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Mangonui Waterfront Apartments
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Mangonui
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Very comfortable accommodation and spotlessly clean. We stayed in the Whitu studio which has great harbour views and vista across the bay - a great spot to relax with a glass of wine and reading your book. Close to all local amenities and restaurants, local beaches brilliant and only 2 mins drive. Shirley & Phil and their dig Harley are genuinely welcoming hosts who will make your stay memorable.

Room Tip: Stay in the Whitu studio - fantastic views and lovely room
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Our charmingly decorated upstairs villa room, with its calming colours & natural light offset by quirky Chinese pieces, & complete with a broad balcony, huge lounger & sweeping tharbour views, was the perfect pre-Christmas escape, only a short stroll from the many pleasures of sleepy Mangonui. Thanks Shirley and Phil, hopefully the popularity you deserve won't bring an influx that spoils the wonderful tranquility.
Rob & Elaine, Ngunguru

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We had a fabulous time at this motel. We stayed in the Rima room which was spacious, clean and comfortable with a beautiful view over the bay. Phil and Shirley were superb hosts who could not do enough for us, particularly when we found ourselves without a key to our hire car! They really were incredibly helpful. We had an awesome stay in Mangonui and I'll definitely go back.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

We turned up without a booking, needing accommodation for 5 adults, and were welcomed by the super friendly hosts who put us in a lovely comfortable and clean family unit with great views across Mangonui harbour.
Our hosts were very helpful with local information on what to see and do in the area and we only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy a few more of their recommendations.
We highly recommend this establishment and are confident that future guests will enjoy their stay here as much as we did.
Thanks to you both.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

On a recent trip up North, my husband & I really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful Mangonui Waterfront Apartments motel, which is run by a very friendly couple Phil & Shirley Duncan, who are very happy to help their clients in any way. Each of their apartments is furnished differently and the one we had, WARU, was on the ground floor. There were also bigger 2 bd. apartments above us that had lovely views of the sea from their big decks. We loved the way WARU was furnished, especially the lovely black leather couch (which can fold out to make another double bed), good-sized TV, and the nice table & chairs. There were two huge aerial photos on the wall of New York city which we loved.The big bed in the bedroom was very comfortable and we had no trouble sleeping. The blue & white Waterfront Motel is so easy to find - it's on the main road and the place is so small you can't miss it. As the name says, it's just across the road from the waterfront, and is close walking distance to several good eating establishments. This motel has its own Waterfront Restaurant on the roadside in front of the motel, which is fabulous. They do great pizzas there. Next time we go up North, we wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Waterfront Apartments again.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We had booked the Rima room as there were 2 couples and a 2 yr old.
When we arrived the friendly and helpful manager / owner showed us the room, but also some other (more expensive ) options none of which suited as the 2yr old wouldn't have had a bed.. We were a little disappointed that the room we had booked was the one room that had not been recently upgraded. Nevertheless it was large, functional and clean. A balcony gave views across the bay.
The kitchenette had a small stovette, fridge and microwave. (the refurbished units were more modern in this regard).
The bedrooms were comfortably decorated and the beds looked good. Although the bed we had was not as firm as is the modern trend, so I awoke with a few back aches each morning.
The bathroom was huge but a bit old fashioned with a stainless steel shower base and a curtain. Towels were fluffy and there was plenty of hot water.
The place was conveniently located - short walk to shops , café, restaurants and bakery.
It was a sleepy little village and it was quiet and relaxing there.

The owner didn't charge for the child which was an extra bonus.

It was a nice spot to stay for a couple of days and provided a good base for the drive to Cape Reinga.
BTW there was no pool, no childrens facilities - hence low rating for these

Room Tip: If you want a recently refurbished room, then don't pick the Rima
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This was an absolute highlight of our trip. A gem of a room to stay in, and so historic. Beautiful loft bedroom and cosy living/kitchen area. Sorry we didn't stay more than one night. Lovely couple running the place, made us feel so welcome. Will definitely go back.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mangonui Waterfront Apartments

Address: Cnr Waterfront Drive & Thomas Street, Mangonui 0442, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Mangonui
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Mangonui
Price Range: £61 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mangonui Waterfront Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the charm of Northland in classic style at the Mangonui Waterfront. Our apartments offer an unrivalled waterfront lifestyle, in the centre of Mangonui village, just metres from the harbour edge. Located centrally between Cape Reinga, Northland's golden West Coast beaches, and the Bay of Islands, Mangonui Waterfront, serves as a hub for Northland exploration, by car, boat, bike or foot - time is on your side in Mangonui. ... more   less 
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