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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Booked this motel due to favourable Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed! Norm and Shelagh are the warmest hosts you would ever want to meet. The view from the rooms is fantastic - exactly as seen on their website. The rooms are exceptionaly clean and very well equipped. The motel is located just outside of Paihia, maybe a 4 minute drive and as a result it is very quite. Norm booked an excursion for us, offered maps of the area and made excellent recommendations for meals in town. The fish and chips at Shippy"s should not be missed.

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Really enjoyed my recent stay with Norm and Shelagh. The motel truly has incredible views, to be enjoyed from the rooms as well as the newly spruced up pool. The room was clean and well-equipped with everything needed for a short break, and the hosts offered an impressive DVD selection for hire. Norm and Shelagh made us feel very welcome and were very forthcoming with information about Paihia and beyond, helping us to organise activities during our time in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

My wife and I highly recommend Cooks Lookout Motel, excellent communication both by email prior to our visit and during our stay. Answering any questions with a cheerful, sometimes comedic personality. Norm gave us a couple of maps with his recommendations of spots to go, not just the normal tourist spots as well.
The views from both the room and deck are excellent with privacy a plus.
Please support New Zealand Motel operators like Norm & Shelagh they deserve you company and business.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This has a bit of everything: close to town, great views, pool, BBQ, trampoline, rooms with kitchen, internet.

Very lovely waking up to the view of the ocean. Relax, have a cup of tea or a beer in the afternoon, and take in the changing tides and lighting. Easy access to town but removed from the craziness and the main highway traffic.

Hosts are wonderful and ready to make your stay special and help you to get information on local sights and trips further up the road.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms have an ocean view, perhaps all, didn't check that closely. We enjoyed room 8...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

My wife and I stayed two nights in early November and would highly recommend staying with Norm and Shelagh. They both made you feel at home and will have a chat with you. The views are amazing from every room and relaxing sitting on the deck soaking up the scenery. Would have loved to have stayed longer. We watched a gyro copter for several minutes flying over the bay. No noise was just great. Bed was so comfortable that the sun was the only thing that woke us.

Room Tip: Choose room no. 8 as it has two bedrooms and spacious area.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

My wife and I just left there last week and I'm ready to go back already. What a wonderful getaway for us. The views every morning looking out from our bed were amazing. We would just lay there and watch the colors change as the sun rose. Evenings sitting on our private deck with a glass of wine watching the sun go down were special. Norm, the owner, was great for setting us up with some activities, great restaurants and ideas for day trips. We looked at some other hotels down the hill in Pahia that were cheaper, but the rooms were small, outdated and walls that were paper thin. At Cook's we never even heard any other guests, had privacy in our bedroom and living room and never even felt like we had to close the drapes..
If your looking for somewhere special, Cook's is the place to go. We loved the Pahia area which offered great small restaurants, beautiful beaches, kayaking with Robert and just hanging out.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a ocean view from the bedroom!! Great way to wake up with that special person an...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This is such a good place to stay. Yes, you can stay in one of the many hotels/motels in the town but you will be missing the most amazing views you could wake up to. You can sit on your deck and look out at the bay at sunset or lay in bed and watch the sunrise.
Norm and Shelagh are very good hosts and even put up with our boisterous children on the trampoline and in the wonderfully warm pool (the kids are only 30 and 28!) Norm was also very helpful with us having 3 vehicles to park. He's a real character.
Our room was clean and comfortable and was lovely and quiet at night, so a goods night sleep.
We would recommend Cooks Lookout to everyone.

Room Tip: We were in room 8 and had our own steps to the pool area.
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Additional Information about Cook's Lookout Motel

Address: 9 Causeway Road | P.O. Box 380, Paihia 0257, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#1 Family Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: £83 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cook's Lookout Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, spectacular location with Million Dollar Views. Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments all upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms, most with stunning ocean views. Totally smoke-free property - no smoking in Buildings OR Grounds. Large solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, trampoline, BBQ, guest laundry, tour desk. FREE Wireless broadband internet access to all units. FREE DVD library & Book Exchange. 4 minutes drive to town centre, 3 minutes to beach. Secure parking outside all units. ... more   less 
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