Whether you’re looking for rural or city, basic or boutique, there’s an accommodation option to suit everyone.
Hotel and motel accommodation is plentiful and of a generally high standard. Expect to pay $140 - $180 per night for a motel room and slightly more for hotels in the main centres. Check the options on www.tripadvisor.co.nz
Groups wanting to stay in one place for a number of days should consider renting a holiday home. A 3 bedroom house sleeping 6 might only cost $500 per week. Consider basing yourself in one place for a period and exploring a region, or just relax on the beach. Check out www.airbnb.co.nz or www.bachcare.co.nz for a huge range of rentals around the country, from 1 night stays to long-term. Similarly, home and farm stays offer insight into local life, and can be a brilliant way to learn about the agricultural sector, one of the most important in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s campgrounds are often situated on prime real estate, have clean toilets, hot showers, kitchens, and in some cases mini-markets and pools. See www.top10.co.nz and www.familyparks.co.nz Department of Conservation campsites offer basic but clean and well-maintained facilities in beautiful locations, starting at around $6 per person per night. See www.doc.govt.nz
There will be a backpacker hostel anywhere you want to go. Beds start at around $25 and go up as high as $45 in hot-spots like Queenstown. Base, Nomads and YHA are the largest networks, whilst many independent hostels are part of the BBH network.
Header image: New Zealand holiday home and bach rental accommodation. www.bachcare.co.nz