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Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Best Campground North Island NZ”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We stayed for 3 nights on the campground. Must be one of the best settings for a campsite in NZ. Right on the river with a direct view of the Falls 200m away. Amazing bird life. Just awesome, beautifully kept and fully equipt including use of motel swimming pool. Very quiet but just 3k from Paihia which is buzzing in summer. Run by a delightful couple who are welcoming and friendly and go out of their way to help.
Cannot recommend too highly.

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Reviewed 23 March 2012

This accommodation suited my wife and I just fine for the 5 nights we spent in the Bay of Island region. We received a very warm and helpful welcome from Olga who together with Andre helped us many times during our stay. The room was a good size, the balcony was well used, the room had everything we wanted and my wife and I made plenty of use of the pool. It is of course not in Pahia but is only a short drive away with the Countdown supermarket being easily accessible, on the right side of Pahia. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We had 2 nights in the King Studio. Our room had its own balcony looking directly to the waterfall and river. We had a great time even though the weather was against us - at least we got to see the waterfall at full force. Andre was very helpful with tours and advice on eating out. It was a great spot to base ourselves to explore the bay of islands. We would definitely go back

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

My Mum was visiting from the U.K. and we booked one of the motel family units. We had a wonderful stay. Andre and his family were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. The whole complex was clean and tidy and had amazing views of the falls. The perfect place to relax and explore the Bay of Islands. Our children loved the pool and would have spent the whole day there. Amazing Frangipani tree in the grounds!! Have the photo of the tree as a screen saver on my cell phone!!!
Would highly recommend this motel and campground to anyone.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

We had a wonderful four days in the Bay of Islands based at this small motel only three kms away from the touristy town of Paihia. The owners were very helpful and obliging, giving useful advice and organising bookings. The self-catered unit was clean, tidy and comfortable with an outlook directly over the river and Haruru Falls. The kitchen was adequate although a few overhead cupboards would have been useful. We loved it and would certainly return

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We have stayed here twice. Last year we had a beautiful spot on the campground right on the waters edge with amazing view on the waterfall. Last week we stayed in the motel and was very good as well. Nice clean room with everything provided, large balcony with again the super views. Our daughter was very happy swimming in the pool the whole day.
We recommend this motel/campground to you all.
Thank you so much Andre and Olga, we'll be back as soon as we can!
( also many thanks for sending back Olivia's purse that she left behind in the room)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Recently I had the pleasure of spending two nights at the above Motel complex. Andre and his family were extremely welcoming and it was a pleasure to relax, unwind and generally soak in the magic of the outstanding views to the Haruru Falls.
I would highly recommend this hotel to all...... Many thanks to Andre and his beautiful family.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground

Property: Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Address: 336 Puketona Road | Haruru Falls, Paihia 0247, New Zealand (Formerly Haruru Falls Motor Inn)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Paihia
#11 Family Hotel in Paihia
#12 Romantic Hotel in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular views of Haruru Falls and lagoon, 7 studio units sleep 2-3 and 6x2 bedroom apartments sleep up to 7, fully s/c units with 32" LCD TVs, full kitchens and separate bathrooms, balcony or poolside patio. Swimming pool and barbecue area. Waterfront powered camper van and tent sites, safe private beach, historic jetty and wharf with blue water access. WiFi, Kayak hire, full booking service. Family owned and operated. ... more   less 
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Haruru Falls Hotel
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

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