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Family Accommodations in Whangarei

10 Best Family Accommodations in Whangarei šŸ‘Ŗ [2024]

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The Best Kid-Friendly Hotels and Accommodations in Whangarei

From familiar-feeling hotels to breathtaking baches in the Whangarei Heads, Whangarei has a wealth of experiences to offer families. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to want to stick around for a while to make the most of what this Northland city has to offer. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of some of the best family accommodations in Whangarei. You’ll find something to suit, no matter your budget, taste and needs.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Whangarei for Families and 10 Things to Do in Whangarei with Kids.

1. Motel Sierra

Motel Sierra caters to just about anyone, including families visiting Whangarei. Stay in the one-bedroom unit or studio sleeping up to four people, while larger tribes will find everything they need in the two-bedroom units or the four-bedroom house. You’ll find versatile kitchen facilities in each type of accommodation, as well as free WiFi, Sky TV, a shower ensuite, electric blankets, heating and living/dining furniture. Rooms are simple yet modernly appointed. Downtime at the motel can be spent playing in the game rooms, refreshing in the outdoor pool in summer, and unwinding in the spa pool no matter the season.

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Family Accommodations in Whangarei© Motel Sierra

2. Birchgrove Cottages

For a real home-away-from-home experience, Birchgrove Cottages offers private stand-alone cottages with one and two-bedroom layouts. These modernly-appointed holiday homes have full kitchens, bathrooms with contemporary fixings and ample garden space for the kids to roam. While the cottages are around 8 km (5 miles) from the city centre, they are located next to the scenic Northland Golf Course and the Kamo shopping precinct.

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Family Accommodations in Whangarei© Birchgrove Cottages

3. Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

For families seeking that luxury hotel experience, set your sights on Distinction Whangarei Hotel. The two-bedroom family suites are a fine option to treat yourselves to, featuring Sky TV, two TVs, a bar area, bathroom, dining area and complimentary access to the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, spa, gym and barbecue area. Dinnertime is made easy with the on-site Portobello Restaurant offering superb views across the Whangarei Town Basin.

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© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

4. BK’s Pohutukawa Lodge

The large studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units are an excellent budget option for families at the BK’s Pohutukawa Lodge. Unwind in the spa baths included in some of the rooms and make simple snacks with your basic kitchen facilities with a microwave. Rooms include Sky TV, a DVD player, queen beds and free WiFi. Cots and highchairs are also available, as are refreshments and snacks, breakfast delivery, on-site parking and more. Simple!

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5. Whangarei Central Holiday Park

Kids love the holiday park experience, so treat them to one like the Whangarei Central Holiday Park. The holiday park offers a vast range of accommodation types, from simple tent sites to apartments with everything you could need. Stick to your budget in the compact “Family Room” with breakfast-making facilities and use the communal bathrooms and kitchen or enjoy your own privacy in the “Kitchen Cabins”, “Self-Contained Studios”, “Motel Units” and “Apartments”.

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Family Accommodations in Whangarei© Whangarei Central Holiday Park

6. Stonehaven Motel

Get the boutique motel experience for the family at Stonehaven Motel. This budget accommodation with 10 units comprises spacious one and two-bedroom units for groups. Stay just a short walk from the city centre in basic but well-appointed rooms with kitchenettes, bathrooms, Sky TV, free WiFi, electric blankets and on-site parking. See more self-catering options in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Whangarei.

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7. Pembrooke Motor Lodge

Enjoy views of the bush-clad Mt Parahaki from your motel unit at Pembrooke Motor Lodge. The motel accommodation is located approximately 1 km (0.6 miles) from the city centre and offers self-contained units with ensuite bathrooms, 46″ TVs, kitchenettes, free WiFi, and inside and outside furniture. The affordable family units have modern furniture, as well as access to facilities like DVD players with a DVD library, daily newspaper delivery on request and more. See more stays like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Whangarei.

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8. Quest Whangarei

For a touch of luxury with all the comforts of home, choose Quest Whangarei. The serviced apartment complex includes two styles of two-bedroom apartments. The standard two-bedroom apartment is a purpose-built apartment, while the “Executive” two-bedroom is a one-bedroom apartment interconnected to a studio. Either way, you and your family can enjoy full modern kitchen facilities, separate bedrooms both with a private ensuite, a TV with in-house movies and lounge area and a dining area. More facilities include local restaurant chargeback, laundry facilities and car parking. See more accommodations like this in our 6 Best Luxury Accommodations in Whangarei.

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© Quest Whangarei

9. Whangarei Falls Holiday Park

With a kids’ playground, barbecue area and go-kart hire, Whangarei Falls Holiday Park is a top choice for families. For those of you not camping, you’ll have the choice of motel units with private self-catering facilities, budget cabins and units with some private facilities and use of the communal kitchen and bathrooms. Accommodation is simple but certainly does the job for an affordable stay in Whangarei. Find the holiday park at the foot of Mt Parihaka and its walking trails, just a short drive from the city centre.

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Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park© Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park

10. Lupton Lodge

Luxury and home comforts combine at Lupton Lodge. The luxury boutique accommodation sits between Whangarei city and the stunning Tutukaka Coast. An a la carte breakfast is included in the stay, as well as an on-site dining room serving gourmet evening meals. You and your family also have access to a 10 m swimming pool, extensive gardens, farm animals to entertain the little ones and a lounge with game tables. Families have the option of a two-bedroom apartment with contemporary fixtures and furniture, as well as a four-bedroom holiday home in a historic villa.

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More About Family Accommodations in Whangarei

That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Whangarei but is by no means the end of our Whangarei advice! Check out these to plan more of your visit:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Whangarei 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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