Arista Motel of Rotorua
Arista Motel of Rotorua

10 Best Motels in Rotorua

© Arista Motel of Rotorua

Motel Accommodation in Rotorua

Looking for self-catering accommodation? Something affordable yet room for the whole family or perhaps a private retreat for couples with a private spa pool? Rotorua can certainly provide with so many motel options that one street, in particular Fenton Street, has been nicknamed the “Motel Mile”. To make your choice a little less overwhelming, we’ve handpicked some of our favourites in this list of best motels in Rotorua.

For alternative accommodation in Rotorua, see 10 Best Hotels in Rotorua and 10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua.

1. Emerald Spa Motor Inn

The perfect retreat for couples, Emerald Spa Motor Inn offers Romance Packages and irresistible spa rooms. Each unit has kitchenette facilities should you want to indulge in a quiet night in, as well as conveniences such as free WiFi and Sky TV. Outside you’ll find a heated pool, as well as mountain bike storage and wash-down facilities. While the motel is a little out of town, it’s just a few minutes from the acclaimed Redwoods Forest. See more motels like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Emerald Spa Motor Inn© Emerald Spa Motor Inn

2. RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

Located on the stretch of road known as the “Motel Mile”, RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua is a top choice along Fenton Street. The modern and vibrant decor is refreshing, complementing the kitchen facilities and private spa pools in most rooms. The Studio or Studio with a spa pool presents some of the best rooms for couples, while families will find more than enough space in the variety of apartments. The motel also features a barbecue area, hot room, heated outdoor pool, mountain bike storage and wash-down area, petanque course and more.

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RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua© RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

3. Sport of Kings Motel

Affordable and peaceful, Sport of Kings Motel is well worth considering. The 4.5-star motel situated just of Rotorua’s main street is in a convenient central location yet feels miles away from the hustle and bustle. The newly-refurbished motel has a range of stylish studios and apartments suitable for solo travellers, couples and families. While not all rooms feature a private spa, the geothermally-heated outdoor pool has an attractive setting among native plantings. While you’ll have access to your own kitchen, a cooked and continental breakfast can be delivered straight to your door. On arrival, you’ll also receive freshly ground coffee.

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Sport of Kings Motel© Sport of Kings Motel

4. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge

BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge offers a range of rooms from simple Queen Suite Studios to more luxurious and spacious Deluxe Queen Spa Studio Suites, while interconnecting Suites are available for groups and families, all of which have kitchenette facilities. Conveniently, BK’s Rotorua is located by a supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre.

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BK's Rotorua Motor Inn© BK's Rotorua Motor Inn

5. Rotorua Motel

You can’t go too far wrong with the modern furnishings and spa bath accommodation of the Rotorua Motel. Most rooms come with either a spa bath or spa pool and a small-yet-modern kitchen that you’ll find a joy to cook in. You’re also free to bathe in the outdoor thermal pool or spa pool, as well as have access to conveniences like free WiFi. The motel is a short walk from the supermarket and the city centre.

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Rotorua Motel© Rotorua Motel

6. Arista of Rotorua

A popular motel with families, Arista of Rotorua is well worth considering. No room is less than 62m (203ft) with most units sleeping up to six and feature spacious living areas. You and your loved ones will even have a private spa pool to enjoy and you’re sure to keep warm in the thermally-heated rooms. Each unit also has a kitchenette to make use of while the little ones can play at the motels super playground! See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Arista Motel of Rotorua© Arista Motel of Rotorua

7. Malones Spa Motel

If you’re looking for something a little more stylish on the “Motel Mile”, then set your sights on the four-star Malones Spa Motel. The accommodation features 20 rooms with cable TV, on-demand movies and basic kitchenette facilities. Room choices consist of large studios and one-bedroom apartments. Most rooms also feature a private hot tub or plunge pool. There is a large garden area, while a golf course and spa centre provide more entertainment nearby.

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Malones Spa Motel© Malones Spa Motel

8. Arista Capri Motel

Another offering from the Arista motel group, Arista Capri Motel is situated mid-way on Fenton Street, a short drive from the city centre and other Rotorua attractions. The motel has 17 spacious units complete with kitchens and a geothermally-heated spa pool. There are studios for two up to two-bedroom apartments for families, each with a simple yet sleek design. The barbecue area beckons in summer, while individually-controlled thermal heating in each suite is sure to keep you toasty in winter.

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Arista Capri Motel© Arista Capri Motel

9. Regal Palms Resort

While not strictly a “motel”, the Regal Palms Resort has a collection of self-contained suites suitable for couples and families. Each suite features a private hot pool and either a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, a children’s playground, a barbecue area, a mini-golf course, a sauna and a tennis court! The resort also has a Guest Bar and Lounge serving New Zealand wines and spirits.

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Regel Palms Resort© Regel Palms Resort

10. Silver Fern Rotorua – Accommodation & Spa

Silver Fern Rotorua ticks all the boxes. Budget rooms, family rooms, even honeymoon suites and executive rooms for business travellers… You’re sure to find a room to suit your travel style here while knowing that amenities such as spa pools/spa baths, electric blankets, baby equipment, room service breakfast and a late 11am checkout are available. Silver Fern also boasts a day spa with a wide range of massages, body wraps and facials available. The motel is also located mid-way along Fenton Street within short driving distance to town and other Rotorua attractions.

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 Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa© Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa


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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