Summit Motor Lodge
Summit Motor Lodge

10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga

© Summit Motor Lodge

Kid-friendly Accommodation in Tauranga

With vast expanses of beaches, family-friendly events and waterparks, Tauranga is an excellent getaway for families travelling around New Zealand. For those wanting to stick around for a while in this Bay of Plenty city, we’ve compiled a list of the best family accommodation in Tauranga. There’s something to suit every family size, budget and style.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Tauranga Must-Dos and The Guide to Tauranga for Families.

1. Trinity Wharf Tauranga

One of Tauranga’s most upscale hotels has a place for families. There are three categories of rooms at this 4.5-star hotel: Urban Rooms, Harbour Room and Apartments, all of which are luxuriously-appointed and the latter two have something for families. In the Harbour Deluxe Two King Suite, families share a room and two single beds, an ensuite with a shower/spa bath, not to mention glorious views. Note that there are only two rooms like this! Alternatively, the apartments provide ample space for the whole family, as well as useful amenities, such as a bathroom, separate bedrooms and a full kitchen. During your stay, your family will be able to make use of the outdoor infinity pool, free parking, free WiFi, the Halo Restaurant and babysitting services. See more recommendations like this in our 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Trinity Wharf Tauranga© Trinity Wharf Tauranga

2. Durham Court Motor Inn

It’s hard to beat the central location of Durham Court Motor Inn, a short stroll from the CBD and its array of shops and eateries. This mid-range motel, decorated in minimalist sophistication in mind, features both a Family Bedroom and a Family Villa. The Family Bedroom sleeps the family in the same room with one queen and two single beds, while the villa is your full home away from home with three double bedrooms and one single room. Wherever you stay, you’ll be able to keep the little ones entertained with Sky TV, free WiFi and an outdoor pool, while mum and dad will have the conveniences of kitchen facilities and free parking.

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Durham Court Motor Inn© Durham Court Motor Inn

3. Summit Motor Lodge

Set on spacious grounds just a five-minute drive from Tauranga CBD, Summit Motor Lodge is a family accommodation in Tauranga well worth considering. The motel rooms are spacious and well-appointed, even if the kitchens are a little out-dated but you’ll still be able to spruce up family meals. Alternatively, make use of the barbecue area while the youngsters splash around in the pool. There are a few great rooms for families, from affordable one-bedroom units with a separate room for mum and dad and two single beds in the lounge. These units are also available with a spa bath ensuite or easy-access facilities. The two-bedroom unit means everyone gets their own space.

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Summit Motor Lodge© Summit Motor Lodge

4. Bennetts Thermal Pools Motor Inn

Enjoy your own private mineral hot pool at the Bennetts Thermal Pools Motor Inn. That’s right, each unit has sliding doors out to a private courtyard containing a soothing hot pool. What’s more, every single unit here is suitable for families, where you just need to choose something to suit your group size and budget. Either way, you’ll have a full kitchen, a living area with Sky TV, separate bathroom and free WiFi. This motel is a short drive from Tauranga CBD.

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Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn© Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

5. Harbour City Motor Inn & Conference

Enjoy the spacious one-bedroom family units of the Harbour City Motor Inn. Otherwise, some units at the centrally-located motel are inter-connecting should you have a larger tribe or prefer a different layout. Either way, you’ll benefit from free WiFi, Sky TV, free on-site parking, electric blankets, a spa bath ensuite, full kitchen facilities and air-conditioning/heat pumps. The motel is also located about a 30-second walk from an interactive playground and offers its own bike hire and cycle tours.

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Harbour City Motor Inn© Harbour City Motor Inn

6. 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

Seeking a bit of pampering? How about staying at this budget motel in Tauranga with its own thermal pool heated at 39-40ºC (104ºF)! The thermal pool is filled with natural hot spring water from a thermal underground bore. As for the accommodation, 18th Avenue Thermal Motel offers affordable one/two-bedroom units for families. Rooms might be plainly decorated but are comfortable. Plus, kids love the children’s playground on-site. The motel is located near the Tauranga hospital and surrounding eateries, which just a short drive from the city centre. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Tauranga.

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18th Avenue Thermal Motel© 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

7. Academy Motor Inn

The two-bedroom units of the Academy Motor Inn are the ideal choice for families. These units have multiple TVs, fully-equipped kitchens, large bathroom with a spa bath and spacious lounges. There is a back door and front door to your unit either leading to the on-site car park or a relaxing grassy area. You’ll also have the convenience of free WiFi, a barbecue area, laundry facility, room service breakfasts, a swimming pool and a spa pool.

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© Academy Motor Inn

8. 850 Cameron Motel

A modern motel just five minutes drive from the CBD and located near the hospital, 850 Cameron Motel is an excellent choice for families. The apartments are the best choice for families, featuring two bedrooms, one of which have single beds, a kitchenette, lounge, TV with eight Sky channels, bathroom (some with a spa bath), dining area and a heat pump/air-conditioning. Oh yes, and free WiFi. There’s also an on-site cafe should you want to have a break from making breakfast or lunch.

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850 Cameron Motel© 850 Cameron Motel

9. Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre

Situated a little out of town in the suburb of Bethlehem, yet closer to family attractions like McLaren Falls Park, Bethlehem Motor Inn makes a great option for family accommodation in Tauranga. Not only is the four-star motel tastefully decorated across its family-friendly 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 and your family 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

10. Quest on Durham

Finally, enjoy your own space and ultimate privacy in your own stylish apartment in Tauranga. Quest on Durham has 29 serviced apartments that are modernly-styled for a luxurious yet well-priced stay in Tauranga. Enjoy open-plan living in an apartment with a full kitchen, ensuite, dining table and two separate bedrooms in the two-bedroom apartment. Additional facilities include on-site parking, Sky TV, free WiFi, laundry facilities and access to a gym and sauna. See more self-catering accommodation in our 10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies.

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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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