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Karen W
Fareham, United Kingdom

Wins my prize as the best motel on my tour of NZ

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 Apr 2020
What makes Bay Cabinz special?

Super hillside location overlooking the sea and the little town of Paihia, well equipped, spacious yet cosy cabins with plenty of space between them, everything clean and smart. Park your car and leave it as everything's within walking distance including a decent supermarket, shops, restaurants and the must-take passenger ferry to romantic Russell. Another must-see is Waitangi - a slightly longer walk along the shore road. Soak up the area's rich heritage and meet friendly Maori people, it's an all-day destination if you wish.

Ken and Ali are the best hosts and made this solo traveller feel very welcome and almost part of the family. Ali was even kind enough to drive me to Haruru Falls - the start of a fantastic 5km riverbank walk to Waitangi.

Be aware, there is a school in School Road and you'll hear the youngsters arriving and departing. And there are quite a few steps to the higher cabins - although Ken and Ali will help with bags. An accessible cabin is available if you need to be on the flat.

My only regret - why didn't I stay longer? Bay of Islands is a wonderful destination. You could easily stay five nights and not see everything.
Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Best views from upper cabins but remember there are a few steps
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Reviewed 28 February 2020

Ken greeted us and both Ken and Ali were fabulous hosts. The cabin was well appointed and equipped. Our view was spectacular as our deck looked out on the Bay of Islands. We stayed 5 nights and loved the area. Ken gave us great advice on places to see, restaurants, tour companies and even the weather. Everything was clean and and worked well. Ken provided us with beach towels, new condiments everyday, as well as insuring that we had all we needed. I would highly recommend Bay Cabins and took a few cards to give to friends. It is affordable and wonderful.

Room tip: Each couple has a cabin with a deck. Ask for a Bay view.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Reviewed 26 February 2020

We choose this place as a last minute change in our plans caused us to need a motel for a couple of days. Ken and Ali are lovely hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. They even upgraded us to a room with a view when a minor issue with our original room's water (spotted by a cleaner) meant some repairs needed to happen during our stay, when really there was no need to offer us anything.

The motel location is in downtown Paihia, so a short walk to everything the centre of town has to offer. We had a great time, while we were here and would recommend it to anyone thinking of a central Paihia stay.

The rooms are freshly refurbished, and the ones we stayed in had cooking amenities. Both cabins we stayed in were very clean and comfortable.

Date of stay: January 2020
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Reviewed 18 December 2019

This place, found by happenstance, is an absolute gem.

It feels remote, yet walking into town is under 7 minutes. The well-kept chalets are modern, have amazing views and are very clean.
The owners are super nice and i wish i had more time to stay here.

Room tip: The higher lying chalets probably have the better view (I was in #8 - amazing)
Date of stay: December 2019
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Reviewed 17 July 2019 via mobile

Wonderful place to stay.. were in number 1 cabin.. great views.. so sunny..special place to sit and have breakfast.. coffee or wine overlooking scenic Paihia. Well equipped for cooking. made yummy meal one night sat out in winter and took in evening view. Such warm friendly welcome when we arrived. Real plus has off street parking and so close to everything.. great to wander down to water trips.. restaurants etc.
Highly recommend.

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank ElsaMiro
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Reviewed 15 April 2019

Lucky to find this place, really nice position and lovely outlook.

Hosts, Ken and Ali were great, gave some recommendations of places to eat, which we took and were pleased we did.

Comfortable room, great view out to the bay. Not the boring chain motel, lovely individuality about this place. Upped our 3 nights to 4 to make to most of the rest.

Would stay again, if we came ever come that way again.

Keep up the good work guys. Thanks Jackie & John

Room tip: Front corner cabin overlooking bay was great.
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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