Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Welcome to Akaroa Waterfront Motels

New Zealand is now on COVID-19: Alert Level 4

We are now welcoming people who are looking for short/long term accommodation if they can't go home or people who want to self-isolate. Contact us for information.

We have hand sanitizers ordered, we have spray and wipe bottles and extra soap dispensers in every unit.

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  • text or phone assistance
  • payments over the phone or online
  • room service packs delivered to your door

Local supermarket remains open. Food assistance if you can't go out. Medical assistance if needed.

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Welcome to the Akaroa Waterfront Motels accommodation (formally Driftwood and Wai-iti Motels) situated right on the water's edge in Akaroa. Only 1.5 hrs from Christchurch the Akaroa Waterfront Motels is the ideal place for family holidays or a weekend escape. FREE WIFI

The Akaroa Waterfront Motels is located in a spacious garden setting with spectacular views over the harbour.

Relax and enjoy the beautiful, historic French village of Akaroa with its many and varied art and craft shops, cafés and restaurants. Explore the harbour from our private jetty in one of our kayaks, or for the adventure seekers take a swim with the famous Hector's dolphins.

Make sure you stay more than one night...


Akaroa Waterfront Motels Free Wi-Fi
Akaroa Waterfront Motels Sky TV
Awards for Excellence Finalist


Address: 56-64 Rue Jolie,
Akaroa, New Zealand

+64 3 304 7484


0508 928 373

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Superb location, literally waterfront

Reviewed 25 Apr 2019

I stayed in a ground floor one-bedroom unit that was literally on the waterfront. At high tide, the sea was just six meters from the unit, directly across a neatly-trimmed lawn. It is the most peaceful and relaxing location I’ve ever encountered at a motel in New Zealand. Also just a one to two-minute walk from the supermarket and town centre, and a 10-minute walk from more restaurants and cafes near the main wharf. Beautifully refurbished, spacious, and well appointed. I cannot wait to return.

Alli A

Awesome spot

Reviewed 20 May 2019

Last night of our South Island trip was spent here in a ground floor studio apartment, absolute waterfront and close to quite a number of shops/bars/eateries. Check in was a breeze and the room was clean and tidy. Heater was warm, shower nice and hot. Sky Tv was an added bonus. Would definitely stay again if in the area, for longer next time.

Darren C

Great Location

Reviewed 25 Apr 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this motel. The ground floor room fronted the harbour and I enjoyed watching the bird life and sunsets over the water from the warmth of the lounge. Well equipped and very functional and would stay again.


"A great stay and we look forward to coming back soon”

Reviewed 29 Apr 2018

Fantastic location, an easy walk to everything. Heaps of activities for the kids, like outdoor games and right on the pebble beach. It was awesome that you can hire kayaks and bikes onsite. A true 2 bedroom room which is great for a family


Fantastic location and view.

Reviewed 20 Apr 2018

What a wonderful place to stay! We booked a ground floor 1 bedroom unit and couldn't have asked for a better view or location. Besides being right on the waterfront, it is only one street away from the main shopping and eating area. The unit was spacious, had lots of comfortable seating, nice bedroom, bathroom and kitchen facilities. I couldn't stop taking photos from our unit! Nice grassed area for children to play in. Manager and staff were very friendly. Highly recommend.


Fabulous setting by the sea

Reviewed 22 Jan 2018

Great room with sea views and lovely balcony, very clean with everything we needed for a restful holiday! Hosts very helpful and friendly. Easy walk to restaurants, cafes etc. great facilities for families.


Private and as close to the water as possible

Reviewed 30 Apr 2018

We are thrilled with the unit we have at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels - Unit 90. It's a 1 bedroom upstairs unit with beautiful water views from the living area. The unit is clean, spacious and well appointed. There is a shower with good water pressure (no bath) and plenty of seating options in the living area and a couple of comfortable stools/chairs on the balcony. We would definitely recommend staying here if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of Akaroa and yet within very easy walking distance of some incredible restaurants. It's down the Children's Bay end of Akaroa and we found it to be extremely relaxing.


Friendly and overall excellent place to stay for great views

Reviewed 14 Apr 2017

The room looked out to the waterfront. Was an amazing view. Wall heater in the bedroom helped because it was very cold. Reception staff were excellent.


Recommended place to stay in Akaroa

Reviewed 15 Apr 2017

Really handy location. Close to everything and quiet.


A wonderful position

Reviewed 12 Mar 2017

The Waterfront Motel is definitely one of the best motels we have stayed in, in our trip around the South Island NZ. It had everything, good position, excellent staff, modern rooms and an excellent view across the bay.


What a view at Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Reviewed 10 Mar 2017

We spent a most enjoyable weekend here to celebrate a 70th birthday. We couldn't have chosen a more fitting place to stay. We had an upstairs studio unit that was very well appointed and overlooking the bay - what a way to wake up in a morning - a very relaxing weekend. Special thanks to the staff for their co-operation with a request that was made of them. We enjoyed our weekend so much that we have already booked another!! Ideally situated on the edge of the township but within easy walking distance of the pier, attractions, restaurants and cafes with open attractive grounds and ample parking.


Fabulous stay

Reviewed 01 Mar 2017

This waterfront motel had a great kitchen, good beds and a fabulous view. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were there 4 nights and were sad to leave. They have bike rentals and sit on kayaks to rent for a very reasonable price.


A Jolie surprise

Reviewed 14 Jan 2017

We stayed right on the waterfront. The apartment was very clean and well appointed. So much thought into fun for the family: snooker table, large connect four, games all laid out and on Sundays, a crepe wagon... sad not to visit on a Sunday. Blissful night, we would love to return.


Superb Motel set right on the water

Reviewed 25 Nov 2015

Perfect motel fantastic owner and great staff set at the edge of the harbour with fabulous views and superb facilities. great spot in a beautiful part of the world.good parking lot's to see and do 10 out of 10.