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Whakatāne Motel Wins Prestigious Hospitality NZ Award

One Whakatāne motel has received a prestigious title at this year's Hospitality New Zealand Awards.


Awa Motel, located on Muriwai Drive, received the Excellence in the Best Motel over 25 rooms category at the event held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland recently.


The establishment was purchased by Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited in 2017 and was renamed to Awa Motel last year.


The motel sits in prime view of Moutohora Whale Island with it's popular eatery, Café Awa sitting below.


"We want our guests to have a unique, authentic experience when they stay with us that starts the moment they walk through the door and lasts until they check out. Wherever possible, we aim to exceed expectations and leave a lasting impression so that our guests come back time and time again," says General Manager, Patrick O'Sullivan.


"We are extremely fortunate to have a team of dedicated staff working tirelessly to ensure that our guests have a great experience when they stay with us," O'Sullivan says.


“We have long known what a fantastic business we have here in Awa Motel," says Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited Chief Executive, Tracey Hook.


"We are ideally located for visitors wanting to explore everything Whakatāne has to offer in the awa and moana, from swimming to fishing or for the more adventurous a tour to the Moutohorā Island Sanctuary which we provide through our tourism business,"


“It’s fantastic to be recognised by Hospitality NZ, and our thanks to award sponsors Seekom for sponsoring the award. It’s a real credit to Patrick and the team at Awa Motel and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Hook says.


Image: Supplied.


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