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Nothing is too much trouble for Sharyn and Paul

As a corporate client, I stay at The Northgate many times each year and can honestly say that since Paul and Sharyn took it over, the standard of the rooms has continued to improve since I first stayed there back in 2009.

Paul and Sharyn always make me very welcome and they and the cleaners are extremely honest.  I dropped my wallet without realizing it and the cleaner who found it, gave it to Sharyn who promptly made several calls until she finally tracked me down and I was able to get my wallet back before I left New Plymouth.

The rooms are quiet and well appointed with heat pumps that work and a small kitchen which is ideal. I especially like the large flat screen TV, and now with the addition of MySky, I can generally find something to watch when the weather turns bad.  The high speed wireless internet is great for my work stuff and being so handy to town makes it great for getting a meal or hopping out to see what is going on.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants an affordable motel close to all the city. There is plenty of parking and it is QUIET!  Tell Paul or Sharyn if you have any specific requirements at the time of your booking.  They will do their best to make your stay all you want it to be.

Spot on

We stayed here and what a great stay it was. Not only was it clean and spacious but also quite modern. The bathroom was nicely laid out and the little kitchen area was well stocked. The bed was very comfy (actually the bed was HUGE) and the tv was obviously brand new. I think they had sky, too. But the weather was so amazing we didn’t stay inside too much.

The owners are lovely lovely people, when we stayed the lady was pregnant and the chap was running round as they were having a spa installed.

Northgate is only a short walk away from the town, a stone’s throw away from the beach and park. I do recall it being on the main road into New Plymouth, and our room was facing the road, however didn’t hear a single car go past.

I found it to be reasonably priced and certainly wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it. Great rooms, in a great location at a reasonable price, what more could you want?

Perfect stay

We had booked in for a 2 night weekend stay which included breakfast (we were given the option of a continental of fully cooked breakfast which was of a high standard and delivered at the time that we had requested). The room we had was clean, comfortable and spacious with everything we required and the hosts were very friendly and helpful during our stay. We decided to stay an extra night which was not a problem and would definitely stay again and certainly recommend as great value for money. Very handy to city, and hosts told us of a local walk through bush to the seafront boardwalk. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.



We stayed for two nights while touring New Zealand and found the room spacious, well equipped and clean. The spa pool was great and believe them when they say the drier in the laundry is very efficient! We were given helpful advice about routes and sights on our onward journey. We would certainly recommend this Northgate as a great example of this type of accommodation.

Clean, inexpensive and convenient

This is a classic NZ hotel: clean, basic and exactly what you need for a few days while on holiday. We arrived on the day and asked if there were any rooms available - we were offered a cheaper room located next to the laundry. We were warned it might be a bit loud but in truth, it was fine. We appreciated the heads up.

The motel has some very considerate rules which we appreciated: spa pool unavailable after a certain hour, laundry only until 9 or 10... It contributed to the quietness of the place. It was very peaceful.

We also liked all of the local guides -- restaurant lists, menus, tourist attractions. While it rained outside we both looked through the menus and decided where to have dinner. We settled on an Italian place (which I had the name) which was fantastic and authentic.

Superb new spa room

This is my second time there this year, and both times have been excellent.  Paul and Sharyn very friendly, always willing to help at anytime.  My room was always immaculate when I would return from work.

Wireless connection was fast, and being from the UK, I am a great football fan, having sky in the room was brilliant.  Even if I had to watch the matches at 3 am in morning.

There is a new high quality spa which has recently been installed since my first visit, and this was perfect to relax in after work, really makes a difference.  Walking distance from pubs and shops only five mins. Town centre 10 mins.

Would fully recommend this motel to anybody.

Great place to stay, friendly and welcoming

We stayed here for 4 days and had fabulous service. Enjoyed the location, handy to town and beaches, supermarkets, etc. Rooms (we had adjoining rooms, with the children) were spacious and very clean, had everything we needed. Hosts were very helpful, had loads of information and helpful hints on the town and nothing was a problem.  We had rooms at the front, near the main road but there was no noise inside, very comfortable stay.

 Free internet!

We stayed here for one night on our way from Auckland to Wellington.  The owner was very friendly and helpful. We were very pleased with the free Wi Fi as this seems quite uncommon in NZ. The room was clean and we felt the motel was value for money.  (We paid $115).  We were at the front and were not disturbed by the road noise.  We were able to walk to a nearby restaurant Cobb and Co where we had a good meal.

Excellent value for money, with friendly service

Convenient location, with quiet, comfortable rooms which have recently being upgraded. I was so impressed with the service that we now use this motel for all our staff bookings in New Plymouth. I have stayed here for 3+ months out of the past 6 and will definitely be returning. Recent upgrades to the high speed internet have made this more convenient.

Clean & friendly

I stayed for 3 nights in one of the Queen Studios, which was blissfully quiet.  The kitchen had everything I needed, and there were plenty of places nearby to get food. The room was clean and well looked after.  The staff were very helpful and friendly and had heaps of advice on things to do in the area.  Thanks for a great stay.


The hotel is nice, but the best is the owner of the hotel (Paul).  He told us where to walk (near a river) during the afternoon, where to go for the evening (with possibility to put the bill of our restaurant to your hotel bill) and describe us a road to follow to see something that are not in the tourist guides :).  Wonderful!

Great stay

The motel unit was clean, fully equipped with the facilities I needed and the hosts gave a very friendly welcome and were helpful. Excellent stay and thanks for the tip about the band in the park on Saturday night.

Up to our standards

It was all good!  The set out of the unit was everything you want and need.  The cleanliness was great, excellent in fact and we stay in a lot of motels here and in Australia.  It was really nice staying here and I'm fussy.  Thank you and we will be back for sure.

Everything we needed...

Everything was equally great: location, facilities, customer service and the environment.  Absolutely everything was fabulous. A great service within budget!  Thanks for your service, we will ensure more stays here and definite referrals.


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Sharyn and Paul Watson welcome you to 16 Northgate Motor Lodge


We are a husband and wife team at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge.  We took over the lease of Northgate on the 23rd October 2009.  We also welcomed the arrival of our gorgeous baby girl Sophia Belinda on the 8th February 2010.  We were delighted with the arrival of our second daughter Georgia Alex, born safely on the 11th April 2012.

We are from New Plymouth, having had happy and memorable childhoods and early adult years here.

We left New Plymouth at the age of 18; Sharyn to Auckland to study as a teacher and Paul to Wellington to study electronics in broadcasting.

Then Sharyn ventured to the UK in 1997; teaching, traveling and living the London lifestyle for many years.  Yet she did eventually return to New Plymouth in 2004.

Paul worked in various parts of the North Island as an electronics technician.  Then in the mining industry in Papua New Guinea before heading off on his big OE, ending up in Asia for many years teaching English.

He later decided to enter the offshore oil industry, working with underwater submersibles.  This new and exciting occupation took him all over the world for 17 years.  But his hometown eventually called him back again in 2001.

We both decided it was time for career changes as Sharyn had taught for 15 years and Paul had been working offshore.

We are pleased that we have taken this opportunity to work in the motel industry.


We hope you enjoy your stay in New Plymouth and at 16 Northgate Motor Lodge.

northgate motor lodge


16 Northgate
New Plymouth 4312
New Zealand


464 Devon Street East
New Plymouth 4312
New Zealand