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Front of property
One Bedroom Downstairs Spa Unit | Terrace/patio
Superior Studio | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, wheelchair access
Deluxe Studio | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, wheelchair access
One Bedroom Downstairs Spa Unit | Living area | LED TV, DVD player

Overview of Castles Motel

Castles Motel

4.0 star property
Upmarket motel by sea in Tahunanui

8.2/10 Very good

139 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
44 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson, 7011

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Tahunanui

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 5 min drive


  • Smugglers - 2 min walk
  • Taaj Indian Restaurant and Cafe - 8 min walk
  • Boat Shed Cafe - 3 min drive
  • Harbour Light - 3 min drive
  • The Boathouse Cafe - 3 min drive

About this property

Castles Motel

A great choice for a stay in Nelson, Castles Motel is only 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from the airport. Freebies such as WiFi and self-parking are added perks, and guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and mountain biking. The location and overall comfort get good marks from fellow travellers.


Chinese (Mandarin), English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 11 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM) and Saturday - Sunday (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Free on-site extended parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast each morning (surcharge)
  • BBQs
  • Room service

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Golf lessons nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Garden


  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Grab bar near toilet


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • DVD player
  • 32-inch LED TV

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Portable fan
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 10.00 per person (approximately)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property accepts major credit cards.

Also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Does Castles Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Castles Motel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Castles Motel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Castles Motel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Castles Motel?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Castles Motel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Castles Motel and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as hiking, kayaking and mountain biking, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Castles Motel also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Castles Motel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Taaj Indian Restaurant and Cafe (8-min walk), Chokdee (2.6 mi) and Paasha (2.7 mi).
Does Castles Motel have self-catered rooms fitted with kitchens or kitchenettes?
Yes, a kitchen is available in every room, and also includes cookware, a fridge and a microwave.
What's the area around Castles Motel like?
Castles Motel is in Tahunanui, a short 5-minute drive from Nelson (NSN) and 7 minutes' walk from Natureland Zoo. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.



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4/10 Fair

Disappointed as I had thought I’d booked a nice night away with my husband… turned out it is an emergency accommodation provider . I’m not a snob and don’t judge people but they should have disclosed this when booking At 300/night I was expecting something nice and romantic … there were kids and families everywhere. I would suggest they include this in their booking information.
Lisa, 1-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

6/10 Good

We were informed that some rooms were tenanted for social housing. Thought that it will be ok but turned out to be a bad idea. People from nearby room were fighting at the middle of the night so hard to sleep. No heating inside the main bedroom. To top it all off a big drama played out on the last night- one of the lady owners threw a tantrum, crying and shouting out in the street in front of our room as partner seems to be leaving her. A lot of drama for a week we wanted to spend trying to relax.
5-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

2-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

8/10 Very good

Our unit,#15, was good.Had a lounge, seperate kitchen, seperate bathroom and a bedroom. A very cosy unit.
9-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

It was fine for what I needed for just the night but found the room and facilities a little outdated. Nice large room and enjoyed the Sky Sport. Really hand to all food, shops etc
1-night business trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

Great location to beach and local bars . Traffic noise at night noisey due to being on state highway.
2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

It felt like home in this place - which was important in view of the bad weather outside! The room was cosy.
2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

It is dated and not appealing to stay at. Our coach was tattered and torn. One of the beds was comfortable and one was not. There were spider webs around the doors so needs a thorough cleaning.
1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Comfortable room with friendly service
William, 4-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review