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“Rather too regimented”
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Mana-Nui Motel
Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Whitianga
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

If you like lots of rules, this is the place for you! They include: take your shoes off before entering your unit, sleep between the sheets and not between the sheet and the blanket - $30 fine if you do (why would you and how do they know?), don't use the Spa without letting the owners know, $30 for late check out, $5 if you don't wash up etc. Coffee and tea supplies will be topped up each day but if you want any more, they will be charged.

Wifi is free for the first 100MB only - surely like water and electricity, it should be free these days.

The motel consists of an old wing, built about 40 years ago and a much newer wing. We had a studio in the new wing for three nights. It was of good size with a large TV and comfortable bed although the pillows were rather lumpy. There was a small kitchenette but only really suitable for simple breakfasts. There was no chest of drawers or similar for clothes so it is a matter of living out of your suitcase. There was poor sound insulation between neighbours and although we had pretty quiet ones you still hear them snoring, farting and going to the toilet during the night. Our unit was clean and tidy with modern fittings.

It is situated in the main road so is handy for shops and some cafés and fast food restaurants. It is within easy walking distance of the ferry jetty and one of the excellent beaches.

Really there is nothing wrong with this place but for some reason we just didn't like the owners ethos. We come on holiday to get away from petty rules and bureaucracy and although we know there are behavioural standards we should comply with, we would prefer that they were not listen so completely. Considerate people do most of these things anyway, inconsiderate ones will ignore them.

They just need to chill out a bit more to make it a pleasant stay. As it is, it's rather like being back at school.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2014

Thank you for your great comments. We live in the real world here at Mana-Nui Motel of multi culturalism, differing society and guest expectations, where as you put it "Considerate people do most of these things anyway..." may be true of certain groups but are not true and relevant as what they use to be for many travellers of differing cultures.
As such, thanks for promoting our policies and expectations as we again chill out and look forward to another great 10 years of hosting our valued and future considerate guests in the knowledge that we are providing them with clean, comfortable and presentable units.
Keep up the "livingwhilewecan" attitude.
Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed at this motel for 3 nights last week and were pleasantly surprised at how clean and tidy the unit was compared to the price. The prices were quite reasonable so we were not expecting sure a nice unit. The owners are very accomodating and friendly and went out of their way to accomodate us for the third night. The kids enjoyed the movies that were played in the TV system and the spa pool and cold pool.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2014

Thanks for the kind words. Real people, real expectations and great guests
Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Had a short stay in one of the newer units, very clean and tidy with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Bathroom a bit small especially the shower box , could add to some laughs for some body shapes! The hosts were very good, they obviously really love the area and provided some great tips of what to do. Location is right at the end of the shops, a short walk to beach and Cooks beach ferry.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2014

Thank you for your comments.
Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes

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Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

The Mana-Nui is for sure not the most modern motel you have seen. But the cordial and friendly hosts, the location in the city centre and the fact that it's really clean, tidy and well kept make totally up for that.
I recommend this place and would come back anytime.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2013

Thank you for your great and honest review. We do appreciate constructive comments and would certainly welcome you back. We host guests to the best of our ability within the limitations of our building and property. Thank you from Merv and Jo.

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds with great linen and well appointed rooms. Love the huge flat screen TV that I can plug my camera into to view pics. Had a swim and spa on site and walked to restaurants, river and ocean whilst being right in town. Genial hosts who protect their clients with their long experience in the industry. Stayed 4 days and will be back. Maureen and Gordon

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2013

Thank you for the kind words. Your repeat custom has certainly been appreciated, we look forward to your next stay.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Thank you Merv for going above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. You took great care to ensure Jacqui and I had everything we needed and her wheelchair could fit into the bathroom & bedroom easily.

Unit was close to everything, clean & tidy with comfortable beds and plenty of space. I found the retro chic decor charming and was happy to have the heat pump & a nice big TV in the room. We both thought the price was very reasonable

Thanks again Merv & we hope to come back

Room Tip: If you are in a wheelchair the front unit is great and has heaps of beds if you are in a group - 3 s...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Great guests do make our hosting easier. We enjoyed your stay and hope to be of service to you again in the future. Thank you from Merv and Jo.

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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Fantastic service, great location. Loved the spa pool... a little expensive we thought for the dated rooms (were were in the older section) but they were very clean and tidy and had everything we needed. Beds were nice and firm and the best ice-cream shop in Whitianga is right across the road! Also the best fish n chips we've had in a long time (the one right on the corner, not the other one). Thanks heaps. We had a fantastic time Easter weekend.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Mana-Nui Motel

Address: 20 Albert Street | PO Box 35, Whitianga 3542, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 18 Hotels in Whitianga
Price Range: £72 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mana-Nui Motel is Centrally located in Whitianga and has 12 ground floor units offering a clean and comfortable stay. 5 family and 7 spacious studio units. Swimming pool, covered spa pool, Large LED LCD Flat Screen Televisions, 5 channel Sky TV, WiFi available. All units have some form of cooking facilities, kitchens / kitchenettes. Most standard motel items / facilities available. Family environment, closest motel to shopping centre. Short flat walk to beach, cafes, restaurants, shops, wharf, marina, museum and bowling green. Ample parking. Phone or visit our web site for the best and cheapest guaranteed rates. Owner operators Mervyn and Joanne Trebes extend their hospitality and welcome your patronage. ... more   less 
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