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7 Mill Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
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#26 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Whitianga
Sea Gypsy is your classic good value Kiwi Motel with all the amenities in each unit including full functional ovens, microwaves and fully equipped kitchens. Clean, tidy and functional rooms! What makes Sea Gypsy really standout hands down is its outstanding LOCATION! The beach, wharf, shops and all the best cafes, bars and eateries are literally a minutes’ walk away! Lost Springs Thermal hot pools are a 5 minute drive and Whitianga is a great base to see the world famous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach! From NZ$140.00 for up to two people and NZ$150 for 1 brm with $25 per extra person sharing. Sea Gypsy is the perfect option for families (close to the famous Wharf playground) singles/ couples and business people looking for great value in the absolute best Motel location in Whitianga!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Flatscreen TV
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Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Jamie B wrote a review May 2019
Ottawa29 contributions29 helpful votes
I had trouble finding a place and this motel had a room. It was totally acceptable. It’s not luxury but that 70s decor didn’t bother me. Spacious rooms to unpack and a kitchen to store food. Easy walk to some good restaurants nearby. I was out all day so it was just a place to sleep. I didn’t mind this place and would stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Tooktheredpill wrote a review Dec 2018
Auckland, New Zealand123 contributions71 helpful votes
It has a great location though being within a short walk to town, Salt, a playground and the beach amongst other good places to eat. The accommodation was cosy but you had to walk through the 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds to get to the bathroom. We wouldn't go back though as 2 of the 3 beds were pretty bad. I don't think I am that fussy but maybe I notice it a bit more these days. Can't remember a worse double bed though unless you were sleeping alone on a diagonal. Wifi was ok (we had to connect to both points as connectivity was flakey) and don't expect Sky for the kids.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
sallywk wrote a review Sep 2018
London, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
Spacious family room in a small motel about 3 minutes walk from the main street in one direction and the same to the wharf in the opposite direction. Only 5 minutes to the start of the main town beach, so several restaurants, cafes and takeaways are very easily accessed by foot, also the interesting and varied small museum. The rooms were very clean; beds comfortable; shower with great pressure and heat, and all the cooking facilities that one might require. The owner of the motel was very welcoming and attentive to our needs; she is also a great baker sharing her superb chocolate cake with us! We would definitely recommend this motel and now that we have found it, hope to stay there again on our next visit to Whitianga.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
CBNewry wrote a review Feb 2018
Rochdale, United Kingdom75 contributions27 helpful votes
A pleasant if somewhat dated property. It provided convenient access to the town and harbour areas. The bed was rather small being just a double after we had become used to king sized beds in most motels in New Zealand. Friendly and helpful staff ensured we had all we needed. Each room also had an oven and hob as well as the usual microwave.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Cheryl2304 wrote a review Jan 2018
Newcastle Nsw41 contributions28 helpful votes
The worst accommodation I have ever stayed in. The rooms have not been maintained since the 1960s. It is not clean. Nasty smudgy stain on the quilt cover, don't ask, vomitous! Totally unprofessional owner operator. Despite having booked months in advance and with email confirmation, the owner knew nothing of our booking, at all! We had booked in for three nights and she graciously allowed us to stay one night before telling us we had to leave! WTF!!! This owner had bought the place from the people we booked with but clearly had done NO due diligence, despite alleging she is an accountant. No qualified accountant would be so incompetent. The place is horrendous and a confirmed booking is no guarantee of actual accommodation. I would not send my worst enemy there, it would be too cruel.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Rebecca wrote a review Dec 2017
Adelaide, Australia1650 contributions231 helpful votes
We were traveling by hire car in a busy season and were booking fairly last minute. We needed somewhere with full kitchen facilities that would also have a place to park our car. Motels in NZ have been generally loud and rowdy and/or on a main road. This was a quiet side-street location about a 5min walk from the ferry and right near the main centre of the town. Great for those driving who want to see Cooks beach, Cathedral Cove and The Hot Water Beach. Nice homely little rooms with calm and serene beach-themed decor. Good wifi. Parking is fine. There is a laundry out the back and drier. The rooms were clean, shower and toilet were modern, kitchen reasonably updated, they've got a microwave/kettle/stovetop for you to prep meals. Comfy beds although the curtains don't block out the light that well. Do note: they don't clean at the end of each day only at the end of your stay and they make clear you need to do your own dishes *shock/horror*
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Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Aaron W wrote a review Jun 2017
Hamilton, New Zealand67 contributions17 helpful votes
First time stay here. Amazing owners who made us welcomed and went out of their way. Coffee and tea well supplied in rooms along with bathroom shampoos etc. Very clean tidy, nice and quiet and loved the beach themed rooms. Colours were awesome with the decor. Definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
Dom21076 wrote a review Mar 2017
Thailand220 contributions134 helpful votes
Very decent size studio with a separate bedroom and 2 additional beds in the 'lounge' area. Fully equipped kitchen and good size bathroom. Super clean, overall very comfortable. Easy and fast check-in with a very kind host... Walking distance to plenty of restaurants by the sea or in the city center. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from MoniqueSeaGypsy, Owner at Sea Gypsy Motel
Responded 29 Mar 2017
Thank you for your kind review!
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juliayona wrote a review Jan 2017
switzerland21 contributions9 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights in high season. I got a great price in comparison to other motels in Whitianga. I would have stayed for longer but sadly they were fully booked. The Sea Gypsy is a really lovely quirky little motel. It is small and really nicely decorated with a beach theme. Lovely artwork on the walls as you arrive and a prime location just off the main shore road. It is well equipped with all you need in the kitchen and decent water pressure in the shower. Internet is never great in Whitianga and other coastal places and is slower in high season. However the library has computers , it's just round the corner and will let you have up to 2 hours of free internet. You are a few minutes walk to the beach and all the cafes and restaurants but it still manages to be quiet and private. The owners Graham and Monique are just great and go out of their way to make sure you have a great stay. This is a fun place to stay and really what you want from a Whitianga holiday. If you want bland beige and concrete then don't stay here, this is New Zealand at the beach and the Sea Gypsy is a happy place run by happy people. I loved this motel , it was perfect and I will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from MoniqueSeaGypsy, Owner at Sea Gypsy Motel
Responded 20 Jan 2017
Thank you Julie! It was a pleasure having you with us, wish all our guests were as pleasant!
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nudenut wrote a review May 2016
Te Puke, New Zealand35 contributions9 helpful votes
Nice people the owners, fairly new on the scene. Older unit we had, but clean and tidy. Could do with some up grading as the new owners get to it. You get what u pay for, no more, no less. So very handy to wharf area, plus town area, restaurants and so forth. We would stay again.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$87 - US$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaWhitianga
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sea Gypsy Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Sea Gypsy Motel?
Nearby attractions include Mercury Bay Museum (0.1 km), Bread & Butter Gallery (0.1 km), and Longshore Marine (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sea Gypsy Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Sea Gypsy Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Sea Gypsy Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sea Gypsy Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Ginger, That Curry Place, and Sangam Indian Cuisine.
Does Sea Gypsy Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Sea Gypsy Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Sea Gypsy Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Whitianga.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sea Gypsy Motel?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.