© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre
© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

10 BEST Hotels in Whangarei 🛎️ [2023]

© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

The Top Hotels in Whangarei

Looking for a place to stay in the hub of Northland? Check out the array of hotels in Whangarei! From four-star hotels overlooking the most scenic parts of the city centre to budget hotels in historic buildings, the hotel scene in Whangarei has something for all travellers. We go over a few of our top picks in this list of the best hotels in Whangarei, as well as a few alternative accommodations well worth considering.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Complete Travel Guide to Whangarei and 15 Best Things to Do at Whangarei Heads.

1. Discovery Settlers Hotel – The Best Hotel in Whangarei

For couples, solo travellers and business travellers seeking a relaxed hotel with a fabulous location, check out Discovery Settlers Hotel. The three-star hotel offers four types of rooms, each classically furnished and to suit a range of budgets. The “Superior Room” or “Executive Studio” are your premium options with a patio or balcony looking out onto gorgeous gardens and Hatea River. Alternatively, budget rooms are available. Wander around the park-like grounds, refresh in the on-site swimming pool and enjoy hearty meals at the Settlers Bar & Grill. We also feature this hotel on our list of 5 Most Romantic Accommodations in Whangarei.

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Discovery Settlers Hotel© Discovery Settlers Hotel

2. Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre – The Best 4-Star Hotel in Whangarei

One of your more luxurious hotel options in Whangarei, the Distinction Whangarei Hotel is ideal for a special occasion. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Whangarei Town Basin from your private patio or balcony, indulge in your “Superior King Room”‘s spa bath or treat the family to a spacious “Family Suite”. Whatever room you choose, you’ll receive complimentary access to the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, spa, gym and barbecue area. At the end of a day exploring Whangarei, relax at the on-site Portobello Restaurant or enjoy a couple of local wines or beers at the Anchor Down Lounge Bar. See more recommendations like this in our 6 Best Luxury Accommodations in Whangarei.

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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre© Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

3. Quest Whangarei – The Best Self-Catering Hotel in Whangarei

Quest Whangarei provides an aparthotel experience in the centre of Whangarei. The serviced apartment accommodation includes studios, one-bedroom apartments and two styles of two-bedroom apartments. Enjoy a full modern kitchen, a studio room or separate bedrooms with private ensuites, a TV with in-house movies, and a contemporary open-plan lounge and dining area. The aparthotel also offers local restaurant chargebacks, laundry facilities and car parking. See more stays with kitchen facilities like this in our 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Whangarei.

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Quest Whangarei© Quest Whangarei

4. The Kamo Hotel – The Best Cheap Hotel in Whangarei

Your token “hotel above a pub” in Whangarei is The Kamo Hotel. Stay in a traditional-style pub that’s been going strong since the 1980s, now offering super affordable accommodation above its lively bar. Stay in one of the ensuite double rooms or a twin room with shared bathroom facilities. Either way, rooms are compact and basic but comfortable with modern linen. What’s more, you can roll out of bed and enjoy meals and drinks served downstairs. The hotel is in the northern part of the city. See more cheap options in our 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Whangarei.

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The Kamo Hotel© The Kamo Hotel

5. Grand Hotel – The Best Budget Hotel in Whangarei

The location is just too convenient, situated in the heart of the city centre! The Grand Hotel offers a range of rooms with ensuite bathrooms, as well as historical charm in a building built in 1900. Downstairs is a popular restaurant and bar, while upstairs holds single, twin, double and family rooms. Rooms are super basic but make do for the price. One of the highlights is the “Royal Balcony Room” leading out to the balcony where Queen Elizabeth II stood during her 1953 Royal Tour of New Zealand. Woop woop!

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Grand Hotel Whangarei© Grand Hotel Whangarei

6. Comfort Hotel Flames – The Best Hotel for Business in Whangarei

Although a little out of town, Comfort Hotel Flames is a superb hotel to retreat to after road tripping around Northland or spending a day in the city. The hotel is set in attractive tropical gardens and features 21 rooms, from budget-friendly “Standard Executive Rooms” with or without a kitchenette to “Premier Rooms” boasting views across Whangarei Harbour. Drawcards for the hotel include the outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, free airport shuttle, free unlimited WiFi and the choice of a restaurant and three bars.

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Comfort Hotel Flames Whangerei© Comfort Hotel Flames Whangerei

7. Bella Vista Motel Whangarei – The Best Hotel Alternative in Whangarei

Although we have exhausted the offering of hotels in Whangarei, you can have similar experiences in some of the city’s motels. For instance, Bella Vista Motel Whangarei provides motel rooms to the standard of a four-star hotel. Stay in fresh and well-presented rooms with a variety of choices to suit your budget and needs. Keep things simple and budget-friendly in the “Compact Queen” or stretch out in the “One-bedroom Executive Unit”. Each room includes breakfast-making facilities, modern ensuites, a desk, smart TVs, free unlimited WiFi and more. A continental breakfast is available for delivery, while other facilities include electric vehicle charging and on-site parking. What’s more, this motel is located super close to the city centre. For more motel options, head to the 10 Best Motels in Whangarei.

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Bella Vista Motel Whangarei© Bella Vista Motel Whangarei

8. Lupton Lodge – The Best Hotel for Couples in Whangarei

This boutique accommodation sits between Whangarei city and the Tutukaka Coast, making an ideal base to explore the Northland region. An a la carte breakfast is included in the stay at Lupton Lodge. You also have access to an on-site dining room serving evening meals, a 10 m swimming pool, extensive gardens, farm animals and a lounge with game tables. Couples and solo travellers have a vast range of hotel-style rooms to choose from, each beautifully appointed with its own unique style. There’s also a two-bedroom apartment with contemporary fixtures and furniture for families.

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Lupton Lodge© Lupton Lodge

9. The Continental Motel – The Most Underrated Hotel in Whangarei

The Continental Motel provides a more “resort-style” experience near Mt Parihaka and its walking trails, just outside of the city centre. Refresh at the motel’s outdoor swimming pool, unwind in the spa pool and relax in the gardens. The studios and one-bedroom units are the best choices for couples, while families have plenty of room to share in the two-bedroom units and apartments. All rooms are freshly decorated and furnished. Rooms also have kitchen facilities or treat yourself to breakfast in bed with breakfast delivery available.

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Continental Motel© Continental Motel

10. Lodge Bordeaux – The Best 5-Star Hotel in Whangarei

A sophisticated accommodation on the tranquil outskirts of Whangarei, Lodge Bordeaux makes a stunning base to explore Northland. Each of the 15 studios, one and two-bedroom units is elegantly decorated for a memorable stay. Enjoy the convenience of your own kitchen facilities, get a cafe-style breakfast delivered to your door, and enjoy New Zealand wines from your minibar. Units also include indulgent spa baths, king beds, heated tiled floors, Sky TV, hush glass windows, soundproofing and much more. As for the lodge’s facilities, there’s an attractive outdoor swimming pool and an undercover barbecue area.

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10 BEST Hotels in Whangarei 🛎️ [2023]© Lodge Bordeaux

[CLOSED] Little Earth Lodge

Escape to the countryside at the Little Earth Lodge. The modern purpose-built lodge set among beautiful gardens is located next to Abbey Caves. The lodge has an eco-friendly ethos and offers cabins with your choice of valley or garden view. Each cabin has a private deck, a twin or double layout, and access to communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Find Little Earth Lodge a 5-10 minutes drive from Whangarei city centre. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whangarei.

More About the Best Hotels in Whangarei

That’s it for our list of the best hotels 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 Complete Travel Guide to Whangarei.


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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