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32 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510 New Zealand
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Updated 07/05/20

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#7 of 19 hotels in Whitianga
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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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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
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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
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Bay View
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English
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Ruby Smith wrote a review Apr 2022
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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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Wendy L wrote a review Jul 2021
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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this motel. Very comfortable and provided a great sleep. Our host was friendly and helpful. The weather was stormy but we felt warm and safe. We would love to return and enjoy the fantastic beach that is right across the road.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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pyronical wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand168 contributions69 helpful votes
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
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Angus L wrote a review Jul 2020
Whangarei, New Zealand494 contributions114 helpful votes
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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Kathryn H wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions2 helpful votes
Great location and views from the unit. Clean and well equipped. Buffalo Beach is a safe swimming beach. Swimming towels and spade for our visit to Hot Water Beach were provided. Friendly helpful hosts.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: All rooms have a view
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Response from Les Coomber, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi Kathryn, We appreciate you staying with us and reviewing your visit. Hot Water Beach is a fun place to visit and I always laugh at everybody digging away to find the hot water. It's a real multi-cultural event. We all enjoy the beach across the road (especially this year being so warm) , the fantastic ocean views and stunning sunrises that all our units share. Regards Les & Jill
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H9448DVthomasm wrote a review Feb 2020
Nanaimo, Canada41 contributions6 helpful votes
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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
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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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VonBadger wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom82 contributions45 helpful votes
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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Barb566 wrote a review Dec 2019
Charlottetown, Canada49 contributions58 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights and it was great during the day but sound proofing is not great between suites! Outside was wonderful to walk each day and go to the beach outside the front door. The staff was lovely, did a wash, hung them to dry. There were many options for restaurants plentiful but the service was not always good. In fact it was very bad in most places.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Les Coomber, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi Barb, Thanks for staying with us and finding time to review. The beach has been really popular again this year and it's great that it is just there, so to speak .During our busy time the restaurants, bars and eateries struggle to keep up with the volume of visitors that can arrive on-mass. With the shortage of long term accommodation it is hard to recruit staff as there is no where for them to live, hence the service suffers. In saying that, we're glad you stayed with us here at The Oceanside and hoped you enjoyed it enough to visit us again some day. Kind regards Les & Jill
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Garry K wrote a review Nov 2019
Brisbane16 contributions3 helpful votes
Hot with no air conditioning or overhead fan. No door for toilet or security screening on windows or door on ground floor unit. Had to keep everything locked up at night to feel safe so no ventilation.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from JillAndLes, Owner at Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Responded 2 Dec 2019
HI Garry We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointing stay with us at The Oceanside Motel. Our bathrooms do have doors which include privacy in the bathroom area. We are sorry to hear that you felt unsafe in your ground floor appointment. Again we are disappointed to hear that you had such a disappointing time with us, as we do try and make sure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable stay with us. Thank You Jill & Les
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Mr Simple wrote a review Nov 2019
94 contributions63 helpful votes
Good points are that they provided shovels and beach towels for going to Hot Water Beach, room was big. Not too far from town if you have a car. However, though it is refurbished, and those parts (such as bedroom) are clean, you can tell that parts of the property are still old and dirty, like under the sink next to where spare towels are kept. The toilet bowl is old and chipped at the side, the flush button is so dirty and yellow that you don’t feel like touching it. The breakfast, valued at $12, is not worth it at all. It’s a cold meal given to you the afternoon before and consists of cereal, plain bread (with spreads provided), fruit juice of your choice, yoghurt, and “fruit”, which is basically canned peaches.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$109 - US$123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandWaikato RegionCoromandel PeninsulaWhitianga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oceanside Motel Whitianga
Which popular attractions are close to Oceanside Motel Whitianga?
Nearby attractions include Mercury Bay Museum (1.0 km), Bread & Butter Gallery (0.9 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 Sangam Indian Cuisine.
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.