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“Somewhat quirky”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mangonui Hotel

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Mangonui Hotel
Ranked #4 of 9 Mangonui B&B and Inns
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Somewhat quirky”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2010

We stayed here mid-week on a tour of Northland. The website makes it clear that this is basically backpacker accommodation not a hotel as such. Very convenient for the Fish and Chip shop and lovely balcony with a view over the bay. The bedrooms were fine for backpacker style and they were on the side of the hotel so away from the bar. We didn't experience any noise problems as another reviewer had suffered.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2009

We stumbled upoln the Mangonui Hotel after failing to find the B&B we thought we wanted. From our first contact with owner Paddy O'Reilly, we knew this was our place. The rooms were a great value -- spacious and with a view of the water. The food was basic but delicious. The patrons (including an 86-year-old WWII veteran with lots of stories) immediately made us feel part of the community. It was a lively crowd, very friendly, and we learned much about the area. Everyone had suggestions for a day trip. The second night of our stay, the fish we caught that morning had been smoked and was available to share with everyone. If you're looking for a sedate stay, this is not the place. If you want a great price, comfortable room, and a chance to experience local culture, you couldn't do better. MORE FUN THAN ANYONE SHOUJLD EXPECT!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2009

Travelled to the Bay of Islands from Auckland and decided to head further north and on the recommendation of a friend, visit the famous Mangonui Fish Shop (which is worth it). I found this hotel in an out of date copy of the Lonely Planet and tried to check it out online but couldn't find any reviews.
We arrived during the day and the hotel is attached to a large bar with betting shop - there was loud music which didn't phase us as it was the middle of the day. Our room was very basic and not particularly clean, but for what we paid ($100 a night) I wasn't complaining and the big windows did open out on to a great view of the ocean. We went out - had a look around, went for fish and chips and then, being 6 months pregnant at the time, decided to call it a night at 10.30pm so headed back to the hotel. The music was even louder and by the now the bar seemed quite busy with mostly older men, drinking and shouting. We watched a film on our laptop to wait until the noise died down and to calm my nerves (the raucous shouting and crashing about was making me quite nervous). Mid-night, still no sign of the noise stopping and there were slamming doors thrown in to mahem. I am not normally bothered by a bit of noise, but it was REALLY loud, as if our room was inside the bar - music blaring, men shouting/swearing and doors crashing. There was no way we could sleep through it, but we tried, with our ear-plugs in. At 2am, with the noise as loud as ever, my husband and I decided that we would not get any sleep so we may as well leave. We loaded up our car and then did the decent thing and managed to hail the manager (who was drinking in the bar) and told him as we couldn't sleep, we were leaving - offering to pay half ($50 - friends have since said we shouldn't have paid a cent.) We then had the 6 hour drive home to Auckland in the fog and rain. Got home at 8am, went to bed and felt a huge sense of relief. The hotel has an odd feeling about it. If you like a deafening party and just want to roll in to bed drunk at goodness knows what time, this might be the place for you. For everyone else who may want to get a good night's sleep and see the fantastic part of the country up there, stay somewhere else!!

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mangonui Hotel
Address: Beach Rd, Mangonui, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Mangonui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Mangonui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13

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