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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Norm and Shelagh really go the extra mile. Our internal flight was delayed meaning that we would miss check in time and not arrive until after 8.30. This was no problem and they stayed to welcome us. Norm has plenty of good suggestions of visits to be made and we took his advice taking the scenic route back toAuckland and were not disappointed. His directions and suggestions were spot on! The pool is great and Norm was very helpful ensuring the covers came off promptly so that I could swim on the last morning and was very flexible re check out time. The view from our room was superb even though the weather was a little disappointing. We would definitely stay there again. Room 3 was a good room to have. Thank you.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed at Cooks lookout for 3 nights, on January 17th, the motel is about a five minute drive from the main township of Pahia, it is a wonderful oasis away from the busy town, ours was a 2 bedroom unit with amazing views! Norm & Shelagh, our hosts were very warm and welcoming, they gave us a lot of information about what there was to do, and booked a fishing trip for us, which was most enjoyable. This motel is clean and comfortable, with everything we needed, and I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice place to stay, just out of Pahia.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

It was our first time in NZ and as a start oft hetriü it coulnd't have been better. A very quiet, comfortsble place. But the best is the stunning view. Its so noce to have breakfast on the teracce overloking the bay of island. And, whT makes ir perfect - norm and sheilagh are very warm and friendly hosts. Whenever we come back to NZ we will be there again.
Steffi and Volker, germany

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were a family of 5 and stayed for 2 nights in a one-bedroom suite. Norm & Shelagh were very prompt in their replies to email enquiries and helpful with deciding which room size to take. We were perfectly comfortable and the kids LOVED the pool. The room had everything we needed and I was even pleasantly surprised to find a real hair dryer - not the lame bolted-to-the-wall variety. You could borrow books or DVDs for free and get recommendations on restaurants and attractions. While a little further out of town than some other motels in Paihia, it was quiet and the views were great, so we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank JMH28
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We travelled over from the UK to spend time with our friends over New Year and Cooks Lookout was the perfect venue. Our apartment had a balcony overlooking the pool and on over the Bay to Russell. The pool was solar heated so was a delight to swim in whether bright and sunny or in a torrential downpour. The apartment had everything we needed to cook a New Years Eve meal, sharing the workload with our friends next door and shuttling between kitchens across the balcony. There's a BBQ area (with trampoline for the kids) next to the pool to enjoy a burger with a view.
Norm and Shelagh were the perfect hosts and were always on hand to offer advice, recommendations or provide a battery charger when my camera ran out of juice !
Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a room with a view, a pool and only 5 mins drive from the attractions, beaches and activities that the Bay of Islands has to offer.

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Thank Lyndsay R
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Basic, clean comfy accommodation in a quiet setting with outstanding views. Warm welcome on arrival . Lovely clean pool area too. Would return and recommend to anyone wanting a great place to stay in Bay of Islands.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Jan V
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had an excellent stay. Our hosts Norm and Shelagh were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room overlooked the pool and then out into the Bay and to Russell, which was a beautiful view any time of the day. The swimming pool was wonderful and a good place to relax.
During our stay the other guests were respectful of each other so there were no screaming children running around the site at the crack of dawn, and no late night parties - a perfect place to relax and unwind. Highly recommended!

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Additional Information about Cook's Lookout Motel

Address: 9 Causeway Road | P.O. Box 380, Paihia 0257, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#1 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: $122 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cook's Lookout Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, spectacular location with Million Dollar Views. Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments all upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms, most with stunning ocean views. Totally smoke-free property - no smoking in Buildings OR Grounds. Large solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, trampoline, BBQ, guest laundry, tour desk. FREE Wireless broadband internet access to all units. FREE DVD library & Book Exchange. 4 minutes drive to town centre, 3 minutes to beach. Secure parking outside all units. ... more   less 
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