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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui

10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Whanganui ❤️ [2024]

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Where to Find Couples’ and Honeymoon Accommodation in Whanganui

Travelling to Whanganui as part of a honeymoon road trip or simply seeking a romantic weekend away? Set the tone right by staying in romantic accommodation in Whanganui. Whether your idea of romance is a boutique B&B, a historical homestead, a well-presented budget motel or a riverside glamping tent, Whanganui’s couples’ and honeymoon accommodations make for a memorable experience. Check them out in this list of the most romantic accommodations in Whanganui.

For more honeymoon or romantic getaway advice, check out The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Whanganui and the 10 Romantic Things to Do in Whanganui.

1. Browns Boutique Bed and Breakfast

If you’re looking for “cute” then you’ll hardly find cuter than this historical home with modern touches. Browns Boutique Bed & Breakfast offers just two artfully decorated guest rooms with pieces made by local artists, as well as quirky finds handpicked from local antique shops. The queen rooms have an ensuite with one boasting a large freestanding bath. Both also have private entrances into the beautiful gardens where you can enjoy views of Mt Ruapehu from the B&B’s elevated position or watch the sunset. Needless to say, breakfast is included and is an event with a menu ranging from French crepes to bircher muesli. See more like this in our 7 Best Luxury Accommodations in Whanganui.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Browns Boutique Bed and Breakfast

2. Rutland Arms Inn

Stay in the city centre in the characterful boutique hotel, the Rutland Arms Inn. Upstairs from an English-style pub (that closes at 10.30pm and has no live music, might we add), the heritage suites of the hotel boast luxury queen-size Posturepedic beds and a mix of period and contemporary furniture to ensure a romantic tone. All suites have an ensuite, while some have a spa bath should you be seeking some extra pampering. Your stay also includes a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Discover more hotel stays in the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Whanganui.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Rutland Arms Inn

3. 151 On London Motel

A contemporary motel in the quiet suburbs of Whanganui, 151 On London Motel offers honeymoon suites for couples. Let them know it’s your honeymoon and they’ll organise a complimentary bottle of bubbles, chocolates, a cheese and fruit platter and romantic decorations, such as flower petals, in your room. Your room includes a kitchenette to prepare breakfast and light meals, as well as a double spa bath and a separate shower. See how this compares to other motels in the 10 Best Motels in Whanganui.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© 151 On London Motel

5. STUDIO @ 91

A sleepout with a private pool? Yes, please! Get an upscale bed & breakfast experience at STUDIO @ 91. This cute studio for one or two is set 20 m (66 ft) behind your host’s house, so it’s nice and private, allowing guests to relax among the landscaped gardens and by the pool at their leisure. The studio has contemporary fixings and furniture, including a TV with Chromecast. Breakfast is included in your stay and you’re only a 20-minute walk from the city centre. What’s more, this studio is very reasonably priced! Check out more affordable stays in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Whanganui.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© STUDIO @ 91

5. Bushy Park Historical Homestead

Pretend you’re in a period romance at the Bushy Park Historical Homestead where rooms boast wood panelling, open fireplaces, bay windows and antique furniture. Set on the grounds of a 100-ha (250-acre) wildlife sanctuary, which you can learn more about in the 10 Best Things to Do in Whanganui, this luxury B&B accommodation offers something unique perhaps to celebrate a special occasion. Meals are served in the dining room or out on the deck, while couples can also enjoy a glass of wine in front of the cosy lounge fireplace.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Bushy Park Historical Homestead

7. The Signal Box

A beautifully restored railway signal box that has been relocated to the banks of the Whanganui River, The Signal Box accommodation offers a unique and tranquil stay just outside of Whanganui city. You are the exclusive guests at this accommodation, with attractive gardens to explore with free-range chickens, fruit trees and the Whanganui River on your doorstep. Make use of the basic kitchenware to prepare meals for a quiet night in, where tea and coffee are also included. For things to do nearby, check out the 9 Must-Do Stops on the Whanganui River Road.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© The Signal Box

8. Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park

For a glamping experience beside the river, check out the Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park. Kitted out with a double bed, sofa, hot drink-making facilities and a bar fridge where you can store the bubbles, the glamping sites provide everything you need for a uniquely romantic stay. The site is decorated with fairy lights and features a private barbecue so you can prepare meals to enjoy on your outside table and chairs. What’s more, there are private spa pools just a short walk away should you need some pampering. Note that glamping is only available in summer.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park

9. Anndion Lodge

Overlooking the Whanganui River, the Anndion Motel offers king suites and honeymoon packages with bubbles, chocolates, breakfast-for-two and a late check-out time. Stay in one of the spacious sunny suites with tiled ensuites with large showers and tea/coffee-making facilities. The motel also features a swimming pool and spa pool, as well as a function restaurant, which might be useful if you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Anndion Lodge

10. Aotea Motor Lodge

Whanganui is primarily a city of motels where one of the most premium options is Aotea Motor Lodge. It’s a place to unwind with studios and apartments featuring luxurious two-person spa baths, specially chosen timber furniture and modern fixings. In your kitchenette, you have tea and plunger coffee from quality brands, as well as modern amenities like free WiFi and Sky TV. Guests also get free access to the local gym, as well as the convenience of being located on Whanganui’s main road. Compare this motel with others in the 10 Best Motels in Whanganui.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whanganui© Aotea Motor Lodge

[CLOSED] Fordell Homestead

An escape from it all, Fordell Homestead offers a historical couples’ retreat along a private country access way some 10km (6 miles) from Whanganui city. Wander through the extensive gardens picking from the fruit trees, enjoy the balcony overlooking the garden, and relax in the elegantly styled lounge. The homestead B&B is surrounded by farmland where you can watch the cows and even see sheep hired to cut the garden lawns sometimes. Each of the three guest rooms is tastefully decorated with one featuring an ensuite while the others have a shared bathroom.

More Romantic Accommodations in Whanganui

That’s it for our list of the most romantic accommodations in Whanganui, but it’s by no means the end of our advice! Check out more guides to help you plan the perfect trip to Whanganui city:

And if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Whanganui.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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