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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We stayed in a budget room on the ground floor - a little noise from the parking outside the window but we slept reasonably anyway! Best if you go to bed early and get up early, which is what most seem to do. We enjoyed our trip to the island and also the walk up behind the motel along the cliff top - well worth it.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank 77GBUK
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi eclondon0,
Sounds like you really made the most of the convenience of White Island Rendezvous's location during your stay in Whakatane. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This motel is in a great location on a quiet road just a short stroll from restaurants and waterfront. We had no trouble parking our ute on site. The room was clean and modern. We were very happy with this motel.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi 22KiwiTraveller22,
We're pleased to hear that your enjoyed your stay at White Island Rendezvous, and thank you for your review. Cheers!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Bungalow was very comfortable, clean and spacious. Breakfast at the cafe had many options and reasonably priced. The raspberry jam was delicious. Staff helpful and friendly. Best place to stay if you are doing the White Island boat tour.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Jorge S
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

We love exceeding expectations and were tickled pink to receive this review, Jorge. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your stay, breakfast in the cafe (in particular it's raspberry jam) and, most importantly, our staff! Thank you for your review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

First of all I advise people to book in advance as this is a popular motel.

We were fortunate enough to be able to book the Garden Suite and we are so glad we did. Totally self contained, like having your own bach but with privacy and seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of the busy motel. With a separate and generous lounge/dining/kitchen, separate bathroom with washing machine (and powder!) and good sized bedroom. Set in nicely landscaped grounds and accessed by a private driveway adjacent to the hotel it was a great place to return to after a happy day's tourism.

The oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher made meals a breeze to prepare and clean up; the shower always had plenty of hot water and the washing machine meant that clothes soiled from an adventurous day were fresh the following morning. TV in both the lounge and bedroom helped to unwind after a day's busy activity or to catch up on world events each morning. The air conditioner was a great addition to help manage the temperature and comfort of the unit.

I can really really recommend this unit - although it costs a bit more than a standard room the difference is well worth the extra.

On the downside, it is showing a little wear and tear and I would recommend the owners have a close inspection and fix it up a bit so that it keeps it's lustre. The shower was a bit low for me at 176 cm! Having the washing machine was great but there was nowhere to hang the clothes to dry and an instruction booklet for it would have helped though it's not rocket science. There was a shortage of cutlery and crockery - perhaps most people don't self-cater - but we enjoy cooking and like to prepare tasty meals from our own produce out of the garden which we took with us and a few more utensils, pots and pans and larger wine glasses would have been nice !!! Also, parking in the carport is tight to get into and out of though after a few practices and thanks to reversing sensors it got a little easier. But these are all minor and "doable" and only slightly dented our very enjoyable stay. The only "big" issue is that we found the bed uncomfortably firm and would recommend that is addressed.

All in all we given it a four star rating and really would recommend it to everyone and although a bit more expensive than the average it is definitely good value for money.

I note a few comments about the staff and the organisation. I can only say that I personally found them very helpful and informative. It is a very busy business and there are lots of staff there to help who all seemed knowledgeable and were all keen to help and very kind and pleasant, from reception through to housekeeping. Well done all of you and thank you for making us feel so welcome.

Room Tip: Check the website to find something for you. Character and quality and something for everyone.
  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank robinstanford2012
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Wow! Thank you, robinstanford2012, for such a comprehensive review. We were most pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in the Garden Unit (a favourite of staff too); appreciating the privacy and home comforts. Your feedback is most appreciated, and is taken on board constructively. Thank you again, and we hope to welcome you back one day!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. The staff at WIR were hospitable, the brekky was delicious, and the views were picturesque. We will definitely back. Definitely go on the White Island tour. It’s a great way to spend your day and an awesome adventure.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank tymurph
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your review, tymurph - it was great to hear that you enjoyed your stay!

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