Waterfront Apartments
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Waterfront Apartments

2 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
The view from our balcony just before sunrise.
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4.5
#1 of 6 apartments in Whitianga
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Waterfront Apartments is ideally located right on Buffalo Beach, Whitianga. All apartments having breathe taking ocean views and the well appointed property is only a 3 minute walk to restaurants & bars, shops, activities and even has a private entrance to The Lost Spring geothermal pools and spa. Everything is right at your door step or you could just stay and relax in your apartment enjoying the scenery. This is the gateway to all the Coromadel has on offer and the perfect base for visiting the likes of Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach and many other attractions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Beach
Canoeing offsite
Children's television networks
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Housekeeping
Seating area
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

Location

2 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 83 out of 100
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John D wrote a review Jan 2020
Seattle, Washington11 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We occupied the penthouse unit which had two king bedrooms and one bathroom. The facility itself was well maintained and except for a number of critical shortfalls would have received a five star review.

The shortfalls included a lack of daily housekeeping services. If your unit is not available by 11:00 AM and vacant, no service will be provided. On the two days we did vacate in time, all that was done was making the beds with same sheets, providing some new towels and that's it. No sweeping floors, vacuuming, or changing of sheets for our entire 6 night stay.

None of the windows had screens and because these units are not air conditioned, windows had to be left open, which let in some rather nasty small bugs which were very good at biting legs and arms while sleeping.

Be aware that when a New Zealand apartment advertises a washer and dryer, they may mean one located somewhere in the facility. In the case of this apartment complex, in meant one washer and one dryer at $4.00 per load each, and we had to compete with the facility for use of these.

During our stay the apartment came with one small tube of body wash for three people to use for 6 days of showers. Had to ask for toilet paper when our original roll ran out. Coffee was supplied, but was not refilled as needed either.

But, the capper was the Internet service. It was so slow that we could not even log into our various business services while there. Saving a document onto the cloud took anywhere from five to 20 minutes! Even downloading my Outlook service took over 20 minutes. The explanation was that their service was overwhelmed by the number of visitors in Whitianga...which could have been true. For us, being in business back in the US and trying to communicate was a six day disaster.

You might wonder with these complaints, how did I give them a four star review? The answer is that the location and facility is good. It is just these limited items, that could be so easily provided, and would have made it so much more enjoyable as our choices of accommodation when visiting Whitianga.

By the way, we are professional travel agents who travel the world looking for places to send our clients.

John from Seattle
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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snowflake0 wrote a review Sept 2020
singapore7 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned today from a 3 night stay at The Waterfront and it was perfect . Sarah is a lovely host , nothing is too much trouble , and the previous comments about not receiving towels are just silly and wrong . This is by far the best location and apartment facility in Whitianga .We spent two nights in the Penthouse and the third night in the two bedroom ground floor apartment . Both are beautifully furnished , spotlessly clean and have amazing views. If you are considering a location to chill out and enjoy some amazing views then definitely choose Whitianga . We took the ferry and short cab ride to Mercury Bay Winery for a terrific lunch with great wines to match .
We highly recommend The Waterfront Apartments , you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jane T wrote a review Aug 2022
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean spacious and comfortable room. magnificent view, hosts that ensure you enjoy your stay, it was raining and hosts let us borrow umbrellas.
Visitors laundry free to use
Walking distance to town, the hosts will guide you as to what to do and where to eat if you need advice
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jane W wrote a review Sept 2020
Auckland, New Zealand92 contributions62 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for two nights in a first floor 1 bed apartment. The location is excellent being close to the restaurants, marina and town and the view is amazing but on checking in around 2.30pm we arrived at the same time as a tradie. We wanted to relax for a while after a long journey but that was impossible due to drilling in the apartment next door. We asked how long this would go on and the receptionist said she would find out and let us know. My husband had to go back to reception to ask when the drilling would be finished . She hadn't even bothered to find out. That evening we were asked to move our car if we wanted to get out of the car park due to a cherry picker being in the driveway as they were fixing the roof the next day. The guy on the desk wasn't very helpful either saying we could move somewhere else for the next night if we didn't like it?? This could have been easily rectified if we had known these things beforehand.
A few other things - apartment is very dated and needs a good paint job. The kitchen cupboards are probably as old as the apartment. Fluffy bits all over the bed cover. Room service doesn't include making the bed. Room too crowded with too many chairs some of which actually was garden furniture. Private access to the Lost Springs is quite a walk and not private to the property as stated.
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Date of stay: September 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Maybe the 'penthouse'
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Anglokiwi1 wrote a review Feb 2021
London, United Kingdom181 contributions75 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the penthouse apartment with fantastic views of Mercury Bay and Buffalo Beach. We booked well in advance of our stay and we got a great deal for our 2 night stay. Very spacious and beautifully presented with very comfortable settees, lounging chairs to relax in and enjoy the views. The luxurious bed also had fantastic views when you pulled open the Louvre windows inside the bedroom. Very modern bathroom with a lovely bath, shower and his and her basins. Would love to return.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Carolyn M wrote a review Jul 2022
Brisbane, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arrived around 5pm and was served by a lovely lady who gave us a great rate for 2 nights. Such a lovely room with an amazing water view. The price was amazing for the location. Walking distance to fantastic eating places and town centre. The fishing club is great fun and very nice cheap meals. Glass bottom boat trip to Cathedral Cove was well worth it and just 5 min walk from the apartment. Very nice stay thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SMRoseNZ wrote a review Jul 2022
Fife, Scotland5 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed as a family in the Penthouse for a couple of nights. It has fabulous views; we enjoyed listening and watching the waves with the windows wide .
It was also very clean and well laid out. Everyone loved the shower and bath!

It was a short and pleasant walk to the nearest restaurants and conveniences, and a little longer to the main centre. We ate very local and were very happy.

No negatives.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Surekha wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very pleasant,family friendly accommodation.Neat & tidy apartment.Location is very central across the waterfront...just like its name!
Walking distance to local township.The host Chris is very helpful and assisted me with my stay in everyday he possibly could given peak holiday season.Definately worth the $$..highly recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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866graham wrote a review Jan 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
had an effortless booking experience, a friendly and efficient check in and check out. the unit was spacious, and clean with everything we needed. The Apartments are a 3-5 minute walk from shops, bars and restaurants. Start the day by crossing the road and walking along the beach, or sit and watch boats coming into and out of the harbor.
Great value for money, we will come back
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: all rooms have views, we preferred the first floor
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Judith & Steve wrote a review Jul 2020
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This apartment was amazing and met all our needs. The location was perfect, walking distance to local restaurants, the town centre and a stroll along the beach. It was clean, warm and very comfortable with a very surreal view. We would highly recommend this as a place to stay for a relaxing spot to sit with a wine while enjoying the beauty of the sea.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Momocha99 asked a question Aug 2017
Australia17 contributions32 helpful votes
Hi, do you have laundry facilities in the apartment or on site? Thank you
Answer from Michael and Kim V
Whitianga, New Zealand2 contributions
Yes we do have a coin operated washing machine and dryer for guests use.
Anne B wrote a tip May 2024
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Close to town"
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Rita B wrote a tip Mar 2024
Portland29 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Going to the cove? Highly recommend Cathedral Cove Scenic cruises - outstanding adventure."
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Chippie69 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Pilar de la Horadada, Spain108 contributions65 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is available for each apartment as is laundry facilities"
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kevinp1959 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Reading, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try for a first floor apartment for the best view of the ocean."
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Lynn M wrote a tip Mar 2023
Chatham, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had the penthouse. Highly recommend"
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PRICE RANGE
$232 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaWhitianga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterfront Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Waterfront Apartments?
Nearby attractions include The Lost Spring (0.2 km), Mercury Bay Museum (0.4 km), and Buffalo Beach (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterfront Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Waterfront Apartments?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Waterfront Apartments?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterfront Apartments?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterfront Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Espy Cafe, Stoked Restaurant, and Snapper Jack’s.
Is Waterfront Apartments located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Whitianga.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterfront Apartments?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Waterfront Apartments have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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