9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel
9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel

9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel

© Ocean Breeze Resort Pauanui

Hotels and Resorts in 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 in the Coromandel.

For more advice on planning your trip, take a look at The Complete Guide to the Coromandel.

1. Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

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 Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

2. Beachfront Resort

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 Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Beachfront Resort

3. Paku Lodge Resort

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.

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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Paku Lodge Resort

4. Blue Marlin Apartments

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.

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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Blue Marlin Apartments

5. Wairua Lodge

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 Accommodation in the Coromandel.

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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Wairua Lodge

6. Golden Cross Hotel

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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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Golden Cross Hotel

7. Imperial Hotel

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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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Imperial Hotel

8. Ocean Breeze Resort 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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9 Best Hotels in the Coromandel© Ocean Breeze Resort Pauanui

9. Esplanade Apartments

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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© James Jub - Destination Central Otago


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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