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Welcome to Bucket Tree Lodge, Wellington

Bucket Tree Lodge is 12.5 km north of central Wellington, just off SH 1, and is Tawa's only motel. Located in a park-like setting next to Willowbank Reserve, we provide the perfect opportunity to relax in a picturesque setting whether you're stopping over for the night or looking for an extended stay.

We are just 12 minutes from Wellington's CBD and two minutes from SH 1, the ideal location if you're travelling north from Wellington City or heading south to catch the Cook Strait ferry. Adjacent to our grounds is the 5ha Willowbank Reserve, which has a playground and large, flat, grassed areas suitable for games and picnics. The reserve is also the starting point for the cycleway to Porirua City. There is a Countdown supermarket 5 minutes walk away and the local shops and restaurants are a 12-minute walk. Porirua City and Kenepuru Hospital are 5 minutes drive to the north.

Our range of spacious accommodation includes studio suites and 1, 2 and 3-bedroom motels. Our larger motels have dishwashers, ovens and two TVs. Bucket Tree Lodge is great for families on transfer or newly arrived families settling in New Zealand. Enquire about our weekly rates for extended stays.


COVID 19 Health and Safety requirements

Operating under "Red" level under the Traffic Light system from 20th January 2022.

Murray and Lynn, the owners, remain committed to providing our guests and staff with a safe working environment so they can stay with ease and conduct business with confidence.

We have implemented the following precautionary measures to safeguard the health and wellness of our guests and staff as per advised by the Ministry of Business (MBIE) and the Ministry of Health.

  • All staff are fully Vaccinated.
  • Reception is open during usual office hours, however we request that only one guest or a couple staying together enter reception at anytime. You must wear a mask and sign in using the Covid Tracer App on the reception window. The names and addresses of all guests 12 or over will be required to complete the Covid Tracing App.
  • Please note our housekeeping and reception staff are practicing the Ministry of Health recommended hygiene and cleaning practices. This means that during the Orange Light level your motel will only be serviced if you vacate the motel to allow the recommended 2 metres of social distancing. All motels are cleaned or serviced in the mornings.
  • A Vaccine pass and statutory proof of ID is required for all guests.

In order to satisfy these requirements check-ins, outside a usual business hours, will not be possible unless our requirements are met before arrival.

You are welcome to phone should you need clarification.

Rapid Antigen Testing

In certain instances the use of a Rapid Antigen Test within 48 hours of travel may be available as a means of providing a negative test for Covid. Unvaccinated persons are required to have these to travel by air or on the Cook Strait Ferries. Should you plan to present this evidence please contact us before you travel.