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Arcadia Motel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at the Arcadia in a unit with spa bath for a couple of nights on a car trip round New Zealand. The room was bright and well decorated, with comfortable bed and sofa, and the kitchen area well equipped. The owner, Andy, was most helpful. The motel is some distance from the centre of Nelson but quite close to the local beach. There are several restaurants nearby - we went to the Smugglers Inn which we enjoyed.

The owner Andy is very welcoming & went above and beyond to tell us where some good attractions and restaurants are in Nelson. The motel room was clean and had a kitchen, dining table with chairs, stove, cooking utensils etc... We enjoyed our stay highly recommended.

We were very impressed with the unit. It was very clean, comfortable with space to relax and unwind. Most of all we were blown away with how friendly and helpful Andy was. He went well and truly out of his way to ensure that we had everything we needed to enjoy our holiday. Big thanks and gratitude!

This motel is just amazing!! If you want to stay in Sydney and get more for your money, you should stay here. It's a very friendly family with a beautiful motel in a cosy area and close to the sea and beach (10 min walking distance). The room we stayed in provided a clean bathroom and kitchen which was well equiped (fridge, oven, plates etc) The pool was small but clean and gave necesary refreshment. You reach Nelson town center within 5 mins with the car. Also nice are the free glas fibre wifi, which was super fast (not common in New Zealand and we travelled for three months), as well as SKY TV. Besides that they also provide free DVDs. We really had a wonderful christmas time, we felt very comfortable and welcome.

We stayed 2 nights at the Arcadia, which we found very convenient for visiting Nelson and surrounding areas. There was easy access to an excellent beach, through a camping site. The English owner was very helpful in suggesting places to go, and restaurants, and was always on hand to answer queries. The room was very good, although we were unfortunately there when a violent night-time storm passed through one night, which resulted in a lot of noise, but this could not in any way be blamed on the management! The units are well equipped with full kitchen facilites, and a comfortable bed.

After a long series of flights it was good to be able to drive just a short distance from Nelson Airport and check in early here. Made to feel very welcome and given lots of useful information. Location is a mostly residential road without too much traffic, and backing on to a caravan park, so there's not much road noise, especially for the units at the back. It is under the flight path, but most of the planes serving Nelson are small, and don't run very late, so it's hardly noticeable. Like many NZ motels there is minimal wardrobe space, despite a reasonable size room. Lighting is dismal, wouldn't want to be here on a winter's evening. I stayed four nights and found it an excellent base for exploring the area by car.

This is our 4th visit to Arcadia. An older style property which is spacious and clean. Location is excellent and beach easy walking distance away. Andy and Jena are great hosts and nothing seems a problem.It is always our preference when in Nelson. The full kitchen is a bonus as many newer motels do not offer this .The daily servicing is thorough. Being sports fans we enjoy the sky TV. The free wifi is also great .Thanks Andy and Jena for another enjoyable stay at Arcadia.

As we are touring NZ we are seeing a number of motels and this is among the best for the price. Very clean and well equipped including a full kitchen. Good quality linen and furnishings. Pleasant helpful owner. My only criticism would be lack of a decent sized mirror in the bathroom. The small one there was obviously installed by a tall guy, I only got half my face in it

The units are very comfortable and well equiped, kitchens have full facilities and everything you would need to cook a meal. Rooms are very clean and well serviced daily. Andrew was very helpful and accomodating. Due to our work visit being in high season we had to shift to various units but all of these were to the same high standard. I would definately go back there again.

We spent two nights at the Arcadia Motel, we had a lovely unit. Very clean and it had everything you needed. The location is just great and would definitely stay here again. The owners were very pleasant and helpful.

36 Golf Road Nelson Tasman

Located in Tahunanui, Arcadia Motel is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Burrell Park and Natureland Zoo. This 12-room, 3.5-star motel has an outdoor pool along with free in-room WiFi and free self parking. It's near the airport and also a short walk from Nelson Fun Park and Tahunanui Beach Reserve.


Start each morning off right with continental breakfast served for a fee.


All 12 recently renovated accommodations feature kitchens and space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. 29-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and Select Comfort beds with down comforters ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include iPod docks, free weekday newspapers, and phones.

Property features

Guests of Arcadia Motel have access to an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and outdoor tennis courts. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Multilingual staff is on hand to answer questions. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a seasonal outdoor pool, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Family Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

2 Bedroom Apartment

King 1 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

Executive Studio

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

93% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 235 reviews