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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 2nd time staying at this Motel and unfortunately nothing has changed since the last visit 1 year ago.Very dated and not very well maintained. Unit for 5 people,1 toilet roll, 4 towels, not enough utensils/crockery for 5. 4 chairs, yet found a stool to make the 5th seat, however, this stool was holding the back of the...

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dated and needs lots of work. Had to wait until after 3.30 for room to be ready. Very basic but adequate for short stay over. Restaurant food ok but overpriced. Lots of flies and mosquitoes but no fly spray provided. Staff friendly and pleasant.

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Thank joannemaree
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Served a purpose. Felt it was a little over priced for what was on offer. But they did allow us to keep the dog. I rang and checked and got the OK but when I called to confirm. They were unaware, but agreed for her to stay. Front desk staff while OK, were a little remote and not very forthcoming....

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Thank Cairy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been tenting in the days prior and this time we wanted a proper bed.. nice, affordable and quiet. My only complaint was the weather. A nice short walk or drive to the beach and historic wharf gave you a stretch of the legs.

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Thank Y3253JTmarkf
Palmerston North
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an old fashioned motel that (in our case) seemed to be maintained to a basic tidy standard, without much amenities. The bathroom is probably the worst part with a dark shower with only a curtain, a plain sink with little space or light, and only soap - no shampoo or body wash. The main part of the room...

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Thank RonLaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our rooms view was blocked by a tree. Room was hot and we could hear the rooms each side of us. Rooms very dated. The vegetation would have impacted on all of the motel rooms views. Restaurant was over priced. Staff were friendly and polite.

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Thank Jane G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The East Cape is a different world where very few businesses are equivalent to places that enjoy more population and visitors. We checked out the few accommodation options available and chose this motel. They have done a great job refurbishing the 1960's units. The place was clean and the beds comfortable. Our unit was small in the bathroom area and...

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Thank John S
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

With not much else to choose from we stayed here one night. The best thing was we chose a room with a view which was nice overlooking the beach ( in the distance). The bed was like a trampoline and the room so stuffy and hot. Could not leave a window open because of the mozzies that were everywhere, and...

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1Thank Ah62
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed for a night in one of the motel rooms. It was a handy stopover point on our road trip around the East Cape. The room rate is a little higher than we paid elsewhere and the rooms are very dated in comparison. It was still clean and tidy though and the beds were comfortable. Staff were friendly.

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Thank Kirsty S
Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

The wiring in the unit we had was utterly inadequate. We could have either the stove or the fridge on, else the breaker blew! A fridge and a stove both working at the same time is a basic kitchen requirement! The kitchen tap drips. The whole suite smells musty. The WiFi does not reach the unit. It is well overpriced....

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Patahi, Front Office Manager at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review. It was really a pleasure chatting to you for over a half hour on the deck before your departure. Hicks Bay Motel is three stars and you help us manage future client expectations. Since you didn't mention your unhappiness I was not given an opportunity to change your room. Sorry for this. Harley

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters above sea level, in historic and botanical protected -- unspoiled -- countryside. where peace and tranquility abound. Overlooking the beautiful Hicks Bay Waterways 40 rooms with 175 person total capacity. AMENITIES. Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bush walks. Restaurant -- 60 person seating capacity. Breakfast and Dinner prepared by Maori chef with freshly prepared sauces, vegetables - served homestyle. Shop and Bottle Store. Internet access, Payphone, and Guest laundry. Playground and Pool Table. Glowworm Grotto and Rock Fishing. East Cape Maritime Lighthouse accessible to the public, 35km.Located midway between Opotiki and Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hicks Bay Motel Lodge

Address: 5198 Te Araroa Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Gisborne Region > Gisborne
Price Range: £75 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hicks Bay Motel Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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Also Known As:
Hicks Bay Hotel Gisborne
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#5 On the Beach Hotel in Gisborne
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