10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© Quest on Johnston
10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington 🍽️ [2023]

© Quest on Johnston

Where to Find Accommodations with Kitchens and Cooking Facilities in Wellington

Spruce up your own creations while saving a bit of cash by staying in one of Wellington’s accommodations with kitchen facilities. Wellington certainly won’t disappoint with a range of apartment hotels, motels and even hostels with communal kitchens. Check out some of our favourite places to stay with some sort of cooking facilities on this list of the best self-catering accommodations in Wellington.

While you’re here, you might also want to check out the 25 Best Things to Do in Wellington.

1. Quest on Johnston

Pretend that you live in Wellington full-time with the fully self-contained serviced apartments at Quest on Johnston. While Quest has multiple apartment hotels in the city centre, we like the one on Johnston Street as it’s conveniently located between the waterfront, train station and the city centre. The selection of studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments provide more than enough space and amenities for most travellers wanting to enjoy a functional place to stay with a kitchenette/kitchen and ensuite bathroom in an open-plan living space. Note that you’ll also find Quest Atrium, Quest 256 Lambton, Quest on The Terrace, Quest on Thorndon, Quest on Lambton and Quest Wellington, so shop around!

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10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© Quest on Johnston

2. CityLife Wellington

Get that home-away-from-home experience (combined with a little luxury, of course) when you stay at CityLife Wellington. This hotel by Heritage Hotels boasts multi-bedroom suites so groups can get their privacy. The luxury apartments have kitchen facilities, while room service and on-site restaurants are only a call or short walk away. What’s more, CityLife Wellington boasts a super-central position in the city. Check out more hotel-style stays in our 25 Best Hotels in Wellington.

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10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© CityLife Wellington

3. U Suites Kilbirnie

Nestled between Wellington Airport, Lyall Bay and Wellington city centre, U Suites Kilbirnie is not only an excellent base to see it all but offers groups and families more facilities in their fully self-contained apartments. Stay in spacious modern apartments with rooms to suit various sizes of tribes, even up to eight people in the same apartment. All the essentials are here, from free WiFi right down to personal laundry machines – ideal for an extended stay in the city. For more family-friendly stays, check out the 15 BEST Family Accommodations in Wellington.

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10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© U Suites Kilbirnie

4. The Marion Hostel

Some of the best-loved self-catering accommodations in Wellington are, in fact, backpacker hostels, so it’s only fitting to include The Marion Hostel. Even discerning travellers might like the private rooms of this stylish city-centre hostel which is renovated with love inside a historical building. As for the dorms, the hostel offers the ultimate “flashpacker” experience with pod-style dorm beds complete with a privacy curtain, personal power sockets and a drawer-style locker. You’ll also find twin and double rooms for a little extra privacy, while the communal kitchen, indoor dining area and rooftop outdoor dining area are awesome places to relax. As an ultra-popular accommodation, The Marion also makes it onto The 50 Best Accommodations in Wellington.

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10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© The Marion Hostel

5. Newlands Court Motel

If you need a place to stay on your way in or out of Wellington, choose Newlands Court Motel. The motel in the Wellington suburb of Newlands boasts premium studios and suites for couples and up to six guests. Some rooms come with a spa bath with funky light displays, while the fully equipped kitchens are complete with ovens and a dishwasher in most rooms, making self-catering almost more appealing than eating out!

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10 Best Accommodation in Wellington for Foodies© Newlands Court Motel

6. TrinketBox

Wellington city might not have a great variety of holiday homes, but a hidden gem is TrinketBox. This three-level three-bedroom holiday home in Thorndon is just a 5-10-minute walk from the city centre and nearby the Wellington Botanic Garden – one of the 21 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Wellington. The house is equipped with modern fixtures including two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, as well as a patio area with views of the leafy suburbs, hills and city.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington© TrinketBox

7. Apollo Lodge Motel

There’s something for everyone at this city-centre motel complex with 15 apartments and 42 units. Apollo Lodge Motel has well-kept self-contained studios and family units spread across a grand Edwardian house, as well as more contemporary buildings, so simply choose your style. Only some units have full kitchens, so be sure to ask. Otherwise, you’re mere moments away from the city centre’s eateries, so inspire yourself with The Food Guide to Wellington: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington© Apollo Lodge Motel

8. Boulcott Suites

Find elegance, space and style at the five-star Boulcott Suites. The apartment hotel offers stylish studio apartments, single-level suites and fully-equipped four-bedroom townhouses, so there’s something to suit all types of travellers seeking luxury. While undercover parking is available, guests will receive complimentary WiFi and Sky TV, as well as a private kitchen with an espresso machine and laundry facilities – ideal for an extended stay. What’s more, the suites are serviced daily. For more “upscale” stays like this, head to the 15 BEST Luxury Accommodations in Wellington.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington© Boulcott Suites

9. Richmond Guest House

Close enough to the city centre for convenience yet far enough away to offer cheap rooms, Richmond Guest House is a worthy self-catering accommodation in Wellington to consider if you are on a budget. Choose from colourful and quirky double, single and triple rooms each with an ensuite shower room and breakfast included! There’s a communal kitchen to spruce up your own creations, while the access to free WiFi plus a TV lounge offers more ways to relax. Parking is on the street but the guest house will provide you with a resident card. For more couple-centric stays, take a look at the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Wellington.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington© Richmond Guest House

10. Capital View Motor Inn

Not only does Capital View Motor Inn have the advantage of free on-site parking in a very central location in Wellington, but the motel offers studios and one-bedroom apartments with self-catering facilities. What’s more, this self-catering accommodation provides some of the most affordable self-contained stays in the city. WiFi is included, while the motel’s perched position on the hills surrounding the city centre provides awesome city views. For alternative yet cheap options, also check out the 15 BEST Budget Accommodations in Wellington.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington© Capital View Motor Inn

[CLOSED] Distinction Wellington, Century City Hotel

Stylish, contemporary and everything you need to spruce up your meals awaits at the Century City Hotel. The 89 rooms are made up of studios, apartments and luxurious penthouses with home comforts like a kitchen, laundry machines, leather lounge suites, balconies and free WiFi. There are apartments to suit groups of all sizes, while the kitchen facilities are some of the best in the city. What’s more, the Century City Hotel is conveniently located right in the city centre.

More Self-Catering Accommodations in Wellington

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Wellington, but it’s by no means the end of our Wellington tips! Check out these articles to make the most of your time in Wellington:

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


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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