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10 Best Motels in Hanmer Springs

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Where to Find the Best Motel Accommodations in Hanmer Springs

Convenience, character and affordability await at the motels in Hanmer Springs. Hanmer Springs might be a small alpine village but there’s no lack of choice when it comes to motels. What’s more, there’s a vast range of motels to suit a number of styles, tastes and budgets. Whether you’re a family looking to house a large tribe or a couple looking for a spot of luxury, you’re sure to find something appropriate. We go through some of our top picks in this list of motels in Hanmer Springs!

For alternative accommodation, be sure to also check out The Complete Guide to Hanmer Springs and the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Hanmer Springs.

1. Spa Lodge Motel – The Best Motel in Hanmer Springs

Stay conveniently close to Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools at the Spa Lodge Motel. The boutique motel offers 11 rooms in a garden setting, all with essential amenities and an affordable price. The motel offers basic studios and one/two-bedroom units that are clean, comfortable and very good value for money. Motel units feature Sky TV, free WiFi and kitchenette/kitchens, while the motel grounds have an outdoor swimming pool in summer, a children’s playground, undercover parking, guest laundry and more.

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2. Tussock Peak Motor Lodge – Eco-Friendly Motel in Hanmer Springs

A contemporary motel with all the right fixings, we’re talking about TVs with streaming services and plenty of options with spa baths, Tussock Peak Motor Lodge is a top choice of motel in Hanmer Springs. Not only that, but the motel has an impressive list of environmental initiatives in place from using compostable rubbish bags to providing EV charging to supporting the Hanmer Springs Conservation Trust. Rooms either have balconies or terraces soaking in the alpine views, while other in-room facilities include Fairtrade teas, Jed’s coffee and hot chocolate and a choice of fresh or soy milk, electric blankets, a kitchenette with breakfast-making amenities and more.

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3. Settlers Motel – Upscale Motel with Spa Baths

Rated five stars by Qualmark (among other organisations), Settlers Motel provides a quality stay in the heart of Hanmer Springs. Two-bedroom units and a one-bedroom unit with the option of a rollaway bed are available for families, while the studios are ideal for couples. Upgrades include spa baths, balconies with a mountain or forest view, and king-sized beds. Your stay also includes free WiFi, access to more than 400 DVDs, free newspaper delivery, Sky TV, access to a barbecue area, free laundry facilities, and free towels for the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools.

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4. Alpine Garden Motel – Self-Catering Motel in Hanmer Springs

Just a few minutes’ walk from the hot pools, yet offering its own tranquil retreat across nine inviting units, Alpine Garden Motel is a motel in Hanmer Springs well worth checking for availability. Each unit comes with its own sunny verandah, full self-catering facilities, beds with electric blankets, a TV with Sky TV and DVD players (and a DVD library available) and the all-essential free WiFi. And if they weren’t enough, there’s also the option to upgrade to a unit with a spa bath.

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5. The St James Premium Accommodation – Luxury Motel in Hanmer Springs

Enjoy the convenience of self-contained accommodation without sacrificing luxury at The St James Premium Accommodation. The luxury apartment complex offers rooms sleeping two to six people with deluxe additions, such as bathrooms with underfloor heating, king and super-king beds, spa baths and gas fires, and breakfast delivery available. What’s more, there’s never a dull moment with a DVD library, board games and a barbecue area to make use of. If you like the sound of this place, be sure to also check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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6. Harrogate Gardens Motel – Boutique Motel in Hanmer Springs

An ultra-boutique accommodation on the residential streets of Hanmer Springs, Harrogate Gardens Motel is too cute to pass on! There are just two well-appointed studio units and one cosy ensuite for couples, all exclusively adults-only, enhancing the tranquillity of this stay. All of this is just as well, as you’re staying among gorgeous gardens tended to with love. Those staying in the studio units will also have the luxury of a corner spa bath in the ensuite bathroom with tile/marble floors.

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7. Aspen Lodge Motel – Motel Near the Hanmer Springs Hot Pools

Radiating bold design choices throughout its rooms and quirky outdoor spaces, Aspen Lodge Motel offers a lot of character to go with a pleasant stay. There is a diverse range of room layouts across the 12 units available, so there’s sure to be something to suit no matter who you are travelling with. Additionally, rooms come with very decent kitchen facilities, spacious living areas and either a patio or private balcony. What’s more, the motel is very central to town and very close to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools.

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8. Forest Peak Motel – Affordable Self-Contained Motel in Hanmer Springs

Stay in one of nine stand-alone chalets or apartments at the Forest Peak Motel. Each unit is unique with features, such as timber-lined walls to compliment the alpine town vibe. There are units for couples, friends travelling together, and large families, all containing some sort of self-catering facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Additionally, the motel complex has a children’s playground, barbecue in the garden, free WiFi, highchairs and cots. See more self-catering stays like this see the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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9. The Chalets Motel – Motel Near Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

More alpine-style chalets await at The Chalets Motel. Stay in a stand-alone chalet just 600m from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools. Each chalet offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and features such as Sky TV, a designated car park beside the chalet, a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, daily newspaper delivery and more. You’re sure to find something to suit your party, with chalets in a number of layouts and sizes sleeping two to six guests. We also list this motel in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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10. Bella Vista Hanmer Springs – Motel Near Hanmer Springs Animal Park

The New Zealand motel brand of course has a presence in the South Island hotspot of Hanmer Springs. While Bella Vista Hanmer Springs is not usually travellers’ first choice of motel in Hanmer Springs, it still offers perfectly harmless studios and one-bedroom units. Note that the kitchenette facilities in each unit are limited to a microwave, kettle and toaster, but at least you get Sky TV, free WiFi and electric blankets for those chilly nights.

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11. Alpine Springs Motel – Motel Near Hanmer Springs Golf Course

Located in an acre of manicured gardens beside the Hanmer Springs Golf Club, Alpine Springs Motel is a gorgeous setting for a getaway. The boutique motel with 10 tastefully-appointed units consists of a number of layouts for couples, friends and families. Treat yourselves to a spa bath in the “Queen Studio” or one and two-bedroom “Spa Units”. Larger groups will find more space in the three-bedroom “Spa Bungalow”. Facilities consist of Sky TV, free WiFi, DVD players, cooking facilities and free parking. What’s more, the motel also has a barbecue area and a complimentary DVD library.

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12. Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel – Hanmer Springs Motel with Spa Pools

Travellers have plenty of choice at the Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel. Keep things simple and affordable in the well-appointed Studio or upgrade to a “Spa Suite” or “Spa Bath Unit” with cooking facilities. For families, if the “Two-Bedroom Family Unit” with a full kitchen, gourmet hot drinks, family couch, TV with Sky TV and garden patio isn’t enough, then perhaps upgrading to the “King Family Unit” with three bedrooms will suit? Find this quiet family-friendly accommodation just a short walk from the village centre.

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13. Glenalvon Lodge Motel – Pet-Friendly Motel in Hanmer Springs

Another fantastic motel on the main street of Hanmer Springs, Glenalvon Lodge Motel is worth checking for availability. The motel offers nine spacious rooms, all of which are on the ground floor and have breakfast-making facilities, three-channel Sky TV and an ensuite. The motel studio units all sleep two to four guests. While you won’t be able to make your own meals in your room, restaurant delivery is available or it’s just a short walk to the local eateries.

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14. Hanmer Springs Retreat – Family-Friendly Motel in Hanmer Springs

After a day of adventure or relaxing in thermal pools, retreat to this peaceful motel-hotel hybrid just a 10-minute walk from town. Hanmer Springs Retreat offers a range of rooms for couples, friends and families, as well as the convenience of an on-site restaurant. Couples will find value in the “Studio Room” or something pampering in the “Studio Room with Spa Bath”, while the “One/Two-Bedroom Suites” and “Two-Bedroom Apartment” provide ample space for families of four. All rooms at least have a kitchenette, ensuite and an open-plan layout. See more family-friendly stays like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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15. Larchwood Motel – Cheap Motel in Hanmer Springs

An affordable motel nearby Hanmer Springs’ popular forest walks and a short walk from the town centre, Larchwood Motel is definitely worth considering. It’s nothing flashy in terms of the decor but the motel is utterly convenient with kitchenettes to make simple meals, ensuites and comfortable beds. There are room types to suit most travellers, from couples in the studios and one-bedroom units to families in the “Family Units”. Each room also features Sky TV, a DVD player, and private undercover parking. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Hanmer Springs.

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[CLOSED] Amuri House Boutique Motel

This motel exclusively for couples offers a peaceful stay in Hanmer Springs. Amuri House Boutique Motel is set in landscaped gardens to admire from either your Premium King Suite or Deluxe Queen Suite. The motel, located just five minutes walk from the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools, has its own spa pool in the garden, while you’ll also find luxurious additions in your suite, such as an espresso coffee machine, beds with the premium underlay and more.

[CLOSED] Hanmer Resort Motel

A centrally-located motel that offers a no-frills stay for an affordable price, Hanmer Resort Motel does the job. All the necessities for cooking, sleeping and bathing are here in the Studio, Villa and Family Apartment. This motel is especially a good choice for groups with Villas sleeping three to four guests and the two-storey Apartments sleeping five to seven! Facilities are limited but no-less useful, including barbecues, a play area for the kids, and a guest laundry.

More About Motels in Hanmer Springs

That’s it for our list of the best motels in Hanmer Springs, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:

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


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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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