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Cook's Lookout Motel
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

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.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Received a warm welcome from Norm and Shelagh, felt really looked after with nothing too much trouble. They were happy to drive you down to Paihia if you wanted to go out for a meal/drink etc. with excellent recommendations of where to eat (and places to avoid).

They booked our Dolphin Experience trip on our behalf and arranged pickup and then came down to collect us when we were ready to return.

Amazing views from our very comfortable apartment in a peaceful location.

Would definitely stay again and have no hesitation in recommending Cook’s Lookout Motel to others.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Norm and Shelagh were awesome. We had been stung by a double booking at another venue and were incredibly impressed by Norm and Shelagh's warmth, support with problem-solving and work to secure us a spot with them. The pool was a perfect place to unwind and we loved the stunning views over Waitangi. The bonus was the fantastic position to view the New Year fireworks over Paihia. It's a spotlessly clean venue and we loved the 'no smoking anywhere on the premises' rule, as no cigarette smoke smells wafting from another balcony or lingering in the buildings. Whether you're looking for a base for exploring the Bay of Islands, nice family friendly accomodation, or a quiet spot to retreat for a few days; Cook's Lookout Motel is a perfect location. We really appreciated Norm and Shelagh saving our holiday, and really lucked out in finding them.

Room Tip: Incredible views from most, if not all accomodation.
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Stayed here with two friends last month and could not have been happier with the choice. A short drive from the center of town ( on a hill with the most outstanding view ), quiet, clean and our hosts were delightful. Norman and Shelagh were so friendly and fun. So helpful in suggesting restaurants and arranging daytime activities. We stayed in one of the ocean view suites with a deck and the views were stunning, both day and night time sky. I would strongly recommend this to anyone!

Room Tip: There are several rooms with a spectacular ocean view - beautiful any time of day and a magical nigh...
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

My mum and I spent 5 nights at Cook's Lookout in December - wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed here on our last trip in 2013 and it was just as great in 2017. We had unit #8 – a spacious and bright 2 bedroom with kitchen. Parking is in front of the units. The view from the decks is spectacular. There is a large swimming pool (also with great view). Norm and Shelagh are wonderful hosts. They helped us book an “Explore” tour to Cape Reinga (it was one of the highlights of our trip). The motel location (a very short distance from Paihia) was perfect for us as it is away from the often busy and noisy main streets of Paihia, but close enough to drive to the shops and ferry terminal. If you are planning a trip to the Bay of Islands, we highly recommend that you stay here. We hope to come back one day soon.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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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 - $289 (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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