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Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel

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8.6

Excellent

1,482 reviews

1,482 reviews

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9.2

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
The Cabbage Tree Shop 130 m
school playground 130 m
Pahia center parking site 190 m
Paihia Bookshop 210 m
Paihia Harbour 280 m
Post Office 310 m
Bay of Islands Swordfish Club 340 m
Paihia Pharmacy 350 m
Maritime Building 400 m
Bay of Islands Uniting Parish 510 m

Dolphin Motel

69-73 Williams Road Paihia, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0200 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Paihia part of Bay of Islands, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 4-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

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Highlights

Check-in/out [express]

Airport transport

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Daily cleaning

Shops

Facilities

Transport to airport

Car park

Shuttle service

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Bicycles

Check-in/out [express]

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Value for money8.5
Location rating9.2

Rooms available at Dolphin Motel

Very good
Room comfort & quality

8

One Bedroom Apartment
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 single bed and 1 queen be...
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Superior Studio with Two Queen Beds
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 queen beds
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Superior Apartment
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed & 1 queen bed
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Two Bedroom Apartment
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed & 2 single beds
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Comfort Two-Bedroom Apartment - Disability Access
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed & 2 single beds
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Large Family Apartment
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 3 single beds and 2 queen b...
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Comfort One-Bedroom Apartment
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds and 1 king be...
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Superior King Studio - Disability Access
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Superior King Studio
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Superior 2 Bedroom
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed & 1 queen bed
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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to stay at Dolphin Motel?

Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

What time is check-in and check-out at Dolphin Motel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The motel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Dolphin Motel?

Dolphin Motel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the motel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Dolphin Motel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the motel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Dolphin Motel has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Bay of Islands with private transportation, the motel can arrange car rental for you.

What is the smoking policy at Dolphin Motel?

Dolphin Motel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby Dolphin Motel?

Dolphin Motel’s neighborhood is Paihia which includes popular restaurants such as Cellini's Ice Cream and Espresso, Avo Sushi Paihia and Lenz Cafe.

What popular shopping places are close to Dolphin Motel?

Located in the Paihia area, Dolphin Motel is close to great shopping choices like The Cabbage Tree Shop and Paihia Bookshop.

What are popular attractions near Dolphin Motel?

Dolphin Motel’s location in the Paihia neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including school playground, Maritime Building and Bay of Islands Uniting Parish.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Dolphin Motel?

Dolphin Motel is located within Paihia, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including 1880 Elizabeth Colenso nee Fairburn Norfolk Pine, Opua Forest Lookout Track and Te Tī Bay.

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What people love about Dolphin Motel

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "Very convenient to all amenities."

    Ravinesh

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    December 28, 2020

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "Beautiful stay"

    marsha

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    November 22, 2020

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Only a couple of minutes walk to the city centre, lovely sized rooms, and the owner is very friendly."

    Kellie

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    July 30, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 156 Bay of Islands properties
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Location score
9.2/10
Room comfort score
8/10
Value for money score
8.5/10
Cleanliness score
8.5/10
Better than
88
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
88
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
87
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
83
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Overall rating:

8.6

Excellent
1,482 reviews
Cleanliness
8.5
Facilities
7.8
Location
9.2
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More about Dolphin Motel

More about Dolphin Motel

Dolphin Motel

Travelers are guaranteed to have a hassle-free stay with all the amenities and services provided by Dolphin Motel. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. To help pre-arrange your arrival and departure, airport transfer services can be booked before you even check in. Your explorations of Bay of Islands can be assisted with car hire and shuttle services available.
Parking is provided free of charge for guests. You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including concierge service, express check-in or check-out and luggage storage. The motel's tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundry service offered at Dolphin Motel.
The motel's daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. The motel is entirely non-smoking. Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
Rooms at Dolphin Motel are designed with the guest in mind. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the motel come with linen service and air conditioning. The specially-designed rooms at Dolphin Motel offer more than one layout option, including rooms that have separate living room and balcony or terrace. The motel's in-room entertainment is second to none, with television and cable TV provided to guests in select rooms.
You may be assured to know that a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee and instant tea are available in some select rooms. You can stay fresh and clean with a hair dryer, toiletries and towels provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

The motel even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities for its most selective guests.
Whether you're looking for an adventure or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, Dolphin Motel has a range of activities that will meet your needs. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the shared lounge and TV area. You can find a perfect memento of your trip, or grab some simple travel supplies at the shops.


Reasons to stay here

Spend less here on rooms than you would at 92% of other accommodations in the city.
Verified reviews score this motel higher than 87% of accommodations in the city on value for money.
Travelers who stayed here really appreciated the location, scoring it better than 87% of the city's other options.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.8

Languages spoken

  • English

Outdoor

  • Bicycles

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling
  • Tours
  • Wind surfing

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Free face masks
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Staff trained in safety protocol

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Daily cleaning
  • Disabled facilities
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Transport to airport

Available in all rooms

  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
Location
69-73 Williams Road Paihia, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0200
Exceptional
Location

9.2

Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-18 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 19 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-out until10:00

The property

  • Number of rooms 11

Reviews of Dolphin Motel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.4
/
10
Cleanliness8.5
Facilities7.8
Location9.2
Room comfort and quality8.0
Service8.4
Value for money8.5
High score for Bay of Islands
Rating
9+ Exceptional (16)
8-9 Excellent (9)
7-8 Very Good (4)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (6)
Time of the year
Mar - May (10)
Jun - Aug (8)
Sep - Nov (8)
Dec - Feb (12)
All guests (77)
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9.6
Exceptional
ben from Australia
Couple
Studio King Spa
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Good spot. Value for money.”

Motel was very spacious and staff were lovely and helpful. Read reviews before booking and one or two seemed to be written by extremely fussy people. 100% recommend as the dolphin is a good kiwi motel with good kitchen facilities if you don't want to dine out every meal. Short 2min walk to piahia centre and on site parking.

Reviewed December 21, 2016

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8.7
Excellent
Christine from Australia
Solo traveler
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 1 night in April 2015

Great location, comfortable room. ”

The rooms are very spacious and fully self contained with a great kitchen enabling self catering. The main bed was very comfortable.

I had a great stay; very comfortable and clean room. The motel is in a quiet part of Paihia and just a short walk down to the shops and the pier for trips out on the Bay. The TV channels are a bit limited though.

Reviewed April 04, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Brian
Couple
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

Exceptional”

This is an excellent motel. Super clean, great little kitchen as well. It was better than I thought it would be. Would definitely come again when I am back in the Bay of Islands.

Reviewed November 02, 2017

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8.3
Excellent
GILLIAN from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Two Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in January 2013

Excellent Place to stay”

Walking distabce to everything

the dolphin motel is a comftable place to stay in.very clean and paul the manager was fantastic nothing was too hard. he will organise tours for you and if you need help finding other accomadation around new zealand he will look for the best deal for you.

Reviewed February 05, 2013

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8.4
Excellent
Andrew from New Zealand
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Excellent”

the dolphin motel is ok for the price. the staff were very friendly and helpful letting us leave our car there while we went on a boat trip.

Reviewed January 02, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Shirley from Australia
Couple
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Exceptional”

For us, this was the ideal motel. Staff extremely helpful and did their utmost to help us. The position of the motel was within walking distance of everything we were interested in and was very quiet. Thank you very much, and we will certainly be recommending this motel to our Aussie friends.

Reviewed April 21, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
harlem from New Zealand
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 1 night in September 2017

Lovely ”

The room was perfect. Stopped in Paihia for a night on a roadie. Asked to stay a second night and the lovely lady at reception was more then accomodating. We had a wonderful stay.

Reviewed September 21, 2017

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8.4
Excellent
Peter from Australia
Solo traveler
Studio King
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Excellent”

I arrived late. A sign on the office door told me my room. Everything was prepared and in order. Although I stayed 2 nights I left very early next morning on a tour, When I returned room had been made up. I didn't actually meet Reception until I was leaving but the lady was very friendly and gave helpful suggestions. District is easy to get around on foot & ferries to Russell are frequent. Only real negative is very poor street lighting outside. Motel is about 400 metres from main road (& bus station). I was not worried by walking up an ill-lit street but it might make some people nervous (absolutely fine during daylight).

Reviewed June 26, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
Glenn from New Zealand
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

Exceptional”

We had an amazing stay here for a couple of days in a double room with a king bed. Very clean up to hotel standard with little toiletries provided. Also a small kitchen attached with pots and pans as well as cutlery and a small fridge available. Very friendly staff who let us keep our bags in reception when we didn't want to carry them with us for several hours. Only point of critique is the shower that turns cold after a while even if you don't make any adjustments. If you don't mind switching the shower off and on occasionally this is definitely the place to stay.

Reviewed August 18, 2018

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8.7
Excellent
MATHEW from Australia
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

Simple goodness in all areas makes a great stay”

Good location; close to restaurants and waterfront; quiet; massive TV channel list

Basic hotel but well furnished rooms of good size and comfort. Amazed by number of channels on the TV (if you use it). Only a short way off the main strip makes it a quieter location, but still in easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the waterfront.

Reviewed September 30, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Kellie from Australia
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Excellent accommodation choice”

Only a couple of minutes walk to the city centre, lovely sized rooms, and the owner is very friendly. We were pleasantly surprised with our room, it has an en-suite and kitchen facilities, electric blanket (which were very nice in Winter), and the bed/linen was very comfortable.

Reviewed July 30, 2019

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5.3
Suzanne from New Zealand
Family with young children
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 3 nights in May 2014

Comfortable and adequate.”

closeness to main centre, close to our friend's hotel,

We found the room adequate for a base, however, there were a few points that would have made the accommodation more desirable. There were not enough power points in the main living area for plugging in chargers for devices, phones, heater or hair straightener into, there was no breakfast room service or daily herald available. The dishes (which we rinsed and stashed in the dishdrawer) were not washed for us with room service - had we been eating more at the motel, we would have needed all the dishes available. No sky tv available - I thought that was standard service at all motels/hotels. The beds were not made each day for us - we straightened them, but usually we have found our beds completely remade every day including sheets at other hotels / motels - changing sheets is not necessarily important if they are not soiled, but I would have expected the beds to be properly made for us each day. The spare bed in the lounge was uncomfortable for my husband who has a history of back problems. And we didn't notice any smoke detectors in the unit.

Reviewed June 05, 2014

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6.3
Good
Tyone from Australia
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

Motel type accommodation”

Closeness to shops

It was adequate Motel type accommodation. Loacation was good and the manager friendly. As a medium ranked Motel I guess our expectations were too high. Carparking was easy. We felt the rooms could do with a general upgrade. It was priced correctly for what it was. Overall we simply did not feel comfortable.

Reviewed May 03, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
john from New Zealand
Couple
Family Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

Great hotel and good value”

Friendly staff, fantastic, large family room and good location.

We enjoyed our stay in a great family room with lots of room including a large kitchen and lounge. The staff were friendly and it was a short 10 minute walk to the wharf.

Reviewed March 27, 2015

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9.6
Exceptional
Robert from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Studio King
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Great value for money ”

Nice spacious room. Separate bathroom and kitchen. Clean and cosy. Quiet away from main road. Very close to shops and the ferry terminal. Very friendly staff. A great place to stay. The only issue was the shower was either scaulding hot or freezing cold. Hard to get it nice and warm.

Reviewed October 10, 2018

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7.2
Very good
Amy from New Zealand
Couple
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Very good”

Really disappointed with our stay. went for our anniversary celebration. Booked for a 1 bedroom accommodation but was only given a king studio room. We were not advised of this when we check - in. We had to find out ourselves when we entered the room ! When we asked them they said there was some plumming issues with the 1 bedroom accommodation thus they had to change us to this. I understand these stuff can happen and they were fully booked but there was no apology or any communication or offer refund on the cost difference. It was also too expensive for us to change accommodation by that stage. Will not be booking here again.

Reviewed March 04, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
Corey from New Zealand
Couple
Studio King Spa
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

So comfy & spacious”

Such a nice place to stay! Me and my partner had the king spa suite for my birthday weekend & it was absolutely wonderful. Top notch service & nice room, would definitely come back here (:

Reviewed July 05, 2018

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6.7
Good
ZURAIDAH from Singapore
Couple
Studio King
Stayed 3 nights in December 2013

nice places of interest and friendly people”

friendly owner and staff, self catering,walking distance

I enjoyed the stay at the motel. The owner and the staff are friendly. It is walkin distant to the restaurants and also shops.Stress free and lovely stay

Reviewed January 04, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
JIEUN
Group
One Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Exceptional”

Everything was great. With kind staff. But BBQ facility isnt available to use.. it was not ready for use. Aside from that, good location, great value for money

Reviewed September 30, 2018

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9.6
Exceptional
Ravinesh from New Zealand
Family with young children
Superior Studio with Two Queen Beds
Stayed 2 nights in December 2020

Exceptional”

Best place to stay in very quiet n peace full place. Very convenient to all amenities.

Reviewed December 28, 2020

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