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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 February 2010

Norm and Shelagh run a wonderful, quiet motel located on a hill with stunning views from all the units overlooking Waitangi and over the bay toward Russell. They were both so helpful , offering advice for walks, places to visit, restaurants, etc.

Cooks lookout is about 3km outside of Piahia surrounded in bush win it's own ( very warm) swimming pool

highly recommend the fery trip to Russell and walk to Flagstaff hill, the Dolphin swim and a trip to Kirikiri.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2010

We booked this hotel because of the pictures on their website and weren't disappointed! The hotel is a little bit out of Paihia (5 mins drive), but you wouldn't get the views from the town and you get the added peace and quiet. Norm and Shelagh were excellent hosts - very helpful regarding trips and places to eat. The room (2 bed - sleeping 5) was in beautiful condition and you could see uninterrupted views of the bay from the living room and the main bedroom. The children (11 and 7) loved the warm pool, and we were all made to feel very welcome by Norm and Shelagh - just the right mix of friendly and professional. We spent lovely evenings watching the changing colours of the bay and then the moon rise - wonderful. We were so pleased with this motel and would thoroughly recommend this without hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

Cook's Lookout is located up above the town of Paihia, away from the noise and congestion. Our room and private patio had an uninterrupted, panoramic view of the Bay of Islands and absolutely no traffic noise. This was in January at the height of the holiday season. There is a convenience store a five-minute walk from the motel and Paihia is a five-minute drive away. We stayed five nights and would have liked to stay longer. The motel has a beautifully warm, solar heated pool also with marvellous views. The motel is very well run, and I would recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

Easy to find, just out of Paihia by car (not a stroll though) but fine if you've a car and aren't drinking. The gains include the view from the bed, the very high standard of accomodation, the great pool and trampoline (again with a view) all in quiet gardens in a residential area. There is lots to do in Piahia, and upmarket Russell i just a ferry ride across the bay. We stayed in a two bed, which was spacious and could sleep up to eight. Wifi was available and good value.

Often the benefit of small, owner managed accomodation, Norm and Shelagh certainly care a great deal about their guests enjoying their stay. A special thankyou for sending along some items we left behind!

Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

No hestiation in recommending this motel - spectacular views over the bay enjoyed from our motel room, patio and pool and our 2 bedroom unit was very clean and well stocked with plenty of cooking utensils and also seperate swimming towels supplied for the lovely warm pool. Norm and Sheila were great hosts being very friendly and more than happy to add that extra touch to make our stay extra special. Thanks!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

Quiet, peaceful outlook, surrounded by forest, overlooking the Bay of Islands. We had three nights of uninterrupted sleep on a firm mattress, awaking to spectacular sunrises. Don't forget to pack bug repellant.

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Reviewed 25 January 2010

This place was so good, I'd be inclined to keep it secret, so we'd have no problems booking there again. Norm and Shelagh were wonderful hosts, despite the fate of the last guest who complained! His boot sticking out of the ground is a good sign you're going to be welcome to scouse humour in the last place you'd expect it! I wouldn't want to borrow Norm's swimming trunks though.
The room was a delight - very clean, comfortable, newly done up, good facilities. The view lived up to its name.
Great value for money in a most beautiful part of the world.
Do make sure Norm tells you about places to explore.
Do make sure you take some essential provisions for breakfast or more. There's a good fridge and self-catering facilities. Supermarket not far off though if you need to buy in.
Altogether - a memorable place to stay and a happy memory.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: £99 - £159 (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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