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Orana Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 10 Kaitaia B&B and Inns
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Great to be back”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The rooms have been updated and are now very modern and comfortable. The bathroom lino needs updating, but the shower and toilet are sparkling new! The eftpos machine was down so I got a dessert for free. The service is second to none. I am a repeat customer and highly recommend this motor inn.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The Orana Motor Inn is stuck in a Time warp, our dated furnishings, towels and bedding that need to be donated to a local shelter but you can not deny the service it is just outstanding, the dinner menu is brilliant and locality cant be beaten.

Room Tip: Not next or above the washhouse
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Carrara, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed November 30, 2013

The combination of the dated 70's decor and the urgent need for significant refurbishment make this one of the least value motels we stayed in while travelling NZ.
The management and staff were friendly enough, but there needs to be a step up in management practice before this motel can be recommended to the travelling public.
The expensively priced meals in the restuaruant were huge and 99% of the adult population would be unable to eat a main course. Reducing meal size and price accordingly would attract more patrons to what was a virtually deserted restaurant on a Friday and a Saturday night.
The location is great and it is a shame that a motel with so much potential is being run this way.
At least the bed linen was clean.

Room Tip: An adequate plan B if you can't find accommodation elsewhere in this town.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Big complex, 70s type concrete block I guess and hard to update - but needed. Bed comfortable enough. Pillows hard and thick. Towels have seen many washes. Shower takes a while to heat up but it gets there. Skirting boards need attention. Friendly staff. Breakfast OK; dinner much better. Loved the magazines to be read and good to have the paper available. Microwave, tea & coffee facility in room, plus fridge. Close to twon

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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West Auckland, null, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Compact unit but adequate. Good to have electric blankets and heat pump.Clean and tidy, off street parking and handy to shops etc.
Continental breakfast available and licensed restaurant with good menu on site.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Kaitaia, in winter and too much overpriced accommodation, we were glad we found the Orana which was far better value for a family room than many other places we tried. It was clean, comfortable and the staff were all friendly (Peter the owner was especially helpful). Granted some of the features might be antique like the heater and radio behind the bed but you get free WiFi and a large modern TV. Personally I would rather spend the money saved on a nice dinner.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The manager was very obliging and supplied me cutlery and plates but the room was VERY dated and worn out. It has the oldest design heater I have ever seen (a single tube overhead). It even had a (not working) piped music/radio that could be at least 40 years old. For the price I paid (NZD99) the room could have been at least bigger, or newer or had a kitchenette. I had a very noisy family next door and they talked loudly well past midnight; there was virtually no sound proofing. However, internet was unlimited and free.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Orana Motor Inn

Property: Orana Motor Inn
Address: 238 Commerce Street, Kaitaia 0410, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Kaitaia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Kaitaia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Orana Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free WiFi. Return guests testify to good food and a comfortable stay. Central for exploring the Far North. SKY TV. Day tours of Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach. ... more   less 
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