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Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei
Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Went there for staff christmas function not impressed with the food. Large group, when our table got to food it was cold, roast vegetables were dry and over cooked. Selection was poor, no christmas pudding or cake, no icecream or cream, fruitsalad was out of a tin. Have had a lot nicer food there before, disappointing.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

My husband and I were in a party of twelve friends staying in Whangarei for a friends 60th birthday we found the Settler,s Hotel fantastic, great rooms, lovely breakfasts, situated close to town we will definitely be back.

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Thank Moira B
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Bit dated particularly the food service...Staff were friendly but it was all a bit disjointed, I opened the window but had to prop it up with a pen! Few niggly bits in the room that need some attention.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank aquaknacker
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Generally good accommodation but definitely not on a warm spring day/night as the premium rooms (upstairs river view) do not have airconditioning nor air ventilation. Windows are unopenable (paint) and as balcony is shared with other rooms, leaving balcony door open all night is not an option. No fan other than a miniature split system heater that was useless. Only option was to swelter all night. Furthermore, smokers on either side partaking their habit on the balcony necessitated closing door because of cigarette odours. Overall, we were quite disappointed with the accommodation provided.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We only stayed one night, Room was nice and clean, bed comfortable also. On check in we were told restaurant was not open to night as they had a party on. WT, they also said there would be a bit of noise from the party, but would be closed at 11pm. 12-30 in morning loud music and noise stopped. We would have taken up there offer I an other room , even if it was to cost us more, if we had known they were not being honest.
Not likely to stay again.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Stayed here for two nights while going to the Bay of Islands, traffic, rain and roadwork meant we could not and did not want to go any further so we used the Hotel as a base for our trip.
After our terrible night at Auckland at a large airport Hotel we decided to find a better place next no matter what, so we stopped at the information centre told them what we were looking for and they gave us a couple of locations
We always stop outside and look at the hotel presentation before deciding to go in, what can I say, open grassed area, trees etc all tidy and giving a welcome appeal
We booked in, the girl at reception was pleasant and helpful, we asked about dinner but they were fully booked but they contacted us and managed to fit us in if we could eat early, around 6.00pm,
The dinner was great and service terrific, meet the manager, Rick, who was very obliging and helpful, had dinner the following night as well, as we both only have a light breakfast the :tea and toast" option suited us
Overall a great place to stay and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Val S
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stayed for the weekend while visiting family. Room was downstairs at the back. The rooms aren't huge but fine for the two of us. The bed was so comfortable.

The restaurant food was great. Staff are polite. Quite stay. Curtains darken the room. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank P H
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Additional Information about 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 #19 of 34 Hotels in Whangarei
Price Range: $72 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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