There’s accommodation for every budget in New Zealand. Luxury accommodations are available at five-star hotels and wilderness lodges. For travelers on a more modest budget, there are mid-range hotels, motels, motor lodges, self-catering apartments, country pubs, farm stays, and bed and breakfasts. Camping grounds and backpacker hostels are great for those on a budget. Accommodation choices can be limited outside of the bigger cities and resorts, but there are motels and campgrounds everywhere.
Gradings And Facilities
New Zealand’s accommodation rating system, Qualmark, was established in 1994 and now serves as its official quality mark. Businesses with the Qualmark have been independently assessed against national quality standards. There’s a star rating system for accommodations. Getting one star means the place meets basic standards of cleanliness, comfort, and hospitality, while getting five stars means it’s the best in the country. There are also three new categories for visitor activities, transport, and services. Qualmark is voluntary, so many establishments don’t participate. While most of the large chain hotels have air conditioning, the New Zealand climate doesn’t usually need it. In all types of accommodation, there are hot showers and heating. Hotels and motels also provide linen. Camping grounds and backpacker hostels don’t always provide linen, but you can usually hire it for a reasonable price.
Prices vary depending on the type of accommodation, facilities, and services. The price of a luxury lodge starts at about NZ$650 a night, while a backpacker hostel can be as cheap as NZ$30. Motels usually cost between NZ$80 and NZ$120 a night, and bed and breakfasts cost between NZ$50 and NZ$100. Ask about off-season discounts when booking, because they’re often available.
New Zealand is a great place to travel with kids, since cots and baby-sitting services are generally available. There are some exclusive lodges and guesthouses that don’t accept kids. The definition of a “child” varies by hotel, from under 12 to 17 years old. Children get special rates if they’re the third or subsequent occupants of a room without an extra bed. For disabled travelers, all new buildings and old buildings getting major renovations have to provide “reasonable and adequate” access for the disabled.