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10 Best Motels in Tauranga

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Motel Accommodation in Tauranga

Tauranga is a city of motels. It can be pretty overwhelming picking a base for a stay in the hub of the Bay of Plenty. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favourite motels in Tauranga, just to make the research a little easier. We’ve made sure to add a range of motels to suit every style and budget. Find motels with outstanding harbour views, natural mineral hot pools, city centre motels and motels away from the hustle and bustle.

For alternative accommodation, see our 10 Best Hotels in Tauranga and The Complete Guide to Tauranga.

1. 850 Cameron Motel

Stay in a contemporary motel, just five minutes drive from the CBD and near the hospital. 850 Cameron Motel offers a variety of rooms, from budget Standard Rooms to luxurious Executive Studios with a spa bath. While you may have your own kitchen facilities, there’s always the option to pick up breakfast and lunch from the on-site cafe. The motel is close to other eateries too. As one of the more stylish motel offerings, we feature this motel in 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Tauranga.

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850 Cameron Motel© 850 Cameron Motel

2. Bennetts Thermal Pools Motor Inn

A unique offering in Tauranga, Bennetts Thermal Pool Motor Inn features a private mineral hot pool in each of their motel units. That’s right, each unit has sliding doors out to a private courtyard containing a relaxing hot pool. The rooms are particularly catered to families but couples or small group of friends can just enjoy the extra space. Each unit also has a full kitchen, a living area with Sky TV, a separate bathroom and free WiFi. What’s more, Bennetts is a short drive from Tauranga CBD. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn© Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn

3. Rainbow Motel

Located opposite the Gate Pa shopping precinct, Rainbow Motel offers simple, affordable yet well-appointed motel units. There are self-contained units with a fully-equipped kitchen and an ensuite, as well as private rooms where guests can make use of the communal kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. What’s more, the choice of rooms here is not ridiculously overwhelming but has something to suit every type of traveller, from solo travellers to families. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Tauranga.

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Rainbow Motel© Rainbow Motel

4. Cobblestone Court Motel

Cobblestone Court Motel is well worth considering. There are only 12 units, all of which are on the ground floor, have crisp and clean interiors, and surround an outdoor pool. Rooms include a studio, executive studio and one/three-bedroom unit, all containing a decent kitchenette, ensuite, Smart TVs with Netflix, free WiFi and more. Other facilities at the motel, which is a short drive from the city centre, include free on-site parking, an ice machine, a barbecue, luggage storage, shuttle service, room service breakfast and more. See more self-catering accommodation in our 10 Best Accommodation in Tauranga for Foodies.

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5. Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre

Situated a little out of town in the suburb of Bethlehem, yet closer to attractions like McLaren Falls Park, Bethlehem Motor Inn is a super popular motel in Tauranga. The four-star motel is tastefully decorated, from its studios to its two-bedroom suites. Each contains a kitchenette, Sky TV, free WiFi and an ensuite. There are a few extra facilities on the motel grounds to keep you entertained, such as a swimming pool, spa pool, tennis court, sports net, large grounds for kids to run around, and a barbecue area.

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Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre© Bethlehem Motor Inn & Conference Centre

6. Durham Court Motor Inn

It’s hard to beat the central location of Durham Court Motor Inn, a short stroll from the CBD and its array of shops and eateries. This mid-range motel with a minimalist interior offers studios, twin studios, one-bedroom apartments, family bedrooms and a family villa. Most rooms have a basic microwave and coffee/tea-making facilities, except for the family villa which has a full kitchen. Other facilities include WiFi access, Sky TV and ensuites.

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Durham Court Motor Inn© Durham Court Motor Inn

7. The Tauranga on the Waterfront

This is one of the motels in Tauranga with the standards of a 4.5-star hotel. Offering a range of luxuriously-appointed suites and studios, The Tauranga on the Waterfront has something for everyone. Most rooms are spacious complemented by simplistically sophisticated decor. Enjoy expansive harbour views from your private balcony or patio, step into Italian-style tiled bathrooms with marble or granite vanities, and enjoy convenient amenities such as a kitchenette, TV with satellite channels and free newspaper delivery. We also feature this motel in our 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Tauranga.

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The Tauranga on the Waterfront© The Tauranga on the Waterfront

8. 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

Seeking a bit of pampering? How about staying at this budget motel with its own thermal pool heated at a soothing 39-40ºC (104ºF)?! The thermal pool is filled with natural hot spring water from a thermal bore. As for the accommodation, 18th Avenue Thermal Motel offers affordable studios where extra beds can be supplied and rooms with a kitchenette and ensuite. Alternatively, one and two-bedroom units are available providing more space. Rooms are plainly decorated but fresh and comfortable enough. The motel is located near the hospital, just a short drive from the city centre.

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18th Avenue Thermal Motel© 18th Avenue Thermal Motel

9. Roselands Motel

A comfortable motel only five minutes walk from the city centre, Roselands Motel is an excellent option for couples, solo travellers and corporate travellers. The motel features 10 units, each including free WiFi, Smart TVs with Netflix, a barbecue in a garden area, and a tranquil environment thanks to its Zero Tolerance For Noise policy! There are three room types available: a Standard Studio, Superior Studio and a One-Bedroom Apartment. Each room is cosy yet tastefully-decorated with simplistic charm. The Superior Studio and the apartments having kitchenette facilities, while the Standard Studio only provides the basics.

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Roselands Motel© Roselands Motel

10. Harbour City Motor Inn & Conference Centre

Last but certainly not least, enjoy the ultimate convenience of a city centre location at the Harbour City Motor Inn. The room menu includes studio units, twin share units, accessible units and family/one-bedroom units. Some units are inter-connecting should you have a larger tribe. Either way, you’ll benefit from facilities, such as free WiFi, Sky TV, free on-site parking, electric blankets, a spa bath ensuite, full kitchen facilities and air-conditioning/heat pumps. What’s more, the motel offers its own bike hire and cycle tours.

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Harbour City Motor Inn© Harbour City Motor Inn


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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