This is the only accommodation of its type in the northern part of Eastland. Hicks Bay Motel Lodge offers hotel style, motel style and backpacker style accommodation. Depsite its external barracks appearance, the interiors are comfortable and the views from just about all the rooms are awesome. Perched on the cliffs to the south of the wide Hicks Bay, I think you are guaranteed a "room with a view"! The place has a small general store, plenty of carparking, a restaurant and bar. I enjoyed a very tasty meal there the night I stayed. Locals frequent the place and the bar can be a place to meet and chat with some of them.
The lodge has a swimming pool and the friendly proprietors can offer advice on things to do in the area.
You can have nice views and you can have great views. From the Hicks Bay Motor Lodge you definitely have a million dollar seaview over a perfectly half-moon shaped bay, reaching from Matakoa Point to Haupara Point. And what a peaceful place! You see the waves and hear nothing but the sometimes rough wind. A perfect place for listening to nature.
Hicks Bay is some kilometres north-west of Te Araroa where you find New Zealand's oldest and largest pohutukawa and where the rough drive to the East Cape starts.
Apart from exploring the cape you can swim at the wonderful and safe beaches, go on bushwalks or horse treks, or just relax, go fishing.
The motel has 12 bigger kitchen units at about $100 and 25 smaller serviced units at about $90 (as March 2007). They are not super modern but totally fine. And you do not care a lot about flash furniture if you have such a sea view. Guaranteed.
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