9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore
9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore

9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore

© ASURE Oakleigh Motel

Child-friendly Accommodation in Gore

Need a place to stay in Gore with the kids in tow? There’s a variety of family-friendly accommodation in Gore, as well as in its surrounding villages. Whether you need a budget motel with cooking facilities or want the holiday vibe of a four-star hotel, there are options enough in this Southland town. Check out some of our top picks in this list of the best family accommodation in Gore.

For more advice on planning a family trip to Gore, check out The Guide to Gore for Families and the 7 Things to Do in Gore with Kids.


1. Esplanade Motels

There’s plenty of room for families in the one-, two- and three-bedroom units of the Esplanade Motels. The units are a mix of contemporary refurbishments and a touch of well-maintained old-school, featuring full kitchens with an oven, free WiFi and Sky TV. While cooler evenings are best spent in your warm unit, summer is best out by the small grassy barbecue area. There’s also a laundry room on-site. What’s more, the motel is a short stroll from the town centre.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Esplanade Motels

2. Heartland Hotel Croydon

Among the park-like grounds of the edge of Gore, the four-star Heartland Hotel Croydon offers a more upmarket stay for families. Don’t worry about the cooking, as the on-site restaurant will keep you well-fed for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a kids’ menu available. All rooms offer easy access on the ground floor, where there’s a choice of “Standard Rooms” with a queen and single bed, “Family Rooms” with two queens and a single, as well as luxurious “One-bedroom Suites” with a super-king bed in a separate bedroom and a king divan in the lounge.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Heartland Hotel Croydon

3. Riverlea Motel

A modern and family-friendly motel in Gore, Riverlea Motel only has two two-bedroom units for families of up to five so book them while you can! The units give everyone their own space across two separate bedrooms. Kids are entertained with Netflix, Sky TV and WiFi, while parents have essential cooking facilities at their fingertips, including an oven. The motel is a short walk from the town centre with its eateries, cinema and museums, which you can learn more about in the 7 Things to Do in Gore with Kids.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Riverlea Motel

4. ASURE Oakleigh Motel

For parents seeking a bit of pampering, check out ASURE Oakleigh Motel for its two-bedroom units with a spa bath in the ensuite. Or stick to a budget with the other two-bedroom units available with a shower ensuite and a well-equipped shower to spruce up family meals. Most units boast modern furnishings with extra comforts like recliner chairs so you (or the kids) can watch the Sky TV in style. Cots and highchairs are available.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© ASURE Oakleigh Motel

5. Charlton Motel

There’s something affordable for most family sizes at the Charlton Motel. The studios sleep up to three guests, the one-bedroom units up to five and the two-bedroom units up to seven! What the motel units lack in style and decor, they more than make up for in useful facilities like a full kitchen, an ensuite, warm units with double-glazing and electric blankets. There’s free WiFi and Sky TV, while summer evenings around the barbecue are a good place for families to relax together.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Charlton Motel

6. River Retreat

Families or two families travelling together who are seeking their own space may want to look at some of the holiday homes in the area, such as River Retreat. This unique four-bedroom house boasts a striking white facade that’s easy to spot on the streets of Mataura, just a short drive south of Gore. Yes, the house is white inside and out so a lecture on not spilling would be good before staying here with little ones! If you can get past that, then you have a stylish modern home to enjoy with large landscaped gardens and plenty of room for kids to roam.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© River Retreat

7. Hokonui Bed & Breakfast

For families looking for something a little different, check out Hokonui Bed & Breakfast and its king studio with two sofa beds for the kids. The B&B is located on 12 acres of farmland where kids love interacting with the sheep, cows and horses. Mum and dad can truly relax here, as a Kiwi full-cooked or continental breakfast is included in the rate, while evening dining is available on request. Your B&B room includes a TV, fridge and hot drink-making facilities.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Hokonui Bed & Breakfast

8. Ellie’s Villa

Another excellent holiday home in Mataura, south of Gore, Ellie’s Villa offers affordability and privacy for families. The holiday home sleeps up to six guests across three bedrooms. The home boasts quirky modern decor in a charming older home with a spacious fenced-off garden. See more holiday home options in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© Ellie's Villa

9. Dolamore Park Campground

Finally, if you’re travelling in a campervan or have a tent, why not camp at Dolamore Park? Located beside the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, this park with powered sites and a small facilities block with a kitchen and shower gets families to sleep under the stars and have access to Gore’s top family-friendly attraction. Enjoy the short bush walks, let the kids loose at the huge playground and go scouting for glowworms after dark!

Check Dolamore Park out!

9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© NZPocketGuide.com


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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