5 Best Hotels in Whakatane
5 Best Hotels in Whakatane

5 Best Hotels in Whakatane

© One88 on Commerce

Hotel Accommodation in Whakatane and Ohope

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 in Whakatane.

While you’re here, you might as well learn more about the area in The Complete Guide to Whakatane.

1. Whakatane Hotel

This is it, the one official hotel in Whakatane! The Whakatane Hotel is also one of the cheapest accommodations here, making it a no-brainer for non-fussy travellers looking for value. 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. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whakatane.

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5 Best Hotels in Whakatane© Whakatane Hotel

2. 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 in the 10 Best Motels in Whakatane.

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5 Best Hotels in Whakatane© One88 on Commerce

3. 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 include layouts to suit solo travellers to families. On-site are also the villas, which make a romantic retreat for couples. See the 9 Best Romantic Accommodation in Whakatane for more information.

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5 Best Hotels in Whakatane© White Island Rendezvous

4. 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 Whakatane, 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 accommodation like this in the 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Whakatane.

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5 Best Hotels in Whakatane© Ohope Beach Resort

5. Kawerau Hotel

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 in 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.

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5 Best Hotels in Whakatane© Kawerau Hotel


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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