Avalon Manor Motels, Motueka: "Not too far to walk to dinner" Nelson/Tasman Hotel Tip by Kakapo2
Nelson/Tasman Hotels: 12 reviews and 15 photos
I have a problem with the words "luxury" and "luxurious" since living in New Zealand. Many things that are better than rubbish dumps are called "luxurious".
Do not get me wrong. I do not want to rubbish the Avalon Manor Motels in Motueka where I love to stay when visiting the Abel Tasman National Park. But I would not call it a manor nor "affordable luxury", as they call it, but a good, modern and still affordable accommodation at the gateway to the national park. I would happily stay there again at any time, and more so because the host was extremely pleasant and likeable.
We stayed in a spacios studio unit, featuring two queen beds, which had a fully equipped kitchen with microwave and fridge at the end of the unit. The furniture was average, a kind of inbuilt Mitre-10 look with nice leather armchairs, flatscreen TV, hairdryer, ironing board/iron - but no net curtains (my pet hate topic because I do not want to stay in the dark with closed curtains when I am not dressed properly and do not want to scare other guests with my inappropriate look ;-) The separate desk and breakfast table deserve to be mentioned.
The bathroom is spacious, neat and clean but nothing special which would deserve the attribute "luxurious", rather the plastic DIY look.
Outside there is a guest laundry and BBQ area.
The motel also offers various kinds of accommodation, not just studios. There are also one-and two-bedroom units and luxury spa suites available.
Wireless internet access (not free) - but here it is an "affordable luxury" LOL
Like most motels in Motueka, this one is located right along SH 60 where the main traffic flows to Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. The units are set back from the street, and the noise is not too bad. It is also located at the eastern end of Motueka, so you have to walk five to ten minutes to the restaurants in the town centre.
Rates in summer from NZ$ 150, cheaper in winter.
Compared to bigger tourist places with big hotels Motueka seems a bit overpriced. Avalon Motels are at the lower end of the price range.
Check out booking websites like www.wotif.com for special deals.
Photo 2 shows the bathroom.
Address: 314 - 316 High Street, Motueka
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: The motel is located on SH 60, on the left side when coming from Nelson. If you arrive from the West Coast you have to turn to the right at the intersection with SH 60, and you will see it on the right side.
Phone: (03) 528 8320, free 0800 282 566
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