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The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
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Reviewed 28 December 2010

We stayed at the Waterfront while on vacation with another couple and were extremely happy! We'd come from some rugged accommodations and didn't have anything lined up in the Bay of Islands when we arrived. At the info booth on the water the staff called The Waterfront on our behalf and we booked their last available apartment, site unseen. We were thrilled with our room! We had an ocean view, a huge deck, full kitchen, washer and dryer and tons of space all for a bargain, end of the month special price. The 2nd bedroom had two beds which we pushed together but this was the case in every two-bedroom place we stayed in New Zealand. The Waterfront is conveniently located in the small town with numerous restaurants just a few feet away. The staff are helpful and we found it to be extremely clean and well-maintained. There's also a grocery store a couple blocks away and the location can't be beat for taking the ferry to Russell.

Be sure to visit Russell and walk around and the quaint, historic town. Beachfront dining is available in both towns and a short hike in Russell provides a stunning view. Also, don't miss a cruise through the bay with Dolphin Cruises. They'll take you throughout the islands, tell you about the history of the region, seek out wildlife in the water (we saw pods of dolphins) and make a brief stop on one of the many gorgeous islands. They'll also take you through the famous hole in the rock if weather permits (it didn't for us) but it's absolutely breathtaking redgardless. Everyone we encountered in the area was friendly and helpful, it's an extremely relaxing place for a true vacation and it's one of the places we want to go back to on a future visit.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

Loved this place. We took one of the larger apartments, and it was worth it. Beautifully appointed, spacious, clean, central with a great view. Reception staff couldn't have been nicer, upgraded the couple who were travelling with us into the apartment next to us. We only had three nights, but after our stay in Auckland it was exceptionally restful, made us wish we had driven directly to Paihia. We were there in the last few days of November, so have no idea of what the place would be like in high summer, but we found it very restful, a lovely end to our holiday which had included 16 days in Fiji.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

It's fair to say these apartments are right in the centre of Paihia and a great base to explore The Bay of Islands from.

Although fairly new, they were already showing signs of wear and tear and our bathroom flooded after a shower so we changed rooms. The staff were very helpful and even provided laundry detergent for the washing machine which was very useful.

There are a number of restaurants within walking distance and we did have a couple of meals out but the food wasn't great.
Fortunately we caught Snapper on our fishing trip which we took back to our apartment and cooked ourselves. we also did the Coastal walk from Paihia to Opua which took about 3 hours and was fabulous, if you like walking you should definitely try to do that.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

Waterfront Suites is almost directly opposite the main wharf in Paihia so everything is within walking distance for you. The rooms are big and modern and even the kitchen appliance manuals are stored for you (in case you can't figure out how to operate the TV!). We were glad of the washing machine and dryer as well. Proper milk in the fridge too - it's the little things that I like!

The only thing that could be improved is the heating - we only had 2 small oil column heaters and although it wasn't really cold when we were staying there, I imagine in the winter it could get pretty chilly!

Staff were really helpful and friendly as well.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank gk
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

Excellent accommodation - great views; good kitchen facilities; spacious rooms and bathrooms; clean linen and towels and excellent customer service!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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Thank Cheryl810
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