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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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... More 

1 Thank Ah62
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Kirsty S
Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.... More 

1 Thank Kim S
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 More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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147 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A good spot to stay, beautiful views of the beach bay below, the room as comfortable, bathroom a little cramped. Dinner was good, there was a nice selection, didn't have to wait long and friendly staff. Also a bar and a shop there. (If you find this review helpful please give me a helpful vote).

1 Thank Youngone51
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The Hicks Bay Motel cabins reminded me of holidays when I was a kid. But while they might be a bit dated they were clean and reasonably priced. I thoroughly recommend the restaurant. Best fish we had on the trip. Overall - great service & value.

1 Thank Guy J
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42 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night on the way to Whakatane. We stayed in one of the 2 bedroom units. Room pros- * larger then expected * great layout * mostly clean & well fit out. Room cons - * only a small fan heater provided which didnt seem to work. Made for a cold night. We loaded up with blankets... More 

Thank Aims79
Te Awanga, New Zealand
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41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Friendly people. Amazing location. Up high with views out across the bay. The units show their age, and have interesting design features like doors that open into each other and windowsills that slope inwards so you can't put anything on them. Lots of things in the unit didn't quite work (the blinds, the toaster, the front door latch). But I'm... More 

1 Thank James K
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Rooms old but well presented. The meal at the restaurant was great. A lovely friendly host that made our stay enjoyable. Great views from the room too . A good shop attached toy the office for any supplies you may have forgotten.

1 Thank TeresaB8
Auckland, New Zealand
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55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The only place to stay at Hicks Bay! Whilst it is a little dated the welcome is warm and the staff entertaining. No complaints about the food. 60 people served with hot meals quickly and efficiently. Breakfast was heartyand enjoyed by all.

Thank sherylamartin
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71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I checked in here and it was very quite, great view of the sea, the bar was nice and the staff were friendly. My room was big and warm after I turned on the heater, however the bathroom was cold all the time and the shower head was too low so I had to bend my knees to wash my... More 

1 Thank Nicnac23

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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: £67 - £85 (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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Hicks Bay Hotel Gisborne
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#5 On the Beach Hotel in Gisborne
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“Get one of the front units with best sea views”
 of 5 bubbles jamesk631, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Find another motel”
 of 5 bubbles 394BrianB, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
“ask for a room with an ocean view.”
 of 5 bubbles LizB442, 30 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Choose self catering accomm. and bring own food rather than eating in dining room.Some self catering rooms lack view”
 of 5 bubbles GillianL234, 25 Feb 2016 | Read review
“One with a view and there are plenty”
 of 5 bubbles derekt872, 17 Feb 2016 | Read review
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