I visted the Bay of Islands out of season in November 2009 and was made very welcome for my 2-night stay at Ala Moana. This was part of a 3 month trip through NZ, Oz and Indonesia so I experienced many different hotels during the trip. The owner-managers at Ala Moana were extremely helpful, booking local tours for me in advance, storing luggage until I left for the airport etc. They also warned me that the bar next door was having a music evening on the night I arrived and offered me a differerent room. I stayed with the room with the view, and the bar closed at 11pm, so no real problem.
The rooms were clean and well kept - though the styling was a little dated - and my only slight complaint was the need to go nearer the reception for internet access - though on the plus side, this was free. It would have been more convenient if internet access had been reliable in the room, but overall this is a great place to stay. You are right opposite the beach, with views over to Russell. The ferry and tour boats depart from the pier just 2 minutes walk away, and all the town restaurants and bars are within walking distance. I also enjoyed the mile or so walk out to the Waitangu treaty grounds and back. The Bay of Islands is truly beautiful and Ala Moana was a great base to explore it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best waterfront location in central Paihia, surrounded by an abundance of historical sites, cafes & good restaurants, shops, wharf, bus depot & all the water based excursions & fishing boats are just across the road. Waitangi - our birth place, is a short walk along the foreshore. The beach is at our gate!Our apartments have recently been refurbished, are of solid construction and strictly non-smoking, they are clean, warm, comfortable & quiet. Book direct for best prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ala-Moana Motel Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand