Hotel on Devonport, a boutique hotel in Tauranga central, has been awarded the top hotel in New Zealand for 2016.

This is the first time a Tauranga hotel has won the hotel category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards in New Zealand.

Hotel on Devonport also placed as the seventh top hotel in the South Pacific.

It is the first time a Tauranga property has ranked the top hotel in New Zealand based on TripAdvisor customer reviews, but it is the sixth time Hotel on Devonport has been recognised by the online travel site.

In 2015 the property, which has changed the skyline of downtown Tauranga, was appointed to the Hall of Fame after receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate in Excellence for five years running.

Owners Paul and Debi Bowker said they were immensely proud and said it was a complete team effort with staff.

"We sincerely appreciate our guests taking the time to share their experiences and support of the hotel, and we commit to ensuring that the Hotel on Devonport experience lives on in the future," they said.

The TripAdvisor Travelers Choice awards highlight the world's top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe.

Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels.