Your flights were booked months ago, you have arranged your rental car to travel around New Zealand, but where should you stay?
Well the good news is that New Zealand offers a large range of accommodation options for all budgets and types of travellers. So whether you are looking for a low cost basic camping ground or a 5 star luxury hotel, you will find what you are looking for.
To help you choose the most suitable option we have produced a summary of some of the accommodation options available in New Zealand.
Camping Grounds and Holiday Parks
In the past, camping ground accommodation usually consisted of a grassed area to pitch your tent and a toilet block (if you were lucky). While basic camping grounds still exist, many of today’s camping grounds offer a lot more facilities and cater for a wider range of customers. From basic tent sites to purpose built camper van facilities, as well as cabins and studios, camping grounds offer a variety of choices at reasonable prices. If you are hiring a car and driving around New Zealand and would like to try camping you can always arrange to hire a camping kit with your rental car. One of New Zealand’s largest group of Holiday Parks with 52 locations is the Top 10 Group www.top10.co.nz Another group worth looking at is the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand www.holidayparks.co.nz
In virtually every small town and city throughout New Zealand you will find at least 1 or 2 Motels. From small 1980’s older style establishments through to modern luxury units, Motels are as varied as their locations and the people who operate them. Typically Motels offer a kitchen with some basic cooking facilities, a bathroom, and between 1 and 3 bedrooms making them an excellent choice for families and a cheaper alternative to most hotels. For more information on Motels check out the Motel Association of New Zealand which has approximately 900 members www.nzmotels.co.nz
Backpacker Hostels and Hotels
Like most countries, New Zealand has a good choice of Backpacker Hostels and Hotels for people travelling on a budget. A couple of good websites to check out are Base Backpackers which operate in Australia and New Zealand www.stayatbase.com Also have a look at BBH Backpackers Network www.bbh.co.nz and YHA New Zealand www.yha.co.nz
Private Baches and Holiday Homes
With almost 7000 holiday homes and beaches listed, Book A Bach is a great place to source accommodation that you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else. The listings on this website are New Zealander’s own private holiday homes which they make available via the Book A Bach website when not using them. Acceptance of bookings is not automatic as the owner will want to make sure that they are renting their holiday home to suitable guests. For more details go to www.bookabach.co.nz
Most major hotel chains operate throughout New Zealand, particularly in the larger cities and tourist areas of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. There are also a large number of smaller independent hotels ranging from budget 2 star through to 5 star rated. As at the end of 2013 many Christchurch Hotels were being rebuilt following the earthquakes of 2011. Hotels can be booked direct or through 3rd party booking and pricing comparison & deal websites such as www.wotif.com and www.hotels.com
Bed & Breakfast
B&B Accommodation tends not to be as popular as in some countries however there are some excellent options available. A great resource is The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Book which is also available online at www.bnb.co.nz
If you are travelling to New Zealand during the summer months, our recommendation would be to arrange most of your accommodation before you arrive. There is nothing worse that driving around a foreign town or city in your rental car trying to find a place to stay. If you are decide to leave your arrangements until you arrive then you should visit a local i-site visitor information centre as they can help with accommodation bookings. These centres can be found in most towns and cities.
Have a safe and happy trip.