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TheBigFoody
Auckland, New Zealand

Perfect place for a few days away

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 Apr 2014
We chose the motel as we could take our dogs and it was close to the beach. The perfectly equipped little kitchenette was great for the four days we stayed, so much in fact we bought local produce from the Gisborne Farmers Market and enjoyed it at the motel in the evening. We loved the Wainui Store which is just a wander down the road for fish and chips and breakfast butties. The beach is on the doorstep, perfect to watch the sunrise and walk endlessly up and down enjoying the view. Our group of 4 took two rooms and had loads of space between us. The managers were very helpful. Don't be mistaken, this motel is not in the centre of Gisborne, it is a 5 min drive between noise and in a city to tranquil and next to an amazing beach!
Date of stay: April 2014
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

The Wainui Beach Motel is located across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Both onsite managers are extremely helpful and make a point to make your holiday experience at the motel one to remember. The Motel is neat and tidy with rustic finishings. The rooms are spacious and can accommodate large families or a group of friends comfortably.
You are greeted by one of the most gentlest dog on the plant, "Gus" who would lick you to death if he could. The area of the motel is quiet - Great for relaxing. To get into town it was a quick drive to the town centre.
I will be back - Love, love, love this Motel.

Room tip: I have room 5 - Which had two double beds with a lounge that could fold out. The kitchenette is suitable for larger stays, if applicable
Date of stay: April 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

I am embarrassed by my selection of this motel for a stop off between Whakatane and Napier which was based on TripAdvisor reviews. Basic accommodation would have been ok but noisy neighbours and children playing right outside our rooms, a plague of flies in the rooms and lack of decent restaurants within walking distance combined to make this the nadir of our trip so far. Yes, it's near the beach, yes the reception was helpful (though I had to pay for the night before getting the key to the rooms) but our overall rating is one out of five at best.

Date of stay: January 2014
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tanya B, Manager at Wainui Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2014

We're sorry that our motel was not to your liking. Being so close to the most beautiful beach in Gisborne makes us a popular choice for families. You booked at the busiest time of the year during summer school holidays when we are always full with families and children. Also, the one night you stayed was during a week long national surfing competition, so there were possibly more children than normal.

It is very clear on the websites we are affiliated with that we are 5 to 6km from Gisborne City Centre and that the closest establishment for food is the Wainui Store. People choose to stay with us because we are away from the city. Furthermore, paying upfront is common in almost all motels these days, and if you had booked through Wotif or AA they would have taken your payment at time of booking. As for the flies, we apologise, but due to the heat and humidity and time of year, it's an unfortunate side effect of nature which is unavoidable and we have fly spray in the units for this reason, as well as flyscreens on the bedroom windows.

We're sorry your stay at our motel marred your experience of the Wainui Beach and Gisborne area.

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

The location is just perfect, a few minutes drive from Gisborne centre. Cross the road and you're on a pristine beach within about 50 meters. The sunrise was just perfect! I actually completely forgot about it, but the very friendly and welcoming owner reminded me of Gisborne being the first town in NZ to see the sunrise. I owe her big thanks for that, and also for the perfect clean motel unit, abundant supply of towels, for turning on the heaters a while before I arrived etc. but most of all for the atmosphere she creates!

Date of stay: July 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

We stayed one night in this quiet comfortable motel. There was free Internet, the bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. The bathroom was small, kitchenette well supplied. Only one issue, the windows didn't lock but the area seemed safe and secure. The beach was the draw for us. It was right across the street and just steps to the sand. Great Mexican Restaurant within walking distance, pizza too. Nice to be out of busy Gisborne, but just a few minutes away!
We didn't use the pool, but they have one!

Room tip: If you need security, make sure your windows lock
Date of stay: January 2013
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Motel right across from the beach so wonderfully situated. No views though. Motel is pretty basic but very comfortable and clean. Well priced and staff are pleasant.

One piece of advice avoid the Mexican restaurant down the road. Fish tacos and fish and chips were frozen overcooked fish with that heavy crumb. Absolutely awful and when we complained they were not interested and basically said it was a Mexican restaurant Implying that excused terrible cooking with Ingredients that were not fresh. Tell that to the Mexicans (and to the really decent Mexican restaurants in Auckland and Wellington). They should be ashamed of themselves and we recommend that the motel remove the menu from their book in the units.

Date of stay: January 2013
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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