Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn
Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies

© Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Tauranga

For travellers who like to incorporate foodie experiences into their travels, then you’re in for a treat in Tauranga. Not only is the harbourside city awash with fabulous eateries, but there are food tours, wine tastings and fishing charters to enjoy. Complete the experience by either staying in convenient self-catering accommodation to spruce up your own meals or book yourself into a hotel with its own unique dining experience. We go through some of your best options in this list of accommodation in Tauranga for foodies.

While you’re here, you might also like 10 Tauranga Must-Dos and The Foodie Guide to Tauranga.

1. Trinity Wharf Tauranga

One of Tauranga’s most upscale hotels, Trinity Wharf Tauranga boasts both luxurious rooms and an excellent restaurant. There are three categories of rooms at this 4.5-star hotel: Urban Rooms, Harbour Rooms and Apartments, all of which are elegantly-appointed with optional amenities such as spa baths and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Urban Rooms provide entry-level accommodation, while the apartments provide a home-away-from-home experience… But better! In between spending some downtime at the outdoor infinity pool, enjoy fine dining at the Halo Restaurant. The award-winning restaurant complements great food with great views which you can admire from the large windows or on the deck. See more accommodation like this in 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Trinity Wharf Tauranga© Trinity Wharf Tauranga

2. Matua Lodge

A characterful B&B in a timber lodge with modern touches, Matua Lodge stands out not only for its architecture but for its foodie treats. On arrival to the lodge, youll be greeted with afternoon tea or drinks, as well as have the option for evening meals if giving the hosts advance notice. Alternatively, enjoy summer evenings barbecuing in the manicured gardens. Mornings are greeted with an included full-cooked or continental breakfast. And as one final thoughtful touch, each accommodation has snacks or a fruit bowl. As for your room, choose from one of the elegant harbour view rooms or suites with traditional-style decor and lots of charm. Alternatively, enjoy your own self-catering facilities in the private apartment accommodation option.

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Matua Lodge© Matua Lodge

3. 850 Cameron Motel

This contemporary motel, just five minutes drive from the CBD, is located near the hospital and its surrounding eateries. 850 Cameron Motel offers a variety of rooms, from budget-friendly Standard Rooms to luxurious Executive Studios with a spa bath. While every room has a decent kitchenette, you’ll get more spacious kitchens in the apartments with two bedrooms. While you may have your own kitchen facilities, theres always the option to pick up a bite from the on-site cafe. See more motels with self-catering facilities in our list of the 10 Best Motels in Tauranga.

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850 Cameron Motel© 850 Cameron Motel

4. Quest on Durham

The contemporary kitchens at the apartments and studios of the Quest on Durham are a joy to cook in. The complex has 29 serviced apartments that are modernly-styled for a luxurious stay in the city. The Studio is a cost-effective choice for couples or corporate travellers looking for a long-term stay in comfort, while the two/three-bedroom apartments are ideal for groups and families. Other useful facilities include on-site parking, Sky TV, free WiFi, laundry facilities and access to a sauna and gym. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Quest on Durham© Quest on Durham

5. Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre

Hotel Armitage really offers a wide range of hotel accommodation, all having the benefits of free WiFi and free parking. Family, twin, queen and executive rooms make up the room menu of this well-appointed hotel, while the menu of the Poolside Restaurant mostly contains Kiwi favourites and cooked breakfast. The restaurant offers frequent deals on food. The Clippers Lounge, on the other hand, is a sophisticated place to meet up with friends and enjoy pre-dinner drinks. Don’t miss happy hour from 5pm to 6pm.

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Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre© Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre

6. Rainbow Motel

Located opposite the Gate Pa shopping precinct, Rainbow Motel is located next to a vast range of eateries (admittedly most are fast food but there are a few hidden gems worth scouting out). The motel offers simple, affordable yet well-appointed motel units with a useful fully-equipped kitchen, ensuite and guest laundry services. While the motel rooms are affordable, its possible to save more money by staying in one of the private rooms and make use of the communal kitchen and bathroom. What’s more, the choice of rooms here is not too overwhelming but has something to suit every type of traveller, from solo travellers to families. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Rainbow Motel© Rainbow Motel

7. Wanderlust NZ

For foodies on a real tight budget, consider the Wanderlust NZ. You can hardly do more central, giving you easy access to The Strand’s and the city centre’s bars and restaurants. This backpacker accommodation offers a range of dorm rooms, as well as private double and twin rooms either with or without an ensuite. There are shared facilities, such as bathrooms and a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining area leading onto a balcony to enjoy the harbour views. The hostel also offers free WiFi, free bike hire, laundry facilities and free assistance in finding seasonal work. See more hostels in 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

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10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies© Wanderlust NZ

8. Cobblestone Court Motel

Back to a more private self-catering accommodation in Tauranga, Cobblestone Court Motel is well worth considering. There are only 12 units, all of which are on the ground floor, have a crisp and clean interior, and line an outdoor pool. Rooms include a studio, executive studio and one/three-bedroom unit, all containing a spacious kitchenette, ensuite, Smart TVs with Netflix, free WiFi and more. Other facilities include free on-site parking, an ice machine, a barbecue, luggage storage, shuttle service, room service breakfast and more. What’s more, Cobblestone Court Motel is just a short drive from the city centre.

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Cobblestone Court Motel© Cobblestone Court Motel

9. Bennetts Thermal Pools Motor Inn

Not only can you enjoy your own private mineral hot pool at the Bennetts Thermal Pools Motor Inn, but you’ll have access to your own self-catering facilities. Each unit has sliding doors out to a private courtyard containing a soothing hot pool. Every room here is suitable for families, but couples can just enjoy the extra space. Whichever one of the units you decide to stay in you’ll have a full kitchen, a living area with Sky TV, separate bathroom and free WiFi. Bennetts is a short drive from Tauranga CBD. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn© Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

10. Durham Court Motor Inn

It’s hard to beat the central location of Durham Court Motor Inn, a short stroll from the CBD and its array of shops and restaurants. This mid-range motel with a minimalist interior features studios, twin studios, one-bedroom apartments, family bedrooms and a family villa. Note that these rooms only have the basic microwave and coffee/tea-making facilities, but the family villa has a full kitchen. The proximity to the city’s top restaurants is what makes Durham Court Motor Inn a great option for foodies.

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Durham Court Motor Inn© Durham Court Motor Inn


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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