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New Zealand is an incredible country that has a lot to offer – from stunning nature to exciting activities and adventures, it is surely one of those places you have to add to your to-do list

If you are starting to plan your New Zealand trip and you need to book fast all the accommodation you need during your stay, I’m here to help! I have carefully chosen the best places in both North Island and South Island and I hope you will read my recommended itineraries.

In this list you will find accommodation options that will fit every pocket, from luxury to budget and all of them have amazing reviews and facilities.

Here are my recommendations:

North Island

We will start our New Zealand journey in the North Island. If you want to see the full itinerary with details on what you can do in each day, check out my article about North Island 1 week road trip.

Day 1 – Auckland

1 New Zealand’s Best Hotels – A Plan To Help You Book All Accommodation In Minutes Auckland

Luxury ($180 NZD and up)

  • M Social Auckland is a great luxury hotel in Auckland, situated right on the iconic Quay street! They await you with free WiFi all over the accommodation and 190 rooms decorated with great taste and design. They also have a fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar where you can enjoy some very good meals and drinks during your stay.
  • Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group is another great luxury choice in a wonderful neighborhood of the city, located very close to Auckland’s main attractions. The rooms and facilities are super modern and stylish and they even have a very wide range of dining options, a lounge club, a spa and more!
  • Grand Millennium Auckland is an awesome 5-star hotel located in the heart of Auckland. They have 452 rooms decorated in a very chic and modern way, a gym, a heated indoor pool, a bar and an excellent Japanese restaurant. All in all, you will find there everything you need for a comfortable, luxury stay in Auckland.

Middle priced ($61-180 NZD)

  • Parnell one bedroom with ensuite is a great middle priced bed and breakfast where you will have your own patio. It’s a 4-star accommodation with a super convenient location, only 16 km away from the airport. They also have a great buffet breakfast that you can enjoy during your stay.
  • Ponson by Manor Guest House is an amazing 5-star accommodation with middle-priced rooms. It’s located only 18 minutes away from the beach and it has great BBQ facilities and a guest lounge that you can use while you’re there.
  • The Shakespeare Hotel is another great option situated in Auckland Central Business District with an English-style décor and a pub with its own brewery. They even have an on-site restaurant with great food and a terrace where you can enjoy some amazing meals and drinks!

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Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • Metro Adventurer Backpackers – a cool hostel situated in the heart of Auckland that offers free WiFi, private parking and even storage lockers where you can keep your luggage. This nice accommodation is only 10 minutes away from Viaduct Harbor, a great place full of restaurants and pubs. You can choose from dormitories and private room, depending on your desire.
  • iholiday it’s only 10-minutes away from the beach and it also offers private parking (perfect for your rented car!). I recommend it for any type of traveler – solo, couple or even families or groups of friends.
  • YMCA Hostel is a 4-star accommodation perfect for low budgets. They have separate female and mixed dorm rooms where you can get a good night’s rest and prepare for your next adventure. They also offer luggage storage and laundry!

You can also stay in an airport hotel in Auckland in case you don’t want to discover the city now. These are my recommendations:

  • Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel, which offers a 5-star luxury accommodation with stylish rooms, located only 3 km away from the airport. They have an on-site restaurant and very spacious rooms.
  • Holiday Inn Auckland Airport awaits you with an awesome pool and a beautiful garden. They even have a swimming pool, a fitness center and an on-site restaurant. They offer free on-site parking too!

Day 3 – Rotorua

3 New Zealand’s Best Hotels – A Plan To Help You Book All Accommodation In Minutes Rotorua

Luxury ($180 NZD and up)

  • In case you are searching for a gorgeous accommodation in Rotorua that will help you feel at home, I suggest you book your stay at Prince’s Gate Hotel. This incredible place is a 5-star boutique hotel situated right across the street from the Polynesian Spa. This place actually looks like a castle and you will surely feel like a princess there!
  • Another luxury option is Quest Rotorua Central Apartment Hotel that has a great location, only 700 meters away from the Polynesian Spa. If you decide to book a room here, you will get to use the laundry facilities and a fully equipped kitchen, perfect if you prefer to cook your own meals. This accommodation is also located very close to the zorbing place – only a 15-minutes drive!
  • Millennium Hotel Rotorua is my last luxury recommendation, situated very close to Lake Rotorua and the Polynesian Spa. All the rooms are super clean and they offer an amazing view over Lake Rotorua, that you will surely enjoy. They even have an indoor pool, hot tub, a spa and a fitness center. What more can you wish for?

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Middle ($61-180 NZD)

  • Holiday Inn Rotorua is my first recommendation for people who are traveling in New Zealand on a middle budget. This place offers free parking (perfect if you will rent a car during your New Zealand stay) and free use of the amazing heated swimming pool and fitness center. If you’re going there with children under 12, they can stay and eat for free.
  • Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is a 4-star hotel situated very close to the Polynesian Spa and Skyline Rotorua, which you will find to be very convenient. They have an excellent on-site restaurant where you can eat some delicious meals and the rooms are very clean and cozy.
  • Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is my third middle-priced recommendation and I must say it’s a great choice. It’s located only 5 minutes away from the city center and it has many facilities such as free WiFi, free parking, continental breakfast, a boutique café and more!

Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • Crash Palace Backpackers is a cool budget accommodation that offers a hot tub, a nice small bar and even some DJ equipment in case you want to organize some parties together with your friends! You can even relax in the outdoor terrace with BBQ!
  • Rotorua Downtown Backpackers is a very modern hostel situated in the center of Rotorua. They have free WiFi and a chill outdoor space where you can enjoy the view. One of the best things about this place is that you can choose between dormitory rooms and private rooms!
  • If you still haven’t found the perfect budget accommodation for you, I suggest you take a look at Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua – they have clean rooms and a big guest lounge where you can relax.

Middle ($61-180 NZD)

  • I recommend you book a room at Novotel Wellington if you’re looking for a middle-priced accommodation with great money value. The hotel is located only 15-minutes away by foot from Te Papa Museum and 15 minutes drive away from the airport!
  • If you wish to be closer to the water, you can stay at Beachfront Wellington Bed and Breakfast. They have many great facilities including free Wifi, free breakfast and some clean and spacious rooms, decorated with style.
  • If you still haven’t found the perfect accommodation for your budget and needs, then I have another suggestion – Park Hotel Lambton Quay – a 4-star accommodation located right in the city center. Plus, you will get access to their great gym!

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Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • For a good budget stay, I recommend Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers. This hotel is situated in the center of the city and they have a 24-hour guest kitchen that you can use when and how you please, laundry facilities and even game rooms which are very fun!
  • Another suggestion is Trek Global Backpackers– a cool place that offers free unlimited WiFi and even a barbecue area where you can relax and prepare some great meals to enjoy together with your friends. Plus, you can even rent mountain bikes here that you can use to explore the surrounding area!
  • The Setup on Dixon – Hostel is a nice place where you can rent dormitory rooms that have either a shared bathroom or a private one. One of the best advantages of this hostel is that it’s only 5 minutes away by foot from Te Papa Museum!

Middle ($61 – 180 NZD)

  • The Grange B&B is the perfect middle-priced option if you want a cozy place that offers free gourmet breakfast. This hotel is actually a Victorian house with classical and beautiful rooms! They offer free WiFi, free off-street parking and many amazing facilities.
  • On the other hand, Pomeroys on Kilmore awaits you with a stunning garden where you can stay and just unwind after a day full of walking and discovering the city. Each room has a private bathroom, a TV and is decorated in a very stylish manner. You can also enjoy a very good continental breakfast there!
  • Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is my last middle-priced recommendation and the perfect place to stay in if you love contemporary decorations. This hotel even has a fitness center, a business center and an on-site restaurant and bar!

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Budget (up to $61 NZD)

For budget travelers I have 3 excellent recommendations as well:

  • The first one is 3 Rooms At Jellie Park, a gorgeous Bed & Breakfast that I consider to be perfect for a group of people that love breakfast cereals! They have a pretty lounge and sitting area where you can enjoy meals together or just relax.
  • Christchurch Central Apartment awaits you with a shared kitchen and a beautiful terrace with great views of Port Hills. This accommodation has a very convenient location – only 11 km away from the airport!
  • Rainbow Selfservice Ensuite is a very clean and nice budget accommodation which offers breakfast each morning. They have both free WiFi and free on-site parking and many useful facilities!

Middle ($61 – 180 NZD)

  • Top 10 Fox Glacier Hotel is the hotel where we stayed in and we really enjoyed our time there! We really liked the simplicity of our apartment (it was a small house in fact) because it had very clean rooms and a fully equipped kitchen that we could use whenever we wanted. One of the best things about it is that it’s only 10 minutes away by car from Fox Glacier!
  • You can also book a room at Glacier Highway Motel, a cozy and nice motel situated only 3.4 km away from Franz Josef glacier. Some of the rooms have a stunning lake or garden view which I’m sure you will enjoy!
  • Sunset Motel is my last middle-priced recommendations and a very tidy and nice accommodation where you will have a beautiful view of Mount Cook! It’s also very close to Fox Glacier, which makes it very convenient for travelers.

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Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • For a quality budget stay near Fox and Franz Glacier I recommend Franz Josef Montrose, which is located only 9 km away from the glaciers. You will get unlimited WiFi and free parking and the rooms are super cozy – perfect for a good night’s sleep!
  • Glow Worm Accommodation awaits you with free breakfast and some free lunch options, as well as a great spa pool and BBQ facilities. It’s a little bit more far away from the glaciers that my other recommendations (25-minute drive), but still a great option for budget travelers!
  • My last budget recommendation for accommodation near the glaciers is Ivorytowers Backpacker Lodge – a nice and clean place where you can book rooms with shared bathrooms. The best part? It’s just a 4-minute walk from Fox Glacier Village!

Luxury ($180 NZD and above)

  • QT Queenstown is a gorgeous five-star hotel with incredibly beautiful rooms and a view over the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps! I’m sure you will feel like a queen/king in the stylish, contemporary rooms. They even have an on-site restaurant where the chef cooks the meals in front of you using fresh ingredients!
  • The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments is another awesome five-star option where you will feel like a celebrity. The rooms have a private balcony with stunning views. Everyone can enjoy the free shuttle transfer to the center of Queenstown – perfect for people who want to explore the city!
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown – MGallery by Sofitel is my last luxury recommendation and a great place located close to the beach. They have some super cool facilities such as a fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar and even a garden where you can find hot tubs!

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Middle ($61 – 180 NZD)

  • Haka Lodge Queenstown is a nice place with modern amenities and cool facilities such as free parking and free and unlimited WiFi. It’s located super close to the city center and the staff is super friendly!
  • Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is an amazing 4-star hotel with clean, spacious rooms that have a view over Lake Wakatipu! Some rooms even have private courtyards or private balconies where you can unwind and relax during your stay.
  • JUCY Snooze Queenstown is a 5-star hotel where you can find middle-priced rooms too. This is a super new hotel found right in the heart of the city. The rooms are clean and beautiful and you can even enjoy a rooftop bar and café!

Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • For all the budget travelers who want to stay in Queenstown, I recommend YHA Queenstown Central – they have cozy rooms, a cool view of Lake Wakatipu, a guest kitchen and a stylish lounge area! The staff is super friendly and useful and they can help you with information about tours and how to get around!
  • Absoloot Value Accommodation is located 2 minutes away from the beach, so it’s an ideal place if you want to enjoy a bit of relaxation near the water! You can stay in rooms with private bathrooms and you will also get free unlimited Wi-Fi.
  • Pinewood Lodge is not far from the city center and the overall design of this place is based on simplicity and tidiness. You will be able to choose from a variety of budget accommodation options.

Luxury ($180 NZD and above)

  • Looking for an amazing luxury accommodation where you will feel on top of the world? Matuka Luxury Lodge is a 5-star hotel that has every facility you could wish for, including a gorgeous view of the Southern Alps and private patios. Some rooms even have a spa bath and the shared lounge is simply gorgeous!
  • Foehn Cottage is a cool boutique-style holiday home perfect for a group of 3 people. It has an outdoor dining area and the rooms are simple and clean. All in all, you will find everything you need here for a comfortable stay near Milford Sound!
  • Heartland Lodge is my last luxury recommendation in Twizel – this place has amazing rooms, spa baths and you can even book local activities right at the hotel such as trout fishing, Lord of the Rings tours, bird watching and more!

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Middle ($61 – 180 NZD)

  • The Barn at Killin B&B has an incredibly friendly staff and each room has a nice balcony or patio. Included in the price you will also get free breakfast, free WiFi and even a spa pool. Perfect for a comfortable stay in Twizel!
  • A second option could be Gladstone Cottage, which is also located in Twizel. I strongly recommend this accommodation for a group of 4 people because you will have to rent the entire cottage. This holiday home has a nice terrace and you can even rent bikes there that you can use to discover the surrounding area!
  • My last middle-priced recommendation is Mountain Chalets Motel – a 4-star motel that offers an outdoor sitting area, free on-site parking and many other facilities that will transform your stay there into a vacation itself!

Budget (up to $61 NZD)

  • High Country Lodge, Motels & Backpackers awaits you with free on-site parking, a shared kitchen that has all the facilities you will need during your stay and a cozy communal terrace where you can relax and unwind. The rooms are simple, clean and bright – perfect for a good night’s sleep!
  • Twizel Holiday Park is super close to the city center and many good restaurants and shop. In the price of a room, you will also get 100MB of free WiFi per day, free parking and you can even rent bikes to stroll around.
  • Dunstan Downs High Country Sheep Station – this accommodation is actually not in Twizel, but in Omarama, not far from the city center. You will also get a delicious breakfast and you can choose from two types of rooms.

Luxury ($180 NZD and above)

Most of the luxury accommodation options near Lake Tekapo are holiday homes, which makes them perfect for a group of people. If this isn’t for you, you can stay near this area or at your accommodation near Mount Cook.

  • Number 4 is a cool holiday home that can host from 4 to 11 people. They have an awesome living area with a fully equipped kitchen and a big dining table. The entire place is super tidy and nicely decorated, so I’m sure everybody will enjoy it!
  • Nirvana is another holiday home that you can stay in if you are in a group from 4 to 6 people traveling to New Zealand. This place has everything you will need for a pleasant stay and you will be greeted with a nice view of lakes and mountains.

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Middle ($61 – 180 NZD)

  • Simply Stunning Studio 2 Apartment is my personal recommendation for a couple. It is super cozy and clean and a nice bonus is that the room is air-conditioned. This apartment is very simple and straightforward and it has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
  • Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park is a 4-star hotel that awaits you with free on-site parking, free WiFi, and an awesome shared lounge where you can relax and enjoy a meal or read a book.

Budget (up to $61 NZD)

Unfortunately, there are close to none budget accommodation options near Lake Tekapo, but I have a recommendation that’s almost 30 km away:

  • Fairlie Holiday Park is located in Fairlie and it has simple and tidy rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a nice shared lounge area. You can even go skiing in the area near this holiday park! If you’re traveling with children, this place is perfect because it has a special playground for them.

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