New Zealand Hotels and Places To Stay
New Zealand offers a variety of different accommodation to suit all budgets . At the top end of the range, five star hotels and wilderness lodges. Mid range hotels, motels, and motor lodges , self catering apartments , farm stays and bed and breakfast cater for travellers on a more modest budget .
Camping grounds and backpackers hostels offer good value which are found in virtually all locations .
American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, Japanese Credit Bureau, Master Card and Visa. It is advisable to book accommodation in advance especially at peak holiday times (December to February). During winter Hotels and Motels in ski resort towns are booked to capacity during school holidays (two weeks in both early July and in late September-early October). Bookings can be made either by fax, telephone or via internet through travel agents or at one of the many visitors information centres In most cases a credit card number will be requested when booking accommodation
It is a good idea to find out about their cancellation policies when booking as some establishments will debt the credit card one nights accommodation if a cancellation is made at short notice.
Camp sites or also known as holiday parks, offer a cheaper way of travelling. Some contain sites for tents and caravans only , while others have basic cabins fitted with bunk beds or tourist self catering flats . Many have children’s play grounds and games room and are located beside beaches, lakes or rivers in scenic locations .
Campervans which is a popular way to see the country is in a self drive camper. Two four or six berth vans are available. Rental charges vary according to the season. Generally , campervan travellers stop at a camping grounds for the night where they can hire a site with electric power . In remote locations travellers can park in a rest area near the road side . Many camping grounds have dump stations – for the disposal of sewage effluent.
Farm stays offer visitors the chance to gain an insight into everyday farming life . Guests stay either in the farm house or separate quarters and often share meals with their hosts. In most cases guests are able to participate in some farming activities . Home stays are located in both urban and rural areas and like farm stays , guests usually stay in the family home.
Self catering accommodation is not widely available in New Zealand but can be found in the main cities and major resort towns , such as Queenstown . The self catering apartments are popular with corporate travellers seeking both comfort and independence. For travellers wishing to spend a week or more in one location , a good option is to rent a self catering apartment . These can range from a luxurious home to a tiny, rustic cottage known in New Zealand as a ‘bach’. Real estate agents in the area are the best source of information about availability of these holiday homes