Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Welcome to Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Akaroa is now on COVID-19 Alert Level 1 and the motel is open

We are open and we are following the government health guidelines to make sure our guests and staff are safe. Experience local and visit your backyard! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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
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.