8 Best Motels in Akaroa
8 Best Motels in Akaroa

8 Best Motels in Akaroa

© Akaroa Criterion Motel

Find the Right Motel Accommodation in Akaroa

Want to stay in Akaroa for an affordable price yet still have the conveniences of cooking facilities and your own space? The motels in Akaroa are an excellent accommodation option for this, as well as for their stunning locations! You’ll find motels on the waterfront where you can soak in the sunset while others are located out od town in secluded bays. Check out your options in this list of the best Akaroa motels!

For more trip-planning advice, take a look at The Complete Guide to Akaroa.


1. Akaroa Criterion Motel

A collection of 12 well-appointed studio apartments, Akaroa Criterion Motel is an easy choice for discerning couples or small groups. The modernly designed motel units feature luxuries like underfloor heating, while most offer sea views. Rooms feature an ensuite and kitchenette facilities, while the tours from Daly’s Wharf, many of which feature in the 10 Akaroa Must-Dos, depart just outside of the motel. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Akaroa Criterion Motel

2. Akaroa Waterfront Motels

The views of the Akaroa Waterfront Motels is just one of the drawcards to this absolute waterfront accommodation. Stay in one of the fresh and modern studios or one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units. Each feature a kitchen or kitchenette, bathroom and some with a private patio or balcony to soak up the harbour scenery and spot dolphins. Convenience is also a highlight with the town centre attractions just a short stroll away. We also recommend this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Akaroa.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Akaroa Waterfront Motels

3. La Rochelle Motel

Another highlight for couples or a couple of friends travelling together, La Rochelle Motel features a selection of studio units, as well as one two-bedroom apartment for families. Enjoy the warmth of double-glazed windows, your own cooking facilities and some rooms with an indulgent spa bath. Rooms have a fresh feel and some feature a patio or balcony overlooking the surrounding gardens. Guests are also treated to leisure equipment hires, such as a petanque set, tennis gear for the local courts and fishing rods.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© La Rochelle Motel

4. Tresori Motor Lodge

An endearing studio and apartment complex within walking distance of the town centre, Tresori Motor Lodge boasts light-filled self-contained accommodation with all the conveniences of home. Couples and solo travellers have well-presented studios as an option, while small families have the choice of the one-bedroom units and families of up to five will find the two-bedroom units more suitable. All rooms have a well-equipped kitchenette and easy walking distance to town to get supplies. Some rooms have a spa bath.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Tresori Motor Lodge

5. Duvauchelle Seaside Motel

Just north of Akaroa at the head of the Akaroa Harbour, Duvauchelle Seaside Motel is an idyllic base to explore the surrounding Banks Peninsula yet blissfully away from the hustle and bustle. Choose from upstairs and downstairs rooms, each with a kitchenette, dining area and lounge with a sofa bed, a separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed and ensuite bathroom. Your balcony or patio is an excellent place to soak in the harbour views.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Duvauchelle Seaside Motel

6. Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park

The Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park offers an array of accommodation options for travellers on a budget. For those who usually prefer to stay in motels, their self-contained studio and family units are your best options. You will have a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom at your fingertips, while the family unit boasts breathtaking harbour views from its elevated deck. Alternatively, there are camping sites and cabins available where guests can make use of the communal bathrooms and kitchen for self-catering. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Budget Accommodation in Akaroa.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park

7. SiloStay

One of the most unique accommodations in the Banks Peninsula, and in New Zealand as featured in the 10 Unique Accommodations in the South Island, SiloStay offers self-contained units in your own individual silo! The silos sleep up to two guests and boast an innovative eco-friendly design in the heart of Little River – a small village on the way to Akaroa. Make use of your silo’s kitchenette facilities and enjoy drinks on your private balcony. The accommodation has a Tesla charging station and bike hire too.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© SiloStay

8. Mt Vernon Lodge

Cabins and a lodge scattered among scenic gardens and woodland of Mt Vernon make up the Mt Vernon Lodge accommodation. There are several self-contained cabins and cottages, all in their own quiet corner of the property, while the guest units of the main lodge have space for up to four people and provide access to the communal lounge with a sunken fireplace and kitchen. All in all, the accommodation offers something similar to a motel without being a motel.

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8 Best Motels in Akaroa© Mt Vernon Lodge


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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