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“Family Stay a Breeze”
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Gibson Court Motel
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Gibson Court Motel
Ranked #64 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Family Stay a Breeze”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

My family of 2 adults and 3 children appreciated what greeted us when walking into and through our unit. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the unit's mineral pool, and the boy loved the free wi-fi, and couch and beds in front of the tv. Mum and Dad enjoyed direct access to outside deck and mineral pool from their bedroom. It was clean, tidy, and well stocked with the necessary crockery, cutlery etc for our meals. Oodles of power points to ensure all our phones and laptops could be recharged and used at any one time. The Motel owner was quick to respond at the main desk when needed, and nothing was too much of a bother when asked. She was even apologetic that they charged for use of laundry facilities. Would recommend this as a Family Friendly accommodation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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New Zealand
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87 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Back in the seventies and eighties (and probably earlier but I wouldn't know) there were many motels on Fenton Street with their own mineral hot water bores, such that these places were heated for next to nothing via radiators and each room either had it's own natural mineral pool or one enormous one for all to enjoy.

These have all gone. Most motels or hotels will only be able to offer you a spa bath with chlorinated mains hot water - no minerals.

Yes you can go to the Polynesian Pools and get a private pool but this is still not the same as filling your own pool yourself any time you like and bathing in it in the privacy of your own suite and not having to share the water with strangers (and wondering what they left in it).

This is where the Gibson Court Motel comes in. It is not a flash place, what's special about it is it's private mineral pools. Unless you are coming for these, the place is quite ordinary, but the pools make it not only unique in Rotorua, but in NZ I suspect. It is also very good value, if soaking away your troubles is what you most want to do, and many of us believe in the water's health benefits.

The family and I have stayed here numerous times, it's your classic Kiwi motel layout, a lounge/kitchenette area with two-three beds and a double bedroom. The pool is out on the back deck area, it is completely private.

In regards safety, the hot water can be very hot whilst running, so not safe to be left running with young children unsupervised, so I would say that this place is not really suitable for young families.

I think it's ideal for a stress break, for couples and people who need to relax and unwind and don't necessary want to make the trip every day to the Poly Pools.

Having said all this, the GC seems to be experiencing problems with it's natural bore. Some times it's not available at all and at others times May, the owner only has it on for a few hours each day. The water used to flow freely but now it spits and gurgles, it seems to have large pockets of air, and really isn't as safe as it was. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end, I know that there was a problem with the council and roadworks but I don't know what the politics are.

If I was you, I would ring a few days before your booking to check that the mineral water is flowing, and if not, you may want to try somewhere else - though I have no suggestions as to where.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Very quiet situation and close to CBD and main attractions. Units have good sized lounge/dining, separate kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and toilet. Private mineral pool and courtyard completes the picture. This motel is also pet friendly. Owner is very helpful and obliging.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Ruakaka, New Zealand
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70 reviews
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

This is a small complex and has units with private pools with genuine thermal water off in a lovely courtyard off the bedroom. The owner is very helpful and the whole place is beautifully cared for. As it is just off the main drag it is lovely and quiet. This motel has everything that one would want ans is spotlessly clean, very comfortable beds and an adequate kitchen.
We will be returning to this venue.

Room Tip: All units but twp have a private thermal pool.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Taranaki
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23 reviews
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Reviewed April 8, 2011

The room was quite spacious but very badly lit and dated although the bedding was fresh and clean and kitchen was spotless and quite well equipped there were a lot of cobwebs. The mineral pool was very private and good value.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Grand Bend, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2008

We stayed at the Gibson Court Motel in Rotorua for 1 night. The room was very spacious, with it's own kitchen and small fridge. The room was clean, but very dated.

A nice thing is that it is very central to some of the attractions, especially the Mitai Maori Cultural Experience/Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a must see! If you make a reservation, they will pick you up/bring you back to the motel.

The motel did have it's own private mineral bath on the back patio, if you wanted to use it. Personally, the sulphur smell of both Rotorua and especially the water being filled in the mineral bath was giving my husband and myself a headache, so we did not use the tub. The motel owners were very nice, and the flower gardens were lovely and well maintained. If you were with a large group or family and staying for a few days in Rotorua, this would be an OK place to stay as you could make a few meals, have your own private mineral tub and not cost a fortune. For a one night stay or if you do not care if you have your own tub or not, my suggestion would be to pay a little more money and upgrade to a motel/hotel with some amenities.

  • Liked — Close to attractions
  • Disliked — Needs some TLC
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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3 Thank mungi
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
68 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2007

The main selling point of this small motel (about ten units) is the thermal pool attached to several of the rooms - the pool seats two adults comfortably and is situated on a very private garden deck leading off the bedroom. You fill the pool yourself with genuine thermal mineral water and so can control the depth and temperature.

If you are coming to Rotorua for a soak this is just perfect, as you don't have to share (some of the bigger hotels only have tiny mineral pools or a booking system) or pay extra to go to somewhere like Polynesian Spa.

The motel is showing its age a little in terms of its decor and fittings, but our unit was spotlessly clean and tidy, with spacious bedrooms and kitchen, and had a very comfortable bed - and at NZ$100 a night it's pretty good value too. The manager is friendly and helpful.

The motel is situated a block off Fenton Street (the main motel strip), so it's very quiet at night. It's about five minutes' drive from the centre of town and near the thermal village of Whakarewarewa.

  • Liked — Private thermal mineral pool
  • Disliked — Poor lighting in living room
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank SuzanneD_001
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Property: Gibson Court Motel
Address: 10 Gibson Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Ranked #64 of 92 Hotels in Rotorua
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Number of rooms: 10

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