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Dolphin Motel

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69 Williams Road, Paihia, 0200, New Zealand

Upscale motel within easy reach of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Free WiFi

Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • We stayed for 3 nights at the Dolphin Motel. Check in was amazing, the lady was very…Apr 1, 2021
  • It was really great quality. I needed an iron and ironing board and there wasn't one. I…Mar 26, 2021

Dolphin Motel

from NZ$82
  • Studio (King)
  • Standard Apartment, 1 Bedroom
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  • Standard Apartment, 2 Bedrooms
  • Family Apartment, 2 Bedrooms
  • Studio Suite, Multiple Beds
  • Studio (Queen)
  • Comfort Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, Accessible
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  • Superior Studio, 2 Queen Beds
  • Superior Studio, 1 King Bed
  • Superior Apartment, 2 Bedrooms
  • Superior Studio, 1 King Bed, Accessible

What’s around Dolphin Motel


  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds - 35 min walk
  • Paihia Wharf - 5 min walk
  • Paihia Beach - 7 min walk
  • Waitangi Golf Club - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Russell Museum - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km
  • Russell Christ Church - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km
  • Pompallier Mission - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Russell Beach - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km

Getting around

  • Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands) - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 26 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 6:00 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

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

Travelling with others


  • Up to 2 children (3 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle from 8 AM to 6 PM*


  • No onsite parking

  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

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

At the motel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet
Languages Spoken
  • Chinese
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch LCD TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Daily housekeeping

Dolphin Motel’s small print

Also known as

  • Dolphin Motel Paihia
  • Dolphin Paihia
  • Dolphin Motel Motel
  • Dolphin Motel Paihia
  • Dolphin Motel Motel 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.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have elevators.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

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.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Optional extras

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 property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Dolphin Motel

  • Does Dolphin Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Dolphin Motel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Dolphin Motel?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Dolphin Motel?
    Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Dolphin Motel.
  • Are pets allowed at Dolphin Motel?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Dolphin Motel?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Dolphin Motel?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Orange Frog (4-min walk), King Wah Restaurant (4-min walk), and Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack (4-min walk).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Dolphin Motel?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available from 8 AM to 6 PM on request. The charge is NZD 45 per room one-way.
  • What is there to do at Dolphin Motel and nearby?
    Dolphin Motel has a picnic area and a garden.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 256 reviews

Poor 2.0
We arrived no one was there to welcome, only message on the reception door,reception was closed .we booked as a picture nice new building but we got old building not shown on the picture.
Gilbert, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Thank you
Dolphin motel is a clean, comfy, cosy motel with everything you need. Shops are walking distance. Friendly staff and great facilities for value of money. My family loved it.
Lilian, nz1 night family trip
Fair 4.0
Location is fine - close to town. Booked a two bedroom unit. Carpet was threadbare in places, dishwasher didn’t work, fridge door would hardly close with the amount of ice in the ice box. I think we had one of the oldest units - there did appear to be a few renovated ones. Beds were fine and the RV had a selection of sky channels. But overall disappointing
nz3 night family trip
Fair 4.0
Dont do it unless necessary. Disappointing
Sharee, nz1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Close to town center just a short walk. Clean and plenty of room. Approachable staff. Very happy witb our stay.
Greg, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great value
Simple, clean and comfortable stay for 1 night. Great value for the price. Would stay again
Jos, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Staff were very helpful and friendly room was clean and comfortable , would definitely recommend this place.
Clive, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderful Dolphin!
The Dolphin was an awesome surprise because we did not expect such quality for the cost. Thankyou so much.
Judith, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
A very tidy motel unit, modern, comfortable and clean. Right in the heart of Paihia!
Kim, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely stay
Had a very comfortable stay room and staff bert helpful
Katie, nz3 night trip

Dolphin Motel