Riverside Motel

3.5 star property
In the heart of Whanganui

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Riverside Motel

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Standard Room, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Studio Unit)
Standard Room, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Studio Unit) | Bathroom
Free self-parking

Overview of Riverside Motel

8.6 out of 10 Fabulous
8.6/10 Fabulous

Property highlights

  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Non-smoking
30 Somme Parade, Whanganui
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free area shuttle
  • 24-hour room service
  • Babysitting
  • Business centre
  • Garden
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Barbecue grills
For families
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Kitchen
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate dining area
  • Premium TV channels

Room options

Family Room, Non Smoking, Kitchen

  • River view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen Bed and 2 Single Beds

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking, Kitchen

  • River view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed, 1 Single Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Standard Room, Non Smoking, Kitchen (2 Bedroom)

  • River view
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 King Beds and 1 Single Bed

Standard Room, Non Smoking, Kitchen (Studio Unit)

  • River view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Whanganui

Getting around

  • Whanganui (WAG) - 10 min drive
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free local area shuttle


  • Rutland Arms Inn - 15 min walk
  • McDonald's - 14 min walk
  • Noodle Canteen - 13 min walk
  • The Yellow House Cafe - 6 min walk
  • Mud Ducks - 16 min walk

About this property

Riverside Motel

Riverside Motel is only 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from the airport and offers a free shuttle (available 24 hours). Free perks include WiFi and self-parking.



Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

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

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 9:30 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 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


  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free uncovered on-site self-parking
  • On-site parking includes off-street options


  • Free airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)


  • Free area shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
  • Barbecue grills
  • 24-hour room service

Travelling with children

  • Free local shuttle
  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • Skiing nearby

Working away

  • Business centre


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1970
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • No lift (single-level property)
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Step-free path to entrance

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium TV channels

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding
  • Free cot/infant bed

What to enjoy

  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free newspapers
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Wired Internet access is available in guest rooms for NZD 0.14 per minute (rates may vary)
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately NZD 10 for adults and NZD 20 for children

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property does not have lifts.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Riverside Motel Wanganui
Riverside Wanganui
Riverside Motel Whanganui
Riverside Whanganui
Riverside Motel Motel
Riverside Motel Whanganui
Riverside Motel Motel Whanganui

Frequently asked questions

Does Riverside Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Riverside 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 Riverside Motel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Riverside Motel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Riverside Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Riverside Motel?
Yes, a free airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Riverside Motel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Riverside Motel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby winter activities such as skiing. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Does Riverside Motel have self-catered rooms fitted with kitchens or kitchenettes?
Yes, a kitchen is available in every room, and also includes a toaster, cookware and a fridge.
What's the area around Riverside Motel like?
Riverside Motel is in the heart of Whanganui, a short 11-minute walk from Whanganui Museum and 13 minutes' walk from Whanganui Riverboat Centre and Museum.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Location, cleanliness,value for money.
MICHAEL, 3-night romance trip
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4/10 Fair

The room was clean & the bed was comfortable. Unfortunately, that was it. The room was next to the road & I was told that the traffic noise would stop - it didn't. It lessened after the peak flow, but there was traffic noise all night. It's an old style motel that cold do with upgrading. The net curtains above the kitchen sink were in tatters - take them down! They're really not needed with there being other small drapes to draw across. There was only soap for showering. I can't use soap on my skin. All the motels I've been to in recent years have liquid soap - I usually bring my own to be on the safe side, but unfortunately didn't do so on this trip. Net result - no shower for me! There was no soundproofing between units - I could hear the couple next door to me conversing, so assumed they'd be able to hear what I was watching on the teeny, tiny TV. I moved it out from the wall as far as I could on the small trolley. There were 2 large armchairs in the unit, but no settee. Unfortunately I'm a little short in the legs, so had to put 2 cushions behind my back so that my feet touched the floor. Again, most motels have footrests if only chairs are available. All in all, I had a miserable night at a cost of $120! Not recommended at all
Isabel, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Phillip, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

It was on the flat no steps. Close to main city area with a view of the river.
Shirley, 4-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

I had a wonderful time at the Riverside Motel. Graeme, the host, went above and beyond to make my stay a pleasant one and was always very kind and gracious. Thank you!
Peter, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice and clean in a great location. Really appreciate the service at short notice
Peter, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Very friendly staff. Room was nice. Great setting over looking the river. Only one minor complaint the shower pressure. But that is the same in a lot of motels.
Peter, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Daniel, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Kylie, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Peter, 2-night trip
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