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“Comfortable, Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Bounty Motel
Ranked #14 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Comfortable, Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

I stayed in a room with 3 other girls, 3 single beds and one put up bed. All were comfortable, even with 4 beds - plenty of room. Bathroom was a decent size although shower wasn't great and did leak. Small kitchenette is a good plus - cooker, microwave for those that want to cook their own meals.
Balcony with chairs was also nice!
The motel is a 5 minute walk to the beach and centre of Paihia. The beach was OK and the water was warm, but once in the water the sand was very clay like!
I ate at a couple of restaurants in the centre and both were VERY good!! One thai and one fast food fish shop - both on the front!
Nightlife there are a few bars and these are a 15-20 minute walk from the motel.
Breakfast was included - basic cereal, but was enough.
Wi-Fi was free you just need to ask reception for the password.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank dani_lea
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

Stayed here on a contiki your and absolutely loved it, staff were friendly room was clean and spacious and location was perfect. Couldn't ask for anything more from a motel!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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devon uk
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361 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We booked 1 night at the bounty Inn but after seeing Paihia and the room decided to stay an extra night. Scott was extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean and comfortable and ours (No 28) had a great sea view. It had a good range of amenities in the room so you could be self sufficient with breakfast and meals. It also had a lovely balcony area for sitting outside. We enjoyed our 2 night stay and the only slight niggle was the soundproofing between the units as you could hear noises from adjacent rooms.
The position of the motel from the town was excellent as everything is within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

We stayed on our way to Cape Reinga on a busy Auckland anniversary weekend. I understand that age can have a negative impact but it costs nothing to weed the gardens. We requested a ground floor room but alas the room above was noisy and every activity in the room could be heard through the floor. TV was small, water pressure bad and while most needful things were present, most things were very tired. Couch was stained with ingrained dirt, obviously an old one that when you sat on it you had the feeling of hitting the floor.
The place was ok but we wouldn't stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Robanddianne
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brmPaihia, Owner at Bounty Motel, responded to this review, January 30, 2012
I am sorry you found your unit tired and I agree some units are in need of refurbishment and every off season we have done as many as finances during a recession can allow but over the last 3 years all but one of our studios have been fully renovated and 2 one bedroom units have been fully renovated including installing air cons and a number of other units have had refreshment work done to tidy them up.
If you have been traveling in New Zealand the weeks prior to Anniversary weekend you would know how much of a rainy season we have had followed by days of hot weather has made the weeds flourish.
What I do not understand is as you were here Aniversary weekend every time you came in or out off the main entrance you must have passed and seen the trailer stacked as high as it could go with tree branches and cuttings waiting to go to the refuse station and noticed all the front gardens had been cut back?.
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

I spent four nights at the Bounty Inn, and they were welcoming long before i even flew into the country, emailing me personally about the booking, and that was a nice touch to begin with. They gave me a great room, some lovely views, a very comfy bed and lounge area with quality appointed furnishings and touches. Housekeeping very attentive and efficient, and some great advice and help from the manager who went out of his way to assist. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank David R
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

We stayed two nights here, and it was one of the best places we stayed in NZ. Our 1st floor, one bedroom unit had a living room/kitchen, bathroom and small bedroom. While the living room faced the road, it is one street back from the main road (the bay view is over the roof of the motel across the road), but the bedroom at the back got next to no road noise. The kitchen was well equipped with electric stove top, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge etc. We would stay here again. We paid $NZ99 per night - I think it was a special rate for multi-night bookings (1 bedroom @ studio rate), but we paid more elsewhere for worse accommodation.

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Rodney E
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PaihiaScotty, Owner at Bounty Motel, responded to this review, December 17, 2011
Thanks Rodney E.
It is great to know you enjoyed your stay at the Bounty Inn and found our unit and pre christmas special such good value. We put on a lot of specials during April thru to Xmas so hopefully we might be able to entice you back one day.
scott
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

I have just come back from 3 nights at this motel. I booked a studio which was on the ground floor with parking right outside. The apartment was spotlessly clean and well equipped and had a large double bed (which was very comfortable) and a single bed, TV, kitchenette with microwave and en suite shower room all for $99 a night. It was cleaned every day and fresh towels provided. In my view very good value. The town was quite quiet as the season hadn't really started, but I think the motel could be quite noisy when the backpackers arrive. Wifi was limited and not always easy to connect. It is close to town - about 5 minutes walk from the ferries and dolphin trips. A 4hr trip on the dolphin boat with explorenz was the highlight of my trip and well worth $95.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Tillybox
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PaihiaScotty, Manager at Bounty Motel, responded to this review, December 17, 2011
Hi Tillybox,
I really appreciate your taking the time to put in a such a great review and as the owner it makes me proud of my staff who is responsible for keeping them so clean and for servicing them.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Xmas and fantastic 2012.
Scott
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Property: Bounty Motel
Address: 42 Selwyn Rd | PO Box 170, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Paihia Central Motel)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#19 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bounty Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bounty is a Kiwi owned and operated property, located in a quiet suburb approx 100 meters from the Paihia Beach, shops and restaurants. It is a 3 minute walk to the wharf for dolphin watching, fishing trips, sightseeing and ferry to Russell. Tours to 90 mile beach and Cape Reinga pick you up at the motel entrance.We have a conference area for small groups up to 60 with catering facilities and kitchen. ... more   less 
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