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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

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Cheap Accommodation in Hanmer Springs

Alpine adventures and utter relaxation awaits in the thermal spa town of Hanmer Springs. In between relaxing in New Zealand’s largest hot pool complex or perhaps quad biking, hiking or jet boating, you’re going to need to find a place to refresh. We can help you there with this trusty list of budget accommodation in Hanmer Springs. Whatever your style or however tight your budget, you’ll find accommodation to suit. Check out the list of motels, holiday parks, lodges and hostels in the list below!

For more Hanmer Springs inspiration, see 10 Must-Dos in and Around Hanmer Springs and The Guide to Hanmer Springs on a Budget.

1. Larchwood Motel

An affordable motel nearby Hanmer Springs’ popular forest walks and a short walk from the town centre, Larchwood Motel is well worth considering. It’s nothing flashy in terms of the decor but it’s utterly convenient with kitchenettes to make simple meals, ensuites and comfortable beds. There are rooms to suit most travellers, from couples in the studios and one-bedroom units to families in the Family Units. Each room also features Sky TV, a DVD player, and private undercover parking is provided.

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Larchwood Motel© Larchwood Motel

2. Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

A collection of European-style chalets in an attractive park-like setting awaits at Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas. The eco-friendly haven makes it easy for guests to recycle and makes an effort to conserve power without eliminating comfort. Chalets feel spacious thanks to the high ceilings and come in a number of layouts. What’s more, they all have full kitchens, bathrooms and areas to relax. See more accommodation like this in our list of 10 Best Family Accommodation in Hanmer Springs.

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Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas© Greenacres Alpine Chalets & Villas

3. Spa Lodge Motel

Stay closer to Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools at the Spa Lodge Motel. The boutique motel offers 11 rooms in a garden setting just mere moments from the pools. As well as the convenient location, the motel features amenities such as Sky TV, free WiFi, kitchenette/kitchens, an outdoor swimming pool in summer, children’s playground, undercover parking, guest laundry and more. The budget motel offers basic studios, one and two-bedroom units that are clean, comfortable and good value for money.

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Spa Lodge Motel© Spa Lodge Motel

4. Forest Peak Motel

Stay in one of nine unique stand-alone chalets or apartments at the Forest Peak Motel. The budget motel offers units with character, such as timber-lined walls to compliment the alpine town vibe. There are units for couples, friends travelling together and large families, all contained some sort of self-catering facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Additionally, the accommodation complex have a children’s playground, barbecue in the garden, free WiFi and highchairs and cots. See more self-catering accommodation in our list of 10 Best Accommodation in Hanmer Springs for Foodies.

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Forest Peak Motel© Forest Peak Motel

5. Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

This holiday park in Hanmer Springs provides a wide range of budget accommodation. Campsites, simple Studio Units, self-catering Kitchen Cabins, spacious Family Cabins, fully-kitted up Self-Contained Units and the holiday home-style “The Smithy” are your accommodation choices. While the units and cabins are extremely affordable, note that you will need to provide your own bedding or hire them at an extra cost. Additional facilities include a barbecue, WiFi, outdoor games, communal kitchen and bathrooms, laundry and more.

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Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground© Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground

6. The Chalets Motel

More alpine-style chalets await at the affordable The Chalets Motel. Get your own stand-alone chalet just 600m (656-yard) walk from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). Each chalet offers great views of the surrounding mountains, Sky TV, a designated car park beside the chalet, a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, daily newspaper delivery and more. There are chalets in a number of layouts and sizes, sleeping two to six guests.

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The Chalets Motel© The Chalets Motel

7. Hanmer Resort Motel

A centrally-located motel that offers a no-frills stay at an affordable price, Hanmer Resort Motel certainly does the job. All the necessities for cooking, sleeping and bathing are here in the Studio, Villa and Family Apartment available. This motel is especially great for groups with Villas sleeping three to four guest and the two-storey Apartments sleeping five to seven! As for facilities, there are barbecues, play area for the kids, and a guest laundry.

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Hanmer Resort Motel© Hanmer Resort Motel

8. Glenalvon Lodge Motel

Another fantastic motel on the main street of Hanmer Springs, Glenalvon Lodge Motel is well worth checking for availability. The motel offers nine spacious rooms, all of which are on the ground floor and have plenty of on-site parking. The motel studio units all sleep two to four guests and have basic breakfast-making facilities, three-channel Sky TV and an ensuite. While you won’t be able to make your own meals in your room, restaurant delivery is available.

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Glenalvon Lodge Motel© Glenalvon Lodge Motel

9. Drifters Inn

Swap motel accommodation for a comfortable boutique lodge just 80m from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Drifters Inn has 19 ensuite rooms with Sky TV, coffee/tea-making facilities and Internet. Guests can make use of the communal kitchen and relax in the dining room or by the log fire. There is a range of room layouts available, including king beds, family suites and ensuites with a spa bath.

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Drifters Inn© Drifters Inn

10. Kakapo Lodge

Last but certainly not least, another accommodation type worth considering is the backpacker hostel, Kakapo Lodge. The YHA hostel is a couple of minutes stroll from the town centre and offers dorms, private double and twin rooms with shared bathrooms, as well as double rooms with ensuites. The hostel has on-site parking, a communal kitchen and bathrooms. Find out more in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Hanmer Springs.

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Kakapo Lodge © Kakapo Lodge


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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