Where to Find the Best Hotels and Resorts in Whitianga, Hahei, Whangamata, Pauanui and the Coromandel
The Coromandel is a place to holiday! So forget your typical hotels and instead expect a stay in spacious resort apartments, lodges and other accommodations to ease you into holiday mode. The hotels you will find the Coromandel consist of budget hotels in historic pubs in the larger towns of Thames, Waihi and Coromandel Town. Either way, we’ve picked out a range of options that will suit the traveller who usually prefers to stay in hotels in this list of the best hotels and resorts in the Coromandel.
For more advice on planning your trip, take a look at The Complete Guide to the Coromandel and the 22 Best Things to Do in The Coromandel.
1. Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort (Pauanui) – The Best Hotel in the Coromandel
On the slopes of Mt Pauanui, the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort offers a luxurious hotel/resort getaway in the Coromandel. Spend your time here stargazing from your chalet’s private deck, indulge in fine dining at the on-site Miha Restaurant or soak in the therapeutic spa and sauna. Rooms are tastefully designed with exposed timber ceilings and large windows taking in the native forest. See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in the Coromandel.
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- Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort on Booking.com
- Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort on Trip.com
- Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort on Expedia
2. Beachfront Resort (Whitianga) – The Best Resort in the Coromandel
Stay on the beachfront of Whitianga, the heart of the action in the Coromandel, at the Beachfront Resort. All beachfront units benefit from 180-degree views of the stunning Whitianga beachfront, while more affordable units provide close enough access to the beach. Either way, the spacious units sleep up to four guests with a queen and twin bed set-up, making this an ideal option for families. Kayaks, bodyboards and beach games are available for guests free of charge. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in the Coromandel.
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3. Paku Lodge Resort (Tairua) – Best Self-Catering Hotel in the Coromandel
On the esplanade of Tairua, you can hardly get a better location than the Paku Lodge Resort. While not exactly a hotel, the lodge offers self-catering motel-style rooms to the standards of a three-star hotel. Right outside is a safe swimming beach and kayaks and bikes offered by the lodge. All rooms of the lodge have balconies to make the most of the sea views and a well-equipped with a kitchen, ensuite and WiFi. For alternative self-catering stays, be sure to check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in the Coromandel.
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4. Blue Marlin Apartments (Whitianga) – The Best Apartment Hotel in the Coromandel
One of many excellent aparthotels in Whitianga, Blue Marlin Apartments offers a range of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments with something for couples, groups and families. Apartments are all self-contained for a home-away-from-home experience, as well as fully-furnished from the inside to your private patio. Units have easy beach access, whether you’re staying in the budget studio or one of the most spacious deluxe options. Check out more apartments in our 15 Best Holiday Homes & Apartments in The Coromandel.
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- Blue Marlin Apartments on Booking.com
- Blue Marlin Apartments on Trip.com
- Blue Marlin Apartments on Expedia
5. Wairua Lodge (Whitianga) – The Best Boutique Hotel in the Coromandel
Escape to the heart of the Coromandel rainforest at Wairua Lodge. The hotel-style guest rooms are ideal for couples, while apartments are also available for groups and families. Rooms are modernly designed with private patios leading out to the bush-lined gardens, where guests can cosy up around the fire pit or walk on the lodge’s “Discovery Trails”. The accommodation is self-catering, while breakfast is delivered to your room the evening before. See more like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in the Coromandel.
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6. Golden Cross Hotel (Waihi) – Cheap Hotel in the Coromandel
One of the very few real hotels in the Coromandel, the Golden Cross Hotel is a typical representation of them all. Stay in a quaint historic hotel in the centre of Waihi town in one of the affordable yet well-appointed guest rooms for solo travellers, couples, families and small groups. Most rooms have shared bathroom facilities, while there is the option for a private bathroom. A full English or Irish breakfast is available to purchase each morning, while the downstairs restaurant and bar offer more dining options.
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7. Ocean Breeze Resort Pauanui (Pauanui)
More apartment stays can be found in Pauanui and the Ocean Breeze Resort. The spacious apartments are decorated to reflect the colours of the nearby beach environment, while bedding can be modified to suit most sleeping arrangements. Luxuries include deep bathtubs, air-conditioning and electric blankets. Room service breakfasts are available to order, if you’re not using the spacious kitchen available in each one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment.
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8. Hahei Holiday Resort (Hahei)
Enjoy absolute beachfront for an affordable price at the Hahei Holiday Resort. The coastal cabins and camping sites are ideal for those on a budget, while there is room to upgrade to more luxurious sea view villas. The holiday park-style resort is in a great position to visit Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove – the Coromandel must-dos! While many of the cabins and villas have their own self-contained amenities, other facilities include a communal kitchen, a general store and cafe, laundry, TV room, children’s playground and more. See more stays like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Coromandel.
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- Hahei Holiday Resort on Booking.com
- Hahei Holiday Resort on Trip.com
- Hahei Holiday Resort on Expedia
9. Waihi Beach Paradise Resort (Waihi Beach)
Head to Waihi Beach and enjoy a premium home-away-from-home experience at the Waihi Beach Paradise Resort. There are two spacious modern units with a 10m (30ft) lap pool, two spa pools and just seconds away from the beach. Alternatively, stay in the boutique cottage with two bedrooms and enough room for the whole family. You’re free to use one of the courtesy bikes to ride into town or enjoy cooking for your loved ones in the spacious kitchens, on the Weber barbecue and using the all-important dishwasher!
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- Waihi Beach Paradise Resort on Booking.com
- Waihi Beach Paradise Resort on Trip.com
- Waihi Beach Paradise Resort on Expedia
10. Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park (Hahei)
An attractive holiday park just a short stroll from Hot Water Beach and a short drive to Hahei and Whitianga, the Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park offers fantastic options for all travellers. Aside from campsites and powered sites, the holiday park has a hostel for backpackers, private cabins for couples and families, as well as options to upgrade to self-contained motel-style units. They have modern amenities blocks with communal kitchens, shower rooms (on five-minute timers), and surfboard, bodyboard, go-kart, bike and spade hire.
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- Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on HostelWorld
- Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Expedia
11. Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park (Coromandel Town)
Get off the beaten track and stay at this holiday in the picturesque Shelly Beach just north of Coromandel Town. Enjoy safe swimming and coastal exploration straight outside the Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, while a jumping pillow, playground, volleyball nets and extensive lawns are in the park for the whole family to enjoy. With campsites, basic units with double beds and self-contained apartments and suites, there’s something for everyone here (but this resort-style accommodation is particularly good for families).
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- Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park on Expedia
12. Anglers Lodge (Coromandel Town)
Stay, relax and even go fishing with the team from Anglers Lodge in Coromandel Town. While camping is available on the grounds, the cabins either with or without kitchenette facilities provide an affordable place to stay. There is a facilities block on-site, as well as an outdoor pool, a spa pool nestled in gardens, a coffee corner, a barbecue area and an outdoor relaxing area with cosy furniture.
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13. Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga (Whitianga)
Stay in apartment-style accommodation in Whitianga at the Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga. These motel apartments have a sociable open-living layout with balconies and patios to enjoy more of the great outdoors. Most of the modernly-decorated apartments sleep up to five guests, making this an ideal choice for families, which is further reinforced with the outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts and a children’s playground. Discover more motel-style stays in the 10 BEST Motels in the Coromandel.
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- Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga on Booking.com
- Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga on Trip.com
- Beachside Resort Motel Whitianga on Expedia
14. Esplanade Apartments (Whitianga)
Back to Whitianga, you have more apartment options with the Esplanade Apartments. Situated on the harbourfront, the aparthotel is within walking distance of the town’s cafes and shops, not that you’ll need them with a kitchen (including a dishwasher) in each apartment. You also have the choice of your balcony having views of the complex’s swimming pool, the beach, wharf or town. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available, as well as the premium penthouse.
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- Esplanade Apartments on Booking.com
- Esplanade Apartments on Trip.com
- Esplanade Apartments on Expedia
15. Imperial Hotel (Thames)
Located in the town of Thames, the Imperial Hotel offers an affordable hotel option for solo travellers, couples and families. Rooms are basic but well-kept with guests having the option to book a room with a shared bathroom or ensuite. The hotel is situated right in the centre of Thames, making it easy to walk to the town’s shops and eateries. On-site is also a restaurant and bar.
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More Resorts and Hotels in the Coromandel
That’s it for our guide to the best resorts and hotels in the Coromandel, including in Whitianga, Thames, Hahei, Coromandel Town and Whangamata. For more accommodation options, as well as things to do, check these out:
- 10 Best Motels in the Coromandel
- 15 Best Holiday Homes & Apartments in The Coromandel
- 22 Best Things to Do in The Coromandel
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to the Coromandel.