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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue Water Motel Tairua
We had such a great stay here that I couldn't wait to write a review. While we did not get to meet the lovely Natasha, Paul was definitely lovely, helpful, informative, friendly, and flexible. This is a great location, very close to incredible scenery, restaurants, grocery store, and playgrounds. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment which was not roomy but functional and extremely clean. The kitchenette was well stocked. We were very impressed how thoroughly the room was cleaned each day. Being able to borrow shovels and towels for nearby Hot Water Beach was great. The kids loved warming up in the spa pool. Plenty of room for hanging wet clothing outside was yet another bonus. While it was pricier than some other options, we're extremely happy that we stayed here.
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... slightly better when we left, but not much.
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... for it is that hot rocks beneath the section of the beach heat up the underlying water that is brought in by the tide, so, at low tide (midday), you can dig up a spa pool of your own and sit in the hot water. We rented a spade and Doug started digging before we realised that we didn't get any hot water so we started digging another hole that just about started to warm up! Still, both of us had to ...