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Seaspray Motel
Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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388 reviews
76 hotel reviews
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“The best in NZ”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This was the best place we stayed in NZ. Talk about value for money. The hospitality was special. The couple that manages makes it even better. The view is hard to beat with beautiful sunsets, a BBQ, TV (who needs that in this setting?) old wooden chairs in the garden to watch the sunsets. Our neighbour dropped a line into the ocean and caught a fish 5m from his front door. We've stayed in much more luxury in NZ, but this is the best value for money. $85pn.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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waiwera
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Nice little unit with basic no-frills essentials and good price of $80 for double. Right on rocky shoreline on beautiful Thames Coast coastal road. Water a bit murky, but clears progressively as you travel north until exceptional clarity and fabulous (narrow,metalled) scenic road north of Colville to Port Jackson

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

What a view! We spent our three evenings at Seaspray admiring the sunset from large rustic wooden chairs set up at the seawall. Who needs TV when there is that to admire? We really could just about dabble our feet in the water as we watched the gorgeous sunset.
We stayed in the studio unit, which has a double bed (not the most comfortable), single bed and kitchenette. This was a budget-priced room and has not been refurbished, unlike most of the other rooms at Seaspray. It was a little cramped as there was nowhere to put luggage and sadly, did not have the french doors leading to the deck, mentioned by another reviewer. However, it did have a deck and plastic chairs, plus the wooden chairs down by the water's edge (just 5 m away).
The manager was very helpful. When we said we'd be doing lots of reading we were immediately provided with a bedside light, but it turned out that the ceiling lights were strong and perfectly adequate. I also asked for a change in blanket and that was sorted within a few minutes.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Buddina, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous little motel literally right on the waters edge! Self contained studio apartment with amazing views of firth of Thames. Extremely clean and comfortable. Very friendly host. Bed a bit squishy but still slept well. Nearby pub for dinner very cheap and lovely garden setting. Would definitely want to stay longer next time!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cumming, GA
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Super friendly and helpful manager. The view cant be beat. At one point we even changed the furniture around a bit so we could sit together and look out at the sunset together from the room. We have never enjoyed such a spectacular display before. The colors changed from fiery reds, through burning amber colors into cool purples and finally to a nice dark night. The picture window from the bedroom allowed us to open it at the top and we could hear a subtle roar of the waves crashing all night. The evening air was cool, but the managers predicted this and have a nice warm electric padding under the sheet so all night long it feels like a nice warm hug. I've never slept so comfortably. The motel has a fully stocked kitchen with a tea kettle, cups, mugs, dishes, microwave, stove, towels, dish soap, etc... but bring your own food! Easy enough to pick up whatever you like at the Pak and Save in Thames. so be sure to stock up before settling in. We had a 4 seat dining set in the dining room and a full couch and 2 chairs in the living room. Internet is available but we found it easier to connect by sitting on one of the picnic tables near the office area. It's also a great location with easy access all around the peninsula. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come again.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We had been driving for hours when we pulled up at this place, and what a delight it was - from its wonderfully retro decor, to the french doors leading out on to a little deck overlooking a couple of metres of grassed area between us and the sea. If only we had packed a fishing line! A separate bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, free wifi, thoughtful touches such as a beach umbrella, rocking chairs along with the most friendly & helpful hosts - what more could you want? Its not modern, but that is its charm, and the location... superb.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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coomba park
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Whenever we visit New Zealand we try to squeeze in a visit to the Seaspray Motel, 14 km north of Thames near the start of the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. The six-unit building is by no means modern, but this is offset by a fantastic location on a narrow strip of land extending along the seawall of Waiomu Bay. The water views from the units are breath-taking at any time, and further enhancement by sunset colours provides visions that are worth dying for. Adjacent parkland contains several large pohutakawa trees, one said to be a thousand years old, containing curious curtains of root-like downward extensions from their branches. We have visited the Motel several times, and find the rooms very comfortable and the included facilities satisfactory The friendliness and helpfulness of the owners John and Katherine Tizard (plus Boxer dog and cute Siamese and Burman cats) is outstanding. We look forward to further visits!.....Aussie John

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Seaspray Motel
Address: 613 Thames Coast Road | RD5, Waiomu Bay, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Coromandel Peninsula
Number of rooms: 6

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