The perfect place to stay in Paihia! I booked this having read wonderful reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed.
Straight away, I received a friendly reply from Lyn at Breakwater Motel answering my request to book a Dolphin Viewing Boat trip. Then upon checking in, Lyn was wonderful, friendly and full of local knowledge.
We are a family with 3 kids (14,11 & 10 yrs) and the accomodation was perfect as we only needed 1 suite. it consisted of a well equipped modern kitchen and dining area, lounge which had a modern sofa bed and a single bed. The master bedroom had 2 beds with a lovely modern bathroom. it was all spotlessly clean and everything had been thought of. if you book a ground floor suite like we did, then you have a great outdoor patio with a large table and chairs.
my husband and the kids took advantage of the hot tub too!
I really liked the location as it is very close to the pier and in my opinion the nicer end of town but the great thing is that everything is within walking distance.
The first night we ate st Shippey's which is at the other end of the beach front - a restaurant in an old converted ship which is very popular with the locals and good value!
On our second night we ate in Al Fresco's, just past the church as you turn right out of Breakwater Motel. It was fabulous! Also, great value!
We took the ferry to Russel Island which is lovely too and full of history. Then the same company collected us from there to go on the Doplhin tour. I would highly recommend to choose Fullers Eco trip! At high season, I would book in advance if you want a morning trip.
Wish we could have stayed longer but we were staying with friends near Auckland and seeing as much as we could during our stay.
A little tip..... drive up to the forrest on your way to Paihia to see the beautiful huge trees which have several short and long hikes.
We found Bay of Islands to be one of our favourite spots.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Waterfront Accommodation on Central Paihia Waterfront that is only a three minute flat walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and Paihia Wharf where tours depart from.Spectacular interrupted ocean views from Waterfront Suites, partial sea views from Seaview Suites. Sky Guest Select 70 channels - Free WiFi.Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands and up to Cape Reinga. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breakwater Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand