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“IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE MOTEL WHICH APPEALS” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Panorama Motor Inn
Auckland NZ
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155 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE MOTEL WHICH APPEALS”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Spouse and self stayed here one time back in the 70’s so decided to give it another go as motels near Te Kuiti, but outside of Waitomo immediate area, are fairly non-existent and we were not interested in Waitomo. It is generally recognised that if one is unable to say something favourable then say nothing so, as a consequence, I will say nothing about the motel. The connected restaurant however is a different story. It is readily accepted, by us, that we enjoyed dinner in the spacious restaurant. Service was very good and food beyond question. In NZ, and no doubt elsewhere, it is often the people who create interest rather than what one is personally about and on this occasion it was a Maori family of Dad and 3 x children ex, apparently, Mum. Suffice it to say the kids appeared to enjoy the evening and what it brought to each ediblewise. From a distance, it was great to see Dad out with the kids who appeared to enjoy his company. Great stuff Dad for you are no doubt a winner.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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yorkshire
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284 reviews
161 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2011

Panorama Motor Inn is well named. It is situated on the hillside ( easy to miss ) overlooking the town and views to the mountains beyond. Great views from all rooms I had a studio apartment which was small but ok with small bathroom $90. There was a communal veranda with four other rooms, with tables and chairs. A small pool but no pool furniture. Plenty of parking. Large restaurant with balcony to sit out with drinks, a games area, pool and a piano. Good bar. Used by locals so some noise when they depart around midnight ( not roudy just cars.) Some road noise from lorries climbing the hill. Restaurant food was very good and staff very friendly. Rooms not great but worth staying for the views and the restaurant.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dunera
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New Zealand
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146 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2010

We took a group of 30 older people to visit the Aramatai gardens (highly recommended), and a cruise with Mokau river tours. (also highly recommeded. And stayed overnight at Panorama Motor Inn
The motel staff were extremely helpful in booking us a dinner bed and breakfast package. Everyone enjoyed the roast dinner, and yummy desert and continental beakfast in the morning.
All commented favourably on the comfort and facilities in their rooms..
All the staff were friendly helpful and approachable.
We ourselves would definately stay in the motel again, if visiting the area.
Only two small criticisms. Be aware that this motel is situated near a main road on a hill,and some units near the road heard trucks in the night up and down the hill.
Also that some units have hill or sloping access which could be of concern for some elderly people, if they did not have a car to access their unit.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank busterNewZealand
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2010

Great spot on way to Ski Fields, awesome staff, friendly & helpfull
Rooms have good views comfortable & warm very clean, and all with a restaurant and bar!! was great to relax and enjoy a fantastic meal - absolutley recommend this stay

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank coldbrake
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Manchester, UK
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54 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2010

The hotel was located out of town, up a steep hill off a main road south out of Te Kuiti, and 5 minutes drive into town. Waitomo Caves were about 15 km north. The hotel site has a panoramic view of Te Kuiti town and surrounding hills (lovely!). The property is built at different levels on the hill. The nearby main road is very busy with lorries creating frequent traffic noise in the room.
The hotel has a small outside swimming pool, as well as an in-house restaurant and bar (which we did not try). There is no wired or wifi internet access in the rooms. The room has a small TV with a handful of channels.

Our unit was a good size which could sleep up to six, given two single beds and a sofa bed in the lounge. It consisted of a living area with kitchenette, separate bedroom with standard double bed, and shower room. The decor was neutral, and generally in good condition, except for flaking paint in the bathroom. The kitchenette and shower room were newly refurbished. The unit was generally clean, although carpets and furniture had dead insects and crumbs on them. The furniture looked tired, and the single-glazed windows did not all close or lock, giving poor in-room security.

Niggles with our unit included:-
Shower water temperature was difficult to control
A Roman blind fell off the wall when we tried to close it
Because some windows could not be closed, insects entered the room
There was a potential room security issue from poor or non-existent window catche

There was some confusion about our booking when we checked in, as the hotel diary wrongly showed our booking our booking for the previous night. The lady who checked us in was very friendly and quickly resolved the issue. She even allowed us to check in one hour earlier than the advertised time.

We only stayed at this property because of poor choice of accommodation near Waitomo.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CheshireBrit
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Teesside
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62 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

Just turned up and shown selection of room configurations. Some been refurbished others waiting. We booked in for two nights and selected one of the older rooms as it suited our needs best. In fact it actually looked updated. Absolutely no complaints. Staff helpful and friendly. Wonderful views from restaurant to accompany good food and wine.
Close to numerous attractions including Waitomo caves. The town of Te Kuiti itself is well worth strolling around if only to see the giant sheep shearer !
Motel situated close to busy highway but not really inconvenienced by road noise.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DurhamJeb
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Macclesfield, Cheshire
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239 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2009

The motel certainly lives up to its title with great views over Te Kuiti.
Stayed for 3 nights in a studio room overlooking the empty pool which was too early in the season to fill..
Did not use the restaurant as there were adequate cooking facilities in the unit & a great Fish & Chip Takeaway in town which was open until 9:00.
Te Kuiti is a 5 min drive to the town centre & SH3 runs close to the motel. You could hear some of the lorries from the unit but you don't notice it unless it's very quet. Great base for exploring King Country at a resaonable rate.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank apollo12
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Additional Information about Panorama Motor Inn

Property: Panorama Motor Inn
Address: 59 Awakino Road, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Te Kuiti
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Te Kuiti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Panorama Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well established TeKuiti Accommodation, we have comfortable and spacious refurbished rooms with panoramic views of the picturesque countryside. Studio units with king-size beds, units with self-catering facilities, 3-bedroom holiday home with full amenities, suitable for families, with excellent restaurant & Bar. Situated in the heart of the King Country, central North Island on State highway 3, right on the edge of the Waitomo Caves tourism adventures and activities, nestled on the hillside with magnificent views. ... more   less 
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