Where to Find Child-Friendly Accommodation in Haast and Makarora
Where is the best place for families to stay near the Haast Pass? The scattered community of Haast in the southern reaches of the West Coast offers plenty of convenient and well-equipped motel and holiday park-style accommodations that families travelling around New Zealand will be used to by now. From backpackers hostels with cheap family rooms to even an international hotel brand, there’s something in Haast to suit a range of styles, tastes and budgets. Alternatively, Makarora at the other end of the Haast Pass also provides a family-friendly accommodation option. So, find the right stay for your family with this list of the best family accommodations in Haast and Makarora.
For more family travel tips and activity recommendations, check out The Guide to Haast for Families and the 8 Things to Do in Haast with Kids.
1. Haast River Motels & Holiday Park
Bordering the Haast River just off the main highway, Haast River Motels & Holiday Park offers convenient and well-presented accommodation. From self-contained motel units to tent and motorhome sites, there’s something to suit a range of budgets and needs. Try to stay in one of the upstairs family rooms for the best views. Otherwise, their ground-floor rooms are a convenient alternative to get everything from the car to your room – featuring a kitchen, living area and bathroom – with ease. The holiday park has a TV room and playground should you need extra entertainment.
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2. Wonderland Makarora Lodge
Stay off the beaten track in one of the beautiful chalets of Wonderland Makaroa Lodge. Located along the Haast Pass Road on the edge of the Mt Aspiring National Park, the lodge offers A-frame cabins and two-room chalets for families complete with kitchen facilities. Chalets are scattered across the grounds with plenty of space for kids to enjoy the great outdoors while parents can appreciate the magnificent mountain scenery. On-site is also a cafe and restaurant should you want a break from cooking.
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- Wonderland Makaroa Lodge on Booking.com
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3. Haast Beach Motel
Located along beautiful Haast Beach, as featured in the 8 Things to Do in Haast with Kids, Haast Beach Motel is a little out of town but that’s all part of the charm. Plus, with a general store next door, should you need supplies for your room’s kitchen, you’re not too far from the essentials anyway. The best option for families here is the double-storey family rooms with a kitchenette and bathroom on the ground floor and a bedroom with a double and two single beds upstairs. Alternatively, upgrade to the apartment-style units with separate bedrooms.
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4. Bay Road Motels
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Haast, Bay Road Motels offers well-equipped apartment-style rooms with all the essentials families may need. Near the Turnbull River and with surrounding mountain views, you’ll struggle to beat the scenery and tranquillity of this motel between Haast and Jackson Bay. Families have the choice of one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments with perhaps dated fixtures and furniture but well-maintained for a pleasant stay. Compare more motels in the 7 Best Motels in Haast.
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5. ASURE Aspiring Court Motel
This motel from ASURE Accommodation sits in the main township of Haast close to the town’s limited restaurants and cafes. Stay in one of ASURE Aspiring Court Motel‘s well-appointed one- or two-bedroom family units with a full kitchen including an oven. Most of the motel suites have fantastic views of the surrounding native bush and soak in plenty of sun. See more like this in the 9 Best Budget Accommodations in Haast & Makarora.
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6. Wilderness Accommodation
With self-contained motel units on one side and backpacker family rooms on the other, Wilderness Accommodation offers plenty of options for families. Stay in one of their motel rooms to have a small kitchenette and ensuite in the unit, as well as access to a well-equipped communal kitchen in the motel wing shared with limited guests. Alternatively, the backpackers’ wing has family rooms with a double bed and bunk bed and access to a communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Spend time in the attractive plant-filled atrium with seating areas inspired by the Haast wilderness.
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7. Heritage Park Lodge
Heritage Park Lodge offers more motel-style accommodation in the middle of the Haast township, comprising of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units ideal for families. Enjoy all the essential amenities, like a full kitchen and ensuite bathroom, in your unit, while cots and highchairs are available if needed. The motel lodge is set on attractive park-like grounds with plenty of space for kids to roam around. You’re also close to the town’s tavern should you want to eat out.
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8. Heartland Hotel Haast
The only hotel in Haast, the Heartland Hotel Haast offers family accommodation at the junction of State Highway 6 and the Haast-Jackson Bay Road. They offer a courtesy coach to the main township if needed, but with an on-site restaurant offering a country pub ambience in theme with the surrounding area and culture, you might not need to leave at all! The hotel offers one- and two-bedroom rooms for families, some more recently renovated than others but well-presented all the same. You have the usual hotel amenities of hot drink-making facilities, an ensuite – some with a spa bath, free WiFi and more.
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- Heartland Hotel Haast on Booking.com
- Heartland Hotel Haast on Trip.com
- Heartland Hotel Haast on Expedia
[CLOSED] Mahitahi Lodge
A boutique lodge between Haast and the West Coast glaciers, Mahitahi Lodge provides an upmarket stay along the stunning West Coast and the iconic Bruce Bay beach. The “Matai” cottage is the most appropriate option for families, featuring modern kitchen amenities, a king bed and ensuite with heated floors in a separate room, and a sofa-bed for the kids in the lounge. You’ll have a private deck where you can sit out and listen to the native birds in the surrounding garden. Find out more about luxury stays in The Luxury Guide to Haast.
More About Family Accommodations in Haast and Makarora
That’s it for our list of the best family accommodations in Haast and Makarora, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:
- 10 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Haast
- 10 Best Things to Do in Haast & Jackson Bay
- 10 Best Things to Do in Mt Aspiring National Park
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Haast for Families.