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New Zealand has a great range of accommodation from cheap backpacker hostels right through to luxury lodges.

The best way to find and book accommodation is via search engines such as Trivago and We have some places listed on this page, but that is because they are interesting places in interesting locations, not necessarily the best places to stay in NZ.


Budget offerings include camping, holiday parks, hostels, homestays (Airbnb and the like), farmstays and motels & pubs.


Mid-range options include bed and breakfasts and a few chain hotels, mainly in larger towns and cities.


Top-end choices smaller high-end boutique hotels and luxury lodges.

Booking & Prices

Book well in advance at peak times such as New Zealand school summer holidays (Christmas-Jan), Easter, and Jul-Aug for ski towns such as Queenstown & Wanaka.

Prices change with the seasons and busy holiday periods. The best way to get a handle on what’s available when & where, and at what price, is to look at search engines such as Trivago and

Also consider Airbnb, farmstays at Rural Holidays NZ, and Kiwi holiday houses at Book a Bach and Holiday Houses NZ.

For holiday parks, check out Holiday Parks New Zealand and for camping, the Department of Conservation website.

If your budget is big, salivate over Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.


Lots of options

Cardrona Hotel

Pub fare in a superb setting (b,l,d; $$)

Larnach Castle

Lord it in this hilltop mansion

Martinborough Hotel

1882 classic right on The Square (b,l,d; $$)

South Sea Hotel

Classic Kiwi pub & rooms (b,l,d; $$)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Larry Koester