10 Best Motels in the Coromandel
10 Best Motels in the Coromandel

10 Best Motels in the Coromandel

© Anchor Lodge

Motel Accommodation on the Coromandel Peninsula

Don’t expect your average drab motel with a kettle and a bed. The motels in the Coromandel offer a true holiday experience! Swimming pools, full kitchens, ensuites and private decks are a staple of the Coromandel’s motels, offering a home-away-from-home in some of the most picturesque seaside towns in New Zealand. From Thames to Whangamata, we go through some of our top picks for the best motels in the Coromandel!

For more travel advice, be sure to check out The Complete Guide to the Coromandel and 10 Best Things to Do in the Coromandel.

1. Admiralty Lodge Motel

A top motel choice in Whitianga, Admiralty Lodge Motel offers affordable luxury right across the road from the beach. The motel apartments feature air-conditioning, double-glazed windows (yes, that’s a rarity in New Zealand worth mentioning), full kitchen facilities, ocean views and spacious fully-tiled ensuite bathrooms with spa baths being an option. When you’re not swimming at the beach, make use of the motel’s year-round heated swimming pool.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Admiralty Lodge Motel

2. Anchor Lodge Motel

Stay just a short stroll from the centre of Coromandel Town at the Anchor Lodge, which offers 25 various and affordable studios and apartments. Best suited to couples, groups and families, the rooms at Anchor Lodge provide self-contained living with at least a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. On-site facilities include a heated outdoor pool, communal spa pool, a barbecue hut, DVD library, free mountain bike hire and more. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Anchor Lodge

3. Harbour View Motel

Boasting panoramic views of the Firth of Thames harbour, the Harbour View Motel is rightfully named! Based in Coromandel Town, the motel offers a full holiday experience with free kayaks, free bikes, barbecues, spa pool, WiFi, fish-cleaning station and more for guests. There are just six units at this boutique motel, each with a furnished deck so you can spend more time soaking in those views.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Harbour View Motel

4. Breakers Motel

Get the resort experience at the Breakers Motel in Whangamata. Overlooking a winding pool complex complete with a waterfall and a large barbecue area, the units of the Breakers Motel provide a social place for group gatherings and families. Units consist of modernly-furnished one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio units with tiled flooring, kitchen facilities and some with private spa pools and spa baths.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Breakers Motel

5. Coastal Motor Lodge

Stay in the Coromandel’s largest town, Thames, in one of the attractive A-frame units of the Coastal Motor Lodge. The seaview studios, which the motel mostly consists of, are the best option for couples, while families will need to book in quick to bag one of the family units or batch-style cottages. All units are tastefully decorated and feature a private deck and parking.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Coastal Motor Lodge

6. Waihi Beach Paradise Resort

For a premium motel experience for groups and families, head to Waihi Beach where you’ll find the Waihi Beach Paradise Resort. There are two spacious modern units with a 10m (30ft) lap pool, two spa pools and are just seconds away from the beach. Alternatively, stay in the contemporary boutique cottage. Guests are free to use one of the courtesy bikes to ride into town or enjoy cooking for your loved ones in the spacious kitchens or on the Weber barbecue. See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Waihi Beach Paradise Resort

7. Tairua Shores Motel

For an alternative location in the Coromandel, stay in the seaside town of Tairua at the fabulous Tairua Shores Motel. An affordable self-contained option for most types of traveller, the motel units provide all the homely amenities, from a full kitchen with an espresso coffee machine to air-conditioning to take the edge off those hot summer months. Choose from various grades of one-bedroom chalets and studios. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Tairua Shores Motel

8. Peninsula Motel

For travellers on a budget, check out the Peninsula Motel in Whitianga. Offering a range of studio, one- and two-bedroom units of multiple tiers to upgrade, the Peninsula Motel has a good selection of accommodations for groups of one to six. You’ll have your own cooking facilities and a guest barbecue, as well as large lawns to relax in or let the kids loose if you’re travelling with youngsters.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Peninsula Motel

9. Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga

Stay in an apartment-style motel in Whitianga at the Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga. Motel apartments have a sociable open-living layout with balconies and patios to enjoy more of the great outdoors. Also on-site is an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts and a children’s playground, making this a popular choice for families.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga

10. Coromandel Cottages

Last but certainly not least, the Coromandel Cottages offer self-catering accommodation in Coromandel Town. Ideal for couples to families with their one- and two-bedroom cottages and deluxe cottages, the motel features fully-equipped kitchens and a large lounge and dining space. On the motel grounds, is an outdoor pool, landscaped gardens and a playground.

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10 Best Motels in the Coromandel© Coromandel Cottages


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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