Vista Motor Lodge
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Vista Motor Lodge

2 Bridge Street State Highway 2, Wairoa New Zealand
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3.0
#3 of 3 small hotels in Wairoa
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Anne & John welcomes you to their motor lodge, set on the banks of the Wairoa River, 5 minutes walk to the town centre. 27 units offering a wide range of accommodation, including studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units, and the adjacent 4-bedroom Bridge Lodge (suitable for groups or long-stay accommodation). The on-site Bar & Grill serves home cooked meals, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. From Wairoa town, the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park, Morere Hot Springs, and the magnificent beaches of Mahia Peninsula are all within the our region .
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Restaurant
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range

Location

2 Bridge Street State Highway 2, Wairoa New Zealand
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 48 out of 100
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Gisborne Airport
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Leonie wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
$138! Smoke alarm ripped out of the ceiling, plasters on the ceiling covering up holes, dead cockroach on the carpet, broken toilet, screeching noise whenever you turned the water on, smeary fingermarks on the TV, shower seratone boards broken around the base. Ashtray full of cigarette butts at the room entrance, Just yuck. Needs some serious repair work before it is rentable and I believe no smoke alarm in the unit is actually illegal.
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Date of stay: January 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Chris Francis wrote a review Feb 2023
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand140 contributions97 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our one bedroom unit was spacious and clean. We chose not to sleep in the double bedroom because it was so hot in there and the air con was situated in the main room where 2 single bedrooms were. There was a good sized table in the main room also and a spacious bathroom with good water pressure.

The negatives were, no curtain or blind in the window to the back of the unit and a frosted glass door also at the back of the unit causing a security light to shine right into our unit throughout the night which was very annoying. It was unbearably hot during the night, unfortunately we chose not to turn the air con on because of the very loud noise it was making. It obviously needs servicing. The swimming pool looked as if it needed a good clean out and the sliding door separating the bedroom and bathroom is stuck. There is no restaurant although it is still advertised on the website. If anyone is requiring breakfast on a Sunday or any other food in Wairoa, it is advised to make your own provisions because there are no cafes open.
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Date of stay: January 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Loreen B wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand216 contributions27 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Units are large and fairly well equipped (full kitchen) but need some updating and checking - only one chair, for example, and bed light didn't work. Continental breakfast delivered to the room somewhat hit and miss.
Although on the river bank there is no view of the river, but a positive is the restaurant and bar on site. However the bar had only 2 half-full bottles of white wine available - this in Hawkes Bay!? Friendly and helpful staff doing their best.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Bog55 wrote a review Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had stayed at this motel on previous occasions but the present owners have no idea how to maintain and operate a motel. The reception area is so disorganised it gives a preview of the the rest of the establishment. Our room was absolutely filthy with substantial stains on the carpet, mould on window sills, stains on the sheets and dirt around the entrance door. We had to ask for crockery as there was not enough for the four of us and what was there is totally mismatched. Although the units are old and dated I don't mind that if it is just clean. This was not. The cleaners even wore gumboots when they were servicing the units. Yuck! We had booked for three nights and at $180 per night for the two bedroom unit it was not cheap! After just one night we booked out and asked for a refund. The request for a refund did not faze Anne (who by the way was very nice) and she readily agreed. Obviously requests for refunds are common. Getting the refund however was another experience. Emails and phone calls had no effect and it was only on the return to Wairoa for a family function some six weeks later that we managed to secure our refund. This motel is not one for any decent person to stay at and should be avoided at all costs. Expensive and filthy!
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Date of stay: October 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do not stay here!
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Donna Waiariki wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In August of 2019 I made a booking for a one bedroom unit for the 15th of January 20 for two people with in mind that there may be 4 of us.

Prior to leaving Christchurch I sent an email confirming 3 people and maybe a 4th but will confirm prior to arriving. On the 14th of January I received an email saying that due to me booking a executive studio unit I could not have 4 people stay, I then replied saying I had booked a one bedroom in the mind that there may be 4 and asked that someone contact me urgently via phone. No one called me back so I called left a message but still no one called, I called again and spoke to the chef who checked the booking and confirmed it was a one bedroom unit I told him there was no other accommodation available in Wairoa he took my number and said he would call me back however I still didn't receive a call.

I sent an email cancelling the booking as I had no options available. We are attending a kawemate for a family member. I am applaud and disgusted at the way I have been treated. I am writing this review in the hope that this does not happen to anyone else.

D Waiariki of Christchurch.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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OJAY wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a room directly with the Vista Motel Wairoa using their own website (not via a booking.com site). I received a confirmation email advising that our room had been secured. We arrived at the motel only to be told that there were no rooms available and they were full. I showed the receptionist the confirmation email I received.

The receptionist looked through their emails and found our booking request and confirmation in their emails but no one actually physically secured a room for us. When I asked what they were going to do to fix the problem she rang one other motel with no luck. Outside of the two phones she made that was the extent for their efforts to remedy the problem. Their service was abysmal and absolutely useless. We had driven 6 hours on the basis that we had a place to stay, only to be told “sorry we’ve got no rooms for you”. On top of that, the efforts to fix up their stuff up was hopeless.

Fortunately two friends were also staying in the same motel and offered to put my wife and I up for the night on their single bed/couches in the lounge/kitchen area of their motel room. The only other option was to sleep in our car or drive 6 hours back home. Thanks for nothing Vista. Because of your slack business practices we had a less than comfortable and ideal stay in Wairoa. I can say with absolute certainty we won’t be back and I will not be encouraging friends or family to book or stay with you.

Sharpen your act up or your business will fail and fold.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Seefood86 wrote a review Apr 2021
Gisborne, New Zealand18 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Whoever told these ppl they could run a motel shouldve kept quiet, the wife is rude and obnoxious, moaned when I rang through all because she had to stop what she was doing to answer the phone, your customer service skills are less than those of a monkey. The rooms, amenities, decor and styles are old, dirty, grotty, smells of cigarette and highly overpriced.

Stay away from this place.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Jordyn wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at the Vista and were SO disappointed with the state of the rooms . Chewing gum on the bedside table (yes , you read correctly - yuck !) , cigarette butts littering the back deck to our room , clumps of hair on the floor , shaving cuttings left on the bathroom sink & a general dirty appearance to the rooms .
I approached the owners regarding a partial refund (which I believed was very reasonable given the condition of the room) and was told we would be given one , however , almost two weeks on we are yet to receive this .
I have phoned the Vista SIX times in the last two weeks to follow the refund up , and I’m told every time that the money will be put into my account this evening to which it never is . I am SO disappointed & frustrated with the situation . Would definitely NOT recommend staying here .
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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wibblephil wrote a review Nov 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We should have left the moment when we discovered the toilet door was off the hinges, light bulbs were missing, and the tap wouldn’t turn off. Things got worse.
The place was filthy, stained linens with holes, undusted bedsides, and the pots and pans were blackened and unusable. The smoke alarm was deliberately disabled, so I considered it unsafe. There are too many things to say, but please do not waste your time and money on this establishment for the benefit of your health!
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Date of stay: November 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Avoid at all costs!
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Rado40 wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand57 contributions35 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Avoid at all cost. I don't know who rates this place higher then the 1 star. Google says it's 3-star which just a joke. The moment you walk into this place you go back in time to late 70'ties or early 80'ties. Everything in the room was outdated and probably older then I have lived so far (early 40). Bed covers were dirty and with stains. Bathroom without any heating and ventilation with mold all over the place. Carpets were all covered in stains, so were the curtains. The kitchen curtain was also covered with grease and fat and god knows what else as I only touched it with my finger. High wall unit was old, with dirty filters (not maintained properly) and was spreading dust and possibly also mold. Any fan speed higher than "low" was making it rattle. The restaurant was considered "the best in Wairoa" which in Auckland or Wellington would be just a typical, low-class joint with tasteless food ( I had the steak). Only good side of it was there was plenty of food on the plate. The staff is the only highlight, friendly and with a smile. Would never go back and would not recommend it to anyone.
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Date of stay: June 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Grant N wrote a tip Jan 2024
Hastings, New Zealand1,515 contribution239 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"No WiFi at this stage. "
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Shirley W wrote a tip Feb 2022
Thames, New Zealand8 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have special requirements - just ask -"
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wibblephil wrote a tip Nov 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions16 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid at all costs!"
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Kerry G wrote a tip Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand40 contributions25 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think next time I would ask to see the room before I confirm booking, the photos online are more impressive than the reality."
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Bog55 wrote a tip Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay here!"
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PRICE RANGE
$113 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandHawke's Bay RegionWairoa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vista Motor Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Vista Motor Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Wairoa Museum (0.4 km), Gaiety Theatre (0.6 km), and Takitimu Marae (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vista Motor Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Vista Motor Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Vista Motor Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Vista Motor Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vista Motor Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eastend Cafe and Bar, Oslers Bakery and Cafe, and Club Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vista Motor Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Vista Motor Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Wairoa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Vista Motor Lodge?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Vista Motor Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Vista Motor Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
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