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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whanganui

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Where to 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 of 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 accommodations in Whanganui!

For more advice on planning an affordable trip, check out The Guide to Whanganui on a Budget.

1.Ā 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 also feature in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Whanganui.

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2. 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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3. 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. See how this motel compares to theĀ 10 Best Motels in Whanganui.

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4.Ā 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 a tent or powered sites and make use of the communal bathrooms and kitchen.

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5.Ā A Bit of New York in Whanganui

Another type of budget accommodation to consider for your stay in Whanganui is a homestay. One of the top-rated options is “A Bit of New York in Whanganui“, where you can enjoy as much or as little interaction with your welcoming host as you please. There is just one double room available, while the home’s tidy and modern kitchen (with breakfast included) and comfortable lounge are free for guests to use. We also like the sunny deck overlooking a stream.

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6.Ā Braemar House

ThisĀ hostel and bed & breakfast accommodation is located on the banks of the Whanganui River, well within walking distance from the city centre. At Braemar House, 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. For more B&B accommodations, check out theĀ 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Whanganui.

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7.Ā 42b College House

With the cheapest dorm rates in town and a 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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8. 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 radiating 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 a classic Kiwi tavern with pool tables, crowd-pleasing pub grub and pints of the good stuff. Discover more hotel stays in theĀ 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Whanganui.

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9. Astral Motel

One of the best-priced motels in town, Astral Motel has 15 compact but comfortable ground-floor 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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10.Ā 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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[CLOSED] 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, a 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.

More About Budget Accommodations in Whanganui

That’s it for our list of the best budget accommodations in Whanganui, but it’s by no means the end of our advice! Check out more guides to help you plan the perfect trip to Whanganui city:

And if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Whanganui on a Budget.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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