Welcome to
Haast Beach Motel

We are located in the heart of the Haast UNESCO World Heritage Area on the West Coast of New Zealand.

Our motels provide self-contained accommodation for couples, families, and groups.

Haast Beach Motel is the only accomodation in Haast that is just one minute’s walk to the stunning Haast Beach!

Come and catch a beautiful sunset…



We have a range of single and double-storey motel units all with self-contained kitchenettes.

Some motels have wheelchair access. Our motels are great for couples or for up to 6 people.

Children under 1 year of age stay for free (free cot & highchair available).


Haast Beach Motels - Studio bedroom
Haast Beach Motels 2 storey family apartments

Choose your unit & book your stay today!

Haast area and activities

Unesco World Heritage Status

The lower south west corner of the South Island is internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This area was deemed significant as it is a pristine example from when NZ was part of ancient Gondwana, over 80 million years ago.  This vast landscape contains huge stands of mature beech and podocarp trees; is a haven to endangered bird species including the kiwi, takahē and is also home to the cheeky kea.  World Heritage status is reseved for places with deep significance and importance (such as the Pyramids of Egypt!) and supports their preservation.  The wilderness around Haast is unique due to its pre-historic links and it’s untouched and pristine condition.



Haast has many amazing bush walks, lasting from a couple of days to just a few minutes. Be rewarded with hidden beaches or booming waterfalls; take a stroll down the majestic Haast Beach in time for a breathtaking sunset; visit historic Jackson Bay and the Pioneers Cemetery or drop in at the DOC centre to learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna that makes us so special!   Local companies offer amazing opportunities to take a helicopter flight or jet boat trip to explore parts of our incredible landscape most never see.




All our room have an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette cooking facilities.  We offer studios for couples or two storey motels, sleeping up to 6 people for larger groups.

Whether you are fishing, hiking, or experiencing adventure activities in the Haast area, Haast Beach Motel is an ideal place to base yourself.

Lovely spot for a stop over Highly recommended as a place to stay just out of Haast. Very friendly reception staff. Comfy & nicely furnished room with good kitchen facilities. Very quiet at night with the sound of the waves from the beach over the road.
Mumma Pukeko
Mumma Pukeko
We'll definitely be back We found this place by fluke really, as it didn't come up in the search. It was absolutely exquisite. The bed was delicious, the room and facilities were beautiful. It was really quite even though it was beside the main road out to Jackson Bay. The beach is just over the road, and you can hear the sea at night which is so lovely. The shop next door is well-stocked so you can cook yourself a meal in the room easily. The shower was lovely, and bed the best. Thank you for making this place so welcoming.
Well equiped, great condition motel for good price Room was warm and clean with nice furnishings. Bed was super comfortable and kitchen really well equipped for self-catering. Reception staff were welcoming and friendly. Even though you are on the main road there is little to no traffic between 9pm and 8am so slept really well. The beach is 2mins walk away via the sand dunes. There is a wee shop and petrol next door. We will be coming back.
Patrick M
Patrick M
Nice place in a remote area Great value, modern, clean and comfortable. In a very remote area, adjacent to a gas station and a small grocery store, but no dining options nearby. A huge beautiful beach is just across the street. I stayed one night while traveling on to the Glaciers region, and it was worth it.
Pleasant Surprise The motel is located 4 km from Haast and 200m from a huge beach which you will have practically to your self. From the outside it look pretty ordinary but our King studio apt. was quite large and well furnished. It appeared to us that it had been recently renovated. The unit contained 2 sofas, a dinnette set for 4 and a counter area for 2. The bed was a king size and very comfortable. The bathroom was a bit bigger than average and had a table and a mobile shelving unit in it. The shower was excellent with lots of water pressure and hot water. The kitchen was well equipped to with all we needed to prepare dinner. The only thing missing was a BBQ. but this was offset by the fact that the was no cost to do a wash. You have to hang your clothes to dry them but still free washing was nice.

a little bit of history…

The motels have been in the Johnston family for the past 50 plus years since they arrived in Haast in January 1967.  When Nicola’s parents (and 5 children) moved to Haast to run the original business there was only a service station, general store and a guest house with a dining room, Haast was a truly remote frontier town.   The tiny road-working settlement here at Haast Beach was the only “town” in those days, before part of the town was moved to the current location of the Haast Township on SH6 in the late 1970’s.

Back then the local economy consisted mainly of farming, wild venison recovery and processing, commercial fishing, timber milling, and of course white baiting.

Isolated by a rugged mountain range, wild weather and erratic road access, this narrow stretch of the West Coast really was the ‘middle of nowhere’.

The final challenging section of road linking Haast with the rest of the West Coast was completed in 1967.  The road from Wanaka to Haast via the Haast Pass was established in 1966.

The area has undergone significant changes over the years and while Haast is still well known for beef cattle and famous for its whitebait, there is now a greater focus on wilderness conservation and tourism.