Where to Find Hotels and Alternative Places to Stay in Whakatane and Ohope Beach
Don’t expect any Hiltons or InterContinentals in this Bay of Plenty town. Whakatane and its popular seaside suburb of Ohope prefer to retain its small-town ambience with motels, holiday parks and boutique accommodations. But don’t worry, the accommodations in Whakatane and Ohope are far from your dingy dwellings. You’ll find high-quality accommodation that rivals international hotel standards! Start exploring your options in this list of the best hotels and places to stay in Whakatane and Ohope Beach.
1. The Com Plex Motel
Boasting striking modern architecture and features like an on-site restaurant, you can be forgiven for feeling like you’re staying at an upmarket hotel rather than a motel at this centrally located accommodation in Whakatane. The Com Plex Motel offers an array of studios and suites, some catering up to four people, with minimalistic crowd-pleasing decor and modern ensuite bathrooms and a small kitchenette with breakfast-making facilities.
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2. Whakatane Hotel
This is it, the one “official” hotel in Whakatane! The Whakatane Hotel might not be the best place to stay in Whakatane but at least it’s one of the cheapest. The hotel in the town centre offers private single and queen rooms, as well as shared dorm rooms for backpackers. Guests have access to communal bathrooms and a lounge, while downstairs is The Craic Irish Pub serving crowd-pleasing meals and, of course, pints of Guinness. Thanks to its backpacker rooms, we also list this one in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Whakatane.
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3. One88 on Commerce
Setting the standard for Whakatane’s upmarket motels, One88 on Commerce is a top choice for travellers who usually prefer to stay in hotels. The well-appointed spa suites, one- and two-bedroom suites each come with luxurious fixings like a spa bath and separate shower in the ensuite. You can self-cater in your open-plan kitchen with a ceramic cooktop and dishwasher or kick back with a movie on your smart TV. There’s a lot more where that came from, so see how this motel compares to the 15 Best Motels in Whakatane & Ohope.
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4. White Island Rendezvous
For travellers looking for hotel-standard rooms and on-site dining, check out the White Island Rendezvous. Not only is the motel moments away from the Whakatane harbourfront and its restaurants, but it also has its own cafe. Treat yourself to the relaxing cafe ambience and treats for breakfast and lunch or you can even get your cafe breakfast delivered straight to your room. The motel consists of spacious and modern self-contained units and includes layouts to suit solo travellers to families. On-site are also the villas, which make a romantic retreat for couples. See the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Whakatane for more information.
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- White Island Rendezvous on Booking.com
- White Island Rendezvous on Trip.com
- White Island Rendezvous on Expedia
5. Ohope Beach Resort
Offering resort-style facilities in an aparthotel complex, Ohope Beach Resort is a top choice for those looking for a holiday hotel near Whakatane. Stay in some of the most spacious apartments in Ohope, which don’t come smaller than two bedrooms with an open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. When you’re not relaxing in your contemporary apartment space, enjoy the many on-site facilities, such as a swimming pool, lap pool, heated lounge pool, spa pools, sauna, tennis court, petanque court, library and much more. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Whakatane.
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6. Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park
The Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is the ultimate summer hotspot thanks to its beachfront location. It has accommodation to suit just about any traveller, from budget cabins to more luxurious self-contained motel units. The holiday park is most popular with families thanks to its swimming pool with hydro slides, jumping pillow, games room, beach volleyball, tennis/basketball court, kids’ club, mini-golf and the list goes on. While there’s a communal kitchen and rooms with private kitchens, there’s also a cafe on-site operating in summer so you don’t have to venture too far for a morning espresso. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Whakatane.
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7. Beachpoint Apartments
Aside from stellar views of Ohope Beach and out to White Island, the Beachpoint Apartments offers fantastic apartments among hotel-like facilities. Stay in the well-appointed fully self-contained apartments with luxurious extras like a large deck, a heated swimming pool and a barbecue area. The one-bedroom apartments are a romantic option for couples, while the two-bedroom apartments are ideal for families or two couples travelling together. For more stays with a kitchen, take a look at the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Whakatane & Ohope.
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- Beachpoint Apartments on Booking.com
- Beachpoint Apartments on Trip.com
- Beachpoint Apartments on Expedia
8. Tuscany Villas
A stylish four-star accommodation in the heart of Whakatane, Tuscany Villas is just the right fit for discerning travellers. The bright and modernly-decorated motel rooms not only come with a convenient kitchenette but also quality touches like a coffee plunger, free WiFi and Sky TV. What’s more, you’re just a short walk from the nearby restaurants and bars along the waterfront. Note that if you are paying on check-in, they only accept credit cards.
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9. 37 The Landing Motel
Another high-quality motel in Whakatane that will make you forget all about the lack of real hotels, 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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- 37 The Landing Motel on Booking.com
- 37 The Landing Motel on Trip.com
- 37 The Landing Motel on Expedia
10. Kawerau Hotel
Finally, another hotel option worth looking into is the Kawerau Hotel located between Whakatane and Rotorua. The hotel makes a great base for exploring both popular destinations on the North Island. What’s more, the well-appointed rooms start at NZ$69 per night! Stay in one of the three wings, one with premium rooms and the others for travellers on a budget. For more cheap stays, take a look at the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Whakatane & Ohope.
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More Hotels and Places to Stay in Whakatane and Ohope Beach
That’s it for our list of the best hotels and places to stay in Whakatane and Ohope Beach. For more places to stay, as well as things to do, check out these recommendations:
- 15 BEST Motels in Whakatane & Ohope
- 15 Best Things to Do in Whakatane
- The Food Guide to Whakatane: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Whakatane.