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Marina Park Apartments
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New Zealand
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76 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations except no iPod dock”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

Surprised at how large, spacious, new, clean and centrally located MPA was for the price. Certainly seemed like good value to us, a full kitchen and laundry and we had a lovely view facing out in the harbour.

Our only tiny quibble was the lack of an iPod dock, but really, that was it, everything else was there and more.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

My wife and I had a one bedroom self-contained unit. It was clean, modern and well-equipped. A bonus was the outdoor eating area with a view of the playing fields. The staff were friendly and helpful. Plenty of off-street parking. The resort is adjacent to the Marina at the mouth of Whitianga harbour, and is handy for all the beautiful beaches on the east side of the Coromandel Peninsula. There are a handful of good restaurants within ten minutes walk, and only a short drive to the supermarket. All-in-all, an excellent base for touring one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Room Tip: All the rooms look very good, but a view of the harbour or the playing fields is a nice bonus.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

I booked on the website but had problems so telephoned to make a booking. The reception lady was helpful, courteous and friendly and apologised for the inconvenience !

We arrived on a Friday night, and the staff had to make special arrangements for us. They were very accommodating and really made an effort to help. I felt like a special guest!
The room we were allocated had superb views. It was neat, tidy and I felt like I had landed in a place close to heaven! We stayed a couple of nights and enjoyed the restaurants in the close vicinity. The reception people were even happy to recommend activities . I will def be back!
I saw people in the Spa, but we did not have a chance to use it.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the yachts are superb and def worth it! We had awesome views of the ocean and...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic location. Quiet and excellent facilities. Will definitely be back. Could not fault it. Excellent value for money!

  • Stayed July 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

We spent two nights at the end of March in Whitianga, staying at Marina Park.

We had a three bedroom apartment with a beautiful view over the Marina - the apartment was spotless and had all the amenities and a well equipped kitchen.

We were told that the spa didn't work and the pool was quite cold but it didn't bother us too much.

The complex also had a simple gym and a small library of books and magazines which was a nice touch.

The apartment is walking distance from the town . Hot water beach is 30 mins away by car and Maureen lent us her spade which was very handy.

Overall a very nice stay!

Room Tip: we stayed in apartment 5 which had gorgeous marina views
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

We recently spent 12 wonderful days staying at Marina Park Apartments. The Apartments are wonderfully clean, comfortable, well maintained and equipped, as well as being close to beaches, restaurants and shops. Management and Staff were extremely friendly, helpful and courteous.
The property is well managed, and although the spa pool heater had unfortunately seen its last days, management informed us that a replacement heater would have to be ordered. The swimming pool certainly made up for not having a spa pool. We will certainly be returning to Marina Park for another great holiday - thank you so much Marina Park, you are one of the best.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Alexandra
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed at Marina Park Apartments for a week recently. Like another contributor to this column we had booked an apartment with waterfront views. What we received was an apartment overlooking an old shed with a rusty roof and a football field. On checking in we approached the owner with our concerns and was very rudely told there would be no exchanges. There were no apologies or discussion and certainly no smiles. Also the spa was still not working and we were told this was because of the recent flooding. Obviously a different story to cover the fact that they can't be bothered getting the spa fixed. Very disappointing.

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else. Whitianga is a lovely friendly town with some great places with wonderful views...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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marina-apts-mngt, Manager at Marina Park Apartments, responded to this review, April 6, 2012
This customer booked her holiday through a Timeshare company. This is not a timeshare complex. However we have a goodwill arrangement with an exchange company to supply a strictly limited selection of apartments that do not include marina view apartments. Timeshare booking consultants never guarantee ocean views or certain styles of apartments.
On arrival, the guest demanded that our trainee receptionist make a transfer/upgrade to a marina front apartment, to the point that the young receptionist was so uncomfortable she called the manager for assistance. The guest was told politely and succinctly that she had been correctly placed in an allocated Timeshare apartment. All other guests were already checked in so there was no possibility of any exchange.
Guest safety: The managers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of everybody in the complex. If the managers, in their view, consider there is any health and/or safety concern regarding any area in the complex, particularly spa pools, then they are entitled to use their discretion in restricting guest access to these areas.
Yes, either because of or in spite of the recent rain storms, our main spa pool gas heater literally disintegrated after seven years of continuous use. This was clearly notified to all guests who, with exception of one, understood the situation. It took several days of searching and negotiating to source and get a new gas heater delivered. Then the gas fitter had to wait for a fine day to install the heater and re-commission the spa pool.
This pool was out of action for about 10 days; 7 working days when it comes to delivery and service contractors.
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Property: Marina Park Apartments
Address: 84 Albert Street, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Marina Park Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Adjacent to the picturesque Whitianga Marina, and conveniently located just a two minute walk from the local shopping centre, our contemporary designed apartments are perfect for a luxury stay in the Coromandel region. In the town centre you will find an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars, and boutique stores. It is only a short stroll to the ferry and the marina where you can choose from a number of boat tours. Other outdoor pursuits include tramping, kayaking, diving and sea fishing, or just relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches nearby. Mercury Bay Golf Course also welcomes visitors. ... more   less 
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