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Dolphin Motel

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69 Williams RoadPaihia0200New Zealand

Upscale Paihia guestrooms with balconies
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Very Good8.0
Great location
Fantastic service
Room is all right
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From 384 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Dolphin Motel

from $78
  • Studio (King)
  • Apartment, 1 Bedroom (King)
  • Apartment, 1 Bedroom (Queen)
  • Apartment, 2 Bedrooms
  • Family Apartment, 2 Bedrooms
  • Studio (Spa bath)
  • Studio (Queen)
  • Luxury Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, Accessible
  • Luxury Apartment, 1 King Bed

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 13 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-6:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 7:30 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 7:30 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
Airport shuttle service is available on request from 8 AM to 6 PM. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • Up to 2 children (10 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle from 8 AM to 6 PM *


  • Free extended parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol served onsite
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Barbecue grills
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Washer/dryer
Sleep well
  • Premium bedding
  • Sleep Number by Select Comfort mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom (not in room)
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping

Dolphin Motel’s small print

Also known as

  • Dolphin Motel Paihia
  • Dolphin Paihia


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

This property does not have elevators.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Optional extras

Breakfast costs between NZD 13.00 and NZD 18.00 for adults, and NZD 13.00 and NZD 18.00 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of NZD 45 per room (one-way)

Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 2 and 12 costs NZD 25 (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Dolphin Motel


  • Paihia Wharf - 5 min walk
  • Paihia Beach - 9 min walk
  • Russell Beach - 29 min walk
  • Russell Museum - 32 min walk
  • Russell Christ Church - 34 min walk
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds - 36 min walk
  • Flagstaff Hill - 42 min walk
  • Waitangi Golf Club - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km

Getting around

  • Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands) - 22 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free extended parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 60 reviews

Dolphin Motel
Don’t get your hopes up
Our experience was mediocre - the ratings are a bit high for what we received. The service was nonexistent, the rooms were tidy but the single bed in the living area had bed bugs, and the beds were uncomfortable. When we informed the staff of the bites, they denied it was bedbugs and suggested it was sand flies. I’ve been bitten by bed bugs before and this was definitely them. Would look for alternative accommodation in Paihia.
Emily, us1 night trip
Dolphin Motel
Comfortable but watch for the ants
The motels are older but very comfortable. Unfortunately when we woke up on the first morning the bench and crockery was covered in ants. We tried to tell the office on two occasions and on both no one came when we rung the bell so we couldn't tell them. There was also a big hair on the toilet lid and hairs on the vanity. Great location and handy to everything you need in Paihia.
Dianne, nz2 night trip
Dolphin Motel
Very Good8.0
Cycle 'Tour de Northland'
Everything was great. Clean, comfortable, and great service
Donald, nz1 night trip
Dolphin Motel
Very Good8.0
Just me!
The Dolphin motel is in a quiet area. The condition is o.k. for the price, a little dated, but adequate !
Gerard, nz1 night trip
Dolphin Motel
Awesome hospitality.
I had a brilliant time there, the manager was very supportive with my needs and so helpful when I needed help. Housekeepers neat and tidy. They also very trustworthy as well. We gave them a money tip and they handed it straight to the manager...very honest too. Thank you for the stay.
Tania, nz5 night family trip

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