Te Awa Motel
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Te Awa Motel

double beds in living room
Traveller (8)
twin beds inside room
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kitchenette
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#2 of 2 lodges in Whanganui
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Japanese
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot bath
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Room features
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Kitchenware
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms

Location

95 Putiki Drive, Whanganui 4500 New Zealand
56Reviews1Q+A13Room tips

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Jiggirl wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 5 nights with our 2 boys who are 6 and 8. It has everything we need. A bedroom with 2 big sized single beds and a queen sized bed in lounge. Our room was serviced daily. Friendly people at reception. A good range of DVDs available at reception. This place is close to town which was fantastic. I highly recommend it. Would definitely come back next time we visit.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lyndon H wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
No Sky, charges extra for Spa , whilst adverting a spa.Room average, but over priced.Wifi unsecured
Looks run down from outside Alarm hadn’t been reset fro power cut or outage
If prices were reviewed would make staying there more realistic
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Date of stay: March 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Sales Manager wrote a review Oct 2018
106 contributions119 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m a sales rep staying in hotels 25 nights a month. Have experience of what’s good and what’s not. I have advanced RA so I try and book disability rooms if available.
I normally try and avoid cheap accommodation, my normal motel was booked out and here I am.
The host was absolutely brilliant , she’s Japanese and with that understands service is the key.
I was in room 2 . Apartment , older style and first impression was uh oh .... however...

What a great sleep, the bed was great , the room was warm and the shower wow it’s my lucky day the pressure was outstanding ... I had 2 showers it was that good.

Many motels you can judge by the price , but not this one.. on a main road so yes traffic noise, however most accommodations in whanganui are on main roads ..so noise..
This is my new preferred stay here, while I love my previous favourite they have new owners and keep bumping the price up.. sadly they will lose the travellers business on off peak .
Te awa your my favourite in this town and I thank you
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Room 2 is on,y room I have had
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Goodtrip8 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mount Eden, New Zealand32 contributions27 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel looks very run down and the balcony you have to walk on to get to your room and the office looks and feels like it really is of need of repairs. The steps were warped and really felt unsafe and the balcony was sloping to one side. There was a private spa which you could use but cost $5 per person per hour. Cheaper to go to the local pools.
The days we stayed there it was really hot and there was no air-cond in the room and everyone staying there had there front doors open to get breeze. Only booked there as we thought it was close to city centre which it was but really wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.
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Date of stay: January 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Keep on driving and find a proper place to stay at
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SorrelliAuckland wrote a review Apr 2023
Auckland108 contributions39 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We checked into Te Awa and stayed only one night then checked out in the morning instead of staying longer.
The bedroom was so dark a light had to be left on permanently. The bedroom was so small that access to the far side of the bed was difficult. It was shabby and needed a new refit.
To the manager’s credit it was clean
The manager grudgingly replaced a blown light bulb telling us that it was working in the afternoon. He also said that nobody had complained about the dark bedroom in eight years.
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Date of stay: February 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathleen wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I booked for two nights. The living area only provided metal kitchen chairs for seating. The toilet was not flushing properly. We messaged the manager/owner? No response, and no response to phone calls. In the morning we were very loath to even use the toilet. We left around 9.00am and there was still no one in reception. It is time for Booking.Com to decide whether a video of a toilet flushing could be actually in the unit we occupied!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mata wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Rang to enquire about a stay. Customer service was rude, won’t be staying there in the future if needed. Would rather somewhere else that treat possible stayers respectfully. Heavens heard good things anyway.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Gavin L wrote a review Feb 2016
Hamilton, New Zealand23 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything about Te Awa motel is excellent. Location, convenience, helpfulness of managers, comfortable bedding , strong WiFi, and we loved the amenities just a lovely place to stay while visiting whanganui
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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whyd0ineedascreennam wrote a review Feb 2019
Nelson, New Zealand39 contributions18 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked a 2 night stay via booking com in January 2019 with a free 48 hour cancellation clause. The property billed me for the entire stay a week before arrival (they’re entitled to do this after the expiry of the free cancellation period0 AND I called them to find out the reason.
No reply. Called the mobile listed on their website. Left a voicemail. No reply. Sent an email. No reply. Repeat this over 2 days. Still no reply. I then called the i-Site information centre in Whanganui to see if they’d heard of any problems with the motel. They called and emailed. No reply.
At this point, I rebooked elsewhere to make sure that I had accommodation and cancelled via booking.com who confirmed automatically that there would no charge.
i-Site finally made contact with the motel who claimed that their phone was broken (which didn’t explain heir lack of response to voicemails or emails)
I emailed again, requiring them to refund the charge, also informing booking.com of the discrepancy. No reply.
I then provided the motel with documentary proof of the refundable booking and told them that I would take legal steps to recover the charge.
They replied.
It was a “non-refundable booking” (wrong), “there are always guests who chase for refund when the booking is non-refundable”, complained about “multiple contacts via phone which resulted in work phone malfunction” (what a joke) and which “have greatly affected our daily operation of business in this busy season as he is not the only guest we need to focus on.”
So there you have it.
It appears that the motel at some stage changed their cancellation policy, (ALL bookings are now non-refundable, with full payment for the entire stay upfront) and failed to inform their sales channel partners (booking.com) and/or changing the conditions of existing bookings.
The motel still hasn’t refunded the incorrect charge - booking.com did that - and I’ve yet to receive an apology.
Not that I expect one from people with this attitude.
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Date of stay: February 2019
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Victoria S wrote a review Jan 2019
Raumati Beach, New Zealand73 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in Room 3 this time which has a queen bed in the lounge and a separate bedroom with 2 single beds. Super clean, modern decor, cosy but great layout so plenty of room, verandah out the front to enjoy a drink. There is a road in front but this didn't worry us.

This motel is not much to look at from the road but it's one of those places where you are pleasantly surprised by how nice the rooms are, plus the hosts are friendly, and the prices are super affordable. It is a fabulous place to stay and would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Patrick K
Townsville, Australia270 contributions68 helpful votes
Hey Good electric heater warmed up the room and electric blankets on all beds. We used the spa, managers didn't seem too fussed about strict hours. The place really is brilliant value!
Goodtrip8 wrote a tip Feb 2020
Mount Eden, New Zealand32 contributions27 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Keep on driving and find a proper place to stay at"
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Sales Manager wrote a tip Oct 2018
106 contributions119 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 2 is on,y room I have had"
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Victoria S wrote a tip Aug 2017
Raumati Beach, New Zealand73 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cabin is elevated behind the motel and has car parking right outside."
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LouiseC wrote a tip Apr 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand72 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"1 bedroom Cabin located behind main block of motels was very quite."
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Marie M wrote a tip Feb 2017
19 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for easier access and away from the busy road, do not expect river views you will be disappointed."
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PRICE RANGE
$121 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionWhanganui
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Frequently Asked Questions about Te Awa Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Te Awa Motel?
Nearby attractions include Durie Hill Elevator (0.9 km), New Zealand Glassworks (1.1 km), and Durie Hill Memorial Tower (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Awa Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at Te Awa Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Te Awa Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Te Awa Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Awa Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maria Lane Eatery & Bar, Japanese Kitchen WA, and Rutland Arms.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Te Awa Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Te Awa Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Durie Hill Memorial Tower (0.8 km), William Birch Pools (4.8 km), and Cameron Blockhouse (7.2 km).
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