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Bay Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Certificate of Excellence
Macclesfield, Cheshire
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250 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Amazing views & birdsong”
Reviewed January 2, 2010

From the word go, our hosts went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. They met our ferry from Bluff & drove us up to the motel with another couple.
We had the spa bath room with the panoramic balcony overlooking Half Moon Bay. Within half an hour we were visited by the wild Kaka population who were as curious about us as we were about them & readily accepted bits of bread from our fingers whilst posing for photos.
We had ordered breakfast & it arrived the same night to be prepared in a very well equiped Kitchen when we wanted it.
It was a short walk into town & we were provided with a map to show where an excellent Fish & chip hut was.
The next day we were woken to the sound of Birdsong & regretted not staying longer in this slice of Eden.
The only downside was the sandfly population & i would recommend you use a strong insect repellant & keep your windows closed to avaid the little monsters getting in the room.
Our hosts were very helpful & held onto our bags until our ferry to the mainland, before taking them down to the wharf & checking them in for us. I would not hesitate to recommend this motel to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2009

Paid $NZ1200 for 6 nights in the downstairs apartment at the Bay Motel in Stewart Island.

The price offered good value for a town that has an image of high prices. The apartment, albeit without views, was spacious, with two decent bedrooms, a large fully functioning kitchen, an excellent bathroom with a great shower, a decent washing machine (but no clothes dryer), effective user controlled heating throughout the apartment, double glazing (a legal requirement), wheel-chair accessible, and a spacious lounge/dining area with good seating.

Very clean and presented well - got the feeling that we were the only people who had ever stayed there, even though it is 5 years old.

Issues:
- moteliers forgot to pick us up at the plane depot on our initial arrival. For some reason they assumed we on the the ferry that arrived 60 min later.
- moteliers put us in the non-view, downstairs apartment even though the upstairs apartment was empty for the first 3 days, and when it was filled, the customers only stayed for 3 days. I'd specifically asked to be upstairs, so not sure why they insisted on putting us downstairs. (in fairness however, the downstairs got the outdoors evening sun, which the upstairs apartment did not). When raised with owners on arrival they said they'd look into us being upstairs - they never followed that up.
- the downstairs apartment was a bit noisy from people walking about in the upstairs apartment.
- the washing machine lint filters appeared to have not been emptied in years - was an icky task for me to do!

  • Liked — Central, modern accomodation
  • Disliked — Not being picked up on arrival, and being put in a view-free apartment, when upstairs apartment free (with view)
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2009

We stayed for two nights at the Bay Motel, the owner collected us from the ferry and gave us a quick overview of the town on our way to the Motel. Our room was spacious, well equipped and had a view over the town to the water. Easy walking distance to everything. There were two minor niggles for us though, the fan in the bathroom, ran noisily for 7 minutes each time you turned the light on, as there was no natural light in the bathroom, at night I had to resort to a torch so I didn't wake others in the room. Also the entrance door to the unit was glass and did not have a curtain and with other guests and staff walking past you often felt like they could see in. These things aside I would happily recommend this hotel to anyone, staff were friendly and helpful, and rooms were extremely clean and well cared for.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cromwell
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

We spent 6 nights at this lovely motel at Stewart Island. Having previously stayed at other accommodation on the Island charging a similar rate, this motel was excellent value. We enjoyed the cooking facilities, feeding the kakas on our balcony, and made the most of the wonderful views. Excellent standard of cleanliness, decor, and personal service. Just when we thought the service couldn't be improved, we phoned the day after our departure to ask if we had left a pair of sunglasses behind, only to find they had already been dispatched to us by post. Thanks so much again, we will no doubt be back.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Going home
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a large group. Our room was spotless and spacious, and opened onto a deck with a lovely view of the bay. We noticed the chimney mentioned in another review, but it hardly ruined the outlook!
We found the management efficient and friendly, and their van was always available to ferry us around.
We loved the island, and would have no hesitation in returning.

  • Liked — Magnificent view and convenience
  • Disliked — we had to leave!
  • Stayed March 2008
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Thank JenaC
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Yorkshire
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2008

Hotels are at a premium on the Island, however this place is very comfortable.

The Bay Motel is a 5 min walk from all the facilities in Half Moon Bay, its clean, modern and the host even picks you up from the ferry terminal (even though you can walk it just as fast).

The island is a must for nature lovers, take a trip to ulva island, walk up to the lighthouse, watch the penguins come to bed or just watch the birds from the balcony, a truly inspiring place.

While the Bay Motel will not win any awards, its the island you come to see and after a long day walking all you need is a bath and a clean room with a nice bed and the Bay motel delivers this on all fronts.

  • Stayed December 2007
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UK
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2007

We stayed here for 4 nights in March 2007.

The location is good, looking out over (much of) Oban and the bay. It’s about a 5 – 10 minute walk to the wharf, which is where most activities start. Some pleasant walks start close to the motel.

Motel/hotel type accommodation is at a premium on Stewart Island and there is little choice so the price was reasonable under the circumstances. We paid $150 for a modern, clean, comfortable studio room with a full kitchen which would have accommodated up to three people.

On the mainland we would have got more for our money but the relative
remoteness of the location is sure to put prices up.

Our helpful but unintrusive host picked us up and dropped us off at the ferry, gave us some good advice about and booked some activities for us.

Stewart Island is a wild and wonderful destination which can be accessed either by air from Invercargill or by fast ferry (an hour) from Bluff. We chose the latter option, a good job since all the flights were grounded by fog the day we travelled.

The island has walks of varying lengths as well as cruises and opportinities for wildlife watching. We would particularly recommend Ulva’s Island Tours. Her amazing knowledge of the local environment is matched by her boundless enthusiasm.

  • Liked — Location on Stewart Island. Kakas (parrots) on the balcony
  • Disliked — Walls are thin and you can hear other people even if they're not being very noisy!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank LawrenceUk
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Property: Bay Motel
Address: 9 Dundee Street | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bay Motel is located in the center of Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island & has glorious ocean views from more than half of our units. We are no more than 500 meters walk to all of the restaurants, shops & transport (Plane & Ferry) terminals in the township. Bay Motel complex is made up of 13 modern, quality serviced units - 10 studios, 1 & 2 bedroom units and a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury apartment. We also have a laundry, courtyard & covered BBQ available for guests use. ~Courtesy transfers on arrival and departure ~2 units & the Apartment have double spa baths ~2 units are wheelchair friendly ~Fully equipped kitchenettes ~Central heating ~Sky TV, telephone and free wireless internet ~Guest laundry, freezer storage, BBQ ~Portable cot, high-chair & buggy ~Continental breakfast available ($12 per person) ... more   less 
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