10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Quest Rotorua Central
10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2024]

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Where to Find Accommodation with Kitchens and Cooking Facilities in Rotorua

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your own meals using local ingredients or simply want to save some money on food by cooking your own, we’ve laid out all of your options in this list of self-catering accommodations in Rotorua. From self-contained motel rooms for couples to convenient holiday homes for families, there’s so much on offer in Rotorua, so let’s get to it!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 25 Best Things to Do in Rotorua and The Complete Travel Guide to Rotorua.

1. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge

For travellers looking for a private yet affordable space to make their own meals, then there are more than enough motels in Rotorua to provide. An excellent choice is BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge, offering a range of rooms from simple twin and queen suite studios to large three-bedroom suites, all of which have kitchenette facilities with a two-element hob, microwave, fridge, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities. BK’s Rotorua is conveniently located by a Countdown supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre.

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BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge© BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge

2. Arista Capri Motel

More fabulous self-catering accommodation in Rotorua awaits at the Arista Capri Motel! The motel has 17 spacious units complete with kitchens and a geothermally-heated spa pool. The motel on Fenton Street offers studios for two up to two-bedroom apartments for families, each with a simple yet sleek design. Foodies will love the spacious barbecue area, while a unique feature of the motel is that each unit has individually controlled thermal heating.

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Arista Capri Motel© Arista Capri Motel

3. Holdens Bay Holiday Park

When looking for private self-contained units or cheap self-catering accommodation with a communal kitchen, you can usually rely on Rotorua’s fantastic array of holiday parks. One of the cheapest and highly rated is Holdens Bay Holiday Park. There’s a huge range of accommodation styles here, from tent and powered sites to basic cabins with shared bathrooms to self-contained motel units. On top of all that, guests are treated to an array of exciting shared facilities, such as an outdoor pool in summer, free indoor hot pools and an awesome kids’ playground. You have practical facilities too, such as a well-equipped kitchen and barbecue area and laundry facilities. With the holiday park’s reasonable rates, we also list this one in the 20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Holdens Bay Holiday Park

4. Central Rotorua Beauty

An easy way to ensure decent self-catering accommodation in Rotorua is to look at the holiday homes, such as Central Rotorua Beauty. Within walking distance of the city centre shops and Kuirau Park, the location is a win, while the contemporary fixtures and furnishings of this cute cottage, including a full kitchen, are just a delight. The holiday home has two bedrooms with two double beds and two sofa beds in the lounge, so there’s plenty of room to make the sleeping arrangements your own.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Central Rotorua Beauty

5. Regal Palms Resort

The Regal Palms Resort boasts home comforts in their collection of suites suitable for couples and families. Each suite features a private hot pool and either a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities – ideal for nights in or entertaining. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, children’s playground, barbecue area, nine-hole mini-golf course, sauna, tennis court and the list goes on! If you want to order food in, you can do it through the motel that works with 10 surrounding restaurants to deliver food right to your door.

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Regal Palms Resort© Regal Palms Resort

6. Rock Solid Backpackers

When looking for cheap self-catering accommodation in Rotorua, don’t rule out the backpacker hostels. Kick back and watch the climbers struggle up the indoor climbing wall from the lounge of the Rock Solid Backpackers. Not to mention, there’s a free pool table, table tennis, video games and unlimited WiFi, as well as the all-important communal kitchen! As for accommodation, the hostel in the city centre offers a range of dorms, including female-only dorms, as well as private single, double, twin and family rooms, some with an ensuite shower. For more hostel options, check out the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Rock Solid Backpackers

7. Sport of Kings Motel

Affordable and peaceful, Sport of Kings Motel is well worth considering for self-catering accommodation in Rotorua. The 4.5-star motel situated just off Rotorua’s main street is in a convenient central location yet feels miles away from the hustle and bustle. Although you’ll have access to your own kitchen, a cooked and continental breakfast can be delivered straight to your door should you want the morning off. On arrival, you’ll also receive freshly ground coffee! For more marvellous motels, head to the 20 Best Motels in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Sport of Kings Motel

8. Rotorua Motel

You can’t go too far wrong with the modern furnishings and spa bath accommodation of the Rotorua Motel. Most rooms come with either a spa bath or spa pool and a small-yet-modern kitchen that you’ll find a joy to cook in. You’re also free to bathe in the outdoor thermal pool or spa pool, as well as have access to conveniences like free WiFi. The motel is a short walk from the supermarket and the city centre. For more accommodations that are ideal for couples, check out the 20 Most Romantic Accommodations in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Rotorua Motel

9. Arista of Rotorua

A popular motel with families, Arista of Rotorua is well worth considering. No room is less than 62m (203ft) with most units sleeping up to six and featuring spacious living areas. You and your loved ones will even have a private spa pool to enjoy and you’re sure to keep warm in the thermally-heated rooms. Each unit also has a kitchenette to make use of while the little ones can play at the motel’s super playground! See more recommendations like this in our 20 Best Family Accommodations in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Arista Motel of Rotorua

10. Quest Rotorua Central

When looking for self-catering accommodation in any New Zealand city, you can usually rely on Quest apartments! The national apartment hotel chain provides contemporary high-quality serviced apartments with everything you need for a home-away-from-home stay in the city. All apartments have a kitchen here, from the stovetops of the compact studios to the full kitchens with an oven and a full-size fridge. There’s an opportunity to splurge here too with spa pools and breakfast/dinner deliveries available. For more hotel-style stays, check out the 20 Best Hotels in Rotorua.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua 🍽️ [2023]© Quest Rotorua Central

More Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua

Now that you know the best self-catering accommodations in Rotorua, check out what awesome things there are to do, as well as alternative accommodations:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Rotorua.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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