10 Best Motels in Whakatane
10 Best Motels in Whakatane

10 Best Motels in Whakatane

© Livingston Motel

The Best Whakatane Motels

Whakatane might be a small town but it spoils you for choice when it comes to motels. From affordable motels with a swimming pool to lavish 4.5-star accommodations with spa baths in each unit, there’s a motel to suit most travellers’ budgets, needs and desires. Location is key too, with most found in the town centre, but you’ll also find a few gems along Ohope Beach and near Whakatane’s protected reserves. So, find the right stay for you and your group with this list of the best motels in Whakatane.

1. 37 The Landing Motel

Setting the tone for the high quality of Whakatane’s motels, 37 The Landing Motel is contemporary, comfortable and warm. Featuring full double glazing (yes, that’s noteworthy in New Zealand), spa bathrooms with a separate shower, large beds with electric blankets and full cooking facilities, the units have all the essential amenities, and then some. Choose from an array of motel rooms, ranging from various grades of studios to lavish two-bedroom apartments for a real home away from home.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© 37 The Landing Motel

2. White Island Rendezvous

For many of the locals, the highlight of the White Island Rendezvous is the on-site cafe, but guests also love the stylish and modern motel units and romantic villas. The 4.5-star motel offers a convenient location close to the town’s shops, restaurants and boat tours, while the end of your day can be enjoyed in your spacious motel unit with layouts to suit just about all groups. See more like this in the 9 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whakatane.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© White Island Rendezvous

3. Ohope Beach Motel

For a wonderful location just across the road from Ohope Beach and even more wonderful prices, the Ohope Beach Motel is well worth considering. Choosing a unit here is easy, as all of them have a fully-equipped kitchen, Sky TV and WiFi – just choose one for your group size. You’ll find studio units for couples to the larger family and group units sleeping up to six. Kids enjoy borrowing the boogie boards to ride the Ohope Beach waves, while sunny days around the barbecue is another fun way to spend time here. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whakatane.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Ohope Beach Motel

4. One88 on Commerce

Another upmarket motel in Whakatane, One88 on Commerce provides a comfortable town centre stay for even the most discerning traveller. Be pampered in one of the spa suites or one- or two-bedroom suites, each with a spa bath and separate shower. Prepare meals in your open-plan kitchen with a ceramic cooktop and dishwasher and kick back with a movie on your smart TV. We also list motels like this in the 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Whakatane.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© One88 on Commerce

5. Livingston Motel

Enjoy a quiet and comfortable night in at the Livingston Motel. After cooking up a meal in your well-equipped kitchen (minus an oven), be pampered in your unit’s spa bath. There are a variety of studio units available to suit a range of budgets, while groups and families have one- and two-bedroom units to enjoy with more space. Added touches like complimentary plunger coffee, tea or drinking chocolate are some of the bonuses to enjoy.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Livingston Motel

6. Amber Court Motel

Swap town centre bustle for a stay on the edge of town at the Amber Court Motel. Lining the edge of the Mokoroa Bush Reserve, the motel offers an alternative and tranquil location for your stay in Whakatane. You have the facilities you need within your unit to prepare breakfast and light meals, while the barbecue area in the stunning flower gardens is a nice way to enjoy some alfresco cooking with your loved ones or travel mates. There are studio rooms, various one-bedroom units, family units and access units available.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Amber Court Motel

7. Tourist Court Motel

One of Whakatane’s budget city-centre motels, the Tourist Court Motel offers some of the best rates. While it might not look anything special from the outside, the units on the inside are well-maintained with bright decor and facilities that you’re sure to find useful. All units, from the simple studios to the two-bedroom units, have self-catering facilities including nice little extras like plunger coffee, while the location and prices are a struggle to beat.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Tourist Court Motel

8. Alton Lodge Motel

Simple yet affordable, the Alton Lodge Motel is well worth considering for travellers looking for their own space at a decent price. All of the studio, twin studios, one- and two-bedroom units have full kitchens including hotplates, microwaves and ovens, so all of your meals are sorted. Units are warm thanks to the addition of heatpumps, while those needing to cool off will likely enjoy the swimming pool in summer.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Alton Lodge Motel

9. Cortez Motel

A popular stay for families, the Cortez Motel provides affordable units surrounding an outdoor swimming pool. Out of their 15 motel units, you’ll find various grades of studios for solo travellers to groups of three, as well as three family units. Some of the basic units have kitchenettes, while entertainment is made easy with free WiFi and Sky TV. The central location in Whakatane town centre and a short walk from the harbourfront is a bonus. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Whakatane.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Cortez Motel

10. Tuscany Villas

Last but by no means least, Tuscany Villas is one of the more attractive motel offerings in Whakatane. The bright and modernly-decorated motel units not only come with a convenient kitchenette but also quality touches like a coffee plunger, free WiFi and Sky TV. Walk to the nearby restaurants and bars along the waterfront or enjoy a tipple at Giordano’s Italian BBQ and Wine Bar in the motel courtyard.

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10 Best Motels in Whakatane© Tuscany Villas


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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