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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Devon
1 review
“Location,location......”
Reviewed 15 May 2009

We had a very enjoyable stay here, the hilltop location on the edge of bushland overlooking the whole of the Bay is amazing by day and magical at night. We found the service excellent and attention to detail very good. All usual communal facilities were adequate and well maintained. The only feature we thought lacking was a wardrobe, the awkward hanging rail did not do the room justice. There are some local shops, but if your needs are for walking distance restaurants & pubs, this is NOT for you. We found sitting on the private terrace in front of our room with only bush noises and a vista of twinkling lights to go with our wine compensated very well.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 April 2009

Cooks Lookout was rated number 2 out of 47 motels on trip advisor when we booked to stay in April. We paid $175 N.Z. and booked and paid in advance for three nights. We thought the price a bit expensive as it was off season, but the great reviews and the high rating it had received on tripadvisor made us think we were staying somewhere special. This was rated the second best accommodation in Pahia on tripadvisor. We were bitterly disapointed. COOK'S LOOKOUT MOTEL IS ONLY AN INDEPENDENTLY RATED THREE STAR PROPERTY. We feel ripped off. Westayed at other properties in Pahia and Cook's Lookout is definately not number 2 in accommodation.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dublin,Ireland
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Reviewed 30 April 2009

The Bay of Islands is such a beautiful place for a holiday.I stayed at Cooks Lookout for 5 daysand enjoyed the locality,the wonderful views from my room,and the warm welcome extended to me by Norm and Shelagh.You were both so helpful in arranging the two sea trips,which I enjoyed so much.[Thank you Norm for the use of the heavy jacket.It was so much needed on that day]

Cooks Lookout is in such a quiet location,and yet so convenient to all the amenities in Paihia and the surrounding countryside.What a lovely place to begin my first visit to New Zealand.Please God I hope to return sometime soon.

Anthony Dublin Ireland

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled solo
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Midwest U.S.
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

We found Cook's Lookout as an alternative for full-up accommodations in town and were very happy with the choice. The location is in a residential area about a five-minute drive from town, so Cook's may be best for those traveling by car - which is quite common for holidays in New Zealand. There is a small store and take-out food restaurant located within walking distance. A parking spot was located directly outside our unit, so parking was not a problem.

Our unit had a basic kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and cooktop (small note - I stayed in 6 or so motel-style places during my trip and being asked to clean dishes used was common practice) as well as a small TV and DVD player. TV in New Zealand consists of about 4 channels unless using a satellite service, so don't expect too much choice. Furnishings were nice and clean, but not luxurious.

There is a solar-heated swimming pool and a BBQ grill available in a common area - although I didn't have much of a chance to use these. A coin-operated washer/dryer is also available as are clothesline-type dryers. Wireless Internet service is also available for a charge. While in the U.S. free access is common, I found that most places have some nominal charge in New Zealand so this wasn't unusual.

All that aside, the real story is the location. The views shown of the Bay and ocean on the web site are not from somebody standing on a rooftop or at the end of driveway (which is sometimes the case when owners try to be "optimistic" about the property). What we saw is what we got. The windows face east, and we were able to leave the curtains open to see the stars and let the rising sun wake us in the morning. It was also very quiet and we seldom heard any sound from outside or from other rooms.

Shelagh was great, and offered good advice on restaurants and activities in the area. She was also able to help with booking, which is usually the case at most hotels/motels.

Overall, I would highly recommend Cook's Lookout for those seeking quiet accommodations with really great views.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

We stayed in Apartment 3 and the views across the Bay were simply amazing! The accomodation was very clean and modern and very comfortable. The Children really enjoyed the trampoline and pool. The owners were very approachable and helpful. You must see Russell and the Dolphin trip ( use the smaller boats!) was one of the highlights of our holiday - We will be back!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Queensland
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2009

Found this motel using "Wotif" and everything described was accurate. Situated about 3ks behind Pahia in a very quiet and secluded location with breathtaking views over the Bay of Islands. Norma and Shelagh are very welcoming and helpful people, Norma arranged a Dolphin Watch cruise, who picked us up from the motel and the cruis captain was the only one that morning to take her passengers through the hole in the rock, this is a must when visiting Pahia.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I had booked 2 apartments, one for my family of 4 and one for my mother and friend. Norm and Shelagh were very generous and upgraded my mother and friend from the smaller apartment to a larger one beneath ours to make our stay easier for us. The apartments were lovely, well equipped and very clean. Norm and Shelagh were great hosts and very helpful with information about the local area and booking day trips. The views are great and my teenage boys loved the heated pool. Only a short drive from town and very peaceful. Would highly recommend this accommodation especially for families.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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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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