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By a verified traveller on Tue 24 Jan 2017

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Hotel Description

At Bignell Street Motel you'll be 4 km (2.5 mi) from Watt Fountain and 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Whanganui Museum. Highlights at this beachfront motel include free self parking, and in-room kitchenettes and free WiFi.

All 9 soundproofed rooms feature flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and you can enjoy dining areas, coffee/tea makers, and safes. Kitchenettes come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops, and room service is also available. You'll find nice touches like free toiletries and premium bedding to enhance your stay. Additionally, hair dryers and irons/ironing boards are available.

This beach motel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and a library. Other amenities include laundry facilities, a terrace, and a garden.

With a stay at this Gonville motel, you'll be 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Ward Observatory and 4.4 km (2.7 mi) from Sarjeant Gallery.

Kiwi Extra Unit

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Kiwi Plus Unit

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Kiwi Unit

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Bignell Street Motel ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
1.8 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 2.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Bignell Street Motel

Everyone (8) Couples (1) Family (1)
1 out of 5
Smells from gigarets in the room In the bed sperm Lat of notice in the night

Posted by on 19 Mar. 2020

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1 out of 5

Posted by on 21 Apr. 2019

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1 out of 5
There appeared to be a lot of gang members standing around drinking. The police were in attendance. Not suitable for families.

Posted by on 10 Feb. 2019

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1 out of 5

Would not recommend to anyone I know

I often stay in budget accommodation, so I did not book in here expecting luxury. However, this really is the pits. Some of the negative reviews "Terrifying and Disgusting" on this site seemed a little over the top, but I would now completely believe them. The filthy caravans, frankly intimidating permanent residents and general vibe of this place leave much to be desired.

Posted by on 23 Jan. 2018

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1 out of 5


Pros: Nothing.......I did however catch up with a staff member who happened to an old associate.......He laughed at our predictament..
Cons: Yes Put a bulldozer through it
Location: You are kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Having booked and prepaid to be required to pay again was /is an outrage.......The Proprietor took advantage of the lack of accommodation in town for that weekend to in my view fleece me and other members of my party Having booked room and given a caravan is unacceptable.......Travelling companions in their mid 80s and infirm our outraged......Will not complain.......Because they don't know how and of a generation who won't I will... You canvassed my/this response Rates as one of the worst episodes in my life.....Considering I/we were in that town to lay to rest my departed brother....

Posted by , from Rotorua on 22 Jan. 2018

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2 out of 5

Checked in, but didn't stay

I don't usually bother with reading reviews and regret that I didn't in this case. I selected this motel because of its quiet location. This was the only thing the place has going for it. After 30 minutes in the room the damp smell got too much and an allergy was triggered. As a result, we reloaded the car and gave the key back and departed to find another location in which to stay. The rest of the facilities at the complex reminded me forcibly of family holidays in the early 1970s, as that would appear to be the last time the place was updated. Warning: the manager doesn't always know if you have prepaid through Wotif and may try to bill you at check in as well. While I got one lot of money back, the second was only going to be paid if the room was able to be relet. Read the cancellation policy carefully.

Posted by , from Auckland, NZ on 11 Nov. 2017

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2 out of 5

Cheap and nasty!

Pros: Cheap
Cons: The carpet needs replacing and the rooms need new decor and fittings. Free 100mb is a joke.
Location: ok if you have a car Free fast 1 hour wifi available at Pizza Hut in town!
You pay for what you get. Pay a bit extra and stay somewhere else.

Posted by on 29 Jan. 2017

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3 out of 5

Had all the facilities need

It was great to place your head down and cost very reasonable

Posted by on 24 Jan. 2017

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3 out of 5
I suspect the motel is being used for state interim housing and as such influences the appeal of the motel. It was however inexpensive and adequate given the cost.

Posted by on 19 Jan. 2017

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3 out of 5
A great traveling through hotel but not somewhere I would stay for a week. but if you just needed a bed for a night while traveling to another area it fits the bill 100%

Posted by on 12 Jan. 2017

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About the Bignell Street Motel

Location 86 Bignell Street, Whanganui, 4501

Property Features

Bignell Street Motel offers its guests a library, a terrace, and a garden. Public spaces have free WiFi. Bignell Street Motel also features laundry facilities, room service (during limited hours), and a front desk safe. Self parking is free.

  • 9 guestrooms or units
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Bignell Street Motel offers 9 accommodations with DVD players and safes. Beds feature premium bedding. Kitchenettes offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Heating
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 8 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 15
  • Check-in time ends at 9 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets: NZD 10.00 per pet, per night
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards.

  • Staffed front desk


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet fee: NZD 10.00 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Bignell Street
  • Bignell Street Motel Wanganui
  • Bignell Street Motel Whanganui
  • Bignell Street Whanganui
  • Bignell Street Motel Motel
  • Bignell Street Motel Whanganui
  • Bignell Street Motel Motel Whanganui

You should know

  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.