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16 Northgate Motor Lodge
Ranked #7 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch
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25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good middle of the road, for a motel of this age”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I'm not sure of the age of this motel, maybe an 1980's build, but it has had a reasonable re-paint which has modernised it up. Added to that, our unit had a new kitchen appliances, bathroom vanity unit and toilet suit. Though the floor coverings hadn't been replaced, and are probably next on their upgrade list.

The bed was a good sized Queen, and was nice and comfortable.

This was the only place we stayed on our recent trip that had full Sky HD with My Sky available. Normally this isn't something that I would worry to much about. But for our entire stay in New Plymouth, we had very heavy rain, so many of the outside activities we had planned had to be shelved. So time with plenty of TV channels to choose from actually came in handy. That said, with the pitched ceiling and roof, and the less insulation that comes with such a design, we could defiantly hear the rain when it was at it's heaviest.

Because of the rain, we drove in and out of town. It was reasonably close, but I'm not sure how long it would take to walk the distance.

The staff at check in and out, where professional and knowledgeable.

I would have no problem using this motel again in the future.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thankyou for your response, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, that was a queen studio with a My SKY unit which normally belongs to the Super King Studios, an advantage for your on your stay! It is only a 15 minute walk to the city centre along the gorgeous walkway which is accessible near by from the motel. Hopefully your next stay in New Plymouth will bring you better weather.
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Auckland
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Great location. Handy to restaurants, supermarkets & beach.
Quiet, private and comfortable.
Wifi, lovely BBQ area, computer available.
Make sure you take walk up to Pukekura Park over summer in evening to see light show!
Great trip in from the north to NP - lovely windy roads.

Room Tip: Studio rooms at the back are private and quiet
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
We are so pleased that you had such a lovely stay with us and in New Plymouth. It is great to hear that the accommodation you booked, provided all that you needed. We hope to see you again and thankyou for taking the time to write such a positive review.
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Spent ten days at this Lodge and couldn't really fault the accommodation or location.
Owners are more than helpful and do their best to look after you and give tips on local travel and sights.
There is no resteraunt as such but you have all the tools at hand to drum up a snack or cooked meal. Five mins up the road will give you a choice of fast food or more higher class eateries.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thankyou so much for writing a positive review following your stay with us. We are always so pleased to hear that as owners we have been helpful to our guests which adds to your stay. We do hope that you return to Northgate again one day.
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Manukau, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We stayed for two nights in October 2013 with a couple of friends in the room next door.
It is on the main road into New Plymouth and despite double glazing on the windows which cuts out most of the noise, some road noise can still be heard and as I am a light sleeper, I had to put in some ear plugs. This is the only reason I am not rating it 5 stars.

The studio super king room was nice, everything was clean and the bed was super comfy.
My Sky HDI was a bonus and not common in motels and this enabled us to record an All Blacks test match played before sunrise so that we could see it over breakfast at a more civilised hour.

The owners are very pleasant and we would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thankyou for taking the time to write a review after staying at Northgate. We are so pleased that you enjoyed using the My SKY decoder, yes, not many motels have this added extra. And the super king beds do get loads of positive feedback! We hope to see you again when you are in New Plymouth.
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Wellington
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

My mother and I stayed in a studio room here in April. Room was spacious and modern, however their was linen missing on a couple of occasions and 2 of 3 lights didn't work. Not big issues but not a helpful attitude from reception. Made me feel they were doing us a favour letting us stay there! Rooms and location were good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Hi we glad you enjoyed but are obviously emabarrassed about our poor service. We apologise that some linen may have been omitted from your room after servicing, our cleaners do very well but there is the very odd occassion when we are busy that something may inadvertantly get forgotten. We are sorry if our response to anything was less than you expected, we do endeavour to provide an excellent service for everyone all the time, but perhaps we missed the mark on this occassion, and for that we apologise.

We hope you had a good holiday.

Regards

Paul and Sharyn
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2013

This is definitely one of the neater, more elegant and professional motels that I've stayind in in New Zealand. The accommodations are good sized with high ceilings, the linen is clean, the amenities are well maintained and some of the fittings seem to be new. The environs are quiet, there's a separate barbecue area and the spa is great. Located handy to the downtown area, you can access the motel from two streets – a welcome feature in downtown New Plymouth's maze of one way streets. Recommend it highly. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thankyou so much for writing a glowing review, sorry it has taken us so long to reply. We are so pleased to have the feedback from you as our guest, we hope very much hope that you return to stay with us again.
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Very good location in New Plymouth, and a great base to visit Mt Egmont and its National Park. Helpful managers, good facilities and our queen studio had room to spread out. Great advice for dining out.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northgate, Owner at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thankyou for writing a positive review about your stay with us. As owners we pride ourseleves with how we manage our business and assist our guests. We hope that you will return to New Plymouth again and choose to stay with us.
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Property: 16 Northgate Motor Lodge
Address: 16-18 Northgate, New Plymouth 4312, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #7 of 30 Hotels in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 16 Northgate Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
MY SKY HDi (50+ channels, recordable decoders) now in our Super King Studios! Or book a Queen Studio with GUEST SELECT, you be in control of what you'd like to watch!! 23 comfortable non-smoking serviced studio units. Fully equipped with cooking facilities allowing guests to be fully self contained. FREE wireless broadband internet and the use of a business centre. Quiet heat pumps/air conditioners in all studios adds to a comfortable stay throughout the year. Te Henui & Coastal walkway access on our doorstep. Enjoy Pukekura Park, the Bowl of Brooklands and the local beaches all within walking distance. Private and relaxing garden and BBQ area. Complimentary use of bikes, DVD players and a selection of DVDs. Park right outside of your room for easy access and security. Walking distance to supermarkets, takeaway outlets and restaurants. ... more   less 
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