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Seaspray Motel
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“Always in our travel plans”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Whenever we visit New Zealand we try to squeeze in a visit to the Seaspray Motel, 14 km north of Thames near the start of the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. The six-unit building is by no means modern, but this is offset by a fantastic location on a narrow strip of land extending along the seawall of Waiomu Bay. The water views from the units are breath-taking at any time, and further enhancement by sunset colours provides visions that are worth dying for. Adjacent parkland contains several large pohutakawa trees, one said to be a thousand years old, containing curious curtains of root-like downward extensions from their branches. We have visited the Motel several times, and find the rooms very comfortable and the included facilities satisfactory The friendliness and helpfulness of the owners John and Katherine Tizard (plus Boxer dog and cute Siamese and Burman cats) is outstanding. We look forward to further visits!.....Aussie John

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This was the best we got in nz! Beautiful waters edge studio (penguins at night!) and the owners John and kathrine were warm and personable, and everything about the room was quaint and homelike. Thoughtful silverware and dishes in the cupboard and a great shower! They have the life! Living there and running that motel, they've got a great thing going def staying here again!

Room Tip: Studio! You can hear the ocean better here!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was our first location for a 20 day holiday in New Zealand and thankfully our accommmodation improved all the way after this one. We hired the 2 bedroom unit and it definitely needed some tender loving care. It was a mismatch of furniture, crockery, glasses etc and the lawn was overgrown and had aged garden furniture. Yes we were given a good welcome by katherine and the first night's sunset was stunning but I was happy to leave after 2 nights.

Room Tip: 2 bed unit has rooms on the roadside not the shore side.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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North East England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Drive about 15 kilometres north from the bustling town of Thames and the road skirts close to the water all the way to Waiomu. Keep your speed down because if you blink at the wrong time you'll have missed the Seaspray! Packed into a narrow strip between the main road and the seashore it is aptly named. First impressions are not of the best - with a narrow entrance onto a limited parking area the motel buildings don't look up to much. But the welcoming proprietor and the pleasing surprise of lovely rooms overlooking the sea quickly dispel any initial misgivings. Rooms have a little balcony - on a nice night, sipping an aperitif, you will be cheek-by-jowl with your neighbour who will share, if the weather is clear, a sunset you will never forget! A good kitchen, small but comfy bedroom and separate living / kitchen room rounds it off.
Just up the road is access to a long woodland trail that climbs into impressive forests above the coastline. It's a fairly stiff trek but worth every breath. Rangers are just now building bridges over the many stream crossings and that will help improve access.
The road is close by and logging trucks travel night and day - but the bedrooms lie on the shore side and you'll hear nothing but an occasional rumble from the road.
Stock up with provisions in Thames and linger here awhile.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed in the studio unit which is slightly seperated from the main block of other units. Very small/compact, can sleep 3 but I wouldn't recommend it as there is no spare room for suitcases etc. Very clean and tidy, with kitchenette having microwave and bench oven/grill and tea making facilities. Shower and tiolet in one room very clean, good shower pressure. Have your own wooden deck to sit on but only downside was that you have to go outside the unit and around to the front to use it, no connecting door to deck. The biggest drawcard for this property is the view, absoultely amazing - priceless!!! Laying in bed at night listening to the waves hitting the beach at night was better than any hot chocolate ( you'd swear they were right outside your door the unit is that close to the beach front)!! John and Katherine the owners are lovely people and real animal lovers, you can even take your dog to this motel as long as it has its own bedding and eating bowls. Definitely be going back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have just spent 2 fabulous nights staying in the studio unit. The unit had everything that we needed. The bed was very comfortable, facilities very good and the hospitality we received from the owners John and Katherine was 100%. There are not many motels in NZ where you can lie in bed and watch the waves coming into shore. What a spectacular view we had. Although it is on the main highway we were not bothered by any road noise at all as the motel is set in its own little bay. The complex has a real family atmosphere. We were so impressed the two nights we spent there that we have already booked for 3 nights over the Easter break. We highly recommend it to anybody travelling along the Thames/Coromandel Coast at any time. It is a hidden treasure.

Marie S

Room Tip: We chose the studio unit which was adequate for 2 people, but any unit would be suitable as they all...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were concerned having read the previous review and already made our reservation in the 2 bedroom unit. The motel is an older style and a bit retro. The unit was spacious and comfortable. It had everything we needed. The location is second to none. The views were fantastic. My son actually caught a fish from the lawn (nice snapper) which made his holiday. It is a rocky foreshore so just as well he learnt to cast! The owners were fantastic and could not do enough for us and my daughter fell in love with their pets. It was a great 4 days and we have rebooked to come back again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Seaspray Motel
Address: 613 Thames Coast Road | RD5, Waiomu Bay, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Coromandel Peninsula
Number of rooms: 6

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