Clarence Boutique Hotel
Clarence Boutique Hotel

10 Best Hotels in Tauranga

© Clarence Boutique Hotel

Where to Stay in Tauranga

Where should you stay in one of New Zealand’s most bustling cities? In Tauranga, most of the accommodation is not made up of hotels, but of motels. Many of which are to hotel standards and most of the time offer more facilities than a hotel. That’s not to say that there are not a few stylish hotels worth checking out. We’ll go through some of our top picks in this list of best hotels in Tauranga, throwing in a few high-quality motels and a hostel so you understand your options.

For alternative accommodation, see our 10 Best Motels in Tauranga and The Complete Guide to Tauranga.

1. Hotel on Devonport

Overlooking the harbour from a high-rise building in downtown Tauranga, Hotel on Devonport offers some of the most glorious views from its contemporary hotel rooms. The rooms provide a comfortable stay in all seasons thanks to the large opening windows, private balconies and cosy gas fireplaces/heat pumps. There are six room categories available with something to suit couples, corporate travellers and families. Some rooms feature luxurious amenities, such as an ensuite spa bath, a spacious open-plan lounge, USB ports and free WiFi. A room service breakfast is available, while some local restaurants offer a charge-back service.

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Hotel on Devonport© Hotel on Devonport

2. Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Trinity Wharf Tauranga is one of Tauranga’s most upscale and comprehensive hotels. There are three categories of rooms at this 4.5-star hotel: Urban Rooms, Harbour Rooms and Apartments, all of which are elegantly-appointed and may feature spa baths and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Urban Rooms provide entry-level accommodation into this stylish hotel, while the Apartments are a home away from home. During your stay, you’ll have access to an outdoor infinity pool, free parking, free WiFi, gourmet dining at the Halo Restaurant, business services and babysitting services. See more accommodation like this in our list of 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Trinity Wharf Tauranga© Trinity Wharf Tauranga

3. Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre

Hotel Armitage offers a wide range of hotel accommodation, all having the benefits of free WiFi and free parking. Family, twin, queen and executive rooms make up the room menu, with the option to upgrade to rooms with a spa bath and suites with a lounge. The Poolside Restaurant is an on-site restaurant serving Kiwi favourites and cooked breakfast, while the Clippers Lounge is a sophisticated place to meet up with friends and enjoy pre-dinner drinks. Don’t miss happy hour from 5pm to 6pm. See more hotels with restaurants in our 10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies.

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Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre© Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre

4. City Suites

A popular choice just a 10-minute walk from the city centre, City Suites offers a range of self-catering studios and apartments. The apartment complex has a collection of communal facilities, such as an outdoor swimming pool and on-site parking, while the suites themselves have all your essential amenities. You’ll have at least your own kitchenette, heating/air-conditioning and access to business services. Choose either a Standard Studio, One-Bedroom or Two-Bedroom Apartment, some of which have private balconies.

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City Suites© City Suites

5. Clarence Boutique Hotel

Moments away from the Tauranga waterfront and only boasting 10 rooms, Clarence Boutique Hotel is one of your top small hotel offerings in Tauranga. Each room is uniquely decorated with designer furniture and New Zealand artwork. In your room, you’ll enjoy a TV with satellite channels and Netflix, free WiFi, tea/coffee-making facilities and free local calls. Rooms also have an ensuite with a double basin and rainfall showerheads. All rooms sleep up to two people in either queen or king bed. See more accommodation like this in 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Clarence Boutique Hotel© Clarence Boutique Hotel

6. Quest on Durham

Enjoy your own private space at Quest on Durham. The apartment complex has 29 serviced apartments that are modernly-styled for a luxurious yet well-priced stay in Tauranga. The open-plan studios and apartments feature a full kitchen, ensuite, dining table and some with a balcony. The Studio is a cost-effective choice for couples or business travellers looking for a long-term stay, while the two/three-bedroom apartments are ideal for groups and families. Other facilities at Quest include on-site parking, Sky TV, free WiFi, laundry facilities and access to a gym and sauna. See more suggestions like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Quest on Durham© Quest on Durham

7. The Tauranga on the Waterfront

This is a motel in Tauranga could easily compete with a four-star hotel. Offering a range of stylishly-appointed suites and studios, The Tauranga on the Waterfront has something for everyone. Most rooms are spacious complemented by an ultra-modern decor. Enjoy expansive harbour views from your private balcony or patio, step into Italian-style tiled bathrooms with marble or granite vanities, and enjoy extra amenities such as a kitchenette, TV with satellite channels and free newspaper delivery.

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The Tauranga on the Waterfront© The Tauranga on the Waterfront

8. 850 Cameron Motel

Another fantastic hotel-style motel is 850 Cameron Motel. This contemporary accommodation located just five minutes drive from the CBD offers a variety of rooms. Your most luxurious options include the Executive Studio with a spa bath and apartments with two bedrooms, while the Standard Studio is a more affordable option. While you will have your own kitchen facilities, there’s always the option to pick up food from the on-site cafe.

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850 Cameron Motel© 850 Cameron Motel

9. Wanderlust NZ

Travellers on a budget should definitely consider Wanderlust NZ. You can hardly do more central, with its location on The Strand. This backpacker accommodation offers a range of dorm rooms, as well as private double and twin rooms with or without an ensuite. Guest share facilities, such as bathrooms and a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining area leading onto a balcony with harbour views. The hostel offers free WiFi, free bike hire, laundry facilities and free assistance in finding seasonal work. See more hostels in the area in our 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.

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10 Best Hotels in Tauranga© Wanderlust NZ

10. Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre

Situated a little out of town in the suburb of Bethlehem, yet closer to attractions like McLaren Falls Park, Bethlehem Motor Inn makes a great option for a hotel-standard motel in Tauranga. Not only is the four-star motel tastefully decorated, from its studios to its two-bedroom suites, but each room has a convenient kitchenette, Sky TV, free WiFi and an ensuite. There are a few extra facilities on the grounds to keep you entertained during your stay, including a swimming pool, spa pool, tennis court, sports net, large grounds for kids to run around, and a barbecue area. Find more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre© Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre


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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