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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Tauranga

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Cheap Accommodation in Tauranga

Find affordable accommodation in Tauranga so you can spend more on the stuff that matters, like dolphin swimming, paddleboarding around The Mount, dining on the harbourfront and more! (Just get inspiration from 10 Tauranga Must-Dos). Whether you’re a couple, family, group of mates or a backpacker, you’ll find accommodation to suit in the city of Tauranga. We go through some of our top picks in this list of the best budget accommodation in Tauranga.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Tauranga on a Budget and 20 Free & Cheap Things to do in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.

1. Rainbow Motel

Located opposite the Gate Pa shopping precinct, Rainbow Motel is not only located next to the city’s conveniences, but it has a few of its own. The motel offers simple, affordable yet well-appointed motel units with a fully-equipped kitchen, ensuite 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 and using the communal kitchen and bathroom. The choice of rooms here is not too overwhelming but has something to suit every type of traveller, from solo travellers to families, all while being easy on the wallet.

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Rainbow Motel© Rainbow Motel

2. Ambassador Motor Inn

Enjoy a simple yet convenient and affordable stay at the Ambassador Motor Inn. There are 20 motel units, including and standard and deluxe studio for couples, a disable access unit, and a one/two-bedroom unit for families. Each unit has kitchen facilities, an ensuite, free WiFi, Sky TV and ample space to enjoy it all in. Other facilities include an outdoor heated pool, on-site parking and a courtesy shuttle to take you to the city centre, which is just seven minutes drive away.

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Ambassador Motor Inn© Ambassador Motor Inn

3. Bethlehem Motor Inn and Conference Centre

Situated a little out of town in the suburb of Bethlehem, yet closer to attractions like McLaren Falls Park, Bethlehem Motor Inn makes a great option for budget accommodation in Tauranga. While a bit more expensive than other motels in the area, it provides some extra luxuries that you might think are worth it. Not only is the four-star motel tastefully decorated, from its studios to its two-bedroom suites, but each room has a kitchenette, Sky TV, free WiFi and an ensuite. There are a few extra facilities on the grounds to keep you entertained, such as a swimming pool, spa pool, tennis court, sports net, large grounds for kids to run around, and a barbecue area.

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Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre© Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre

4. Cobblestone Court Motel

A crisp and clean motel a short drive from the city centre, Cobblestone Court Motel is well worth considering. There are only 12 units, all of which are on the ground floor and line an outdoor pool. Rooms include a studio, executive studio and one/three-bedroom unit, all containing a kitchenette, ensuite, Smart TVs with Netflix, free WiFi and more. Other facilities include on-site parking, an ice machine, barbecue, luggage storage, shuttle, room service breakfast and more. See more self-catering accommodation in 10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies.

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Cobblestone Court Motel© Cobblestone Court Motel

5. ASURE Macy’s Motor Inn

Asure Macy’s Motor Inn provides many options, from the simplest hotel-style rooms to multi-bedroom apartments with added luxuries like a spa bath in the ensuite. To save the most money, there are options like the Compact Mini Studio with Sky TV, free WiFi and an open-plan ensuite. However, there not kitchenette facilities for these rooms. That can always be remedied by upgrading to another studio or one of the one/two-bedroom suites. Accessible suites are available too. As for location, find Macy’s Motor Inn a short drive from the city centre but surrounded by inner-city shopping centres and a couple of parks.

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Asure Macy's Motor Inn© Asure Macy's Motor Inn

6. 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

Seeking a bit of pampering? How about staying at this budget accommodation in Tauranga with its own thermal pool heated at a soothing 39-40ºC (104ºF)! The thermal pool is filled with natural hot spring water from a thermal bore underground. As for the accommodation, 18th Avenue Thermal Motel offers affordable studios where extra beds can be supplied and the rooms contain a kitchenette and ensuite. Alternatively, one/two-bedroom units are available providing more space. Rooms are plainly decorated but comfortable. Plus, this is a great option for families with a children’s playground on-site. The motel is located near the Tauranga hospital and surrounding eateries, just a short drive from the city centre. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga.

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18th Avenue Thermal Motel© 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

7. Wanderlust NZ

You can hardly do more central than Wanderlust NZ. Located on The Strand, 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 kitchen, dining area and balcony to enjoy the harbour views. The hostel also has free WiFi, free bike hire, laundry facilities and offers 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 Budget Accommodation in Tauranga© Wanderlust NZ

8. Roselands Motel

A comfortable motel only five minutes walk from the city centre, Roselands Motel is an excellent option. The motel features 10 units, each including free WiFi, Smart TVs with Netflix, a barbecue and garden area, and a tranquil environment thanks to its “Zero Tolerance For Noise” policy! There are three room types available, including a Standard Studio, Superior Studio and a One-Bedroom Apartment. Each room is cosy yet tastefully-decorated with simplistic charm, with the Superior Studio and apartment having kitchenette facilities, while the Standard Studio only provides the basics. This motel option is best suited to couples, solo travellers and business travellers.

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Roselands Motel© Roselands Motel

9. Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers

Another fantastic hostel with a central location, Arthouse Backpackers is popping with colour and affordable rates. Stay in one of their dorm rooms, private twin or double rooms, all sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities. The kitchen is well-equipped for sprucing up your own creations, while other facilities include laundry, free WiFI and a Mac computer corner, a minimart shop and games. Note that the hostel has a “No Party” policy.

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Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers© Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers

10. Quest on Durham

Offering great value for money, Quest on Durham has 29 serviced apartments that are modernly-styled for an affordable yet luxurious stay in Tauranga. Enjoy your open-plan space in an apartment with a full kitchen, ensuite and dining table. The Studio is an affordable choice for couples or business travellers looking for a long-term stay, while the two-bedroom apartment is ideal for groups and families on a budget. Other facilities include on-site parking, Sky TV, free WiFi, laundry facilities and access to a gym and sauna. See more like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Quest on Durham© Quest on Durham


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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