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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“The best motel in the north”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Norm & Shelagh are the best of hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The units are smart, modern and spotless. The views are to die for. The refurbished solar heated pool is excellent. All in all it is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Perth, Western Australia
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

We arrived mid afternoon and were greeted by Norm like friends rather than guests. After a good chat and some terrific information about the area, we were shown to our room which was unit 3. We had requested this room in advance and we were happy this request was granted.The room is large and very comfortable, with all the amenities needed for a relaxing stay. There's a good collection of DVDs to borrow and a varied collection of books to read (you even get to take one with you if you don't finish it in time!). The pool area is lovely. The view is spectacular. On Norm's recommendation we watched the view as the sun set behind us. Awesome - a must do. We found the location to be ideal - close enough to town (we had a car) nearby to attractions but far enough away to be incredibly quiet except for the sounds of nature, not to mention away from town lights affording a spectacular view of the stars at night. We definitely recommend Cook's Lookout as a great place to stay in Paihia. Thanks Norm and Shelagh.

Room Tip: Unit 3 has the best view.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the cooks motel for a couple of days. The owners went out of there way to make sure we had everything we needed. We have been traveling with our 7 month baby boy so had a million strange requests. The view is spectacular the rooms are quiet, functional and spacious. But the owners make the place that bit special.

Stayed April 2014
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We had a fantastic time staying at Cook's Lookout. The room was spacious and well equipped and the view from the main bedroom and lounge was stunning. We took Norm's recommendation and slept with the curtains open so that we woke to the sight of the sun rising over the Bay of Plenty! As it was our first visit to the area, Norm and Shelagh gave us some great recommendations for walks and places to visit.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We had a late flight and didn't arrive into Paihia until 10:30pm but this wasn't a problem from Norm and Shelagh. They gave us a fantastic welcome and were the best hosts for the 3 nights we stayed. Norm gave us fantastic ideas for things to do and maps on where to visit while we were there. The pool is fantastic! So warm! The rooms are immaculate and we had an incredible view from our bed.
I can't recommend Cook's Lookout Motel enough, it was so welcoming and nothing was too much for Norm and Shelagh, thanks so much for making our stay so memorable.

Room Tip: All rooms had an amazing view!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Braunfels, Texas
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We stayed in room 2 which had awesome views. It is a 5 minute drive up the hill from town. The room itself could definitely use some updating, and it was a bit dirty- there were cobwebs in a few corners. The hosts were amazing and so welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

This hotel is a great find. Away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the main streets of Paihia, yet only a couple of minutes' drive away. The views are most spectacular, a bird's eyrie superb for watching sunrise, sunset, and chilling on the terrace with a drink.
Norm and Shelagh are very friendly and helpful, and make everyone feel very welcome.
The two-bedroom unit was clean and tidy, with everything included to be able to self-cater, which cuts down on costs.
A superb recommendation for a sailing day on the Bay made our couple-of-days stay totally memorable.
Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Cook's Lookout Motel

Property: 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 Family Hotel in Paihia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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