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9 Dundee Street Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9818 New Zealand
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#2 of 3 hotels in Stewart Island
The Bay Motel is centrally located and features amazing views over Halfmoon Bay and/or the surrounding native bush. Other features include a fully equipped kitchenette, central heating, electric blankets, comfortable beds plus complimentary tea/coffee along with free WiFi - all designed to make your stay on the Stewart Island as comfortable as possible. We offer a range of rooms - from standard studios with and without spa to one and two bedroom apartments for the whole family. We also have wheelchair friendly units available. Oban township is only a 5 minutes walk away - all restaurants, shops and amenities are within easy walking distance. We offer a courtesy transfer service from the ferry terminal and flight centre. There is also a sheltered courtyard with seating and BBQ - perfect for cooking up that Blue Cod you just caught! We can help you plan your itinerary with some tips on what to do and what to see to make your Stewart Island experience a memorable one!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast in the room
Highchairs available
Free airport transportation
Street parking
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Walking tours
Free shuttle or taxi services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Wilbur61 wrote a review 10 Jan
Dunedin, New Zealand23 contributions16 helpful votes
We were picked up from the Ferry by the friendly owner. Our room was warm and had a great view. It was only a 5 min walk into “town”. On arriving we were told that we could not use the spa bath in our unit due to a water shortage, fair enough we thought and he took $20 of the bill each night to compensate. When he took it us into our room we are then told we should not cook many foods (including bacon) on the elements in the kitchenette because there is no extractor fan and would need to cook on the communal bbq outside instead. We understand that food with string smells like fish should not be cooked, but bacon! Not happy using a communal bbq during a pandemic. Next there is sign in the bathroom saying don’t use the spa at these certain times ( couldn’t use the spa anyway) then a sign in the lounge saying don’t leave heaters on past a certain number when leaving the room. So many restrictions! It was a tad disappointing to pay $200 a night for a room with so many restrictions and not properly serviced when advertised as a serviced room. The unit was supposed to be serviced each day, but this only included changing towels and pulling up the duvet halfway up the bed. The bed was not made nor bathroom sink cleaned. ( see pictures) A good positioned motel but needs a bit of an improvement in customer service, less restrictions and providing the services advertised.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Sandra A wrote a review Dec 2021
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
The Bay Motel, Half Moon Bay, provided accommodation which lived up to its online claims. The quality and cleanliness of the room, the beds and accessories eg towels, sheets, utensils, were all of a very good standard. The free service offered to and from the ferry was helpful. We would go back again. Cathie and Sandie.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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78clarke wrote a review Oct 2021
Whakatane, New Zealand11 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay at the Bay Motel. The room was great, and the owner kindly dropped us off at the wharf for the 8am ferry. The location is perfect, close by to everything you need. We would definitely return.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Colin B wrote a review Sep 2021
79 contributions16 helpful votes
Great motel, friendly helpful staff who went the extra mile to make our stay something to remember. Close to shops/hotel and harbour. Clean comfortable unit with a deck that had great veiws of the bush and harbour. Our unit was number 6 that was a corner unit. We would stay there again..
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Matt G wrote a review Jun 2021
Sydney, Australia380 contributions263 helpful votes
We had an enjoyable stay at Bay Motel. The room was clean and well-appointed, with great views from the balcony. Just a short walk to the centre of Oban, and the staff were happy to pick us up from the ferry and drop us off at the Stewart Island Flights terminal. Also offered to drop us off at the Ulva Island ferry. The only real problem would be the wifi. For a 2-day stay we were given 3 vouchers for 50MB of internet at checkin, which is barely enough to do anything. Connection was also quite slow, although that is understandable. That said, if I didn't have work to do I would have been quite happy to switch off and just enjoy the wonderful nature on Stewart Island :)
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Date of stay: June 2021
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US$111 - US$136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bay Motel
Which popular attractions are close to The Bay Motel?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (3.1 km), Rakiura Track (3.9 km), and Bunkhouse Theatre (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bay Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, laundry service, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at The Bay Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Bay Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bay Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bay Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Does The Bay Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Bay Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bay Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Bay Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Bay Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.