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Breakwater Motel
Ranked #1 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
North Vancouver
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“What an amazing stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Immediately upon our arrival we realized we chose the right place to stay celebrating our 30th anniversary. We were upgraded to a beautiful waterfront suite with incredible views. The proprietors offered the best customer service; very friendly and professional. The location is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and water activities. This was true luxury at it's best and we would highly recommend staying here as one is made to feel very special indeed.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank retiredandlovingit0
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi retiredandlivingit0

We are most pleased to hear that your Anniversary celebration was special.

Thanks for taking the time to write the review and we look forward to sharing another big Anniversary with us!

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

We spent two night here late March. The motel room was high quality and all to a high standard. The motel is in a good location, very convenient for the various bars, restaurants and ferries etc of paihia. Our room had a great view of the bay.

Room Tip: Get a room at the front with best ocean views
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi Stephen T

Thanks for the fabulous review and happy that you enjoyed your stay.

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

Aloha..! Visited from Hawaii. Stayed in the Breakwater in Paihia for 3 nights, which is just what we needed after a "Road Warrior" road trip all over the north island (covering ~ 1500 miles in about 5 days; mostly staying in our lane on the left side, and not even crashing into anybody going through a roundabout..!. Congratulations to us..!)

ANYWAY - the Breakwater was great: perfect location, clean, roomy, great view. Short walk to everything we wanted to do. We even partaked (partook?) of their hot tub, which was very nice..! Lyn and Ken were quite helpful, and personable, as well..!

And a great local oldies station on the radio capped off the experience.

Highly recommended..!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Kia Ora Todd N

Delighted to hear that Breakwater Motel provided the 'Oasis' after your travels. Yes I can well imagine the challenge of driving on the 'other side' of the road - so well done!

Listening to the local radio station Paihia 88FM certainly invokes nostalgia!

Thank you for the recommendation.

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We spent four nights at the Breakwater and found it to be well located for activities in Paihia, including the Waitengi Treaty Center and the shops, restaurants and the Saturday market in town. Our hosts, Lynn and her husband were friendly and helpful, especially when we had issues with our iPad and Internet connectivity.
After one of our day's outings we booked the hot tub which was a great way to relax at the end of a day.
Our room was at the back of the property and away from the noise of street traffic, although it was not an issue.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi Russ Q

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay in a Garden Suite.

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

I stayed three nights in March 2014 and I loved everything about Breakwater Motel. I got a seaview room and it was perfect, great views and very comfortable. I loved the setting with a living room, kitchenette, balcony. Everything was brand new, very well kept and I loved getting a plunger coffeemaker for my early coffee.
Ken and Lyn were extremely helpful to plan my tours and provide recommendations.
Bay of islands is a beautiful place and Breakwater Motel is a perfect choice. Location is great too, walking distance to everything. Wish I could stay longer!.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi AnaLopezDiaz

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience at Breakwater Motel and we are delighted that enjoyed your stay in the Waterfront Suite. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the plunger coffee - feedback which we welcome.

Hopefully we will see you back in the beautiful Bay one day!

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

Friendly owners, lovely spacious apartment with great kitchen and good bathroom. Good location with easy walk to ferries. Good views. Slight traffic noise but soon got used to that. Very clean and good laundry facilities.

Room Tip: we had an ocean view room on upper floor.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi auntieseaside

Many thanks for your review on our Waterfront Suite/apartment.

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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Orpington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

The rooms in the motel had been recently refurbished. We had a room with a balcony at the front with a wonderful view overlooking the Bay. The room was very comfortable with a roomy bathroom with shower and comfortable seating and eating area. The kitchen facilities were excellent. The proprietors were very helpful and friendly and made us feel at home. There is a nice hot tub that we used a couple of times. We originally booked for 3 nights but were so happy with the motel that we extended our stay by a night. The internet was reliable and we received 800mB of internet to spread over several devices but with the chance to get more if we used it. If I had to make one negative comment it would be that there was some traffic noise from the road between the motel and the Bay but not surprising with the popularity of the resort. The view of the bay more than compensated for this small irritation. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Hi CriticP

Thank you for taking the time to share, in depth, your experience at Breakwater Motel.

Kind Regards
Ken and Lyn
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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 three minute flat walk to cafes, restaurants, 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 - Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more   less 
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