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10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui

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Where to Find Accommodation with Kitchens and Cooking Facilities in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui

Whether you have a special diet that you’d prefer to cook for yourself or want to save a bit of dough on your trip to the big city, staying in accommodation with a kitchen or cooking facilities is definitely a valid option when visiting Tauranga or the beachside suburb of Mt Maunganui. With that in mind, we go through some of your best options in this list of self-catering accommodations in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

While you’re here, you might also like the 20 Best Things to Do in Tauranga and The Complete Travel Guide to Tauranga.

1. 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.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Tauranga© Quest on Durham

2. 850 Cameron Motel

This contemporary motel, just five minutes drive from the CBD, is located near the hospital and its surrounding eateries and supermarkets. 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, there’s 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 & Mt Maunganui.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Tauranga© 850 Cameron Motel

3. Wanderlust NZ

For travellers on a real tight budget, consider 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 the 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

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4. 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

5. 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, a separate bathroom and free WiFi. Bennetts is a short drive from Tauranga CBD. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Tauranga.

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Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn© Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

6. The Reef Beachfront Apartments

An upscale apartment complex on the sandy shores of Mt Maunganui, The Reef Beachfront Apartments is well worth considering. There’s a very impressive pool here, while many apartments with a balcony get a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Speaking of the apartments, they’re spacious with at least two bedrooms, as well as an open-plan kitchen and lounging spaces spilling out to your patio or balcony. For more premium stays like this, check out the 12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.

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7. Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers

The most striking towers in Tauranga with an enviable position at the beach of Mt Maunganui, Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers is your ultimate self-catering holiday getaway. With proximity to The Mount (Mauao), the beach and Mount Hot Pools, not to mention two of its own swimming pools, this luxury accommodation in Mt Maunganui has a location and facilities to impress. Knowing that many of its rooms are a little outdated, however, you don’t have to pay extortionate prices for this upscale stay. What’s more, you have kitchen facilities in each studio, spa-bath suite or apartment!

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui© Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers

8. Blue Haven Motel

A worthy choice in Mt Maunganui, Blue Haven Motel offers a range of self-contained studios and suites, ideal if you’re looking for your own space on the cheap. Whether you’re looking for a cheap studio as a solo traveller or a family, or even want to stretch out in the “King Studio”, there are options for you here. The contemporary fixings and furniture provide a comfortable and stylish stay, while your unit’s private courtyard garden is a nice addition. If motels are your jam, don’t miss the 10 Best Motels in Tauranga.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui© Blue Haven Motel

8. Hugo & Carters Backpackers & Motel

A contemporary hostel and motel on the outskirts of the city, Hugo & Caters Backpackers & Motel is well worth considering for an alternative stay in Tauranga. Choose from large and small dorm rooms, private double and twin rooms, private ensuite rooms and self-contained motel units with a private bathroom and kitchenette. There’s an attractive courtyard and barbecue area where you can soak up the sun in summer, while the fireplace in the lounge is sure to keep you cosy in winter. Free car parking and WiFi are also available.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui© Hugo & Carters Backpackers & Motel

10. Rainbow Motel

Located opposite the Gate Pa shopping precinct, Rainbow Motel offers more self-catering accommodation in Tauranga. The motel is simple, affordable yet well-appointed with useful fully-equipped kitchens, ensuites and guest laundry services. While the motel rooms are affordable, it’s possible to save more money by staying in one of the private rooms, making 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 stays like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.

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Rainbow Motel© Rainbow Motel

More Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui

That’s it for our guide to the best self-catering accommodations in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:

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


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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