We stayed only one night, alas, at Cook’s Lookout. We would like to have had more time. We had a spacious one bedroom apartment, with wonderful views across the huge heated pool to the Bay of Islands. We used the laundry (washing powder supplied) and could dry our clothes in breezy sunshine. The kitchen in the flat was well-equipped. There was a supermarket nearby where we could buy a meal to heat up. The rooms were spacious. All was spotlessly clean and while the furniture is not new, it is in good condition and is comfy. We loved the balcony outside our flat, a breezy place to enjoy the ambience. Once the last swimmers had left the pool (and they weren’t a bother at all) the place was as quiet as could be. The morning sunrise was lovely to see from our elevated position, away from the hustle and bustle of Paihia, yet close enough for access.
Norm and Shelagh were very welcoming. Norm kindly offered to drive us to the start of a walk and pick us up at the end. Next time we visit, we shall take advantage of his kind offer as this time we were time-poor. Norm and Shelagh take pride in their motel and make guests feel welcome.
Make sure you allow at least three hours to visit the Waitangi historic site. (Norm will kindly transport you there if you don’t have transport.) The photo shows the nearby Haruku Falls, within walking distance of the motel.
We can recommend the motel unreservedly. We plan to return one day.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cook`s Lookout Hotel Paihia
- Cooks Lookout Hotel
- Cooks Lookout Paihia