10 Best Motels in Westport
10 Best Motels in Westport

10 Best Motels in Westport

© Carters by the Sea Beachside Apartments

Find the Best Westport Motels

Need a convenient and affordable place to stay in Westport? Motels, like in most New Zealand towns, are the most abundant accommodation choice. You’ll find most have a town centre location, while a few others are on the outskirts along Carters Beach or the river estuary. Most of Westport’s motels don’t see regular upgrades but they provide a comfortable and authentic stay nonetheless. Choose from some of our favourites in this list of the best motels in Westport.

For more travel advice on the area, check out The Complete Guide to Westport and the 10 Amazing Things to Do in Westport.

1. Carters by the Sea Motel

One of the most upmarket motels in Westport, not only in its facilities but its idyllic location, Carters by the Sea Motel is located alongside Carters Beach. The motel boasts 10 modern studios, which are well-presented and include luxurious essentials like a kitchen with a dishwasher and an ensuite with underfloor heating. All studios sleep two guests, while the odd option sleeps up to three. All of the upstairs studios have a balcony facing the Tasman Sea.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Carters by the Sea Beachside Apartments

2. Westport Spa Motel

If you seek a bit of pampering, check out the Westport Spa Motel. All of the upstairs units of this motel have a large corner spa bath and outside seating on a sunny balcony, making for an ideal retreat for couples. Studios are well-presented and feature a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, stovetop and more depending on the room. There are also one-bedroom apartments that sleep up to four guests. What’s more, there’s the convenience of free WiFi, Sky TV and a short walk to the town centre.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Westport Spa Motel

3. Bella Vista Motel Westport

A popular New Zealand motel brand, the Bella Vista Motel Westport can be found in the heart of Westport. It offers 18 modern motel units with options suitable for solo travellers, couples, groups and families. The compact studios offer basic facilities for those on a budget, while the superior and twin/triple rooms have a few more essentials like a kitchenette with basic cooking facilities. Those seeking their own space for families or groups of up to five will no doubt find what they’re looking for in the one-bedroom units. Sky TV and free WiFi are also included.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Bella Vista Motel Westport

4. Westport Motels

One of the most affordable motels in Westport, Westport Motels is a no-nonsense motel – just like its name. The motel offers plenty of comfortable rooms for couples and families. Couples have the option of a standard studio or can upgrade to a more modern studio. Families have several multi-room apartments to choose from. Either way, you’ll have all the essential amenities at your fingertips, including a full kitchen (some with an oven but most with stovetops), an ensuite and children’s play equipment in the garden. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Westport.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Westport Motels

5. Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels offers some interesting self-contained A-frame cabins, as well as motel units across its park-like grounds. Concentrating more on their motel offerings, they have homely yet basic studios and two-bedroom motel units with all the usual kitchen and ensuite facilities. The highlight, in our opinion, is the A-frame chalets with a full kitchen and oven set alongside the lagoon, should you want to try your luck in the whitebait season. On-site is also a mini golf course, which we feature in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Westport.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

6. Ascot Motor Lodge

You can’t miss the bright yellow building of the Ascot Motor Lodge near the town centre! The motel has 12 rooms which mostly consist of family rooms between the three-person studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. Even with the two types of studios for couples and solo travellers, it’s like a home away from home with a decent kitchen and access to the all-important WiFi. Some of the fixings and furniture are a little old-school but it will hardly matter as the motel is well-maintained. We also feature this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Westport.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Ascot Motor Lodge

7. Buller Bridge Motels

Situated along the Millennium Walkway in attractive gardens and native bush, the Buller Bridge Motel provides a pleasant stay. There are two grades of studio: the standard studio with basic but essential cooking facilities and the “Studio Gold” with attractive timber interiors and a larger kitchen with an oven. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments both feature full kitchen facilities, while the barbecue area is a favourite spot for get-togethers. Apartments have different kitchen facilities – so ask if you need specifics. Otherwise, free WiFi and Sky TV are welcome additions.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Buller Bridge Motels

8. ASURE Chelsea Gateway Motor Lodge

ASURE Chelsea Gateway Motor Lodge offers much of the same in Westport, well-kept and presented studios and apartments, but with the added option of a spa bath. There are various grades of studios to choose from sleeping two to three guests, as well as some spacious apartments for groups of up to six. Some apartments even have two bathrooms across two separate levels offering a homely experience. Other facilities include free WiFi, Sky TV and a guest laundry service.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© ASURE Chelsea Gateway Motor Lodge

9. Buller Court on Palmerston

Another spa motel in Westport, Buller Court on Palmerston offers something slightly more upmarket with some of their more modern apartments featuring an indulgent corner spa bath, as well as other luxuries like herbal teas and plunger coffee. Some kitchens have conveniences like a ceramic hob, microwave and electric frypans. If you don’t need as much space or the extra facilities, you’ll probably feel that the basic studios are just right. Of course, free WiFi and Sky TV is available.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Buller Court on Palmerston

10. Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Last but certainly not least, Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park offers affordable accommodation moments away from the sandy shores. Their motel units are the most spacious accommodation option equipped with all of the essentials expected in a Westport motel, but many travellers might find all that they need in the self-contained units and kitchen cabins for a cheaper rate. If you want to go cheaper still, there are standard units or camping sites where guests can use the communal kitchen and bathroom facilities.

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10 Best Motels in Westport© Carters Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park


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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