The Best Places to Stay in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Explore the north coast of the North Island from these bases
Explore the north coast of the North Island from these bases | Courtesy of Tuscany Villas Whakatane Boutique Hotel / Expedia
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The Bay of Plenty in New Zealand is a popular summer destination. From secret beaches to geothermal wonders and picturesque harbourside cities, the area is filled with interesting places to explore. If you’re passing through, here are our top picks for places to stay in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – now bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Prince's Gate Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Room with double and single bed at Princes Gate Boutique Hotel with striped wallpaper, draped curtains and floral bedding
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This historic Bay of Plenty boutique accommodation is located right in the heart of Rotorua. Besides being within close walking distance from iconic attractions like the Government Gardens, the Princes Gate Hotel features a number of elegant facilities that are bound to make your stay as comfortable as it can be: including two dining venues, a bar, a private thermal heated pool, and a collection of ornate estate rooms, designer rooms and assorted suites to accommodate all tastes and budgets.

2. Trinity Wharf Tauranga


Double bedroom at Trinity Wharf Tauranga with large windows and doors overlooking the water
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If you’re looking for a picturesque, waterfront-facing hotel in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga’s Trinity Wharf is one of the Bay of Plenty’s best offerings. Room options range from two-bedroom apartments with expansive garden views to tranquil guestrooms that enjoy some of the finest harbourside vistas. Trinity Wharf also features an all-day al fresco dining restaurant as well as function venues for weddings and conferences.

3. Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers

Resort, Hotel

Simple double bedroom with a sofa and floral armchair at Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers
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The Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers is a beachfront accommodation in the Bay of Plenty that prominently sits in the midst of Mount Maunganui. Owned and operated by the same family since 1997, the hotel has, over the years, become a landmark in its own right – not only as a fixture of the local skyline but also because of its reputation as the go-to for conferences and holidays. Along with an incredibly convenient location, the hotel offers a nice selection of apartment suites with lovely seaside vistas.

4. Papamoa Beach Resort

Resort, Hotel, Motel

Wooden deck outside Papamoa Beach Resort with lawn leading down to the ocean on a sunny day
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Papamoa Beach Resort is a highly inclusive accommodation option in the Bay of Plenty that boasts a stunning beachfront location. It consists of budget-friendly campsites, deluxe holiday housing units, low-key cabins and lavish beach and garden villas. The resort is also quite family-friendly and hosts a Kids Club during the busy summer holiday season.

5. Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort

Resort, Hotel

Long and thin swimming pool with deck outside Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort
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Waihi Beach is a coastal town known for being the gateway into the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel regions. The Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort sits just off State Highway Two, which connects these two desirable sea-side areas, and enjoys direct access to the beach from its parkland location. This budget-friendly option features resort-like motel units, a range of self-contained rooms, plus cabins and campsites for those searching for the ideal, low-key getaway.

6. Ohope Beach Resort

Resort, Hotel

Living room with leather sofas and chairs and a balcony overlooking the ocean at Ohope Beach Resort
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Ohope Beach is a popular summer destination in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. If you want to add a bit of luxury to your sun-kissed holiday, the Ohope Beach Resort will be right up your alley. Guests are invited to choose between a two-bedroom apartment or a penthouse unit, in a complex with magnificent panoramas that stretch from the pristine coastlines of the Ohiwa Harbour to the rolling hills of the Urewera Range. The resort also includes various first-class facilities – from swimming pools and tennis courts to a sauna and gym.

7. Tuscany Villas Whakatane Boutique Hotel


Double bedroom at Tuscany Villas Whakatane Boutique Hotel with cream walls, white linen and flowers on a small table
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Located right in the town centre of Whakatane, Tuscany Villas Whakatane Boutique Hotel brings a touch of Italian indulgence to its peaceful Bay of Plenty setting. There are six types of rooms to choose from, including modern deluxe studios, luxurious spa suites, family bedroom suites and a romantic Super King suite. The hotel also has its own in-house Giordano’s Winebar and Italian BBQ restaurant, which offers plenty of rustic flavours during the summer season.

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