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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

I stayed here with my husband and two friends back in October 2015.
It was beautiful, peaceful, AMAZING views, lovely and light, great dome on the showers, lovely little deck at the back. Owners were friendly and welcoming and gave us milk as we had arrived too late to get to the shops. The cabin was fab. Great value for money.
Will be back even tho I live in Ireland. Want to stay longer next time. Totally in love with Pihia and now Cook's lookout.

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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

Norm and Shelah will bend over backwards to help. We arrived in filthy weather having spent four days on a sailboat in desperate need of dry anything. Our hosts were magnificent!

We run a business and need reliable wifi. The antiquated coupon system, when it worked at all, dropped us off wifi frequently. For us, this was a major drawback.

There are the two poles. If reliable wifi doesn't matter to you, the kindness of your hosts and magnificent views make this a great place to stay.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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cookslookout, Owner at Cook's Lookout Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2016

The guests arrived during the most atrocious, unseasonable weather we have seen in North Island New Zealand in the 13 years we have operated Cook's Lookout Motel. All of our Internet and Phone services from our Server in Auckland had been wiped out for the whole day only to be gradually restored to full capacity over the next few days. We are not responsible for such a unique event.
We do not get a Free Internet Service from our providers. We pay good money for the best WiFi service we can get here in New Zealand which we give to our guests at no cost to them.
You can be assured that under normal circumstances our "Free" Wifi access is as good as you can get here in Northland.

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Reviewed 10 January 2016

Excellent location, very friendly hosts, very clean and comfortable stay. Nice harbour view from both living room and bedroom. Even have a lot of good DVDs to watch. Very happy holiday with my family and a little dog :)

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2016

We had 2 wonderful nights travelling with my parents and had rooms 1 and 3 which were next door to each other and really enjoyed the outdoor area.it is a bit out of town but there is a great takeaway , Haruru Takeaway, just down the hill a few minutes away! Norm was a great host!

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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

We stayed for 2 nights in December and loved our stay! The view over the lagoon was so beautiful from our patio that we raced back to see the sunset every evening! Norm and Sheelagh could not have been nicer - fun-loving Liverpudlians with a great sense of humour! The bedroom suite had everything you needed and had a big comfy bed with an assortment of pillows to choose from. The property also has laundry facilities which were really handy. Norm arranged for us to go on a boat trip to "the hole in the rock" which was a fantastic half-day trip. The shuttle bus picks you up and drops you off at the property so no need to bring your car. We loved this part of New Zealand and would highly recommend basing yourself in Cook's Lookout.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cook's Lookout Motel

Address: 9 Causeway Road | P.O. Box 380, Paihia 0257, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Paihia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range: $167 - $293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cook's Lookout Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, spectacular location with Million Dollar Views. Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments all upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms, most with stunning ocean views. Totally smoke-free property - no smoking in Buildings OR Grounds. Large solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, trampoline, BBQ, guest laundry, tour desk. FREE Wireless broadband internet access to all units. FREE DVD library & Book Exchange. 4 minutes drive to town centre, 3 minutes to beach. Secure parking outside all units. ... more   less 
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