8 Kid-Friendly Holiday Hotels and Motels

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How well your accommodation caters for your family’s needs can be a huge factor in how relaxed and enjoyable your holiday is.

When planning a holiday with your children you will need to ensure that your accommodation has the bed configurations and amenities that make for a relaxing and easy stay. We have picked out some of the best motels and hotels across Aotearoa that welcome and cater for families with children. Check out their websites as many are advertising excellent family deals when you book direct.

Please note: Venue information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with individual venues for the latest opening dates, times, prices, etc, before making plans.

1. Cordis Auckland

Cordis Auckland
  • 5-star family suites

  • full kitchens available

  • complimentary Cordis Kids welcome pack

The Cordis 5-star family suites are an elegant home away from home in central Auckland. Choose from a range of suite sizes and features while enjoying 24 hour in-room dining options and a heated roof-top pool. Little travellers enjoy a warm welcome with a complimentary Cordis Kids backpack full of goodies. Their Family Zoo Time Package includes tickets to Auckland Zoo, treats for the kids, plus a family high tea and late checkout – brilliant!

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2. Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, Queenstown

Camp Glenorchy
  • outdoor fireplace for toasting marshmallows

  • family movie night

  • options for all family sizes

A stunning 45 minutes drive from Queenstown you will find Camp Glenorchy where you will find a wide range of family friendly accommodation options to suit every budget. Their specially curated two-night Family Getaway Package has been designed to ensure a memorable holiday for all members of the family with an in-house movie night, goodie bags, $50 Mrs Woolly’s General Store voucher, and an Arts & Sustainability tour, plus special treats. There are loads of activities for the kids onsite or nearby, plus of course you can experience the many family-friendly activities in the area.

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3. Huka Lodge, Taupo

Huka Lodge
  • famously generous hospitality

  • special Family Time holiday package

  • complimentary Taupo airport transfers

Set in extensive and beautiful grounds Huka Lodge guests have use of a swimming pool, spa pools, tennis, croquet and pétanque courts, plus other facilities. Check out their Family Time package for two adults and two children that includes an exhilarating jet boat ride.

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4. Admiral’s View Motel, Paihia

Admiral’s View Motel, Paihia
  • walk to the beach, wharf and village

  • beautiful sea views

  • self-contained family apartments/studios

Located in the heart of Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Admiral View is a great option for families to explore the area from. Sunny studios/apartments that can sleep up to five plus free use of bikes, tennis court and BBQ facilities plus access to pool and restaurant next door. Easy walk to the beach, village and wharf plus a range of fun family package deals on offer including cycle experiences.

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5. Plateau Lodge, National Park Village

Plateau Lodge
  • children under 2 stay free

  • flexible cancellation policy

  • spacious self-contained family apartments

Located on the edge of a Dual World Heritage site, Tongariro National Park, Plateau Lodge is handily located for all the region has to offer – walks, tramps, bike trails, snow sports in season and of course, amazing volcano views. Offering a range of family-friendly apartments that can sleep up to six, ensuite rooms and lodge rooms. Check out their Family Explorer Package to discover waterfalls, mountains and volcanic stories.

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6. Rainforest Retreat, Franz Josef

Rainforest Retreat
  • range of cosy accommodation options

  • unique stay amongst the trees

  • year-round destination

Fun family accommodation including budget friendly bunk rooms and two to five bedroom houses (some with with spa pools) nestled in beautiful native bush but right in the Franz Josef Village. Self-catering but there’s a popular onsite restaurant and bar and you might enjoy an onsite spa, sauna or massage. With their kids stay and eat for free offer, you can get back to nature with the whole family.

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7. Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown

Hotel St Moritz
  • panoramic lake and mountain views

  • spacious rooms & suites

  • ‘Hey Kiddo’ VIP card for children

Families are welcomed to the 5-star St Moritz with spacious suites and rooms that can sleep up to five, a special ‘Hey Kiddo’ VIP card for children, plus healthy delicious kids meals in their award-winning restaurant on site. It’s an easy walk into the heart of Queenstown. Check their website for family friendly deals.

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8. The Devon Hotel, New Plymouth

The Devon Hotel
  • complimentary bikes

  • centrally located

  • close to favourite tourist spots

Centrally located, The Devon is within easy walking distance of the New Plymouth CBD and near the city’s award winning coastal walkway. Offering a wide variety of recently updated accommodation and bedding configurations that sleep up to four people, plus a complimentary heated pool and spa complex, guest mountain bikes and on-site car parking. Their Family Stay & Play Package includes a stay full of activities for the family, including free access to Mountain Bikes (Explore the Coastal Walkway), The New Plymouth Aquatic Centre and a Round of Golf at Ngamotu Golf Course!

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