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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Our Standard Queen room left a lot to be desired. The mouldy smell when we opened the door was dreadful and if accomodation hadn’t been so limited on the coast, we would have departed. This is of particular concern for those of us with lung problems. The room had not been dusted for quite some time, no milk in fridge (said fridge was in danger of wobbling off the cabinet it was sitting on), no windows that opened other than a couple of tiny skylights at the top. TV was tiny and no WiFi unless you paid a gold coin. This is the only motel in NZ that we have encountered that charges for WiFi!! The only saving grace was that the food in the restaurant was very good.

Stayed: March 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank LynW337
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

When you visit Hicks Bay it is like stepping back in time. Everyone is so laid back, taking life easy and happy to be living where they are. The Motel is just great for visiting this area and was one of the highlights of our 12 day trip around the North Island. We were 5 couples travelling on motorbikes and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the motel served by our lovely waitress. Our rooms were clean and comfortable and the views were magnificent from our little landing. The walk down to the beach was well worth the slog and the “glow worm grotto” was a delightful bonus.

Stayed: March 2018, traveled as a couple
Thank Denise R
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Not our first visit though will be our last.
Self contained timber unit as previously used but desired silence disrupted by neighbours until early hours. Loud voices , crying baby,Smoke drifting across ....and though advised these low life were tourists it didn't appear to be the case. Not sure if could be used as emergency accommodation?
Ironically in such a quiet location I needed ear plugs to sleep. Broken window and lamp not working paint accurate picture of neglect.Cleanliness not priority.
Meal ok in restaurant. Pool clean. Shame it has gone downhill. View is a delight but not enough to get me back again.

  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Thank RonaldP1931
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Left Tauranga on motorbikes and found HICKS Bay Motel, perfect stop to spend first night on way to Gisborne. Having a restaurant there was very handy. Could drink and no driving. Rooms older but clean and everything we needed. Staff friendly.

Room Tip: Very quiet motel but nice to to be way down the grassed area,so peaceful.
Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Built in the 1950's and still looks the same. Poorly maintained and in need of major updating. Difficult to tell if the unit was clean as room we occupied was dim and lacking proper lighting, wallpaper peeling of the wall. View of the sea obstructed by overgrown shrubs/trees. Outside deck grubby and furniture broken. No other accommodation nearby so owners have no competition and, apparently no interest in maintaining the property - very laid back attitude, yet charge a higher than normal rate per night.

Attached restaurant run like a bar room - order food from the counter and it will be delivered to your table which has your room number on it. No wine list available - you can have red or white !! Main customers seem to be road gangs and coach tourists.

Room Tip: There are three blocks - views only reasonable from the two higher blocks of units. Car park unsealed, so take old shoes.
  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Thank PKLJP
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