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Kapiti Gateway Motel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Waikanae
Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

What a great place, perfect for day tripping into Wellington by train. Rooms were super clean, nice linen, comfy beds and the owners very lovely and helpful. If you want somewhere nice and basic but comfortable then well worth the stop.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We stayed one night at Gateway; in town for a birthday party. It was completely fit for purpose- close to restaurants and shops.
Despite the garish turquise exterior, our room was fresh, modern and immaculate. (I have never seen such shiny cutlery!). The is a nice and quite sizeable garden area, with trampoline, swings and bbq. DIdn't chance the 'solar' heated pool or have time to check out the spa pool!
Other people have commented on the traffic noise. We didn't notice it- and traffic is fairly low on the road over night. Once Kapiti Expressway is built, and takes traffic from SH1, this place will become a little gem- and a destination in itself!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review, 10 October 2013
Thank you for staying at Kapiti Gateway Motel. - it is our aim that every guest, no matter how long you stay, has a comfortable friendly experience and enjoys the service and facilities we offer. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We recently had the motel exterior repainted and have passed your comment about the colour on to our painter - we will take pleasure in telling him not everyone loves the Dulux D'Urville Island colour he chose! Your comments about the lack of road noise are in keeping with what many of our guests say so thank you for pointing that out. We wholeheartedly agree with you that once the Kapiti Expressway is complete, our township will become a wonderful picturesque destination...and we are well prepared for that here at Kapiti Gateway Motel. Thank you again, and we look forward to having you back to stay.
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Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

We needed somewhere with easy access to Wellington. Booked through booking.com, very easy to do. Railway station within a couple of minutes walking distance, great rail link into Wellington every half hour. Waikane Beach a couple of minutes drive away with excellent eateries, would recommend the Long Beach, delicious butter fish. The motel was easy to find, just off SH1. Very clean room and extremely comfortable. The staff were very helpful and very friendly. Had a great night's sleep. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this motel to anyone wishing to stay in Waiakane.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

Needed somewhere to stay for a family birthday and Kapiti gateway was perfect. Close to everything we needed, hosts were lovely, rooms were immaculate. Had no problems with noise, slept wonderfully. Added bonus that the hand soap appeared to not be tested on animals which topped it all off for me :). Bathrooms were a bit older but they were in great working order and we had no problems at all. Overall wonderful stay and would stay there again if we were in the area.

  • Stayed July 2013
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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review, 27 July 2013
Thank you for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. All our cleaning products and guest amenities are indeed environmentally friendly which includes non-tested on animals - thank you for noticing! We agree with your comment about the bathroom. Most of our bathrooms have been fully renovated...in your room just the vanity, toilet, floor and mirrors have been replaced, shortly to be followed by a new shower box. Following that the walls can then be repainted to complete the renovation. This is happening iminently so you can be assurred of a lovely new bathroom on your next visit! Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

Excellent value motel, very friendly people. The rooms were lovely and clean. It was great value for money and we would not hesitate to stay there again.We were going to a wedding in wellington and there was four of us. Thanks for looking after us. We had come from Tauranga that day.

Room Tip: We were up stairs and it was close to everything. Just walked up the road to the shops
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

A very nice well kept and well run family motel. Rooms are very clean, tidy and functional. Staff are very friendly. Only downside is that as it is immediately off the H1, there is a bit of traffic noise and occassional passing freight trains in the night.
Would not hesitate to stay there again

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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kapitigatewaymotel, Owner at Kapiti Gateway Motel, responded to this review, 21 May 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide feed back about your stay. We are delighted you enjoyed your time at Kapiti Gateway Motel and look forward to seeing you again. From time to time guests ask about or comment on the close proximity of the road and rail...however, like you most are not bothered by it. We believe this is due to several things (a) the natural tree and bush barrier between the highway and our property (b) thickened glass and curtains in each of our rooms and (c) the solid concrete construction of the property which provides its own natural soundproofing. Thanks again for your review.
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

We were travelling with our two little dogs ... moving house from Auckland to Dunedin ... The poor dogs had had to stay in the cage, in the car, the night before so it was a true delight to turn up here and be told there was a fenced area out the back for the dogs to run and let off steam and then to be told they were actually allowed in the room was brilliant. The room we had was immaculate. Everything was clean and extremely well kept. The motel itself was very easy to find. The hosts were lovely. Complete top marks for Kapiti Gateway Motel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Kapiti Gateway Motel
Address: 114 Main Road | Waikanae, Waikanae, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Kapiti Coast > Waikanae
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Waikanae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kapiti Gateway Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Kapiti Gateway Motel, Waikanae's only Qualmark 4-star quality assured accommodation. For corporates or couples, families or groups, your hosts Russell & Viv Willis, have thought of everything to make your stay an enjoyable one.Studio, executive and 2-bedroom units, clean and inviting, featuring comfortable beds and double-glazing for a great nights rest. 40+Sky TV channels, free wireless internet (conditions apply), heating controlled by you, electric blankets, iron/ironing board, hairdryers, 3 units with bath. Cot/highchair available. Consider having a delicious cooked or continental breakfast delivered to your unit.All our units enjoy a pleasant outlook and easy access to attractive garden area. You'll love our private spa pool, free for use by our guests, and in-ground swimming pool (solar heated Oct-March). Playground with trampoline and basketball area. Guest BBQ and laundry on site.Kapiti Gateway Motel is easy to find and a short walk from restaurants, cinema, art gallery and popular bush/river walks. Waikanae Railway Station is just a 2 minute walk so you can leave your car with us and take the train to Wellington city for a great day out, or to attend an event at Westpac Trust Stadium. Also close by is Waikanae Beach, Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Southwards Car Museum, Waikanae Golf Club, Otaki factory outlet shops. Ten minutes from Paraparaumu Airport, 45 minutes to Interislander Ferry - late arrivals welcome. ... more   less 
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