Blue Seas Motel
Blue Seas Motel

10 Best Motels in Kaikoura

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Motel Accommodation in Kaikoura

You’ll hardly struggle to find affordable and practical motel accommodation in Kaikoura. The tourist hotspot has a motel for everyone, whether you’re looking for an affordable stay for the family or are a discerning traveller seeking modern comforts. We’ll go through some of our tops picks in this list of motels in Kaikoura! Alternatively, check out 10 Best Hotels in Kaikoura for different accommodation.

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1. Panorama Motel

Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from your one or two-bedroom unit at the Panorama Motel. Each unit opens up onto a patio or private balcony where you can take in the ocean views. Rooms are lined with timber and are traditionally decorated, featuring amenities like a kitchenette, Sky TV, WiFi and use of cots/highchairs and laundry if needed. Panorama Motel is a five-minute walk from the wharf and a selection of restaurants.

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2. Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Modern motel units, a convenient location opposite the supermarket, and affordable rates: what’s not to love about the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge? The stylish motel rooms are equipped with essentials like a fridge, microwave, Freeview TV, DVDs and free WiFi. Studios come in a variety of layouts, from queen to king to twin to “Deluxe”, while the one and two-bedroom units are ideal for families. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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3. Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura

By the time you reach Kaikoura, you might have seen the Bella Vista brand more than a few times. Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura follows the same standard as the rest of the motels in the chain: clean and crisp motel rooms with something for everyone. The One-Bedroom Studio is an easy choice for families, sleeping up to four guests with the convenience of a full kitchen, a separate bedroom and an ensuite with a spa bath. Couples and friends will find ample space and all the essentials in the Superior Studio or Twin/Triple Studio. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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4. Seaview Motel

Treat yourself to beachfront accommodation at an affordable price at the Seaview Motel! The boutique motel has nine units, including studios sleeping up to three guests and multi-bedroom units sleeping up to five. All units are self-catering, such as the larger units that are ideal for families with full kitchen facilities, while the smaller units for couples are more suitable for making breakfast. Rooms are well-appointed and have free WiFi and Sky TV. Guests also have access to a barbecue area.

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5. Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Find something practical and affordable at the Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge. Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge has 20 self-contained motel rooms, from studios to two-bedroom units. Rooms might be cheap and cheerful but they have all the essentials, from a basic kitchen for cooking simple meals to an ensuite. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, a barbecue area, as well as a children’s playground adjacent to the motor lodge.

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6. Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park

Enjoy motel accommodation along with holiday park facilities at the Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park. Keep things cheap and cheerful in the Standard Cabins and make use of the communal kitchen and bathroom. Alternatively, One-Bedroom Deluxe Park Motels provide the privacy and comforts of home like a full kitchen, Sky TV, DVD player and underfloor heating. There are studio motel units with cooking facilities and an ensuite also available.

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7. Blue Seas Motel

In a peaceful location on the beachfront, Blue Seas Motel is definitely worth considering. The affordable motel has 13 motel units, some with a sea or mountain view and some with a spa bath. Stay in one of the Standard Studios sleeping up to three with a small kitchen, bathroom and dining area. Alternatively, the one and two-bedroom units sleep either four or six guests and contain the most essential amenities from home.

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8. Willowbank Motel

Located near popular activity providers like Dolphin Encounter, Willowbank Motel is a short drive from town yet closer to the action. The 11 rooms at the motel have kitchenettes, a dining area and individual climate control units. While the room decor is nothing flashy, you can hardly complain when it comes to the price. Room layouts include studios and multi-bedroom apartments for different budgets.

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9. Heritage Court Motor Lodge

Stay in one of 18 simple and sunny apartment-style units of the Heritage Court Motor Lodge. The motel is 800m (2,625ft) away from the shopping mall and supermarket yet a short drive from the town centre. The self-contained units have a kitchen, ensuite, Sky TV, Home Roof Ventilation, free WiFi and more. There’s plenty of space to relax around the motel, whether it’s in the barbecue area or patio outside your unit. Studios, two-bedroom apartments and family apartments are available.

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10. A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

Just a two-minute walk from the town centre and offering a vast range of accommodation, A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park is a popular choice for all kinds of budget travellers. If you’re not camping, choose from two varieties of cabin (bedding needs to be hired or you can bring your own) or one of the self-contained motel units with a kitchen, bedding and Freeview TV. Motel layouts include studios up to three-bedroom units. There is also a communal kitchen, bathrooms and a children’s playground.

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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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