Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Travel Blogs from Paihia
We are finally ready to hit the road and Mark has rented a car for our further ventures into the Northland. On the way to get the car we were travelling with some French backpackers who were hoping to do a dolphin swim in the Bay of Islands after they rented their car. The young man of the couple actually spoke almost perfect American English which …
Christine, Ken and Anne this time, all arrived Tuesday night. Our presence in NZ has provided a good 'excuse' for those that live here but may not have visited some of the places we are seeing, either recently or ever, to do a bit of sightseeing. We planned to go to the top of N Island- Cape Reinga - and make a coastal stop off en route. Thursday night we stayed at a very large apartment in Coopers Beach, sleeps 8, with spa overlooking the beach. We watched gannets ...
... were amazing; I didn't know how big bottlenose dolphins actually were, I was really surprised. Even though they had concluded them as not friendly, they were coming all the way up to the boat and swimming along with us as we went along which was really memorable.
The rest of the trip involved going to see the “Hole in the rock” – literally what it says (didn’t really get the big deal), some of the islands around the Bay ...
Day 172, we set an alarm for 8.30am and got ourselves ready to leave. We left the apartment at 9.45am and Bex drove us to Sky City where we were catching our bus from. The bus left at 10.30am and arrived in Paihia at 2.30pm. I had seen our hotel, the Casa Bella Motel, on the way in so we knew where to go. The bay is very beautiful with lots of islands and boats in the distance. We checked into the hotel, dropped ...
... by 11pm, we’ve both eaten and showered and are heading to bed. I think Erik is getting a little tired of all of this work I’m doing on my book. Maybe I’ll need to give it a rest and focus more on him for a bit. Men.
Tomorrow we cruise the Bay of Islands. I'm glad we're all showered. If we're going to be cruising, we'll have to look the part. Maybe not as shiny as the cruise people we saw earlier today, but clean at least.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
There are many places to stay in the small community of Paihia and the Kingsgate is a fine choice. It is on the main road next to the water, has lovely big rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and best of all free breakfast. Not just continental breakfast, the whole shibang of a breakfast with meats, eggs, toast, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, etc...
The rooms offer the anonymous feel of motel rooms anywhere and so once inside you can forget where the room is actually located, this is a plus or minus depending on your preference.
Would recommend it for those needing or desiring a quiet, clean, spacious room with electrical outlets located in the right places.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.