Where to Find the Best Hotels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui
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. Meanwhile, in the beachside suburb of Mt Maunganui, you’re more likely to find apartment hotels. In both instances, they 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 and Mt Maunganui, throwing in a few high-quality motels and a hostel so you understand all of your options.
For alternative accommodation, see our 18 Best Motels in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui and The Complete Guide to Tauranga.
1. Hotel on Devonport – The Best Hotel in Tauranga CBD
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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2. Clarence Boutique Hotel – The Best Hotel in Tauranga for Couples
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 accommodations that are ideal for couples in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.
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- Clarence Boutique Hotel on Booking.com
- Clarence Boutique Hotel on Trip.com
- Clarence Boutique Hotel on Expedia
3. Trinity Wharf Tauranga – The Best Hotel in Tauranga City Centre
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 in 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 Restaurant at Trinity Wharf Tauranga, business services and babysitting services. See more accommodations like this in our list of the 12 Best Luxury Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.
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- Trinity Wharf Tauranga on Booking.com
- Trinity Wharf Tauranga on Trip.com
- Trinity Wharf Tauranga on Expedia
4. Capri on Pilot Bay – The Best Hotel in Mt Maunganui
A stylish apartment hotel on the shores of Mt Maunganui’s Pilot Bay and at the base of The Mount (Mauao), Capri on Pilot Bay offers one of your best hotels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. Modernly appointed, all of the apartments here are well presented, while communal facilities such as a swimming pool and barbecue area amp up the holiday vibes. All apartments here are self-catering, so making meals is no hassle, while the free WiFi and on-site parking are also welcome additions.
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5. Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers – The Best Waterfront Hotel in Mt Maunganui
The most striking towers in Tauranga with an enviable position at the beach of Mt Maunganui, Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers is your ultimate holiday getaway. With proximity to The Mount (Mauao), the beach and Mount Hot Pools, not to mention two of its own swimming pools, this apartment hotel in Mt Maunganui has a location and facilities to impress. Knowing that many of its rooms are a little outdated, however, you don’t have to pay extortionate prices for this upscale stay. What’s more, you have self-catering facilities in each studio, spa-bath suite or apartment, providing more ways to say a bit of dough.
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- Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers on Booking.com
- Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers on Trip.com
- Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers on Expedia
6. Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre – The Best Budget Hotel in Tauranga
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 5 pm to 6 pm. See more hotels with restaurants in our 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.
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7. City Suites – The Best Cheap Hotel in Tauranga City Centre
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. Find more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.
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8. Quest on Durham – The Best Apartment Hotel in Tauranga
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 Accommodations in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui.
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9. The Tauranga on the Waterfront – The Best Waterfront Hotel in Tauranga
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 on Booking.com
- The Tauranga on the Waterfront on Trip.com
- The Tauranga on the Waterfront on Expedia
10. Seagulls Guesthouse – The Best Cheap Hotel in Mt Maunganui
Near Mt Maunganui‘s Main Beach, this cheap accommodation is a perfect little base for exploring the seaside suburb. Seagulls Guesthouse offers affordable private rooms and plenty of comfortable common areas, including a bathroom, lounge, barbecue area and kitchen. There are rooms for solo travellers, a couple of friends, couples and families with shared bathrooms and ensuite options.
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- Seagulls Guesthouse on Booking.com
- Seagulls Guesthouse on HostelWorld
- Seagulls Guesthouse on Trip.com
- Seagulls Guesthouse on Expedia
11. 850 Cameron Motel – The Best Hotel in Tauranga with a Spa Bath
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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12. Wanderlust NZ – The Cheapest Hotel in Tauranga City Centre
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, not unlike a hotel. 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 8 Best Backpacker Hostels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.
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13. The Mission Belle Motel – Upscale Motel in Mt Maunganui
A motel with character and hotel-standard facilities in Mt Maunganui, The Mission Belle Motel is well worth considering. Set in a Spanish mission-style building, this motel has been lovingly renovated with a range of suites and apartments. Each room has its own charms, whether it’s a private balcony or patio, a loft room, prime views of The Mount (Mauao) or something else. While all rooms have a microwave and drink-making facilities, most also feature a kitchenette with a stovetop.
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14. The Pacific Apartments – The Best Apartment Hotel in Mt Maunganui
Soak in the ocean scenery through the floor-to-ceiling windows of your apartment at The Pacific Apartments. These high-rise apartments at the base of The Mount offer an idyllic holiday escape with an outdoor pool, apartments with balconies, a hot tub and a fitness centre. While this accommodation is perfectly fine for couples, it shines best for families and groups with fully self-contained apartments sleeping up to a whopping 10 people! Cooking is made easy with a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher in each apartment, while other useful additions include laundry machines, a TV and free WiFi.
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- The Pacific Apartments on Booking.com
- The Pacific Apartments on Trip.com
- The Pacific Apartments on Expedia
15. Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre – The Best Out-of-Town Hotel in Tauranga
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.
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More Hotels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui
That’s it for our guide to the best hotels in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:
- 18 Best Motels in Tauranga & Mt Maunganui
- 15 Best Things to Do in Tauranga
- The Food Guide to Tauranga: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Tauranga.