Find Cheap Accommodation in Whanganui
Whanganui has the free and cheap things to do; all you need is the cheap accommodation to go with it! Luckily, the riverside city has plenty with ultra-cheap yet homely hostels, comfortable and convenient motels, and fun-filled holiday parks. Check out some of our top picks with this list of the best budget accommodation in Whanganui!
For more advice on planning an affordable trip, check out The Guide to Whanganui on a Budget.
1. Te Awa Motel
Enjoy your own space and private facilities for a reasonable price at Te Awa Motel. The motel, that’s just a little out of town taking about 20 minutes to walk to the city centre, at least keeps things simple with just two affordable room choices. The one-bedroom units feature two single beds in the bedroom and a queen bed in the lounge with a kitchenette, hot drinks and milk provided and an ensuite. Alternatively, the “Comfort Cabin” has a queen in the main room with the open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area, while the separate bedroom has a bunk bed and a single bed. Both are reasonably priced and tastefully furnished.
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2. 42b College House
With the cheapest dorm rates in town and homely atmosphere, 42B College House is well worth considering for backpackers. They also offer private single, twin, double and family rooms, some with ensuites and some with shared bathrooms. There are several spacious lounge areas, as well as a barbecue and garden to relax in. You might want to make use of the free unlimited WiFi, free off-street parking and even free bus pick-ups. What’s more, 42B College House is within walking distance of the city centre and supermarkets.
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3. Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park
Wake up with a morning kayak on the river, cool off in the swimming pool in summer, and stay in affordable cabins and motel units at the Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park. There is a wide range of accommodation options here, including glamping tents, camping sites, basic cabins with shared facilities and motel-style units increasing in private facilities and price, like private kitchens and bathrooms. With plenty of family-friendly recreational activities, the holiday park is a top choice for families, which we feature in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Whanganui.
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- Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park on Expedia
4. Astral Motel
One of the best-priced motels in town, Astral Motel has 15 compact but comfortable groundfloor units located right by the Whanganui River. The standard studios are ideal for couples or groups of three with tea/coffee-making facilities, while the kitchen units have self-catering facilities. There are also family units available with cot and highchair hire if needed. The motel offers free use of bicycles, making getting into town along the riverside cycleway a lot quicker.
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5. Riverside Motel
A classic motel along the Whanganui River, Riverside Motel offers an affordable stay for the non-fussy traveller. Enjoy the convenience of a full kitchen including an oven across all room types, which include standard queen rooms, family rooms and more spacious suites. All rooms have a river view, as well as free WiFi in the communal areas and off-street parking.
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6. Riverview Motel
Not to be confused with the motel above, Riverview Motel is located further north along the Whanganui River boardwalk and features studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, some with a luxurious spa bath. Rooms are basic but convenient with cooking facilities, a shower ensuite and free WiFi. The motel is particularly good for groups and families with their family units sleeping up to six.
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7. The Grand Hotel Wanganui
For a central but affordable stay in Whanganui, consider The Grand Hotel Wanganui. The historic hotel has been running since the 1920s and still retains some original features oozing in historical charm. All of the 50 rooms have ensuite bathrooms and come in all sorts of layouts, from single to triple rooms with some adjoining for families. Also on-site is The Grand Irish Pub with pool tables, crowd-pleasing pub grub and pints of Guinness.
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- The Grand Hotel Wanganui on Booking.com
- The Grand Hotel Wanganui on Trip.com
- The Grand Hotel Wanganui on Expedia
8. Braemar House
This YHA hostel and bed & breakfast accommodation is located on the banks of the Whanganui River, well within walking distance from the city centre. Choose from one of the seven B&B rooms with ensuites and an upscale lounge and dining area or one of the hostel rooms with a mix of male dorms, female dorms and private rooms, also with their own communal kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities.
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9. Tamara Riverside Lodge
Another backpacker accommodation in the city, Tamara Riverside Lodge is right beside the Whanganui River, just five minutes from the city centre. The lodge offers plenty of spaces for relaxation with a spacious garden with hammocks, generous-sized lounge with a piano and guitars and a barbecue area. The hostel also provides free unlimited WiFi and free bike hire. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whanganui.
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10. Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park
Stay in an alternative part of Whanganui: by the beach at the Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park! With a playground, flying fox, basketball court, skate park, swimming pool and Castlecliff Beach, the holiday park is certainly a top pick for families. No matter what type of traveller you are, however, you’ll find affordable accommodation in one of the self-contained baches (holiday homes) or flats with private kitchen and bathroom facilities at your fingertips. Alternatively, camp in the tent or powered sites and make use of the communal bathrooms and kitchen.
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- Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Whanganui Seaside Holiday Park on Expedia