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Top-Rated Rotorua Motels
Discover Rotorua motels that travellers - like you - rate amongst the best. Because we have in excess of 40, it can be a hit and miss affair
when it comes time to book. Taking it to the streets is the best way to
find out what real people have to say so that's what I've done.
The ten Rotorua motels featured on this page are clean, comfortable, affordable ($89 - $299) and vary between unpretentious and luxurious. Solo visitors, families, corporates and large groups (20 beds - really!) are all catered for.
Rotorua motels lust list begins with—
Sport of Kings Motel
6 Peace St, Fenton Park 4.5 star 16 ground-floor rooms Price range: $136 - $192
Rotorua Motels - Sport of Kings
Sport of Kings Motel is located on a quiet residential side-street (where I lived once upon a time so I know it's quiet) about 2km, 4min from the town center.
If you want proprietors who go the extra mile (drop-off?), have extensive local knowledge and are perfectly nice people, this is your place.
The care that has gone into the motels recent refurbishment perfectly illustrates the type of experience Pete and Tristen offer.
Studio units sleep 2-3, 2 bed apartments sleep 6 & 1 bed spa apartments
Mountain bike wash down facilities, storage and drying room for the wet gear)
Off road parking
Shuttle bus service (includes airport transportation)
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best deal, compare prices and see what other travellers have to say.
296 Fenton St 4.5 star 16 rooms Price range $135 - $299
Don't let all the motels awards scare you off the Arista because the prices are still reasonable. TripAdvisor Travellers Choice of Motels 2015, No.10 Family Hot Spot Award... in the South Pacific (including Australia). No.1 in NZ for families. Cool huh?
Your lovely hosts, Mike & Annmarie, have created a home away from home with the largest, extremely family-friendly units in Rotorua. Kids can run wild in a fully-fenced playground, bikers can store their ultra precious cargo, and one's own spa (apart from the house) is hard to beat too. Problem? You've got to get in early.
17 Holdens Ave 4 star 16 rooms Price range $138 - $171
Rotorua Motels - Arista
Cedarwood Lakeside is located in the park-like setting of a quiet residential area on the south-east shores of Lake Rotorua, a 3km, 12min drive from the city center. Honestly, you're going to think you're somewhere rural, that's how quiet it is.
The host is another Rotorua gem who looks after her guests like they were her own.
Wanting a largish family get-together? This is the place for it. They've got the accommodation, privacy and spaciousness to play together or chill-out alone. It's a slam dunk.
If you're after fast food to go, nearby, in fact on the turnoff from the main road, is a McDonald's. Closer still (a few minutes walk) is the Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort where you can make use of the restaurant or pampering facilities. The kiddies might enjoy checking out the Te Amorangi Museum (around the corner) too. A model train runs every Thursday and Sunday.
If it's stocking up on groceries you want, the Te Ngae Shopping Center is a short drive towards town with the Redwood Shopping Center a bit further on again. Grab some steak and make use of the motels bbq facility. How's that?
Swimming pool - heated Sept school holidays to end of April school holidays
sleep 2, two bedroom unit sleeps 6 (with 4 adults), family unit sleeps 7
(max. 5 adults), lakefront 2 bedroom unit sleeps up to 6.
Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa
326 Fenton St 5 star 25 rooms Price range $143 - $187
Yes, a motel and spa in one. And, 5 stars no less. Situated midway between the city centre and the likes of Te Puia, the Silver Fern motel is handy to everything. It would be a 20 minute walk into town, if that.
The Silver Fern motel is another lovely establishment that offers service par excellence. What sets it apart from the other motels would have to be the day spa facilities. Also, (whispering) it's got a bit of a reputation. It's inclined to be romantic. Just so you know.
In handy proximity, around the corner on Maida Vale Street is a liquor store, look past it and you will see the Savemart second-hand shop. On the Savemart street is a dairy (also sells Charleez chicken & chips). Next door to that is Strike Zone Entertainment Centre - ten pin bowling for the family.
Private spa pool or spa bath
Complimentary retro styled bicycles (way cool)
Did I mention the day spa facilities? Yep, got those too
NB. Events are held in Rotorua most weekends so it pays to book accommodation early - real early. People still get caught short and have to go all the way to Tauranga or Taupo to find a bed.
Roto Vegas Motel of Rotorua
249 Fenton St 4 star 22 rooms Price range $103 - $141
Rotorua Motels - Roto Vegas
Playing off the theme of Fenton Street being known as 'Motel Mile' and Rotorua's nick-name of Roto Vegas, you can easily see where this motel gets its name from. To take it a step further, the interior has retro-inspired furnishings. Love it.
This is another property that can cater for large groups (sleeps 20) in a separate house (what a thought).
There's a supermarket right across the road and numerous fast-food joints within spitting distance - think McDonalds, Burger King, Carls Junior, and Cobb & Co if you want something more filling. Ask at reception for directions.
Free parking (Including campervans)
Free & paid wifi
Private spa pools in some units
Sauna - mmm, that's a bit of all right
Kitchenettes or kitchens
Studios and one and two bedroomed units sleeping to a maximum of 7.
306 - 307 Fenton St 4 star 18 rooms Price range $118 - $135
Fenton Court Motel is about service. Owners that drive you places - Taupo anyone - now that's going way above and beyond expectations. No wonder people love this place.
And a complimentary continental breakfast (I've heard they do this with cooked ones too). And free transportation. It doesn't stop does it? I have to wonder how the managers, Terry and Karen, make a buck.
Once again, you're in the thick of things staying here. It's a short drive or walk into town.
107 - 109 Lake Rd 3.5 star 8 rooms Price range $96 - $138
The view from the road belies the quality of what's waiting for you inside the gates so don't let that stop you from staying at the Red Rock Motel. You'll be surprised, I'm sure.
Far and away the best feature of this motel is... the indoor mineral pool. This is the way families at Ohinemutu and Whakarewarewa villages have bathed since first settling in Rotorua. It becomes quite a social experience actually.
Located on Lake Rd, Red Rock is on the way into town (a 1.8km, 4 min drive) if you're heading in from Auckland.
On the boundary is the Utuhina Stream - trout fishing? And nearby is Kuirau Park if it's geothermal sights you're wanting.
Foodwise, on the opposite side of Lake Rd; to the left you'll find a dairy, Wendy's Chinese Takeaway cum Fish & Chip shop plus a Goldstar bakery. To the right is a well-stocked fruit & vege store, Couplands Bakery and a butcher - and a liquor store by the Gull gas station.
Studio, one and two bedroom units. Maximum numbers are 6.
Santa Maria Motel
270 Te Ngae Rd 3 stars 8 rooms Price range $89 - $229
The Ritz it doesn't profess to be but this unpretentious Rotorua motel is still a terrific place to stay - especially for families with its 1 or 2 bedroom units, two 3 bedroom units and the 30's style 3 bedroom cottage in a garden setting. You'll have great hosts too in Jason and Emma. They'll do right by you.
Located out east-side, it's only a 5min drive, 3.5km into town. Santa Maria is handy to numerous lakes including the Blue & Green Lakes, and then the world famous in NZ - okay, the world too - Redwoods walking tracks are in walking distance if that's your thing.
For the ever present need for vittles, an Indian takeaway is next door (as well as a dairy) to the motel and across the road is the Redwood Shopping Center with an excellent fruit & vege shop plus various food outlets. There's also a cafe in addition to the cafe attached to the Outdoorsman Headquarters - don't worry, it's all easy to see once there. A short drive takes you to supermarkets located on the way into town.
Great playground for kiddies - they'll love the rabbits
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