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“A Real Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mana-Nui Motel

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Mana-Nui Motel
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Whitianga
Gisborne, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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“A Real Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Loved everything about our 3 night stay here.
Owners very friendly and knowlegable and want to make sure everyone enjoys their stay.
Unti was spacious, clean and well equipped. Loved the separate bedrooms and the concrete walls in our older style unit kept it cool and soundproof.
Location is excellent, very central with easy walk to beach, ferry and town.
Pool was clean and inviting.
Would reccommend this little gem to everyone and hope to stay again soon.
Free wifi vouchers given- one for each device, only small amount, but all I needed.
Rate was good for Xmas time for family of 4.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the older style concrete block with 2 separate bedrooms.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Thank you for staying. We look forward to hosting you for any future stay. Phone us and you will get our best rate. Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

I love Whitianga and The Coromandel region. One my fave places to visit in NZ. Mana Nui is a great little spot that is central to everything in Whitianga. The room was nice and the bed was comfortable and there was a big screen TV mounted to the wall. I stayed there for 3 nights and enjoyed my stay. I found the owners to be friendly and accommodating. Overall a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this review, 9 February 2014
It was great hosting you, and Yes, Whitianga and the Coromandel is one of the premier destinations in New Zealand. Safe journeys and maybe a return trip in the future. Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes
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Hamilton, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

I have just read a few reviews on this Motel. I can only but speak very highly of the Motel, the units, location and the cleanliness. The owners go out there to make my accommodation perfect. I have been staying at this Motel for a number of years and have always been happy with my stay. Where else could you stay in Whitianga at a reasonable rate and just about on the great beach etc.

Stayed February 2014
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trebes, Owner at Mana-Nui Motel, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Thank you for returning often and we hope to be able to keep up the good service. Great guests who understand the real world make hosting enjoyable. Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes
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Falmouth
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

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 review, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 31 January 2014
Thanks for the kind words. Real people, real expectations and great guests
Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 31 January 2014
Thank you for your comments.
Regards Mervyn and Joanne Trebes
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München/Berlin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Additional Information about Mana-Nui Motel

Property: 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 17 Hotels in Whitianga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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