5 Best Hotels in Whanganui
5 Best Hotels in Whanganui

5 Best Hotels in Whanganui

© Kingsgate The Avenue Wanganui

Find Hotel Accommodation in Whanganui

Looking for a place to stay in Whanganui city? Admittedly, Whanganui is more of a city of motels than hotels, but there are a few gems worth seeking out if you really want a hotel room. We’ll go through your options in this list of the best hotels in Whanganui.

Whanganui used to be one of the largest cities in New Zealand and the historic charm can be experienced through most of its hotels and hotel-like homesteads. You’ll also find a hotel from an international chain, as well as a motel with hotel-style rooms.

For more advice on planning your trip to the riverside city, check out The Complete Guide to Whanganui.

1. Kingsgate The Avenue Wanganui

Whanganui’s premier international hotel, Kingsgate The Avenue Wanganui by Millennium Hotels is a top choice for the frequent hotel-goer. Stay in one of the entry-level Standard Rooms, the slightly more lavish Superior Rooms or the Superior Family Units with a separate living area and kitchenette should you seek more space and amenities. Kingsgate is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and features an on-site restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. We also feature this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Whanganui.

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5 Best Hotels in Whanganui© Kingsgate The Avenue Wanganui

2. Rutland Arms Inn

A central boutique hotel with a historical flair, the Rutland Arms Inn is a worthy hotel choice in Whanganui. The hotel suites are upstairs from an English-style bar and restaurant (that closes at 10.30pm and has no live music – just so you know). Sleep on queen-size Posturepedic beds, admire your spacious room’s mix of period and contemporary furniture, and indulge in some pampering with some ensuites featuring a spa bath. Check out more like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Whanganui.

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5 Best Hotels in Whanganui© Rutland Arms Inn

3. The Grand Hotel Wanganui

Offering a central yet affordable stay in Whanganui, The Grand Hotel Wanganui is a good go-to for budget travellers. The historic hotel has been running since the 1920s and still retains some of its charm. All of the 50 rooms have ensuite bathrooms and come layouts such as single, queen and triple rooms with adjoining rooms for families. At the bottom of the building is The Grand Irish Pub with pool tables, crowd-pleasing pub grub and pints of Guinness. Check out more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Whanganui.

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5 Best Hotels in Whanganui© The Grand Hotel Wanganui

4. Anndion Lodge Motel

While the Anndion Lodge Motel might be, indeed, a motel, its king suites are much closer to that of hotel rooms. Their spacious sunny suites feature tiled ensuites with large showers, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV. Alternatively, the motel has a generous range of family units with self-catering facilities. On-site is also a swimming pool and spa pool, as well as a restaurant for functions only.

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5 Best Hotels in Whanganui© Anndion Motel

5. Bushy Park Historical Homestead

For something a little different, try the Bushy Park Historical Homestead. Nestled in the grounds of a 100ha (250-acre) wildlife sanctuary, the character accommodation offers twin, triple and queen rooms with intricate wood panelling, open fireplaces, bay windows and antique furniture. Guests can order meals to dine in the dining room or out on the deck and enjoy a nightcap in front of the cosy fireplace in the lounge. Learn more about visiting the Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary in the 10 Best Things to Do in Whanganui.

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5 Best Hotels in Whanganui© Bushy Park Historical Homestead


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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