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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Located away from the hustle of Paihia town, CL was a great and central place to stay in Northland. Norman and Shelagh were excellent hosts and could not have done more to make our stay more enjoyable. They booked our trips to Cape Rienga and The Bay of Islands(discounted if booked together) and arranged door to door pickups, they even came and personally collected us from town on the return. Our rooms overlooked the pool a welcome relief after a long day.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of February and we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the motel's location. Norm & Shelagh looked after us very well and gave us very helpful suggestions on where to visit and booked up trips for us. Would recommend.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Simply stunning views, watching the sunrise and the moon over the bay was one of the highlights of our month long trip.
Norm and Sheelagh are fantastic hosts. Friendly, helpful and full of useful and interesting tips and recommendations.
The unit itself was absolutely fine. Clean, spacious, equipped with all we needed to prepare some simple meals and wonderfully quiet and peaceful.
On of the more expensive places we stayed on our trip for similar facilities, but worth it for that view! All in all we couldn't have started our trip to New Zealand anywhere better.

Room Tip: Try and book the Ocean view units at the top.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Booked a two bedroomed unit and got one at the top of the property - so the view was stunning.
Sunsets and sunrise were great to watch, As promised we heard no traffic noise and we liked the fact that we were out of Paihia up on the hills toward Haruru Falls. The owners were very friendly and our daughter loved the salt water pool. Unit had everything we needed and there is a dairy(small store) within walking distance if you need supplies.
Agree with other reviews - you really need a car and its a very steep driveway

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

stayed a couple of nights and can't agree with the ratings , yes,. great views and friendly hosts. The room was clean and well maintained but rather basic and only suitable if you have your own transport (ok...you can't be on the beach and have hill top views too).
The rooms are very close together so you are aware of other peoples movements.
I did wonder what the penalty for smoking anywhere on the property was ....as mentioned by the signage this was strictly prohibited.
In summary, a three star stop, at a four star price, and ok ..a five star view.....

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Fantastic location overlooking the bay of Paihia. Our hosts, Sheelagh and Norm couldn't be more helpful and welcoming. They know they have a fantastic location and lookout - hence the name. They are happy to book trips and drive the guests up and down to the bay at Paihia, if like us, they haven't booked a car. The views are magnificent. We went down to Paihia for a meal last night, but frankly, we much prefer a BBQ by the pool and watching the sun go down from our balcony here in our apartment, Wonderful views and now we are watching the moon and the stars and the lights of Paihia from our bedroom. A special location and a wonderful experience,

Room Tip: A fabulous location and wonderful service from our hosts.
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Our travel agent booked us into this motel, and we did not realise till arriving that it is not in Paihia, as we had assumed - not the fault of the motel, I know, but we were disappointed that we were not able to walk along the beach, and had to drive some distance to Paihia to restaurants, shops, etc. It is in a pleasant scenic location, just not central to anything. The units are on the small side, and there are adequate kitchen facilities for cooking simple meals or heating takeaways. The motel does not offer breakfast; supplies can be bought at a supermarket within easy driving distance. The décor is rather tired and dated, but the pool is great, always at a nice temperature no matter what the weather.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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