Where to stay in the Hunter Valley

During a visit to the Hunter Valley, you might be wondering in which area to stay, and ultimately which hotel to book. In this article, we share some of our best tips regarding where to stay in the Hunter Valley. First, we look at the different areas in the wine region and outline its nearby towns. Then, we suggest a convenient place to stay!

Scroll to the end of this article to find a 10% off voucher code for your upcoming Hunter Valley stay!

Hot Air Ballooning, Hunter Valley

Hot Air Ballooning, Hunter Valley. Pic credit: Filippo Rivetti

The Hunter Valley explained

One of the country’s most famous wine regions, the Hunter Valley, is a wonderful Weekend Escape destination in New South Wales. Packed with cellar doors and charming heritage architecture, a visit here will sweep you up and put you right into the calm of holiday mode. Also brimming with outstanding food options, this picture perfect region is undoubtedly a destination for epicurean adventures.

Wondering where to stay in the Hunter Valley? Next, we share some of the wine region’s most appealing towns, getting you ready to make a decision!

Where to stay in the Hunter Valley


The little town of Broke is quiet, calm and offers some of the best boutique wineries. You’ll also find some fine-dining options here, as well as ancient rock art and a World Heritage wilderness. Broke is particularly well-known for its organic viniculture at wineries like Glenguin and Krinklewood.


For many people, Polkolbin is a favourite in the Hunter Valley. Home to some of the region’s most famous wineries, as well as a golf course, the Hunter Valley Gardens and elegant vineyard restarts, there’s no shortage of things to do. Plus, throughout the year you’ll find that there’s an exciting events calendar filled with music, food and wine.

maitland in the hunter valley region

Streetscapes, Maitland. Pic credit: Destination NSW


Maitland is another favourite when it comes to where to stay in the Hunter Valley, and there’s no wondering why. One of the reasons people love to stay in this town in particular, is due to its thriving cafe scene, lovely markets, wonderful art and rich history. On the banks of the picturesque Hunter River, Maitland offers its visitors everything a large town can, but with a small, community feel. Try a visit to the Maitland Goal and the Community Markets.


Lovely Lovedale is a place where grapes have been growing since the 1800s. A tradition here continues of award-winning wineries including Allandale Winery and Wandin Valley Estate. And you’ve probably seen photos of balloons floating over the wine region; Lovedale is the launchpad for these.


Wollombi was once a major junction on the convict-built Great North Road. Today, it is a much slower and very relaxing place. Walking through the town here, you’ll find historic churches and cottages alongside cafés and boutiques. Markets and festivals take place throughout the year. You’ll also find Aboriginal engravings here and with its proximity to some great national parks, there’s plenty of potential for adventure in Wollombi.


The little town of Rothbury is best known for its idyllic spas. Views of the magnificent Broken Back and Molly Morgan ranges offer a great sense of escape some beautiful vineyards and a golf course here only add to the getaway feel.


Scone is known as the horse capital of Australia. Dozens of studs and world-class thoroughbred breeders live here. As a result the town is best explored on horseback, with World Heritage wilderness surrounding the area and offering amazing vistas. Scone is pretty quiet, and a little more remote than other nearby towns.

Hunter Valley Accommodation: The Hunter Gateway

Wondering where to stay in the Hunter Valley? Book into the Hunter Gateway Motel and receive 10% off with the promo code SAWE10.

The Hunter Gateway is a 4-star hotel located in the Rutherford, Maitland area. Offering modern rooms, the property boasts excellent access to world-renowned wineries, vineyards and historic attractions. You’ll also find an outdoor pool on site as well as a breakfast room.

hunter gateway hotel

Looking for more things to do in the region? Check out our Ultimate Guide to the Hunter Valley and start planning your upcoming trip!