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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Fantastic stay”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Cook's Lookout is a great motel with beautiful views. Norm & Shelagh were friendly hosts and were very helpful. We used most of the facilities - free wifi, jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, the BBQ (Norm even gave us BBQ tools and oil to use), and the solar heated pool (which we used everyday). Highly recommend this motel to stay.

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

I made the reservations without knowing anything about the place. We stayed for two nights. The view was stunning with wonderful sunrises and sunsets. The accommodations were first class and the hosts were delightful. Wifi worked great, the showers had plenty of water. There was nothing that I felt was missing and I am sure this will be a highlight of our NZ trip. There were plenty of opportunities for great photos.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We just had an awesome two nights at Cook’s Landing with our family of four. The 2-bed unit was spotless, the shower super-powerful and the view amazing. We had everything we needed to cook in the unit which was useful with small kids. Norm and Shelagh were friendly hosts but not in-your-face and there was plenty for the kids to do – puzzles, DVDS and a trampoline. A bit cold for us to swim at this time of year, but we would love to go back in summer and try out the cool looking pool. Would highly recommend.

Room Tip: We had unit 7 and the view was super. Also very quiet and you can see the view from your pillow!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We spent two nights in a two bedroom unit, at the very top of the site. The views over the Waitangi Treaty Grounds out into the Bay of Islands were magnificent. The unit itself had everything you could need for your stay, with its own piece of decking to sit and enjoy the views.
The motel is located a little way outside of the main town, but it is an easy drive and a lot more peaceful than staying in town.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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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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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 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
#1 Family 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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