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Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei
Ranked #20 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Auckland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Clean and comfortable”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Travelling with overseas visitors on a Public holiday so booked this hotel as it had a restaurant and pool. When we arrived we were told that the restaurant was closed for dinner and only continental breakfast in the morning. Very disappointed as we then had to go back into town and there were hardly any restaurants open. Thought we would have a swim but the pool was murkey and covered in leaves. Having said that, the rooms were excellent with large comfortable beds and nice outlook. Lovely bathroom. Good suppy of tea, coffee and sugar. Spotlessly clean. Dealt with 3 different staff members and all were excellent. If we had been able to get a meal and have a swim it would have been a perfect stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Yay! They have a new chef, went for dinner last night after saying we probably would not go again, our last experience was not pleasant. Pleasant surprise, the new chef is great! Fresh well presented food and very tastey. The menu did not match that advertised on the web site but the chef said to just let him know what we fancied and he was sure he could oblige. Great service, my advice to management is, don't lose this guy and maybe give him a shot at planning the menu. We will be back!. We dine out at least once a week , it will be nice to add settlers back on our list.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moerewa, NZ
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62 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Once again my wife and I went out for Dinner and had the buffet at Discovery Settlers. A varied menu with brilliant oysters, and foir the first time I also had dessert, not that I needed it after the rest of the meal.

A lot of places could teach their wait staff a thing or 2 from here. Empty plates were quite simply whished away once empty. Staff gave the impression that they actually wanted to be at work.

Again I will be going back at some stage for another meal. I see know reason not to.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dan B
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Wellington, New Zealand
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80 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Our group, Kapiti 4 Seasons Tours had fifteen seniors, age 62-83 (nine units) we stayed for bed, dinner and breakfast... EVERYTHING was perfect from check-in. We had all ground floor, nice units,sun on both sides, east and then west and very good value. The evening meal and breakfast the next morning was perfect. Staff wonderful and we did meet Rick in charge of a very good venue... MUCH improved over previous years...CONGRATULATIONS RICK...

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice and very handy to the Whangarei Basin. Our group were very happy and mostly...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

We upgraded to a recently refurbished room for very little cost and it turned out very good. The room was well laid out, good faciliites and balcony. Very clean. The restaurant was ok; not exceptional but pefectly adequate. The staff WERE exceptional. We had a disabled guest for dinner and we were well looked after.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Stayed overnight and attended a buffet meal for our group of approximately 50. I was impressed with the service. The evening flowed smoothly with a great aray of food, regularly replenished,and empty plates just vanished quickly. Some of our group had disabilities and assistance to them was instant and appropriate.Our accomodation was comfortable and the Skye TV was appreciated as there was an Allblack Game on. Will be back next year.

Room Tip: We had a Disability room with a suitable shower, it was quiet with heavy curtains that kept it dark...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Stayed 3 nights, our room was great with a very comfortable king size bed. Excellent staff. Went to the seafood buffet on the Sunday night, it was superb. We were on the roadside but hardly heard the traffic.

Room Tip: Try to stay on Sunday night for the wonderful buffet
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei

Property: Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei
Address: 61 Hatea Drive, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Whangarei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discovery Settlers Hotel, perfectly positioned colonial style hotel with its in-house restaurant and bar, nestled in beautiful park like surrounds,a short stroll from the hotel will lead you along the riverside, down to the town basin; where the Whangarei marina bursts with international flavour. An assortment of colourful shops, and galleries can be found in this area. A short drive away lie the Whangarei Falls, a breathtaking waterfall and bushwalk in a beautiful native bush setting. Another 20 minutes on you will find yourself in the world-famous Tutukaka Harbour, gateway to the Poor Knights Islands. These Islands offer the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in New Zealand; with stunning underwater topography and a cornucopia colourful life. Dozens of white sand beaches, romantic paradise, or fun family getaway. These are just a few attractions Whangarei has to offer whether it's business, pleasure, domestic or international. Discovery Settlers is the place to stay in Whangarei. We look forward to hosting you. ... more   less 
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