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Akaroa Waterfront Motels

56 - 64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand
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Updated 15/05/20


#1 of 28 Speciality lodging in Akaroa
Travellers' Choice
Located in the beautiful, historic French village of Akaroa, just 1.5H from Christchurch. With 24 refurbished units to choose from featuring studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, you can enjoy affordable comfort with the waterfront right at your doorstep. With most units offering views of the water, spacious living and well-equipped kitchens you have everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. We are only a minutes stroll to the art and craft shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions Akaroa has to offer. You could also relax in our private hot tropical spa pool.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary instant cofffee
Bicycle rental
Books, DVDs, music for children
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Seating area
Separate dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Marina View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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June A wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a ground floor apartment facing the water. This is the prettiest view I have ever imagined - watch sea birds in the late afternoon and enjoy sunrise over the hills the next morning. It is only a short walk to the Bakery Coffee shop in one direction, and along to Ma Maison restaurant in another for delicious French cuisine.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Heather O wrote a review Apr 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand6 contributions4 helpful votes
Great location _ on the water. Facility is pristinely clean. Bed was super comfortable. The rooms are spacious. Kayaks available for us on the harbour. But sadly the whole facility is very tired, lacking maintenance. The units are shabby. This motel is in one of New Zealand's iconic situations and such presentation lets it down. We stayed in a motel in Picton for $6 dearer and the presentation left this for dead.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: No lifts so units on second level are accessed by stairs
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TheSnakebite wrote a review Mar 2021
Ohoka, New Zealand650 contributions140 helpful votes
We spent two nights at Akaroa Waterfront Motel. There are actually two separate Motels (or buildings) so make sure you know which one you are booking. The room we booked was the motel facing 90degrees away from the harbour (reduced view of the harbour) where as the second building has 180degree horizontal views of the harbour (much better as each unit looks out over the harbour). Anyways, this motel must be the coolest motel in Akaroa. Plenty of benches to soak up the harbour view. BBQ available. Spacious units. 3.5-4 star. Laid back atmosphere. Definitely would recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LouLouPet wrote a review Feb 2021
Taunton, United Kingdom18 contributions10 helpful votes
Stayed here in 2019 in the Driftwood part - on the right, it was fine then a bit tired decor wise, but good enough to want to come back. This visit was as a family with my son, daughter in law and 2 grandsons. We arrived at 7.15pm, a note with the key was on the office door as agreed. It was ground floor 2 bedroom accommodation in the left-hand building. During our 3 night stay not once were we acknowledged by any member of staff; not a good morning/evening, hello or how are you, nothing! Yes the location is awesome, just a huge pity such great business potential is being lost by truly bad customer service. One thing NZ is loved for all over the world is the way we greet and treat visitors. In the current tourist business climate I would have thought customer service would be an absolute priority. Unfortunately on the first night my grandson had an accident in the bed, so we stripped the bed and checked the mattress was not wet. Later a member of staff came to our door and asked if we needed towels - no hello or introduction - I said I'm awfully sorry, but my grandson had an accident and wet the bed, but that I had stripped it and the bedding was in the bedroom. Oh my goodness the reaction was terrible she stormed out, came back slammed the bedroom door, banging around, after which she asked if there was any rubbish, there was, she dealt with that then was gone. We all looked at one and other very shocked. Toddlers do have accidents and we had brought our own umbrella sheet it was just he slept for a long time and it seeped out, they did have a waterproof under-sheet so no harm done. This was a special birthday trip for me from my son and daughter in law we all love Akaroa and I recommended the Waterfront myself so I feel very, very disappointed.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I understand the Driftwood side is the better accommodation but the staff will be the same!
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1 Helpful vote
MilmineM wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand473 contributions127 helpful votes
The motel does have a lovely waterfront location, the rooms are well appointed and spacious. Lovely views over the harbour and good parking. The outdoor games are a nice touch and there is also an onsite gym for guest use.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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US$75 - US$182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Which popular attractions are close to Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Nearby attractions include Akaroa Museum (0.1 km), Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds (0.2 km), and Akaroa Lighthouse (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Little Bistro, Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar, and HarBar Beachfront Cafe.
Is Akaroa Waterfront Motels located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Akaroa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Akaroa Waterfront Motels?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Does Akaroa Waterfront Motels have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.