About Us 2017-11-14T04:15:53+00:00



We arrived at the Alpha Motor Inn in January 2015. With a fresh coat of paint, revamped units and new gardens we are ready to host you!

We are passionate about New Zealand and as such, we have themed the Alpha Motor Inn with a New Zealand theme. Our whole complex represents New Zealand, being the North and South Islands. The unit types are named after birds of New Zealand (Weka, Tui and Fantail) and each unit has its own individual theme being a town or area of New Zealand. You will find information and things to do in your unit, not only about the Palmerston North area, but also about the area your unit is named after.

Our Weka studios are, like the bird, pleasantly simple and unpretentious. The Weka is a brown flightless bird of the rail family, about the size of a domestic hen, with a strong tapered bill, sturdy legs and reduced wings. It is endemic to New Zealand.

Our Tui studios are more elegant than the weka studios. The Tui birds have a distinctive white tuft under their throat, contrasting dramatically with the metallic blue-green sheen to their underlying black colour. The Tui song is a beautiful and distinctive melody, combining bell-like notes with clicks and chortles.

We give our guests personal attention. We can assure you, you will get a warm welcome and a comfortable bed. We pride ourselves in cleanliness and attention to detail and we make an effort to be eco-friendly.

Our units have either kitchenettes (Weka) or kitchens (Tui and Fantail family units) with microwaves, electric blankets, heating, showers/baths, Freeview TV, free internet access and ironing facilities. There is a laundry and a communal deep freeze for your convenience. The barbecue area is great for outdoor cooking and socialising, particularly in the summer months.

This motel was designed circa 1970 by David Taylor, who also designed the art gallery building at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History here in Palmerston North.

Alpha Motor Inn. We’re a 3-star Motel with a 5-star attitude!

Our New Zealand Bird Inspired Unit Types

The unit types are named after birds of New Zealand (Weka, Tui and Fantail) and each unit has its own individual theme being a town or area of New Zealand.



Weka Studio

Sleeps up to 3 people. Kitchenette facilities – includes kettle, microwave and toaster.


Tui Studio

Sleeps up to 3 people. Full cooking facilities. This unit is well suited for a small family or group.


Fantail Family

Sleeps up to 7 people. Full kitchen with cooking facilities. Perfect for large groups.

Meet Your Hosts.

Farnie and Brenda - Your Hosts
Farnie and Brenda - Your Hosts
Farnie and Brenda always have time to sit and drink a cuppa coffee and make people feel welcome and at home. They are friendly and fuzzy, which means they like their motel to be clean, comfortable and affordable.
The Team
The Team
We are blessed to have an awesome and happy team! They enjoy their working environment and like pay attention to detail. They are friendly and enjoy interacting with our guests. Nothing is too much trouble for them.

We are walking distance to city centre.

Don’t look further. Stay with us!

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