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Bowentown Beach Holiday Park
Having nabbed a stunning stretch of sand this impressively maintained holiday park makes the most of it with first-rate motel units and campers' facilities. The barbecue area even has a water feature.
Ambassador Motor Inn
This tidy motel has noise-reducing glass for peaceful sleeps, a swimming pool, and a long list of 'new' things: TVs, kitchens, bedspreads, towels, sheets... Some rooms have spa baths; all have kitchen facilities...
Tuscany Villas Whakatane Heritage Boutique...
This mod motel may be a long way from Florence, but still offers a few rays of Italian sunshine with interesting architecture, wrap-around balconies and floral plantings wherever there's room...
Belle Mer Luxury Apartments
A classy beachside complex of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, some with sea-view balconies and others opening onto private courtyards (though you’ll more likely head for the resort-style pool terrace)...
This spotless, ranch-style motel is the pick of the half-dozen dotted along the Landing, with spacious, well-kept units and comfy beds. Large spas in executive suites are a great fringe benefit.
The Tauranga On The Waterfront Luxury...
This quiet place, only a short walk to the centre, has some excellent harbour-view suites if you’re feeling romantic. Some rooms have deluxe spa baths that will get you back into the mood if the architecture fails you.
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
This blocky high-rise near the harbour bridge has a slick, contemporary lobby − all retro white vinyl and trendy plush greys − leading to the upmarket in-house restaurant Halo (mains lunch $14 to $32, dinner $30 to $39)...
Harbour City Motor Inn Tauranga
With a winning location right in the middle of town (and with plenty of parking), this newish, lemon-yellow motor inn has all the mod cons. There are spa baths in each room, and friendly staff who can offer sound advice on your itinerary.
White Island Rendezvous
An immaculate 26-room complex run by the on-the-ball White Island Tour people. Lots of balcony and deck space for inhaling the sea air, while interiors are decked out with timber floors for a nautical vibe...
Hotel On Devonport
City-centre Devonport is top of the town, with bay-view rooms, noise-reducing glass, slick interiors and sassy staff, all of which appeal to business travellers and upmarket weekenders. No in-room wi-fi is a surprising downer.
Yha Tauranga Backpacker
A well-kept, deceptively big YHA with a large grassy backyard and a nearby mangrove swamp boardwalk to explore. Inviting dorms have individual lockers, and there’s info available on local walking trails and a noticeboard for all things green.
Pacific Coast Backpackers Lodge
Not far from the action, this efficiently run, clean hostel is sociable but not party-focused, with drinkers gently encouraged to migrate into town after 10pm. Purpose-built bunkrooms are roomy and adorned with jungle murals.
Harbourside City Backpackers
Enjoy sea views from this sociable hostel (a renovated former hotel), which is all too handy to the Strand’s bars. Rooms are smallish but clean, and you’ll spend more time on the awesome roof terrace anyway...
The Windsor Lodge/Backpackers
Whakatane’s best backpackers occupies a converted funeral parlour, so expect a restful sleep. Excellent rooms range from serviceable dorms to a couple of motel-standard doubles out the front...
A tight but tidy hostel, bolstered by location – close to the beach and a mere stagger from the Mount's best restaurants and bars – plus extras like a travel desk, cheap weekly rates and deals on activities including surf lessons.
Mount Maunganui Bed And Breakfast
This good-value five-room B&B on the main road into town offers a cosy guest lounge, basic shared kitchen, pool table, BBQ and cable TV. The two rooms at the front cop a bit of traffic noise, but the rest are fine. Good for groups.
Alton Lodge Motel
Alton Lodge Motel is a 5-minute drive from Whakatane Centre, and a 16-minute drive from the Whakatane Airport. It offers a heated indoor pool, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities...
Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort Luxury Apartments are situated at the foot of Mt Maunganui, on the edge of Mauao Reserve. The self-catering apartments have cable TV and large furnished balconies...
Located in the heart of Tauranga city centre, Hotel Armitage offers spacious rooms with LCD TV and air conditioning. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, room service and 24-hour reception...
Durham Motor Inn
This 4-star inn offers value-for-money accommodation just a short stroll from Tauranga city centre with its many restaurants, cafés and shops. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lovely gardens...
Cobblestone Court Motel
Cobblestone Court Motel offers self-contained accommodation in a beautiful garden setting, with all rooms leading out to a private patio. Free Wi-Fi is available...
Located on the outskirts of Tauranga, this elegant Mediterranean mansion offers a tennis court and open-air terrace with stunning views of Tauranga Harbour. Breakfast is included...