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

Bay of Plenty, New Zealand | © Brian Powers/Flickr
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand | © Brian Powers/Flickr
Photo of Thalita Alves
21 October 2017

New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region 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.

Prince's Gate Boutique Hotel, Rotorua

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Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua
Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua | © Tony Hisgett/Flickr

This historic boutique accommodation is located right in the heart of Rotorua city. 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.

Trinity Wharf Tauranga, Tauranga

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View of the Tauranga Harbour Outside the Trinity Wharf Hotel
View of the Tauranga Harbour Outside the Trinity Wharf Hotel | © Sharon Harper/Flickr

If you’re looking for a picturesque, waterfront-facing hotel, 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.


Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers, Tauranga

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Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers, Mt Maunganui
Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers, Mt Maunganui | © kiwinz/Flickr

The Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers is a beachfront accommodation 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.

Papamoa Beach Resort - Beachfront Camping & Motels, Papamoa

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Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty
Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty | © Bushtography/Flickr
Papamoa Beach Resort is a highly inclusive accommodation option 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.

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  • Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort, Waihi Beach

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    Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
    Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand | © Alison Thomas/Flickr

    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.


    Ohope Beach Resort, Ohope

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    Ohope Beach
    Ohope Beach | © Robert Engberg/Flickr

    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.

    Tuscany Villas Whakatane Boutique Hotel, Whakatane

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    Harbour Sunset in Whakatane
    Harbour Sunset in Whakatane | © Chris Thompson/Flickr

    Located right in the town centre of Whakatane, Tuscany Villas 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 Wine bar and Italian BBQ restaurant, which offers plenty of rustic flavours during the summer season.


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