10 Best Motels in Gisborne
10 Best Motels in Gisborne

15 BEST Motels in Gisborne šŸ˜ļø [2023]

© BKs Palm Court Motor Lodge

Where to Find the Best Motels in Gisborne

Gisborne is a city of motels, from beachfront beauties to outer-city getaways. You’ll find motels with swimming pools to cool off from the hot “Gizzy” sun, as well as motels with their own restaurants or breakfast delivery. Finding a motel in the city or even on the outskirts by lesser-known beaches is completely possible thanks to the variety of locations. So, find the right Gisborne motel to suit you and your crew with this list of the best motels in Gisborne.

While you’re here, don’t forget to plan some awesome experiences using the 20 Best Things to Do in Gisborne.

1. White Heron Motor Lodge – The Best Motel in Gisborne

One of Gisborne’s upmarket motels, White Heron Motor Lodge is a popular pick! The motel is conveniently close to the city centre, making it easy to explore the city, while the modern and tastefully furnished studios and one- and two-bedroom units provide a comfortable stay even for the fussiest travellers. Most units have a king spa bath, should you need pampering, as well as a kitchenette to prepare basic meals.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© White Heron Motor Lodge

2. Motel Oasis – Gisborne Motel with a Spa Pool

Boasting some of the most picturesque motel surroundings in Gisborne, Motel Oasis is seriously worth considering. The motel is backed by lush green hills right in between Gisborne city and Wainui Beach, providing a tranquil escape. Stay in one of the affordable single or queen studios or treat your group to a larger family suite with interconnecting rooms. Each of the beach-inspired decorated suites looks out onto the motelā€™s solar-heated swimming pool – a popular place for guests to relax.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Motel Oasis

3. Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel – Waterfront Motel in Gisborne

The main reason to stay at this motel in Gisborne is purely for its location. Nowhere else in Gisborne can you enjoy the absolute beachfront like at the Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel. Units feature glass sliding doors that lead directly onto the grassy reserve just steps away from the sandy shores of Waikanae Beach. As for accommodation, there are self-contained motel units and recently renovated apartments with a separate private kitchen, a bathroom and a spacious living area. See other listings like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Gisborne.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel

4. Ocean Beach Motor Lodge – Gisborne Motel at Wainui Beach

Ocean Beach Motor Lodge is located between Gisborne city and Wainui Beach, making it easy to get into town when you need yet allowing you to enjoy the beauty of what is many’s favourite beach in Gisborne. What’s more, the motel reinforces the holiday vibe with tropical plants and palms decorating the courtyard, central to the apartment-style units. Each unit features a full kitchen, free WiFi, Sky TV and more. The barbecue area is a good place to relax in summer. See more motels with family-friendly facilities in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Gisborne.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Ocean Beach Motor Lodge

5. BKs Palm Court Motor Lodge – The Best Motel in Gisborne City Centre

Affordable and centrally located, BKs Palm Court Motor Lodge is a worthy go-to for all types of travellers. The one-bedroom units are a good place to start for families, while budget travellers will find the modern studio units convenient, and discerning travellers can treat themselves to a spa unit. There’s easy parking right out front, a kitchenette to make basic meals and a spa bath in many of the units. Why not order a continental or cooked breakfast while you’re there?

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© BKs Palm Court Motor Lodge

6. Waikanae Beach Motel – Gisborne Motel at Waikanae Beach

Stay just across the road from Waikanae Beach and a short stroll away from Gisborne’s restaurants and i-SITE at the Waikanae Beach Motel. The motel has just 15 units including studios with various different levels of cooking facilities, as well as one- and two-bedroom units which are fully self-contained. Amenities and decor are basic but comfortable enough for a short stay.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Waikanae Beach Motel

7. Senator Motor Inn

Conveniently located by some of the city’s top cafes, restaurants and wine bars, as well as having self-catering facilities, the Senator Motor Inn is a good choice for foodies and couples. The motel basks in views of the Turanganui River and the Esplanade Marina, best enjoyed from your private balcony. Stay in super spacious units with easy-access showers in the ensuites. Other facilities include free WiFi, a breakfast delivery service and car parking within the motel complex. See more couple-centric motels like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Gisborne.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Senator Motor Inn

8. ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge – The Best Gisborne Motel on Gladstone Road

The ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge is built with Mediterranean-style architecture to put you in the true holiday spirit. The small motel offers 14 ground-floor units with self-catering facilities, such as a stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and all the essential cooking utensils. There are a variety of studios available, from budget to spa studios, while the one- and two-bedroom units are ideal for groups and families.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge

9. Captain Cook Motor Lodge – Cheap Motel in Gisborne

Keeping in with the historical theme, Captain Cook Motor Lodge offers basic motel units with classic decor and furnishings. Nevertheless, they have something for everyone across the 36 rooms from budget studios to interconnecting units ideal for families and groups. There are queen/twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms, while the studios and multi-room units have more facilities, like kitchenettes. Enjoy dining out in the sunny courtyard or dine at the on-site restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Gisborne.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Captain Cook Motor Lodge

10. Champers Motor Lodge – Gisborne Motel with a Pool

For a social place to stay with loved ones or friends, head to the Champers Motor Lodge. In summer, the solar-heater pool, children’s pool and barbecue area as popular hangouts, while the studios, one- and two-bedroom units are pleasant enough for when you want some privacy. Each unit includes at least a microwave, fridge and hot drink-making facilities, while the multi-room apartments have kitchenettes.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Champers Motor Lodge

11. Teal Motor Lodge – Popular Gisborne Motel on Gladstone Road

Another motel on the popular “motel mile” of Gladstone Road in Gisborne, Teal Motor Lodge is the place to go for rest and relaxation thanks to its outdoor pool and on-site Thai massage studio. The fixtures might seem a little old-school (especially as many are inspired by the historical TEAL Airlines that ran in New Zealand in the 1940s and 50s) but the place is well maintained and feature modern amenities like TVs with streaming services and free WiFi.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Teal Motor Lodge

12. Tudor Park Motel – The Best Self-Catering Motel in Gisborne

Not only do you get funky Tudor-inspired architecture and timber-lined chalet-style interiors, but you also get full self-catering accommodation including the elusive oven! The Tudor Park Motel offers a variety of unit layouts with free WiFi and parking right outside the door. Keep entertained with Smart TVs with Netflix and enjoy the extensive gardens surrounding the motel.

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12 BEST Motels in Gisborne šŸ˜ļø [2023]© Tudor Park Motel

13. Pacific Harbour Motor Inn – The Best Gisborne Motel for Corporate Travellers

A popular motel on the palm tree-lined banks of the Turanganui River and inner harbour marina, Pacific Harbour Motor Inn offers an array of corporate studios, one- and two-bedroom units, access units and an ultra-spacious suite. Your kitchen has the cooking basics, like a microwave and electric stovetop, while the waterfront eateries are only a short walk away. The off-street parking is also a welcome bonus.

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13 BEST Motels in Gisborne šŸ˜ļø [2023]© Pacific Harbour Motor Inn

14. Bella Vista Gisborne – Gisborne Motel with Free WiFi

A safe go-to for a motel in Gisborne, following the standards of the nationwide motel brand, Bella Vista Gisborne offers harmless motel rooms for discerning travellers. From compact studios with just the basics to one-bedroom units with a full kitchen, the range of room options isn’t as overwhelming as many other motels in Gisborne but at least the choice is an easy one. With off-street parking, free WiFi, Sky TV, cots/highchairs available and some units with a spa bath, Bella Vista Gisborne ticks the right boxes.

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13 BEST Motels in Gisborne šŸ˜ļø [2023]© Bella Vista Gisborne

15. Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park – Gisborne Holiday Park with Motel Units

Finally, don’t rule out a holiday park accommodation in Gisborne, such as the Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. Not only do they do camping sites and cabins with shared facilities for guests, but they also have multiple grades of self-contained motel units and modern apartments. Whatā€™s more, the complex has a covered heated swimming pool, a petanque course and a whole bunch of watersports hire equipment to make the most of Gisborneā€™s main beach.

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10 Best Motels in Gisborne© Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

More Motels in Gisborne

That’s it for our list of the best motels in Gisborne. For more places to stay, as well as things to do, check out these recommendations:

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

Author

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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