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“Absolutely awesome stay right on the beach”
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Sunset Motel
Ranked #10 of 13 Thames B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 28, 2014

I wish we had discovered this delightful motel earlier than on our last night in New Zealand. The hosts were lovely and had upgraded our booking. The cottage/unit had everything you needed and it was lovely to be able to watch the sunset across the water and hear the waves through the night. We were able to use the laundry and get our washing up to date before our international flight. It is close to Thames for groceries, takeaways or restaurants; as well as all the other attractions Thames offers which we had no time for.

It is top of my list for a stay when we return to New Zealand.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed in a studio unit, which was clean and comfortable with the usual facilities, and the other members of our family stayed in the three bedroom unit, both on the beachfront. The living/kitchen area of the three bedroom unit was quite large, with a full size fridge and oven in the kitchen, with the usual facilities expected in this type of unit. The motel is about five minutes north of Thames, the setting is very relaxing, with balconies on both units, although we moved the table and chairs onto the grass and under the shade of the tree. Certainly value for money, and the setting makes it even better.

Room Tip: Definitely try to get a beachfront unit.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Sunset Motel is on the sea front in Tararu, it is the only motel in Thames with direct beach access and wonderful views over towards Auckland. My husband and I stayed here for 12 nights while on holiday from the U.K, we chose the Sunset Motel for it's wonderful location and value for money. The rooms are very spacious with the bedrooms separate from the living area, the kitchen was very well stocked with cooking facilities, there are also outdoor barbeques for the guests to use as well which means that it is possible to do your own catering. Our unit was of a very high standard with an excellent shower, the unit was very clean, the rooms are cleaned everyday and you are given fresh towels and anything else you might need. The Motel is perfect for families as the grounds are large with plenty of room for children to play outside safely . Our hosts Diane and Chris looked after us really well and nothing was too much trouble for them, they are both very welcoming and friendly and really helped to make our stay enjoyable. We would really recommend staying here and will stay again on our next trip, well worth a visit!

Room Tip: Ask your hosts for their recommendation. All rooms in very good location.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

My partner and I (plus several other family members at different times) stayed for a week in Garden Unit 5 over the Christmas period.

From my first contact when booking the motel, and right throughout our stay, the service from staff was outstanding. The most amazing instances of this were: - being allowed to shift the furniture to suit our needs: arriving back at the motel on Christmas afternoon to find a gift box that included a home baked (by the manager) Christmas cake, Christmas crackers and sweet and savoury snacks; having my laundry done for me and returned to the Unit ironed and folded! (as I wasn't able to do it before we left for the day because the laundry wasn't available until after 10am to avoid disturbing other guests); the manager sharing fresh plums with us that she had been given by a friend. Wow!

The unit had recently been partially refurbished (with an up-to-date bathroom) and was clean and tidy. The bedrooms are small and the kitchen does need some attention, in particular the contents of the kitchen (crockery, utensils, pots etc). However, it was good to have a full sized oven and fridge when 4 people were staying for a week. And the bedroom/kitchen issues were minor issues really.

There were BBQ's available in the garden area just outside our door and this was a nice place to sit to read, or have a drink in the late afternoon/evening.

The setting of the motel is lovely - right next to the beach, and the sunsets are beautiful.

We would definitely be happy to stay at the Sunset Motel again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Very friendly, clean and tidy studio. Lovely setting understand why its called the Sunset motel. Handy for Thames and Coramandel peninsular. Thames has plenty of nice eating places. Visitors should visit Miranda which is located on the estuary opposite Thames lovely natural hot spa pool resort, went on a weekday empty.
Only downside was cooking facilities limited, but we got by. Would visit again if I was staying in the area.

Room Tip: Ask for the room facing the beach, limited availability.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Its not ritzy, but there was a warm welcome and it is a very peaceful spot with a lovely garden outlook towards the sea. Cleanliness was good. Perfect for a one night stay and just a couple of minutes drive to the centre of Thames.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed in refurbished cabin number 1 for 3 nights - it was clean and tidy, had new furnishings and a decent shower area. The staff were friendly and helpful and supplied ginger biscuits, as well as tea and coffee on our arrival. The setting of the Sunset Motel, on the Tararu Beach Reserve, was just out of this world. Can't recommend this place highly enough but don't forget that this is a Motel, not a Hotel.

Room Tip: Ask if cabin 1 is available, as other cabins may not be refurbished yet.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1017 Tararu Road, Thames, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Thames
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Beach
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Ranked #10 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Thames
Number of rooms: 8

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