We enjoyed a long weekend in Northland a couple weeks ago. We’d been wanting to visit the far north of New Zealand for quite awhile (as part of our desire to see all of New Zealand), and when Grab One had a good deal for a motel in Kerikeri, we jumped at the opportunity.
Andrew took off work three days, so that we had five days to tour Northland. The first day was mostly driving up to Kerikeri, with a lunch stop and short tour of Whangarei (pronounced FUNG-uh-ray). We stayed at the Kerikeri Park Motel, a two story historic-looking building set above a huge sloping lawn backed by forest, for just $338 (about $270 US) for four nights, an excellent deal.
The manager, Jackie Thompson, is an amazing woman who seems bent on serving whatever needs you may have or even wish to have. She let us use a DVD player and several DVDs free of charge, called and made reservations for us at two restaurants (both Grab One deals) even though the calls were toll calls, and greeted us cheerily almost everytime we were outside, coming or going.
She gave us the center room upstairs, which has a larger balcony than the other rooms. Each room has kitchen facilities, including a stove, oven, microwave and all the dishes and utensils needed to prepare just about anything. Each room has a very comfortable bed, large flatscreen TV, two couches, and a large spa bath and separate shower in a very large bathroom. Each of the upper floors have their own balcony, and the lower floor has individual patios.
Each day while we were out touring the north of the island, the dishes we’d used magically cleaned themselves, and the bed made itself, and the bathroom cleaned itself. Well, either that, or Jackie did all that work. As I say, she is an amazing woman.
All in all, our stay at the Kerikeri Park Motel was wonderful. We heartily recommend the Kerikeri Park Motel for its central location to all the Northland sights, the beautiful scenery and spacious rooms, and especially for the manager, Jackie Thompson.