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Accommodation Options in New Zealand

Where will you be resting your weary head at night? The most popular accommodation choice for travellers is the hostel. Alternatively, there is the option of budget motels, camping or finding your own flat.

:: Backpacker Hostels

New Zealand has literally hundreds of high quality hostels for you to stay in whilst travelling and working. Unlike the hiking havens in the UK, hostels in NZ have bars, internet access, funky decor and lots of like minded travellers. It has now got to the stage where some hostels have better facilities than hotels! They are a great place to socialise with people who are doing the same thing as you and have areas where you can chill out and plan your travels. Hostel beds start from NZ$19 and you can choose a shared dorm, twins and doubles or your own room.

BBH Hostels (
With more than 350 NZ members, BBH is by far the largest group of Backpacker Accommodation Providers in New Zealand. NZ owned and operated to show you the real NZ Way.

VIP Backpackers (
VIP Backpackers Network gives you the best chioce of backpacking accommodation in New Zealand and Fiji. Get the card and save a dollar every night plus extras.

YHA New Zealand (
The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) New Zealand is part of Hostelling International. The leading NZ backpacking / hostels network

Beyond Backpackers (
Backpackers Hostel, Travel and Adventure Specialists. The best budget accommodation in New Zealand

You're about to discover the new generation of fun, fresh and contemporary styled backpackers. Base is a place designed for the modern day global traveler, someone just like you.


:: Budget Motels

If you are travelling with a partner and want a bit of privacy then a budget motel can be another cost effective option. Starting at around NZ$50 a night you can get your own room, kitchenette and bathroom.

Budget Motel Chain (
When travelling throughout Australia and New Zealand you will find over 430 Budget Motels offering motel style accommodation for the budget-minded traveller


:: Camping

Many people head to NZ thinking that taking a tent is the cheapest solution. In some cases it can be, with the option to camp in hostel grounds or on a free Department of Conservation campsite. However, a camping pitch can sometimes be the same price as a hostel bed with less facilities and the opportunity to get wet! If you are thinking of camping, wait until you get to NZ to get a tent and see what other travellers are doing.

HAPNZ - Holiday Accomodation Parks (
Extensive New Zealand listing of sites for camping, caravans, motorhomes, and year round Holiday Park accommodation

Top 10 Holiday Parks (
New Zealand's premier motor camps with over 50 holiday parks in scenic locations offering affordable self catering accommodation


:: Flats / Flatmates

If you are in NZ on a Working Holiday then why not get a flat with some other travellers or even some local Kiwis. Much like the UK, flatmate ads can be found in all the local and national papers. Staying in one area allows you to explore in depth and see what its like to actually be a Kiwi. Some hostels also have long term stays so you can live in a hostel for a couple of months.

nz flatmates (
Looking for a flat or flatmate in New Zealand? Find a flat or list your flat. Hundreds of flats and rentals to rent and lease.

New Zealand Flatfinder (
free to search for accomodation and/or list your flat or property. it's easy to use and new zealand's best way to find a flatmate give it a go



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