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“The perfect stay after a long haul flight.”
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Grange Lodge Motel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Manukau
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“The perfect stay after a long haul flight.”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Pat and Bearnie were delightful hosts and the fresh baked muffins make it an even more homely stay; they even set up a cotbed for our one year old so that we could put him straight to bed as soon as we arrived. We stayed here on our arrival to NZ and decided to stay before our return flight. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable, probably the best night's sleep during our entire trip. Despite being by the main road it is quiet in the rooms and the traffic will not disturb anyone.

As a first and/or last stay, this is perfect for anyone. Quick and easy to get to State Highway 1 you can get straight to and from the motel, so possibly a good out of city base to visit Auckland. We will be staying here when we return to NZ.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We appreciate it very much. So nice to have met you both and your gorgeous son. I do hope our paths cross again one day. All the very best.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We arrived in Auckland after a long flight, and we are very glad to choose Grange Lodge as our first stay in the country. We were greeted by Bernie and her wonderful warm delicious muffins, and she was very helpful in showing us around. The unit we had was huge, and probably had the most amenities than any other places we stayed at while in NZ. We also got several visits from the very entertaining resident dog and cat, Mack & Sunshine. The only regret we had about Pat & Bernie's place is that we only stayed for one night!

One of the best place we stayed in while traveling NZ, and definitely will come back when we visit Auckland again. Thank you for your lovely hospitality, Pat and Bernie :)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Thank you very much indeed for your lovely review. It was such a pleasure to meet you all. Mack and Sunshine enjoyed meeting you too! I do hope you are able to come back to New Zealand again one day. It would be so nice to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We change our hotel accomodation due to a flight change and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Pat and Bernie. When we arrived they upgraded us to a room with a seperate lounge and bedroom which had everything we needed and also provided warm muffins which were absolutely great after a long drive from Hahei. Although it was our last day in NZ they made us feel very welcome.It is only around 8klm to the airport so was very handy for us. For anyone visiting New Zealand from overseas I would say give this one a try you will not be disappointed for location and very freindly hosts and just maybe those lovely muffins.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 25 August 2013
So glad you enjoyed the muffins! And thank you very much indeed for taking the time to review us. It is very much appreciated. We hope to see you again when next you're in New Zealand
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Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We stayed at the Grange Lodge twice on our visit to New Zealand, at the beginning of our trip and also at the end.
Pat and Bernie were so friendly and helpful, greeting us like long lost friends and really taking time with us to offer us recommendations, directions, anything we needed.
The unit we were in had everything we needed, and they had thoughtfully stocked it with coffee, tea and fresh milk in the fridge. And it's an easy drive to and from the airport without having to deal with the majority of Auckland traffic. There's also laundry facilities on site which was a real godsend for us.
We will be happy to stay with Pat and Bernie when we come back to New Zealand when we come back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 25 August 2013
It was so nice to have met you both. Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. Glad you were able to have time to do your laundry before heading home! Both Pat and I do look forward to seeing you again one day
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Wessex
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We arrived later than expected in the evening whilst the owners were dining, but despite having interrupted their dinner they gave us a really friendly welcome, immediately getting up from their table and showing us to our room. Our living space was huge with a separate lounge and bedroom, and a well equipped kitchen area. We had a decent dining table too, which was great as we bought food in for dinner. On the owner's recommendation we had walked along to the Papatoetoe 'night market' shortly after arriving (on every Friday night). Nice family atmosphere - there were stalls to browse and a band playing and there was a great variety of food stalls for us to buy dinner from. Would def recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 25 August 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on us and also on our local Night Markets. We are so glad you enjoyed the market so much. Since you were here there are now over 60 food stalls and lots more other stalls as well. It was so nice to have met you and we hope to see you again.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We booked the family unit as well as another for my mother-in-law next door. We couldnt have been made to feel more welcome :) As we were there for a family engagement, we had visitors coming and going and there were absolutely no complaints from our Hosts. The muffins were absolutely yummy and the rooms were spotlessly clean. We will definately book in again when we return for the wedding!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 15 August 2013
Thank you very much indeed for reviewing us. It was certainly our pleasure to have you and your visitors here particularly on such a joyous occasion. Your visitors were very considerate and we certainly enjoyed meeting you all. We too are looking forward to the wedding and meeting up with you again.
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Calgary
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We received an excellent welcome of freshly "Baked Muffins" delivered personaly to our room by the hosts of this establishment, after a very trying arrival in New Zealand. They were very kind and accomodating to us, as well as sincere listeners to our plight. We were last minute arrivals with no place to stay. They truly were a "calm port in the storm". They provided us with pertinent information and suggestions to make our vacation an enjoyable experience. The room was clean, tastefully decorated, organized and comfortable. The staff and resident dog were very friendly. Our trip to New Zealand started off very badly until we stumbed accross this wonderful place, and exceptional hosts, which we sincerely appreciated. We stayed there in Feb. 2011, sorry this review took so long. We will definitely be back for another visit from Canada. Would highly recommend this Lodge.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Bernie T, Owner at Grange Lodge Motel, responded to this review, 15 August 2013
How lovely of you to write a review on us. Thank you very much indeed. Even though it was a while since you stayed we certainly remember you and are very glad indeed that the very first day of your time in New Zealand wasn't spoiled. We are so glad you found us!
When you next make plans to come here, do be assured of your welcome here.
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Property: Grange Lodge Motel
Address: 1 Grange Road, Manukau 2025, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Manukau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Manukau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grange Lodge Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In residential area opposite Grange Golf Course and adjacent to East Tamaki industrial area.5 Minutes drive to Middlemore Hospital 15 minutes to Airport, 20 minutes to CBD Auckland. AA Supreme Host of the Year 2004 and 2005. Runner up 2012 and 2008.Category winners at 2006, 2007 and 2008 Manukau Business Excellence Awards. Qualmark 4 star grading. Enviro Bronze Award ... more   less 
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