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Camden NSW
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Breakwater is in an excellent location just a moments walk to everything . The room was ideal, clean and had excellent views right along the foreshore and across the Bay.The allocated parking space was small and a pain to get out of even with a small car.

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent place to stay with a great view over the Bay from our second floor apartment. The apartment was large and clean and a very pleasant place to sit and look and drink (morning coffee and evening cocktails). Situated at the north end of the beach, close to shops, restaurants and the wharf.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Service from hotel managers on duty was fantastic, the room was very clean, spacious, well organised, bathroom & shower was amazing, fridge was super cold, the ocean views outside room was amazing, i rate this hotel a 5 star rating. Waking up each morning & viewing the scenery at night was what i'd liked best about hotel, air conditioner was...

Thank gstingr
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed every moment. The view from our upper level waterfront room was amazing. The motel was clean, well equipped; the owners were friendly and helpful with a good knowledge of Northland it was also situated in the perfect location. I really would like to go back.

Thank GlynGolfer
Fort Collins, CO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed 5 pleasant days using a comfortable, clean & well-equipped room at the Breakwater Motel. Our upper level waterfront room had a nice view of the bay, but also a bit of road noise during the day and early evening. AC kept the room comfortable. The property is well located for walking to dinner and the harbor dock. Designated...

Thank JGrahamK
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi JGraham K Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience at our motel. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely little motel in a great location, with friendly owners who clearly take pride in their business. Clean, modern and a decent size compared to other places I've stayed in NZ. Would highly recommend.

Thank mightyslither
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi mightyslither Sincere thanks for your wonderful review and recommendation. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Almost perfect. Great location & fabulous view from room 5. Lovely big suite, with excellent bathroom and other facilities e.g. TV. Free tea and coffee. Only marked down one star due to poor wifi reception in room. Nothing a few signal boosters strategically placed around the property couldn't fix. Ironically it stopped me from checking in and raving about the...

Thank Robert L
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi Robert L We certainly appreciate your lovely review and your feedback. Pity you didn't mention you had a problem with the wifi whilst you were here. We have a multitude of boosters around the property and had this been brought to our attention we could have had it rectified very quickly. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in room 25 which has the most fabulous vista across the Bay! It lies back off the road and the bedroom is situated at the back so nice & quiet at night. See photos from lounge. Very well equipped, fresh & clean and the staff are amazing! They give you plenty of maps & advice on what to...

Thank CrystalRose54
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi CrystalRose54 Thank you so much for your fantastic review of the Upper Seaview Suite. Hopefully we can welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We were checked in by a lovely Lady Lyn, she was really helpful in tips and hints on places to visit in Paihia and surrounding places, she booked a restaurant for us and could not have been more helpful. We got assigned 2 rooms, 20 and 19, both were immaculately clean and modern. We all loved staying here and would...

Thank groomfamily
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi groomfamily What a pleasure to host your family and thank you so much for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

Taylors Lakes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Very nice & clean & a spacious room, it had all the amenities you need. Really close walk to the centre of town & all the bars & restaurants. The laundry facilities are a bonus. Would definitely stay again.

Thank Lisabeth C
OwnerBW1, Owner at Breakwater Motel, responded to this review

Hi Lisabeth C Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us and recommendation. Kind Regards Ken and Lyn

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a three minute flat walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular interrupted ocean views from Waterfront Suites, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Breakwater Motel

Address: 1 Bayview Road | Bay of Islands, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Price Range: £86 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Breakwater Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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Also Known As:
Breakwater Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Paihia
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#3 Business Hotel in Paihia
#5 Family Hotel in Paihia
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“Ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles gstingr, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Choose an upstairs waterfront room for a lovely view of the bay”
  • The setting of the sun
 of 5 bubbles GlynGolfer, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Can't fault room 25 for view & postion”
  • View from Sofa in Lounge
  • Beautiful Sunrise from Room 25
 of 5 bubbles CrystalRose54, 21 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 20 was so quiet. Room 19 was up the top and was also really nice and private”
 of 5 bubbles groomfamily, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Gotta face the water!!”
 of 5 bubbles NoelW726, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
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