Types of accommodation in New Zealand

Part of the pleasure of travel is choosing your accommodation. From five star hotels in major cities to a hiker’s hut in the middle of nowhere, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.


- From international hotel chains to comfy rooms above rural pubs, in New Zealand it’s easy to find the style of hotel that makes you feel at home.


- Motels, motor inns and motor lodges cluster along main driving routes so they're easy to find. You’ll get a choice of studio, one or two bedroom units, with tea/coffee making facilities and often a small kitchen provided.

Holiday Parks

- Pitch your tent, park your motorhome or take advantage of onsite cabins. Often located in New Zealand's most popular holiday spots, holiday parks offer a great kiwi holiday for a cheerful price.


- Apartments are a great option when you're staying in a major city or resort town. With cooking and laundry facilities, apartments are similar in price to a high quality hotel suite with daily or regular servicing.


- Backpackers' lodges and youth hostels offer the chance to meet like-minded travellers at a price that’s easy on your wallet. Backpackers offer dormitories (and sometimes private rooms), with shared bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities.


- Are you ready to succumb to serious indulgence? Properties rated Qualmark Exclusive offer the most luxurious experiences in spectacular surroundings.

Bed and Breakfast

- Bed and Breakfasts offer a wonderfully eclectic mix of hosts and houses – cosy, comfortable and often quirky. Enjoy your own room and a homely breakfast each day.

Boutique Accommodation

- Boutique accommodation represents a high standard of amenities and comfort combined with character and flair. City, coast or countryside, boutique hotels are typically small, intimate and plush.


- Experience life on a kiwi farm first-hand - stay in a farmhouse, enjoy home-cooked meals and explore the countryside. You may even like to lend a hand feeding the calves or rounding up the sheep!


- A popular choice for students learning English, homestays let you become part of a New Zealand family. Live with a friendly host family, share meals and quality time with them and experience New Zealand from a local perspective.

Holiday Homes

- Typically located at the best holiday spots, holiday homes can range from homely cottages to modern mansions – so there’s something for every taste. Equipped with kitchen and laundry, holiday homes are fantastic for small group and family holidays.


- With up to 20 rooms, lodges offer sheer comfort in beautiful locations - often remote waterfront, rural or alpine settings. Many lodges have fine dining onsite and cater to special interests like fishing, golf, wilderness adventures and spa treatments.


- If you’re looking for freedom and adventure, there’s nothing like a motorhome. Take advantage of freedom camp spots and venture off the beaten track.