaurants and bars, also from the quay where the ferries departed.

Very friendly and helpful hosts, even tho the owners had a family bereavement while I was there, service was as good as ever. Don't stay anywhere else in Paihia!

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room, they had both chairs and a table outside, where the upstairs rooms only...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Hi Julie,

Thank you for your kind words and recognition of the passing of my dear father. The family have had a huge month with Dad's illness - quite trying at times to keep being a good host.
thank you Julie and hope your travels have created many happy memories for you.

cheers
Suzi
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Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Needed a place to stay in paihia at the last minute over new years 2013/14. Spent 3 nights in this motel and had a fantastic experience. Very reasonably priced for this time of year. Very handy with a four square (supermarket) right next door and bakery 3 doors down. Clean, modern unit and also a spa pool out the back. Perfect position in town, close enough to be handy to the shops but without the noise. Really enjoyed out time there and the owners could not have been more helpful

Room Tip: upstairs room was good with nice but small balcony
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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outriggermotel, Manager at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Hi Cameron,
It was great to have you both and pleased you got the chance to stay in Paihia over New Year. Hope you enjoyed the fireworks, Circus in the Village Green, and the atmosphere around town over that period.
Enjoy your travels and have a fantastic 2014!
Cheers
Suzi
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Hastings, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights from the 28th 2013 - 1st January 2014 in an upstairs Studio unit which was perfect for us. Clean and tidy and really friendly hosts making sure we had everything we needed and offering advice about things to do around the Bay of Islands. Would definitely recommend to all wanting good value accommodation in a superb location only a stones throw from the shops/restaurants in Paihia township.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank NicMc79
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outriggermotel, Owner at Outrigger Motel, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you Nicky. Have a good 2014
cheers
Greg
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Property: Outrigger Motel
Address: 45 Williams Road | PO Box 239, Paihia 0252, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Paihia
#6 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#13 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Outrigger Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our CENTRAL quiet location in beautifiul Paihia is only moments from the shops, cafes, restaurants, beach and the wharf. All our units are spacious, clean (serviced daily) and comfortable with full kitchen, en-suite and outdoor seating to soak up the sun. In the evening you can relax in our private spa pool, dine alfresco in our BBQ area or enjoy one of the many fine restaurants just walking distance away. Qualmark Three PLUS STAR and ENVIRO awarded! FREE WIRELESS INTERNET and free parking. Experienced, friendly kiwi hosts, Suzi (Life membership NZ Motel Assoc.2014) And Greg (NZ Local Heroes Award for community) welcome you to Paihia and the Bay of Islands ... more   less 
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