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Breakwater Motel
Ranked #1 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Hosts With The Most!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We spent eight nights over the Christmas holidays at this motel - a lovely complex and in a superb location. Unit 8, on the corner, has to be our favourite but all the units look inviting. Ours had superb views from our lounge and deck right across the water and down to the wharf and cafes and restaurants and the wharf itself were just two minutes walk away. Excellent kitchen facilities, spacious bathroom, separate bedroom (also with balcony) all bright, modern and oh so clean. Our car happened to break down on Christmas Eve and Lyn and Ken were quick to offer transport for shopping should we need it. And on the Day itself Lyn delivered to our unit a lovely bottle of wine and some delicious chocolates! So, despite the car dramas, we returned home feeling we'd had one of the nicest Christmas breaks ever . . . . . thanks to hosts second to none - and Breakwater. We can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Upstairs waterside units all have balconies with lovely views
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

This motel was just perfect. A view overlooking the bay with rooms recently modernized clean and fresh. Staff were extremely helpful and the central location ideal for local bars and restaurants. No need to take the car.

Stayed January 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here in October for four nights with friends. Have finally found a bit of time to write a review. This is an excellent motel in one of my favourite spots in New Zealand. The Breakwater is very close to everything in Paihia, the facilities are pristine and the service is very friendly and knowledgeable. I have stayed in Paihia many times in the past ten years and would now not stay anywhere else other than the Breakwater. Thanks Lynn and Ken for a fantastic time, we will be back.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My partner and I decided on a last minute trip from Auckland to Paihia over Christmas/New Year and most properties were booked.

We found this one on Wotif and it ticked all the boxes and seemed to do the trick

Reception was very friendly and the recently renovated room was very nicely presented.

Separate bedroom with a comfortable pullout bed in the lounger area. Large bathroom (shower only) was clean and tidy with nice soaps

There's a small kitchen area where you can do some light cooking but they ask you not to cook anything "odiferous" like fish - which is reasonable I guess but as many people catch fish in this region, it's a bit limiting.

Quick walk to main pier and restaurants as well as Waitangi. This also meant there was a lot of foot traffic outside the room's beach views.

The only thing preventing me from giving a higher rating is value for money. The room rate was too high (in my mind) for what you got, but what you got was nice.

Room Tip: The higher water view rooms would be quieter
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Sussex, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights prior to a long journey back to UK. What a lovely location with marvellous views across the bay and just a few minutes from the centre of Paihia. Very high quality accommodation and friendly owners who gave useful recommendations on where to eat etc. Rooms 5 & 6 had access to a rear lawned area looking across the bay, a wonderful place to sit and soak up the atmosphere with whatever liquid one prefers. A first class establishment and one to be recommended.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Excellent location on the waterfront, easy walk to shops, cafe's, restaurants & the ferry wharf. Room immaculate, modern & clean, great views from our front top floor corner room. On arrival Lyn provided us with information on where to go, what to see & where to eat. Lyn & Ken very helpful & friendly. Lyn went beyond the normal call of duty to assist me to fix a mobile phone problem when I accidently locked my wife's phone. Would loved to have stayed there longer & highly recommend to anyone looking for accommodation in Paihia.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The Breakwater has a fabulous location. It has recently been completely renovated to very high standards. Sitting on the verandah looking over the bay was simply delightful. It is only a couple of minutes walk to the ferry and all of the restaurants in Paihia. If you want a handy location with great views and top quality accommodation you need look no further.

Room Tip: We had a Seaview room which I would recommend if one is available.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Breakwater Motel

Property: Breakwater Motel
Address: 1 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#3 Business Hotel in Paihia
#5 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Breakwater Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a two minute flat walk to cafes, restuarants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular interrupted ocean views from Waterfront Suites, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Unlimited Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more   less 
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