We stayed here for two nights while touring around the area, from Dec 30 to Jan. 1. The two bedroom unit was great for our family of five, and the location was quite handy to Marine Parade, the main drag of Napier, and the beach. Our first night was fine, but unfortunately, it all went to pieces on New Year's Eve. It seems like a lot of the beach towns in NZ turn into magnets for rowdy party animals, so I suppose we were taking our chances by traveling at this time of the year. (It has been some years since I've lived in NZ.) But the level of noise shocked us. We had the unit right by the road, which was probably the noisiest. From about 11 pm, people yelling up and down the street, car horns, doors slamming, several fights, and worst of all a woman screaming at her partner in the next unit at 3 in the morning. Nobody got much sleep and my kids were scared.
To be fair, the owners were away and another couple were there as caretakers. Being from Auckland, they seemed as surprised as we were by the level of noise all night. They were helpful and obliging and did a good job with the guests. It wasn't their fault. However, while I can recommend this motel at any other time, I would avoid Napier altogether at New Year, unless you hate to sleep.
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