Where family memories are made

  • The town of Kāwhia is a great fishing spot for holiday makers.

  • Kāwhia is home to the hot water springs on Ocean Beach.

  • Waterfront location with some rooms boasting sea views.

31 Tainui Street, Kāwhia, Waikato

Location was perfect walking distance to everything. Made it easy catching our charter. Comfortable rooms and set up. Very clean and well presented.

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Kawhia Motel entrance view with palm tree


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Welcome to Kawhia Motel

Kāwhia is a small town located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is situated on the shores of Kāwhia Harbour, a large natural harbor that is home to a diverse range of marine life.

Steeped in Māori and European history, this historic eco-wonderland is the spiritual and ancestral home of the Māori tribe (iwi), Tainui.

The town has a population of around 500 people, and is known for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere. The local economy is based primarily on fishing, with many residents working in the seafood industry. Travellers world-wide are discovering this rare gem where you can still walk for miles on an isolated ocean beach without seeing another footprint in the sand, who come to enjoy the beautiful beaches, bush walks, and other outdoor activities in the surrounding area.

Directly looking out to Kāwhia Harbour — Kawhia Motel is a small, independently-owned motel nestled in the quiet Kāwhia township. A quick walk to the wharf and museum area. Within the township there’s a general store, garage/fuel station, cafes, fish and chip take-away, children’s playground and skateboard area.

Are you an outdoor enthusiast?

There is much to see and do in Kāwhia. You could dig your own hot springs pool on the edge of the west coast surf beach, or catch the fish of a lifetime. Kāwhia is well known for its big game fishing. Beach and harbour walks, harbour cruises, horse trekking, round of golf or taking a kayak for a paddle — there is something for everybody.

Kawhia Motel

Kāwhia is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those who enjoy a range of activities. From digging your own hot springs pool to catching big game fish and kayaking, there is a lot to do in the area. Discover Kāwhia and book today.

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