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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa

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Where to Find Family-Friendly Accommodation in Akaroa

A trip to Akaroa isn’t just about treating the family to dolphin cruises, penguin safaris and French baguettes. With the fun-filled holiday park, waterfront apartments and woodland lodges available, it’s also about treating them to a special space to bond as a family. Akaroa has the odd holiday park and a few motels that offer affordability in the town, while there is no lack of holiday homes and apartments. Find the perfect stay for your tribe with this list of the best family accommodations in Akaroa.

For more travel advice for a family trip, check out The Guide to Akaroa for Families and the 10 Things to Do in Akaroa with Kids.

1. Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park

After a day’s exploring Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula, the recreation continues at the family-friendly Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park. A swimming pool and children’s playground are some of the features that make this Akaroa accommodation such a no-brainer for families, while the camping sites, cabins and self-contained units make sure there’s accommodation to suit a range of budgets. If you’re camping or staying in a cabin, make use of the communal bathrooms and kitchen for self-catering. If you prefer your own private space, however, the self-contained units offer all the essential amenities at your fingertips. See more stays like this in the 8 Best Budget Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park

2. Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Offering absolute waterfront accommodation, the views of the Akaroa Waterfront Motels is just one of the drawcards. Stay in one of the fresh and modern one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units. Each feature a kitchen, bathroom and some with a private patio or balcony to soak up the harbour scenery and spot dolphins. Convenience is also a highlight with units that sleep up to six guests, while the town centre attractions are just a short stroll away.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa Waterfront Motels

3. Akaroa Village Inn

Stay in the heart of Akaroa town with the luxury of your own space in the family apartments of the Akaroa Village Inn. The homely two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are the best choices for families presented by this apartment collection, each individually owned and uniquely designed with modern fixings and decor. Enjoy having a full kitchen at your disposal, while the kids can be kept quiet with the free WiFi and Sky TV. Discover more options with cooking facilities in theĀ 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa Village Inn

4. La Rochelle Motel

There’s something for small families to larger tribes at La Rochelle Motel. Although the motel on the main road of Akaroa and a short walk from the town centre mostly consists of studio units, there is also a two-bedroom holiday apartment for families of four. Enjoy your own space with a bedroom with a queen bed and the children’s room with two single beds, while the open-plan living area and kitchenette lead onto a private balcony overlooking a stream and native garden. Guests also have access to free WiFi. See more like this in the 10 Best Motels in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© La Rochelle Motel

5. Tresori Motor Lodge

An endearing studio and apartment complex within walking distance of the town centre, Tresori Motor Lodge boasts light-filled self-contained accommodation with all the conveniences to make a family visit easier. Small families have the choice of one-bedroom units with a spa bath, while families of up to five will find the two-bedroom units better suited. The units are upstairs with glass sliding doors and seating areas inside and out. The owners here also manage The Bruce Waterfront Apartments (see below).

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Tresori Motor Lodge

6. Bruce Waterfront Apartments

A true home-away-from-home experience, the Bruce Waterfront Apartments offer charming accommodations and convenient amenities for families. Boasting garden or sea views from the two-bedroom two-storey apartments, the self-contained accommodation offers a stunning location in town. Families can enjoy a spacious and modern kitchen with elements of a traditional cottage emphasised, such as exposed timber ceilings. Apartments are tastefully decorated with a nautical theme to put you into the true holiday spirit.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Bruce Waterfront Apartments

7. Lochsloy Farmstay

Offering something a little different, Lochsloy Farmstay offers farmhouse accommodation in Little River on the way to Akaroa. Their Koromiko House is a historical farmhouse that has been modernly renovated for families to enjoy. There’s plenty of space for kids to roam in the gardens, while mum and dad can spruce up dinner in the large kitchen (with a dishwasher!) or soak in the claw-foot bath. Cosy up by the log fire in winter, while summer is a good excuse to get out and see the animals on this small working farm. The holiday cottage sleeps up to nine guests. Discover more holiday home-style stays in theĀ 10 Best Holiday Homes in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Lochsloy Farmstay

8. Duvauchelle Seaside Motel

Just north of Akaroa at the head of the Akaroa Harbour, Duvauchelle Seaside Motel is an idyllic base to explore the surrounding Banks Peninsula while offering a tranquil place to retreat. Choose from upstairs and downstairs rooms, each with a kitchenette, dining area and lounge with a sofa bed, a separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom. Soak in the harbour views from your balcony or patio.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Duvauchelle Seaside Motel

9. Twin Gullies

Beautifully restored stables and a barn sit amidst five acres of gardens, paddocks and woodland at the Twin Gullies, just a short drive from Akaroa. Kids love the outdoor swimming pool, as well as petting the sheep and feeding the chickens. After an evening of barbecuing or using the pizza oven under the walnut trees, retreat to your barn unit with a queen room and bedroom with two singles. Breakfast is included in the rate. See more like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Twin Gullies

10. Mt Vernon Lodge

Scattered among scenic gardens and woodland of Mt Vernon, Mt Vernon Lodge offers a pleasant retreat for families. The chalet cabins provide families of up to six their own space, while the motel units of the main lodge have space for up to four guests and provide access to the communal lounge with a sunken fireplace and kitchen. Outside, enjoy a barbecue on the spacious deck with a patio heater and marvellous sea views. For more alternative accommodations like this, check out theĀ 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Akaroa.

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10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa© Mt Vernon Lodge

More About Family Accommodations in Akaroa

That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Akaroa. For more advice on planning an awesome trip to Akaroa, check out the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Akaroa for Families.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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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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