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Find the Right Hotel or Alternative Accommodation in Westport

Welcome to Westport! This historic mining town on the northern West Coast offers a rustic atmosphere combined with proximity to untamed nature. Don’t expect any international-style hotels here, however. What you will find are hotels the way they used to be in New Zealand: small, affordable and charming. In fact, there are only three real hotels in Westport and the surrounding area, so we’ve also included some alternative accommodations in this list of the best hotels and places to stay in Westport.

For more travel tips for Westport, check out The Complete Guide to Westport. You might also want to plan your itinerary with the 15 Best Things to Do in Westport.

1. The Westport Hotel – Cheap Central Hotel in Westport

Stay right in the heart of Westport at The Westport Hotel, also known as the Westport Motor Hotel. Either way, the hotel features affordable and well-presented twin, double and triple rooms with ensuite bathrooms for a reasonable price. Relax in the central courtyard with an attractive lawn and outdoor furniture or at the on-site bar and restaurant serving a range of crowd-pleasers. There’s also a liquor store on-site. Check out more stays like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Westport.

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5 Best Hotels in Westport© The Westport Hotel

2. Buller Court on Palmerston – Popular Motel in Westport

One of the highest-rated motels 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 are available.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Buller Court on Palmerston

3. The Loft Apartments – Serviced Apartments in Westport Town Centre

Want to know what it’s like to live in Westport? You pretty much can in one of these contemporary and stylish apartments in the town centre. The Loft Apartments boasts one-bedroom apartments with clean and modern decor and furnishings. Some even have a balcony. Couples and solo travellers have everything they need for a true home-away-from-home stay between the kitchenette with a stovetop and the tiled bathroom with a spacious shower. The bedroom is separate from the open-plan living area.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© The Loft Apartments

4. Omau Settlers Lodge Motel – Waterfront Accommodation in Westport

An upmarket motel accommodation at Cape Foulwind, Omau Settlers Lodge Motel provides a fantastic out-of-town retreat. Stay in one of the well-appointed king studios with views of the Tasman Sea and over to the Paparoa Ranges. Upgrade to the “Deluxe King Studio” for a kitchenette, should you want to prepare your own meals, or head down to The Star Tavern for a dining experience nearby. The lodge motel is also five minutes walk from the beach.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Omau Settlers Lodge Motel

5. TripInn Hostel – Affordable Hostel in Westport

An alternative accommodation type found in Westport is hostels. Although they have dorm rooms, which might not be what the hotel-goer is looking for, they do offer private rooms that tend to do just the trick. TripInn Hostel is set in a historic building with an attractive hammock-filled garden, a homely atmosphere and a communal kitchen. Stay in one of the queen or twin rooms with either an ensuite or shared bathroom facilities. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Westport.

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5 Best Hotels in Westport© TripInn Hostel YHA

6. Sunset Accommodation – Self-Catering Accommodation in Westport

Stay in one of only three chalets/cottages in the rural setting of the Sunset Accommodation. The comfortable chalets feature a kitchenette set up with a hotplate, microwave and other standard essentials, while guests can also enjoy the barbecue and breakfast bar area with an outdoor fireplace among grounds scattered with native coastal trees. A small continental breakfast is included in your stay. Plus, as the name suggests, the accommodation is a magical place to watch the West Coast sunset.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Sunset Accommodation

7. Buller Bridge Motel – Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Westport

Situated along the Millennium Walkway among attractive gardens and native bush, the Buller Bridge Motel certainly provides a pleasant stay. There are two grades of studios: 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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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Buller Bridge Motel

8. Archer House – Luxury Accommodation in Westport

A luxury stay in Westport, Archer House is set in a charming heritage-listed home renovated with modern comforts. As an adults-only accommodation, the B&B sets the right tone across its three elegant suites furnished with all sorts of characterful antiques. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast each morning with espresso coffee and assorted teas, which can be devoured in the large sunny conservatory, one of the balconies or before exploring the picturesque gardens of the property. There is also a full kitchen should you prefer to self-cater. Discover alternative quaint stays like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Westport.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Archer House

9. The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation – Waterfront B&B in Westport

Upscale boutique accommodation on the coast of Tauranga Bay, The Bay House features just four exclusive suites/studios. In between walking the nearby Cape Foulwind Walkway, one of the Westport must-dos, retreat to your luxury beachside studio or garden suite with features like a king-size bed with plush bedding, an ensuite with underfloor heated Italian tiles and a mix of New Zealand wool carpets and real oak timber flooring. Breakfast is also included in the stay with continental and cooked options available. Check out more couple-centric stays like this in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Westport.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© The Bay House Beachfront Accommodation

10. Pakington Ensuite Homestay – Cheap Accommodation in Westport

A budget homestay experience with the added privacy of an ensuite bathroom awaits at the Pakington Homestay. The accommodation has something affordable for everyone, including a shared dorm room and a double, triple and family room each with ensuite bathrooms. Mingle with other guests and the hosts in the large communal kitchen or relax on the outside deck of the property which is a short walk to town. The rooms are homely and make for a peaceful stay. WiFi is included.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Pakington Ensuite Homestay

11. Bella Vista Motel Westport – Westport Accommodation on Palmerston Street

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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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Bella Vista Motel Westport

12. Westport Spa Motel – Westport Accommodation with Spa Baths

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, well-priced 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. That’s the last of the motels on this list of places to stay in Westport, but you can find more in the 10 BEST Motels in Westport.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Westport Spa Motel

13. Bazil’s Hostel & Surf School – Unique Accommodation in Westport

A fun and vibrant backpackers in the heart of Westport, Bazil’s Hostel & Surf School is an excellent option for solo travellers, couples, groups and families. With murals painted on almost every wall, a (usually) sun-filled courtyard with hammocks and flowers, and a cute living room with a cosy fire, Bazil’s can’t help but put a smile on your face. Room types include a six-person ensuite unit with a kitchenette, private single/double/twin rooms, dorms, a 10-person dorm with its own kitchen and bathrooms, as well as camping and caravan options.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Bazil's Hostel & Surf School

14. Okari Cottage – Beachfront Holiday Home Near Westport

A coastal retreat with breathtaking sea views, Okari Cottage is all yours! Rent this cosy beachside cottage where guests are treated to free bike hire, a gorgeous garden, a private deck and a deserted beach at the end of the garden. The cottage boasts a modern studio set-up with a contemporary kitchen and breakfast bench where you can watch the waves rolling in or the magnificent West Coast sunset. You also have a barbecue and seating arrangements on the wraparound deck.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Okari Cottage

15. The Links Carters Beach Apartments – Holiday Accommodation at Carters Beach

Boasting contemporary architectural designs and a golf course as your back garden, The Links Carters Beach Apartments offers an idyllic self-catering stay near Westport. Choose from either a studio or one-bedroom apartment complete with a kitchen and bathroom with underfloor heating. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to soak in the scenery of the park-like surroundings, which you can enjoy while tucking into your included breakfast.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© The Links Carters Beach Apartments

16. The Ghost Lodge – Boutique Accommodation in Granity

On the road between Westport and Karamea sits this boutique lodge in Granity. The Ghost Lodge offers a selection of double rooms with shared bathroom facilities across two levels, each with its own communal areas to enjoy. Cook up a storm in the galley kitchen complete with the essentials, including a dishwasher and a coffee machine. Lounge in the leather sofas beside the large log burner and step through the French doors to the outside deck leading into the garden and onto the beach. Upstairs, you have a balcony with a spa pool and another lounge with a pool table.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© The Ghost Lodge

17. Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels – Budget Holiday Park in Westport

Set in 12 acres of park-like grounds with all sorts of cool A-frame units, Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels is an excellent cheap accommodation in Westport. Whether you decide to camp, stay in one of the characterful chalets (shared bathrooms or ensuite) or want to stretch out in a modern studio or motel unit, you’ll find something to suit your desired budget and level of privacy. 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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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

18. Havenlee Homestay – B&B in Westport

Another style of accommodation to look for when seeking cheap accommodation in Westport is a local homestay. Stay in one of the three double guest rooms in the home of some friendly born and bred Westporters at Havenlee Homestay. Rooms have private bathrooms and a private patio/deck leading into the attractive landscaped garden. You also have a kitchenette in your room to enjoy hot drinks, while free breakfast is available for guests with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. What’s more, the accommodation is a short walk from town.

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20 BEST Hotels & Places to Stay in Westport 🛎️ [2023]© Havenlee Homestay

19. Little Wanganui Hotel – Cheap Hotel Rooms and Cabins at Little Wanganui

Located between Westport and Karamea, the Little Wanganui Hotel offers affordable hotel rooms, cabins and campsites. Enjoy complete privacy in the self-contained cabins or make use of the basic cabins, tent and powered sites with an ablution block containing communal facilities. In the main building are hotel rooms with sleeping arrangements for one to four people. Bathroom facilities are shared. On-site you also have a laidback pub-style restaurant to enjoy. See more family-friendly stays like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Westport.

5 Best Hotels in Westport© Little Wanganui Hotel

20. The Art Hotel – Cheap Hotel in Westport

An ultra-cheap hotel in the centre of town, The Art Hotel offers single and double rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are basic, rather dated yet clean, but fussy travellers may want to look elsewhere. In the same building is an art gallery that’s well worth checking out, as listed in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Westport.

5 Best Hotels in Westport© Art Hotel

More About Hotels in Westport

That’s it for our list of the best hotels in Westport. Now that you have found some awesome places to stay, check out the activities to keep you busy:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Guide to Westport.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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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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