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Reviewed 1 December 2016

Had a wonderful stay at Pioneer in Paihia. Stayed on the top floor facing the beach. Rooms were well equipped and very clean and comfortable. The location and the view was fantastic. 2 mins walk to all the restaurants and shops and the beach is right across the street.
Our hosts, Mark,Viv,Grayson & Mitchie were so wonderful, they made us feel right at home. I already miss them and hope to return one day. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in the Bay of Islands. Loved it!

Room Tip: top floor facing the beach. Sit on the deck and take in the view
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Tanya A
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PioneerManagers, Manager at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

Greta to hear you enjoyed your time here at the Pioneer and the Bay of Islands. Really pleased to see you comment about family ... we do enjoy meeting people and it seems the boys are following our lead in being part of the hosting team! All the best and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Pioneer in the future! Mark and Viv

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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

All the hotels in Paihia are min 30 yrs old built in a long ago era like a missing part of old Hawaii.

As a location, Paihia is a great town for visiting the Bay of Islands as it is still bustling with restaurants, souvenir stores, supermkt and travel agencies.

For Pioneer, its location is literally on the waterfront. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apt on the highestv3rd floor. Alas for once we dreaded being on the highest floor as it had no lift. So if i had a chance again, max 2nd flr.

The apt was equipped with all modetn comforts incl washer/dryer and a full kitchen. Only drawback was 2 bedrms having to share 1 toilet and showet.

Beds and noise were acceptable.

2 mins walk to all the restaurants and amenities. Rec Jimmy's Ribs down the road.

In all, a #1 place to stay in a town starved of more modern hotels.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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PioneerManagers, Manager at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write your thoughts about Paihia on Trip Advisor. The Pioneer has withstood the tests of time pretty well we think with periodic refurbishment in the apartments over the years. To be fair to other operators here in town and people who prefer a more modern property to stay in, there are a few properties that have been built in more recent times, opening roughly ten years ago. If we can ever assist in the future we look forward to welcoming you back to the Pioneer. All the best, Mark and Viv

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

I'm so glad I picked this apartment for our 2 night stay in Paihia. The location was directly across from sandy beach (which I found wasn't so for some of the other apartments on offer) and a very short stroll into the main centre for an abundance of cafe/bars. Viv was such a breath of fresh air and made us feel so welcome. The apartment itself was very spacious, a lovely big spa bath & the washer/dryer was a great surprise as we were travelling with our almost 2 year old and he absolutely loved running out to the deck & watching all the boats from the mid-level water front apartment. The spa pool was used both days and we really liked the flat bottom one so our boy could roam around without it being too deep. Definitely would recommend & will hopefully return ourselves one day.

Room Tip: Room 3 was great - Waterfront/mid-level had a large balcony & the views were fantastic
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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NZPioneer35S, Manager at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thanks Jessie, We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us here at the Pioneer and thanks for your wonderful comment about Viv. Great that your young one enjoyed watching the boats from the deck of your Waterfront Mid Level apartment. Believe it or not there are only two apartments that do not get sea views here at the Pioneer - even the ones in the Pool View block also get views to the harbour (the Pool View Penthouses especially have wide views to the harbour entrance). Obviously if we can ever assist with your accommodation needs here in the Bay of Islands in the future please get in contact. Mark and Viv

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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Before renting out a place for the night in Paihia, I did a lot of research and found only good reviews for this place -- and rightly so. The apartment was spotless. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed and the hosts were really nice. It felt more like a holiday home rental than an apartment-hotel, we had the privacy of holiday home, the convenience of a city hotel and the luxury of an apartment that had everything. I think the only difference is unlike a hotel, it is recommended that you clean up after yourself -- at least for the dishes you used -- which was no problem at all since the dishwasher was working well and you feel like you're a guest in someone's home so it only feels natural. The place had other things that you won't find in a hotel like a washer and a dryer -- which was cool since we got rather wet from a kayaking adventure. The location was fantastic -- right in the centre of Paihia so accessing the main wharf was like a two-minute drive. Overall, a highly recommended place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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Thank violetdolor
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PioneerWfrontManager, Manager at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Hi Violet,

Thank you so much for your review of the Pioneer and we are glad you enjoyed your time here in Paihia and the Bay of Islands. We really appreciated your comment about your stay being like a combination of staying with family or friends yet it being like a rental home or hotel ... you have hit it the nail on the head! Each apartment IS individually owned by different families. We are glad you found all the amenities and facilities you needed in the apartment. If you ever make it back to the Bay of Islands we look forward to welcoming you back to the Pioneer. Safe travels

Mark and Viv - Managers

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had the pleasure recently of staying in these lovely apartments. From first contact via phone to our sad farewell we were treated like friends of the lovely hosts who could not do ore for us. The apartment was extremely well set up with everything possible that you would need to cook a gourmet meal.The location was perfect and an easy walk to everything around.Thank you Mark and Viv for a great stay

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled on business
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NZPioneer35S, Manager at Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thanks Kyan for your comments and we are really glad you enjoyed your time with us here at the Pioneer. Thanks also for your comment about the kitchen facilities in the apartments ... we really like the fact it is a full kitchen which allows our guest the option of eating in or out during their travels. If we can help with your accommodation need here in the Bay of Islands any time in the future please let us know! Warm regards Mark and Viv

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