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Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Ranked #15 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Hamilton New Zealand
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25 reviews
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“Great spot for camping”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

As a family, we have just returned from 5 nights in Northland, NZ. We stayed in Paihia in a little place called Haruru Falls. What a spot!!! Our tent was right infront of the stunning falls. The hosts were great with informaiton about the area. The kitchen and amemities are clean and adiquite. It is a small camp site but this makes it all the more lovely. We could use the pool that is up by the motel units too. We could hire canoes and go up to and (as my daughter did) under the falls. It was only 3ks to the centre of Paihia and about 15 minutes drive from the delightfull Kerikeri. We did a day trip to the top of NZ and spent a morning visiting the West Coast at the Kauri Forest. I would not recommend the road to Kaitia (very winding bends) - take the coast road. It's only about another 10ks longer but much more pleasant. I would highly recommend this spot for camping - it was really cheap too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

We stayed at The Falls Motel for two nights as we were doing a parachute jump in Keri Keri. The location was great as it was very close to Paihia and all that offers as well as being close to our jump location. It was also nice to stay away from the main drag in Paihia and be near fresh water for a swim. Andre the owner was very friendly and made us feel at home. He advised us of nice running trails in the area and nothing was too much trouble. The Motel was very clean and tidy and the rooms were well set out with everything you could need including a flat screen TV and DVD player incase it rained. They also have a selection of DVDs for rent in the office. We used the BBQ one night to cook our dinner and found everything we needed plates etc in the room. There is a great walk through bush you can run or walk to Waitangi and ofcourse swimming in the falls was fun. We stayed at a very reasonable $100 a night special. I would stay there again next time Im in the bay. Well done Andre and family! Gary and Heather

  • Stayed January 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

Me and my girlfriend stayed here on a tour of NZ and found the guy who ran the site really helpful and welcoming. He arranged our trips for the following days and even gave us a lift into town one day as we didn't want to take the camper.

The site is great and the amazing Haruru falls became the view out of the back window of our van. The pitches are right against the water and the sound of the falls was great for falling asleep too.

There are kayaks for hire for next to nothing and we spent a great afternoon exploring the mangroves. Another guest had done the same and had dolphins swim under his kayak but was further down the river towards the sea outlet.

All in all great camp site and hotel, good location and excellent service. Great DVD hire selection as well.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

We had a great time at the Falls motel. We stayed a week but could easily have stayed for two. The kids loved the pool and the 2 bedroomed unit we had was ideal for our family.. Andre was great and very helpful. The combination of motel and campsite is ideal for families- the units give you a bit more comfort but the campsite gives the kids the opportunity to make friends with other kids.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

Fantastic! Really great and friendly service. Facilities in top condition, fantastic bed and great television. Great Price for a studio unit in such good condition

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

We used to come here as kids, and now have taken our own back and it is still fantastic. Wonderful family campgorung, great sites, wonderful views. Facilities are nice and clean, and great for the price. Would recommend if you want a lax holiday or just stopping in for the night.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2012

Great location; the unit was immaculate and very well equipped; the owner welcoming, friendly and accommodating; and the price was extremely fair: What more can you ask ??

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground

Property: Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Address: 336 Puketona Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#11 Family Hotel in Paihia
#12 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular views of Haruru Falls and lagoon, 7 studio units sleep 2-3 and 6x2 bedroom apartments sleep up to 7, fully s/c units with 32" LCD TVs, full kitchens and separate bathrooms, balcony or poolside patio. Swimming pool and barbecue area. Waterfront powered camper van and tent sites, safe private beach, historic jetty and wharf with blue water access. WiFi, Kayak hire, full booking service. Family owned and operated. ... more   less 
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Haruru Falls Hotel
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground Paihia, Bay Of Islands

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