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10 Best Accommodation in Whangarei for Foodies

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Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-Catering Accommodation in Whangarei

After travelling to the remote reaches of New Zealand, treat yourself to a city stay with a variety of fantastic eateries in Whangarei. It’s the place to reconnect with the city foodie scene, whether it’s at the local restaurants or conveniently in your hotel’s quarters. Alternatively, some of us like to be in charge of our own meals, seeking self-catering accommodation. We’ll show you both options, as well as bed and breakfast experiences, in this list of accommodation in Whangarei for foodies.

While you’re here, check out 10 Whangarei Must-Dos and The Foodie Guide to Whangarei.

1. Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

A hotel renowned for its on-site dining, Distinction Whangarei Hotel is well worth considering for foodies. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Whangarei Town Basin from your room, as well as proximity to the city’s dining precinct. There are rooms to suit a range of budgets, from Standard Rooms to Superior King Room with a spa bath. Or treat the family to a spacious Family Suite. Either way, you’ll receive access to the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, spa, gym and barbecue area – perfect for those Northland summers. At the end of a day exploring, relax at the on-site Portobello Restaurant serving well-presented plates from a modern menu or enjoy a couple of local wines or beers at the Anchor Down Lounge Bar. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Whangarei.

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© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

2. Quest Whangarei

For foodies who prefer to self-cater, one of your finest options is Quest Whangarei. The aparthotel includes studios, one-bedroom apartments and two styles of two-bedroom apartments. Enjoy a full modern kitchen with plenty of space to entertain in the open-plan dining and lounge area. Rooms have a private ensuite, a TV with in-house movies and guests have access to parking if arranged. The city centre accommodation also offers local restaurant chargebacks, laundry facilities and car parking. See more options like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Whangarei.

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© Quest Whangarei

3. Pembrooke Motor Lodge

For those on a budget and who would prefer their own cooking facilities, check out Pembrooke Motor Lodge. Enjoy views of the bush-clad Mt Parahaki at this motel accommodation approximately 1km from the city centre. Stay in one of the self-contained units with ensuite bathrooms, 46″ TVs, kitchenettes, free WiFi and outside furniture. Units are kitted out with modern furniture and comprise of budget, twin and family studios. Other facilities include DVD players with a DVD library, wedding and conference facilities, daily newspaper delivery on request and more. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whangarei.

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© Pembrooke Motor Lodge

4. Discovery Settlers Hotel

For couples, solo travellers and business travellers seeking a hotel with a relaxed restaurant, check out Discovery Settlers Hotel. The three-star hotel offers four types of rooms, each classically furnished and suit a range of budgets. The Superior Room or Executive Studio are great options, especially with their sliding doors leading out to a patio or balcony looking out onto gorgeous gardens and Hatea River. Wander around the park-like grounds, refresh in the on-site swimming pool and enjoy hearty meals at the Settlers Bar & Grill serving sumptuous steaks, gourmet grill meals and more. See more like this in our list of 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whangarei.

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© Discovery Settlers Hotel

5. Birchgrove Cottages

For a real home-away-from-home experience, including the self-catering facilities, Birchgrove Cottages offers private stand-alone cottages with a studio, one and two-bedroom layouts. These modernly-appointed holiday homes have full kitchens, dining areas to enjoy your creations in, bathrooms with contemporary fixings and ample garden space. While the cottages are around 8km from the city centre, they are conveniently located next to the scenic Northland Golf Course and the Kamo shopping precinct.

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6. ASURE Cherry Court Motor Lodge

ASURE Cherry Court Motor Lodge provides a “resort-style” experience in Whangarei thanks to its additional facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, barbecue area and garden picnic area. Stay in one of the 15 well-furnished accommodations, including double, twin and accessible studios, as well as one and two-bedroom units for families and groups. Most units have full kitchen facilities to make use of but make sure to ask for them. Other services include Sky TV, free WiFi, electric blankets, breakfast delivery, cot hire, on-site parking and more.

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© ASURE Cherry Court Motor Lodge


7. Little Earth Lodge

Escape to the countryside by choosing Little Earth Lodge. The modern and purpose-built lodge situated among beautiful gardens is next to Abbey Caves for free glowworm sightings. The lodge has an eco-friendly ethos, from its cabins to its communal facilities. The budget cabin comes with your choice of valley or garden view. Each cabin has a private deck, a twin or double layout, and access to shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Little Earth Lodge is 5-10 minutes drive from Whangarei city centre. See more like this in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whangarei.

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© Little Earth Lodge

8. Lupton Lodge

Luxury and home comforts combine at Lupton Lodge. An a la carte breakfast is included in your stay, as well as access to an on-site dining room serving creative gourmet evening meals. Guests have access to a 10m swimming pool, extensive gardens, farm animals that kids will love and a lounge with game tables. Couples have a vast range of deluxe rooms to choose from, each beautifully-appointed with their own unique style, while families have the option of the two-bedroom apartment with contemporary fixtures and furniture. The boutique accommodation can be found between Whangarei city and the stunning Tutukaka Coast.

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© Lupton Lodge

9. Pentland House B&B

Get the foodie bed & breakfast experience at Pentland House B&B. A superb choice for couples and friends, Pentland House offers three rooms including a king room, queen room and a twin room with ensuite shower bathrooms. You’ll have access to a sun-filled river-view patio, a kitchenette to prepare your own simple meals, and a guest lounge during your stay. The main event, however, is the gourmet cooked breakfast included in the stay. Find this B&B conveniently located a short walk from the city centre along a scenic riverside walkway.

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© Pentland House B&B

10. Kingswood Manor Motel

Last but certainly not least, Kingwood Manor Motel provides a home-away-from-home experience thanks to its spacious motel units with full kitchen facilities. Yes, even an oven is included in your one-bedroom unit to give you full freedom when it comes to dinnertime. Other units, like the studios and family units, provide more basic kitchenettes for simple meals. Each unit is modernly decorated and has free WiFi, Sky TV, ensuite bathrooms and more. The motel also offers restaurant chargeback services, as well as a barbecue area to gather in summer. Find Kingwood Manor Motel north of Whangarei, five minutes drive from the city centre.

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© Kingswood Manor Motel


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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