5 Types of Self-Catering Accommodations in New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its striking natural landscapes and vast rural tourism industry, including quality farm stays and vineyard hotels.

Virtually every city and town in New Zealand features holiday homes available to rent on short-term contracts – usually known as a bach or crib in North Island terms. Furthermore, many camping grounds feature “tourist flats”, motel options or cabins for short term renters.

Backpacker Hostels

New Zealand backpacker hostels provide the ideal setting for meeting fellow travellers while staying centrally. Some boast unique themes that add an extra dimension of adventure; this could include staying in an historic prison in Whangarei or staying on Abel Tasman Bay itself!

Some hostels feature large common areas designed to facilitate unwinding and relaxing; others are nestled into quiet corners of town where you can read or meet locals. One of the best-loved hostels nationwide, The Attic in Auckland has one of the biggest terraces for ultimate chill time and an exceptionally friendly staff – one of its many hallmarks of excellence!

Oaklands Lodge provides an idyllic getaway in Mount Eden village, featuring expansive communal spaces perfect for relaxing or playing games – or joining in on an ukulele session! Plus you’ll get to hang out with all sorts of sheep, pigs, dogs and rabbits that call Oaklands home!


Motels (or motor lodges) can be found throughout New Zealand, generally along major transport routes into town and easily identifiable by their large neon signs. Motels offer surprising quality facilities such as Sky TV and spa pools as well as full kitchens and shower rooms; all-in-one studios with beds, lounge area and basic cooking facilities to one and two-bedroom suites with larger facilities like Sky TV or Sky Sports channels can range from all-in-one studios with beds, lounge area and basic cooking facilities to rural versions offering homestays (from $120-200 per night), where guests stay overnight in an ordinary house while experiencing farm tasks such as milking cows or fencing during the daytime.

Taupo, situated on New Zealand’s largest lake, is a popular tourist destination due to its world-class trout fishing and hot mineral pools. Nelson-Tasman Region’s bustling boutique city known for its wineries and three National Parks also draws crowds of visitors.

Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

General beachfront properties provide a range of facilities ranging from simple tent sites to fully-serviced cabins, perfect for families and those seeking more comfort during their journey. Many offer hot showers, BBQ pits, pools, restaurants and sometimes laundry services as well.

Campsite located near Picton’s ferry terminal and Kaiteriteri Beach with stunning natural forests and alpine backdrops, powered sites and communal facilities such as restaurant, general store and tour-booking services make for a peaceful camping experience.

Discover a stunning view of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki from this holiday park campsite located in the Southern Alps. Within just 15 minutes you can drive to Franz Joseph Glacier Hot Pools; guests staying overnight at this site can visit them free (one adult ticket normally costs $39 NZD)! Afterward, they can relax after day visitors have left before stargazing under the night skies!


New Zealand B&Bs and Homestays provide an intimate yet relaxed Kiwi home away from home experience, often located within family homes or purpose built accommodation and catering to a small number of guests.

New Zealand Bed and Breakfast (B&B) or Homestay accommodations range from luxurious boutique lodges, to more modest private rooms within their host’s home or even farmstays or hosted cottages on vineyards.

For an enjoyable homelike stay and to interact with the hosts directly, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) can be the ideal solution. You’ll be welcomed into their homes each morning and may enjoy breakfast together; hosts are often great sources of local knowledge that can assist with travel plans as well as opportunities to make friends along the way!


Homestays provide international students with an authentic New Zealand family experience in the privacy of a local host’s home, giving them the chance to practice English in a real-life setting while immersing themselves in Kiwi culture and social life. Eurolingua Homestays can be found year round throughout New Zealand’s stunning private homes; our program features customized one-to-one English lessons tailored specifically for individual needs as well as shared family meals as well as participation in their social and cultural activities.

At 87 Naylors Drive Mangere Auckland, this luxury homestay provides travelers looking for comfort and luxury a perfect option. Each of its rooms provides views of either the waterfront or garden and come fully-furnished with all essential amenities. Located close to popular attractions such as Auckland Botanic Gardens, War Memorial Museum and Domain. Upon arrival guests are met with friendly hospitality as they receive free breakfast.


New Zealand is an idyllic rural country boasting breathtaking natural landscapes. To take full advantage of it all, New Zealand boasts an expansive farmstay scene for tourists to learn and experience traditional New Zealand farming life – as well as enjoying luxurious accommodation options while experiencing nature first-hand! This offers them an unforgettable experience to connect more intimately with nature while making memories.

Dusky Ridges Farmstay in Fairlie offers an incredible opportunity for guests to stay and learn about local agritourism while enjoying breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and forests surrounding Te Anau – making for a relaxing home base while exploring Fiordland.

New Zealand boasts many opportunities for farm stays throughout its regions, and some of the finest offerings can be found near popular tourist spots like Milford Sound which becomes even more breathtaking during winter when its tranquil waters cascade from their cliffside homes with incredible waterfalls tumbling off their cliffside ledges.