Oceanside Motel Whitianga
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Oceanside Motel Whitianga

32 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
Traveller (48)
The Executive suite's private terrace overlooking the Mercury Bay
Room & Suite (38)
The beach across the street.
Pool & Beach (4)

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4.5
#7 of 13 hotels in Whitianga
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
The Oceanside is a boutique motel, offering a unique blend of superior beachfront accommodation, traditional hospitality and stunning sea views in Whitianga, the heart of the magical Coromandel Peninsula. With 180 degree panoramic views over Buffalo Beach and Mercury Bay from all units you are only metres away from safe swimming and fantastic boating in the beautiful waters of Mercury Bay. Make the most of this opportunity to relax and unwind in one of New Zealand's most acclaimed scenic regions. The Oceanside is just a 10 minute stroll along the beach to Whitianga's renowned cafes and restaurants, the wharf and marina complex plus the Village shopping centre. With just a 2 minute drive we are one of the closest motels to the international acclaimed The Lost Spring Thermal Pools & Spa complex.
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Property amenities
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Beach
Canoeing
Taxi service
Hot spring bath
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Hiking
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English

Location

32 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 57 out of 100
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VonBadger wrote a review Feb 2020
Germany113 contributions53 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely room on upper floor with good sized balcony overlooking the ocean, which was literally just across the road. Nice beach and towels provided. Parking behind hotel.
Good breakfast choices, brought to room the night before but for us that is good not bad: You can eat it when you want, wrapped in a towel on the balcony with no time restrictions or worry that the buffet might already be empty. It was hot outside but no A/C wasn‘t a problem. Balcony has roof on top so no direct late afternoon/evening sun and ocean breeze is very cooling so despite heat outside, room was cool. Very friendly owners with good tips - definitely take the ferry and walk up to the Shakespeare Cliffs. Also guests get 10% discount at O‘Malleys, which was a short walk into town and did good food and beer (try the lamb rump). Definitely recommended. We would stay again
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Les Coomber, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi VonBadger, It's always good to get reviews and we really appreciate yours. The Executive suites are a great room for a lazy stay and even if you don't swim you can watch those who do as it's just there. You're dead right about the lamb rump I think it's the best meal on the menu. Thanks again for spending time in Whitianga and particularly with us here at The Oceanside. Regards Les & Jill
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Angus L wrote a review Jul 2020
Whangarei, New Zealand469 contributions122 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Best feature was the stunning views out to sea! Motel was very clean and had all we required. We had a few technical problems, the wall heater died and was promptly replaced with a portable one. The hot water turned cold while I was in shower due to a part failing. When reported the owners had a plumber fix it within an hour or two and also offered to move our rooms, which we declined as the problems were solved. The queen bed is in need of replacement in our unit but I believe Les and Jill are upgrading. Friendly , helpful advice on restaurants etc. Generally a good stay, thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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934kirstinf wrote a review Jan 2023
Chapel Hill, North Carolina74 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Positives - We enjoyed our 3 nights at the Oceanside Motel. The location is terrific - walk to restaurants, New World grocery, and hikes. Staff are friendly and helpful with recommendations (ask for towels and a shovel to take to the hot sand beach). The kitchen had all that we needed. Drawbacks - There is no AC in the bedroom if it is really hot. The shower water pressure is low but the temperature was stable and there was plenty of hot water. The bed was comfortable but the bedroom is tight. The other furniture (especially the couch) was a bit overworn and tired.
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Date of stay: December 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scottish Dream Tours wrote a review Feb 2023
Cle Elum, Washington398 contributions379 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here with a small group tour we were doing of North Island. We expected so much after having a recommendation from the boat captain who did our Cathedral Cove Cruise. He told us that the breakfasts were legendary and that the views were outstanding. We found the place in need of a great deal of T & C. The views were outstanding, but the fact that nobody seemed to care if we were staying there or not did not make up for the great views. Breakfast was dismal at best! A small bowl of corn flakes, 2 slices of bread, tinned fruit and a small pot of yoghurt. I would not have minded so much if we had not paid $345 per night! Tired and outdated rooms, poor customer service and a dismal breakfast do not equate to $345 per night!
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Date of stay: February 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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pyronical wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand208 contributions79 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location, right next to the beach and very close to the main Whitianga stip. Kitchen was well stocked with everything you need. Beds were comfortable, everything was clean.

TV was receiving an analogue signal, very poor quality. Internet was down our entire stay which makes life with kids pretty hard, especially since the TV was rubbish - no compensation offered.

No aircon! Was surprised that all you get is one small fan in the corner of the living room. Main bedroom gets really hot in summer making it difficult to sleep.

All in all, a great little motel, but with its rough edges, price didn't seem fair.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nattayy wrote a review Feb 2024
165 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this place last minute after a terrible night camping, looking at the photos it wasn’t worth the cost however we were desperate - from the moment we arrived we were proven wrong. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful with everything, you’re right on the beachfront with a lovely patio area out the front to take in the views, the sofas are out of this world comfy and the rooms are very spacious and immaculately clean. Would highly recommend this place as an absolute bargain! And the gorgeous puppy at reception was an added bonus!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rmashby wrote a review Jul 2022
Port Lincoln, Australia117 contributions40 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for three nights and the best thing was the location which was right opposite the beach and an easy walk into town and restaurants. The manager was friendly but the accommodation could do with some updating. The facilities included a laundry but unfortunately no dryer which meant we had to go into town to dry our clothes as it was raining while we were there.
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Date of stay: June 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ben L wrote a review Aug 2023
North West England, United Kingdom45 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
An ideal one night stop whilst travelling as a family round NZ.

Ample room for 5 of us along with a fab view across the bay.

We were able to walk into town to eat and the breakfast supplied in the morning was good and set us up for the day.

Cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt.

Rooms clean and tidy, plenty of towels and toiletries.

We couldn't get the heater to stay on no issues they gave us a portable heater in stead. The double bed also had an electric blanket which was fab as it was a particularly cool night.

Staff friendly and helpful.

Would have no issues recommending and staying again
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Good parking around the back.
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H9448DVthomasm wrote a review Feb 2020
Nanaimo, Canada42 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Les and Jill were so helpful and attentive. The room was wonderful, clean and well appointed and equipped. It had a huge hot tub with an ocean view. Our view was spectacular. We across the street from the beach and the sandy beach was great for swimming! Les and Jill recommended Sea Cave Adventures with Ash and Shona and we were so thankful for that. Our tour with them exceeded expectations. I would highly recommend Oceanside on Buffalo Beach.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All the rooms are great and all face the water. We were upstairs and we loved our spacious deck!
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Response from Les Coomber, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi The Thompson's, Thanks for staying with us and enjoying some of activities we have on offer, here at Whitianga. We make it a priority here at The Oceanside to try and make our guest stay with us as enjoyable as possible . We have a sigh in the office saying "Arrive as guests and leave as friends" and we enjoy doing that. Thanks again for your review. Regards Jill & Les
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Ruby Smith wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My new favourite place to stay. A stones throw to the beach, quiet and spacious and great for the family. A heated pool and tennis courts on site made it great if we didn't feel like going anywhere. Like it's own little community. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back again.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Natalie S asked a question Dec 2017
Sarasota, Florida89 contributions39 helpful votes
Is there A/C?
Answer from JillAndLes
Whitianga, New Zealand1 contribution4 helpful votes
HI Natalie, Yes the rooms do have Air Con but as Kim said above - you can open the sliding doors out the front of your room and have the ocean breeze flow thru. Thanks Jill & Les
Answer from JillAndLes
Whitianga, New Zealand1 contribution4 helpful votes
Hi Shelley, Thank you for your question - unfortunately we do not have wheelchair access to our bathrooms (toilet & shower). However as we do have access to the rooms via ramps, we will now look at what we can do to accommodate those in wheelchairs in our rooms. We do apologize for this. Thank you Jill Coomber
Bev P wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Apart from the old wear and tear here and there just attend to these and your room rating will 100% Road noice during the day unavoidable "
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Ben L wrote a tip Aug 2023
North West England, United Kingdom45 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good parking around the back."
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Kathryn H wrote a tip Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada14 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have a view"
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H9448DVthomasm wrote a tip Feb 2020
Nanaimo, Canada42 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are great and all face the water. We were upstairs and we loved our spacious deck!"
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NIXMAN N wrote a tip May 2019
Auckland, New Zealand63 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All Rooms face Buffalo Beach with Views"
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PRICE RANGE
$191 - $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaWhitianga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Which popular attractions are close to Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Nearby attractions include The Lost Spring (0.4 km), Mercury Bay Museum (1.0 km), and Wild Wood Mini Golf (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, reduced mobility rooms, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Ginger, That Curry Place, and The Espy Cafe.
Does Oceanside Motel Whitianga have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Oceanside Motel Whitianga accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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