10 Best Motels in Palmerston North© Aubyn Court Spa Motel
10 Best Motels in Palmerston North

20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North 🏘️ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Motel Accommodation in Palmerston North

Escaping to the city doesn’t mean you have to leave the conveniences of home behind. The motels in Palmerston North allow you to keep to your budget thanks to self-catering facilities, while often providing extra luxuries like an in-room spa pool to remind you that you are truly on holiday. We’ll go through some of our tops picks for Palmerston North motels in the list below, making sure to have something suitable for all types of travellers.

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1. Aubyn Court Spa Motel – The Best Motel in Palmerston North

Couples looking for a romantic retreat, take a look at Aubyn Court Spa Motel. Treat your loved one to a night or two in one of the spa studios with a separate indoor spa pool separate from the ensuite bathroom. Additionally, the one and two-bedroom “Family Suites” radiate a contemporary style with luxurious additions like super-king beds and tiled bathrooms with a spa bath. Either way, rooms are ultra-spacious and feature free WiFi, mezzanine suite options and breakfast-making facilities. There’s also the convenience of on-site parking, Sky TV and a location near The Plaza shopping mall. For more like this, see our 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Palmerston North.

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10 Best Motels in Palmerston North© Aubyn Court Spa Motel

2. Bentleys Motor Inn – Palmerston North Motel with Spa Pools

Treat yourself to affordable luxury at the Bentleys Motor Inn. It’s all about the spa baths and pools here at this high-end accommodation where pampering yourself is a must. Rooms here consist of studios, one and two-bedroom units of varying upgrades. Each room is extremely well-presented with most rooms having kitchen facilities and added luxuries like a dishwasher. Other facilities on the grounds include a gym, squash court, sauna, on-site parking, free WiFi, laundry and conference rooms.

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3. Comfort Inn Kauri Court – Cheap Motel in Palmerston North

A boutique motel near the scenic Fitzherbert Park, Comfort Inn Kauri Court provides a tranquil and friendly experience. Stay in bright and well-appointed studios and multi-bedroom apartments with features like individual air-conditioning, free WiFi, super king beds, cooking facilities and a bathroom. The motel also has a breakfast menu should you want to take a break from cooking, as well as on-site parking and laundry facilities. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Palmerston North.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North 🏘️ [2023]© 1. Comfort Inn Kauri Court

4. City Corporate Motor Inn – Luxury Motel in Palmerston North

Discerning travellers visiting Palmerston North are best to look at the city’s motels before considering the hotels, and City Corporate Motor Inn is a great example as to why. Luxury features are included from tip to toe across the apartments and studios of this central motel, including apartments with massage recliners, twin-spa hot tubs, soundproofed and double-glazed windows, corporate transfer services and business facilities and more. Their breakfast menu is also a delight. See more stays like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Palmerston North.

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5. Drovers Motor Inn – Palmerston North Motel on Main Street

A modernly renovated motel on the main road into Palmerston North, Drovers Motor Inn is a choice you won’t regret. Rooms are spacious and come with all the fixings including 42″ smart TVs, a fully equipped kitchenette or kitchen and some rooms even have a shaded private patio area for those glorious summer days. Although there are studios and one-bedroom apartments, families and groups may appreciate that the two-bedroom apartments come with both a bathroom (with a shower and bath) and an ensuite in the master bedroom.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North 🏘️ [2023]© Drovers Motor Inn

6. Cornwall Motor Lodge – Palmerston North Motel with Spa Baths

Another upmarket motel well worth considering, Cornwall Motor Lodge has a huge range of facilities to please most discerning travellers. Sky TV with Sky Decoder, spa pools and spa baths, contemporary kitchenettes with plunger coffee and cookies, free WiFi, bathrobes, on-site parking, chargeback meal services, TVs visible from the bed or spa, Sleepyhead king beds, breakfast delivery… And the list goes on! Rooms are available in studio, one and two-bedroom layouts. Find this motel in Fitzherbert.

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7. Fitzherbert Castle Motel – The Most Unique Motel in Palmerston North

Get the imagination running with the intriguing architectural design of the Fitzherbert Castle Motel. Whether you’re a family, a couple or a group, everyone loves a stay in “the castle”. There is a range of room layouts, even in one of the unique circular castle rooms, that also includes Sky TV with a My Sky Decoder, a DVD player, an ensuite with a spa bath, and breakfast-making facilities. Alternatively, just order breakfast straight to your room. The few extra touches like Fairtrade coffee, chocolates and an in-room snack bar are also a welcome addition.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North 🏘️ [2023]© Fitzherbert Castle Motel

8. Hacienda Motor Lodge – The Highest-Rated Motel in Palmerston North

A highly-rated motel in Palmerston North (according to platforms like Booking.com), Hacienda Motor Lodge has everything from studios right through to three-bedroom apartments. The motel isn’t only well-presented and impeccably clean but also boasts welcome amenities like free unlimited WiFi, smart TVs, 50+ Sky TV channels and an electric vehicle charging station. Note that not all rooms have full kitchen facilities, so choose wisely if you plan to self-cater.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North 🏘️ [2023]© Hacienda Motor Lodge

9. The Esplanade Motel & Conference Centre – Cheap Family-Friendly Motel in Palmerston North

One of the closest motels to Massey University, The Esplanade Motel & Conference Centre provides an ideal location for some. Drawcards of the motel include free mountain bikes to hire in summer and complimentary access to a nearby gym and pool. The motel has 13 well-presented rooms including budget studios, one-bedroom spa units and two-bedroom family apartments. Guests will have their own kitchenette, Sky TV, DVD player with an extensive library, free WiFi and more. See more like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodations in Palmerston North.

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10. Destiny on Fitzherbert – Boutique Motel in Palmerston North

A boutique motel with breathtaking decor, Destiny on Fitzherbert is an attractive option. Each studio and multi-bedroom unit features bespoke furnishings that provide the “wow” factor. The “Premium Studio” is a romantic retreat for couples, while the one and two-bedroom units have added luxuries like spa baths and kitchenette facilities. Be entertained with the 50″ TVs with streaming services, free WiFi, as well as the city centre eateries just a few blocks away.

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11. Fitzherbert Regency Motor Lodge – Palmerston North Motel on Fitzherbert Avenue

Stay in well-appointed suites with modern fixings at the Fitzherbert Recency Motor Lodge. Families have a wealth of choices here between the “Mezzanine Units” with a king and two king single beds, the “One-Bedroom Units” with the same bed setup, and “Studio Units” with interconnecting doors. Whatever you and your family choose, you’ll have access to free unlimited WiFi, ensuite bathrooms, double spa baths with a separate shower, plunger coffee and fresh milk daily, breakfast delivery and more.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North© Fitzherbert Regency Motor Lodge

12. BKs Premier Motel Palmerston North – Motel in Palmerston North City Centre

Located near Arena Manawatu and five minutes drive from the city centre, BKs Premier Motel Palmerston North is worth checking for availability. While the motel offers a variety of apartments, spa suites and shower suites, all rooms feature amenities like Lazy Boys, coffee machines, kitchen facilities and smart TVs. Although the main areas of the studios are simply furnished, the most impressive decor is in the bathrooms with tiled ensuites with a shower or spa bath. Each suite also has either a patio or balcony.

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13. Camelot Motor Lodge and Conference Centre – Character Motel Close to Palmerston North City Centre

Camelot Motor Lodge offers two styles of accommodation: hotel-style guest rooms all the way up to two-bedroom apartments with two stories. Apartments have full kitchens, while all the rooms have electric blankets, TVs, a microwave and tea/coffee-making facilities. For families, note that porta cots and highchairs are also available. Oh, and did we mention that the castle entranceway is pretty cool too?

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14. Alpha Motor Inn – Two-Bedroom Motels in Palmerston North

Lovingly-decorated motel rooms await all kinds of travellers at the Alpha Motor Inn. Keep things sleek and simple in one of the studios or upgrade for space and groups of up to six and seven in the “Family Units” with separate bedrooms. Each room is named after a native bird with the larger units featuring full kitchen facilities (including an oven). We love the convenience of being able to walk into town or even the supermarkets which are five minutes away.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North© Alpha Motor Inn

15. Shadzz Motel – Popular Motel on Fitzherbert Avenue

Stay in one of the 14 apartment-style motel units of the Shadzz Motel. Rooms have a homely vibe with most featuring a spa bath, free unlimited WiFi, self-catering facilities and more. There is a range of units to suit all traveller types, from couples to families to even corporate travellers that may want to make use of the conference room. Find this motel in Fitzherbert.

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16. Aztec Motel – Palmerston North Motel Near the Hospital (Ruahine Street)

Retreat to this peaceful motel just five minutes drive from the city centre. Aztec Motel offers budget studios with or without kitchen facilities, as well as one and two-bedroom units. Rooms are well-presented, with many having a ranch slider onto a private outdoor area. There’s on-site parking available, a barbecue, an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi, smart TVs and a trampoline for the kids. Discover more motels to compare in the 10 Best Motels in Palmerston North.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North© Aztec Motel

17. Rose City Motel – Self-Catering Motel in Palmerston North

Free unlimited WiFi: check! Sky TV: check! A two-minute walk from the city centre: check! Rose City Motel does the job and more! Guests take advantage of the squash court, spa pool, barbecue area and handy amenities like on-site parking and laundry facilities. As for the rooms, relax in your indulgent “Spa Studio” or treat the family to one of the homely “Apartment Suites”. Whatever your style, you’ll have access to at least basic cooking facilities. See more self-catering stays in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Palmerston North.

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18. Kiwi Studios Motel – Cheap Motel on Broadway Avenue

Ideally located in the centre of Palmerston North, Kiwi Studios Motel makes it all too easy! Choose from budget studios, twin studios and family units, or upgrade to an “Executive Spa Studio”. Either way, you’ll find rooms elegantly decorated and feature all the essentials, from kitchenettes to free WiFi. The motel also has a guest lounge to relax in, on-site parking, security gates and the option of a continental breakfast.

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20 BEST Motels in Palmerston North© Kiwi Studios Motel

19. Broadway Motor Inn – Budget Motel in Palmerston North

Affordable, close to the city centre and super practical, Broadway Motor Inn ticks all the boxes for budget-conscious travellers. The motel complex features 21 rooms with studios sleeping up to three guests and one-bedroom units for four guests. Facilities in each room include kitchens, dining furniture, a bathroom with a shower, Sky TV and free WiFi. Other amenities include on-site parking, laundry and continental breakfasts.

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20. Big Five Motel – Pet-Friendly Motel in Palmerston North

The Big Five Motel could certainly be described as a motel with character thanks to its African wildlife-themed rooms. Whether you’re into the animal kingdom or not, there’s no denying the quality furnishings and convenient layouts of these motel rooms. There are three types of studios to suit a range of budgets, as well as multi-bedroom units for families. Rooms either have breakfast-making or cooking facilities in the kitchenette, as well as ensuite bathrooms, TV, lounge and dining furniture and more.

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More About Motels in Palmerston North

That’s it for our list of the best motels in Palmerston North, but it’s by no means the end of our advice! Check out more guides to help you plan the perfect trip to Palmerston North:

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


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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