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“Even Better Than Expected”
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Grange Motor Lodge
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Manukau
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Reading the reviews, I was expecting to enjoy my stay at Grange but it was even better than expected. Arriving in NZ from the states way too early in the morning, we arrived at the motel at 8 in the morning (yes, 8). I had not thought ahead that we would be a bit exhausted from an extremely long flight. My husband suggested just going to the motel and seeing if there was any open rooms so we could crash for a while. Our room was already available and they allowed us to check in early (God bless you!). The rooms were clean, well appointed, and yes, we even had a teddy bear on our bed.

The hosts made great suggestions for things to do and places to eat. We tried the midnight market, a food and flea market type of event in an underground parking garage. It is an experience we will never forget!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank PolskaMama4
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2013

How nice of you to review us - thank you so much. We are also glad that the room was available for you after your long flight. Our staff try to get started as early as possible to cater for that very reason. So glad you enjoyed the midnight Markets. It has proved to be very popular and the food there is absolutely amazing with just about every dish imaginable. Here's hoping we see you all again one day.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Are there better, more welcoming hosts in New Zealand? We doubt it. Pat and Bernie (and Mac) go way beyond the expected with their warm and friendly welcome, yes including the muffins. The Awards that are proudly displayed on their office wall are testament that our welcome was the norm - they have been doing this for many years now - motelier of the year (for the whole of NZ), supreme host, business owner of the year - the list goes on.
Their guests quickly become their friends and you don't want to leave your new found friends behind. Thank you Pat and Bernie and Mac for all the licks.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2013

How lovely of you to review us. Thank you very much indeed! It's always so nice to see you and Mac sends his sloppiest lick to you both.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Over the past years, we have been extremely fortunate to be able to stay at the Grange. Pat and Bernie are on top of their game as motel hosts and I can find no fault with this accommodation. A few of the positive aspects are; low level (no stairs), car park right beside room (no need to lug heavy cases too far), close to motorway off-ramp, friendly reception and check-in, room comfortable surroundings with garden settings, friendly guard dog visits (he remembers us from our frequent visits and always comes across to say hello) and free Wi-Fi.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2013

How lovely of you to write a review on us. Thank you very much. It is always a joy to see you both when you're in need of accommodation in Auckland. Hope to see you soon. Mack says "woof"!

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed there on two occasions on our recent journey. On each occasion we were so warmly welcomed, that we felt like we had known Pat and Bernie as close friends for a long time. Unfortunately we had so little time to spend with them. The room was very good, having 2 bedrooms for the 3 of us travelling, and a separate lounge/kitchenette. It's located reasonably close to the airport.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you very much indeed for such a lovely review. We too would've liked you to have stayed longer!
Such is the nature of holidays though. I hope you had the best time during your trip around New Zealand.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Pat and Bearnie were delightful hosts and the fresh baked muffins make it an even more homely stay; they even set up a cotbed for our one year old so that we could put him straight to bed as soon as we arrived. We stayed here on our arrival to NZ and decided to stay before our return flight. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable, probably the best night's sleep during our entire trip. Despite being by the main road it is quiet in the rooms and the traffic will not disturb anyone.

As a first and/or last stay, this is perfect for anyone. Quick and easy to get to State Highway 1 you can get straight to and from the motel, so possibly a good out of city base to visit Auckland. We will be staying here when we return to NZ.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We appreciate it very much. So nice to have met you both and your gorgeous son. I do hope our paths cross again one day. All the very best.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We arrived in Auckland after a long flight, and we are very glad to choose Grange Lodge as our first stay in the country. We were greeted by Bernie and her wonderful warm delicious muffins, and she was very helpful in showing us around. The unit we had was huge, and probably had the most amenities than any other places we stayed at while in NZ. We also got several visits from the very entertaining resident dog and cat, Mack & Sunshine. The only regret we had about Pat & Bernie's place is that we only stayed for one night!

One of the best place we stayed in while traveling NZ, and definitely will come back when we visit Auckland again. Thank you for your lovely hospitality, Pat and Bernie :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you very much indeed for your lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you all. Mack and Sunshine enjoyed meeting you too! I do hope you are able to come back to New Zealand again one day. It would be so nice to see you again.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We change our hotel accomodation due to a flight change and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Pat and Bernie. When we arrived they upgraded us to a room with a seperate lounge and bedroom which had everything we needed and also provided warm muffins which were absolutely great after a long drive from Hahei. Although it was our last day in NZ they made us feel very welcome.It is only around 8klm to the airport so was very handy for us. For anyone visiting New Zealand from overseas I would say give this one a try you will not be disappointed for location and very freindly hosts and just maybe those lovely muffins.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Motor Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2013

So glad you enjoyed the muffins! And thank you very much indeed for taking the time to review us. It is very much appreciated. We hope to see you again when next you're in New Zealand

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Address: 1 Grange Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland, Manukau, Auckland 2025, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Manukau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Manukau
Price Range: $106 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grange Motor Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In residential area opposite Grange Golf Course and adjacent to East Tamaki industrial area.5 Minutes drive to Middlemore Hospital 15 minutes to Airport, 20 minutes to CBD Auckland. AA Supreme Host of the Year 2004 and 2005. Runner up 2012 and 2008.Category winners at 2006, 2007 and 2008 Manukau Business Excellence Awards. Qualmark 4 star grading. Enviro Bronze Award ... more   less 
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