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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore

10 Best Family Accommodations in Gore šŸ‘Ŗ [2024]

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Where to Find Child-Friendly Accommodation in Gore

Need a place to stay in Gore with the kids in tow? There’s a variety of family-friendly accommodations 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 accommodations in Gore.

For more advice on planning a family trip to Gore, check out The Guide to Gore for Families and theĀ 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 a delight out by the grassy barbecue area. There’s also a laundry room on-site – handy for getting those little chores done! 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. Croydon Lodge

Among the park-like grounds of the edge of Gore, the four-star Croydon Lodge 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. For more hotel-like stays, check out theĀ 15 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Gore.

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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 streaming services, 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. 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

5. 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 kitchen 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 also available. See how this motel compares to theĀ 5 Best Motels in Gore.

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9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© ASURE Oakleigh Motel

6. Ellie’s Villa

Families craving their own space might like to look at some of the holiday homes in the area, such as Ellie’s Villa. Located a short drive from Gore, in the neighbouring village of Mataura, Ellie’s Villa offers affordability and privacy for families. The holiday home sleeps up to six guests across three bedrooms with quirky modern decor. The charming older home also boasts 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

7. 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 sleep 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

8. Dolamore Park Campground

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! For more affordable stays like this, also check out theĀ 9 Best Budget Accommodations in Gore.

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9. Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage

For non-fussy families who don’t mind the kids sleeping on the sofa bed, check out the very affordable Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage! This one-bedroom holiday home has all you need, including a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with a double bed and lounge with a sofabed. Enjoy the surroundings of rolling green hills with cows in the paddocks nearby for a true rural experience.

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9 Best Family Accommodations in Gore šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage

10. River Retreat

Families or two families travelling together who are seeking their own space may want to look at 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.

9 Best Family Accommodation in Gore© River Retreat

More About Family Accommodations in Gore

That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Gore. For more advice on visiting this Southland town, take a look at the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Gore for Families.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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