Hotel guide New Zealand: The best hotels of the North and the South Island!

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In this hotel guide for New Zealand, you will find the nicest hotels for this beautiful country in Oceania.

Yes! You are going to New Zealand! Perhaps one of the best hike countries in the world! The scenery is so beautiful and there are more than enough things to do! Now your search for great hotels will begin.


Hotel guide New Zealand: the best hotels and hostels to sleep

Travelling through New Zealand is of course high on the bucket list of many travellers. Nature and (mountain) landscapes are phenomenal. New Zealand is perhaps the walking mecca of the world! A lot of travellers will rent a campervan and discover the wonders of New Zealand in this way. That is exactly how we travelled through New Zealand!

But there are places where it is not convenient to have a campervan. Think for example of cities like Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. It may also be that after a few days of sleeping in a campervan, you need a bit of luxury and comfort. Besides, camping is not for everyone. Maybe you don’t like camping or you travel by backpack and by bus through New Zealand. So, therefore, this hotel guide* with a number of wonderful hotels, budget hostels and unique accommodations in New Zealand.

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A hotel guide with accommodation for every budget class

Below we have listed the nicest places to sleep in different destinations in New Zealand. There is always a budget accommodation  (hostel, basic guesthouse or accommodation) mentioned which cost no more than €55.). You will find a mid-range option in the middle of each row. This is often a more comfortable accommodation, sometimes with a swimming pool and nice breakfast included. These hotels have a price range between €55 and €120 a night. And finally, there is a more luxurious hotel option for every destination. These are beautiful hotels where you will be pampered and spoiled. These prices vary from €120 to €300 per night.

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For your convenience, we created a simple map of New Zealand. This gives you a good overview of where the most important places are located. We searched for nice hotels and accommodations for the following destinations: Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Wanaka, Queenstown and Te Anau. Besides, we have made a hotel section with very special and unique sleeping places throughout New Zealand!

Have fun designing your route and booking your hotels!


The best hotels and hostels in Auckland!

Auckland is a bustling city on New Zealand’s North Island. In addition, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It is also a very relaxed place to spend a few days. Pay a visit to Queen Street (the main street of Auckland and also a nice shopping street) and don’t skip the port.

Looking for nice restaurants? Then you have to be in Karangahape Rd, a street full of delicious restaurants. Don’t forget to also take a look at the Ponsonby district. This trendy neighbourhood has nice boutiques and more than enough hotspots and tasty restaurants. Two nights is enough to experience Auckland. If you also want to go to the islands near Auckland, for example, to walk through the lavender fields, take an extra day or two. Here are the nicest hotels and hostels in Auckland:

Haka Lodge €

Haka Lodge Auckland hotel guide new zealandHaka Lodge is a cosy and clean hostel that is located right in the centre of Auckland. We slept wonderfully here! Spacious private rooms and dorms. You sleep here from €60 per night in a private room (two persons).

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Haka Suites Hotel €€

Haka hotel suitesDo you want to sleep in a stylish apartment in the middle of Auckland with a great view? The apartments of Haka suites are nice, large and fully equipped with everything you need. You stay here from €90 per night (two persons).

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The Grand by SkyCity €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand The Grand by Skycity AucklandReady for luxury and more comfort? Then choose this design hotel and let yourself be pampered. The location is wonderfully central! Everything is within walking distance to explore. You sleep here from €154 including breakfast (two persons).

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Where do you sleep in Wellington? The best accommodations!

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and connects the South Island with the North Island. Definitely a must-visit here is the New Zealand Museum Te Papa Tongarewa. This is the most important museum in all of New Zealand and, to be honest, also the nicest museum we have ever been to!

For coffee and Italian pastries, you have to go to Pandoro Panetteria. Furthermore, you can, of course, go shopping in Wellington and have the restaurants to choose from! Our hotspot hotels for Wellington:

The Marion Hostel €

Hotel guide New Zealand The Marion Hostel WellingtonThe Marion hostel is located in the heart of Wellington. This glamorous furnished hostel knows how to satisfy its guests. Even sleeping in a dormitory feels luxurious here! The backpacking place to sleep! From €55 in a private room (2 people).

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Pacific View B&B €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Wellington Pacific View BBWant to stay near the airport? Then sleep in this nice hotel with a beautiful view of the sea! Please note, this is outside the centre of Wellington. A good breakfast is included in the price. You can sleep here for as little as €79 per night (two people).

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Doubletree By Hilton €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand Doubletree by Hilton Wellington

Need more luxury and comfort? Then go for this hotel located in a beautiful building. This hotel is located in the business district of Wellington near the water and the botanical gardens! From €158 including breakfast (two people).

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The best hotels and hostels in Nelson!

Nelson is located in the north of the South Island, on Tasman Bay. This region has the most sunshine hours in all of New Zealand. From Nelson, you can easily discover the Marlborough region, which is known for its delicious wines. You are also from Nelson, close to the Abel Tasman National Park.

In Nelson itself, you will find various art galleries and craft stores. In short, a nice place to find souvenirs or something nice for home. Two days Nelsen is more than enough. Below the hotel selection for this small town:

Tasman Bay Backpackers €

Hotel guide New Zealand Nelson Tasman Bay BackpackersThis beloved hostel offers free hot chocolate pudding and ice cream every evening! How sweet! Also nice are the free bikes that you can borrow here. The owners do everything to make you feel at home! From €44 (two persons).

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Joya Garden & Villa Studios €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Joya Garden Villa studios. nelsonLooking for a quiet place close to the centre of Nelson? Then choose these cosy studios with a well-decorated garden. Perfect to recover after a long travel day! You stay here from €82 including breakfast (two persons).

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The Sails Nelson €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand The sails Nelson NelsonThis beautiful design motel is close to great shops and restaurants. The rooms are large and very comfortable. The service is excellent, you can easily park your car here and borrow a free bicycle. From €117 (two persons).

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The best and nicest hotels in Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. Chances are that you will fly to Christchurch when you visit New Zealand. You may know this city from the violent earthquakes that occurred here in 2010 and 2011. These earthquakes hit the city hard and destroyed many buildings. Because of this, Christchurch has reinvented itself and these days Christchurch is known for its trendy bars, cafés and nightlife.

Christchurch will feel European because of its Victorian-style buildings, combined with the many green parks. You can see this city in one or two days. Below, the nicest hotels for Christchurch:

Hostel Jailhouse €

Jailhouse accommodationAlways wanted to sleep in a prison? This is your chance! Jailhouse has all kinds of funny references to prison life, referring to the former purpose of this hotel! You sleep here from € 38 in a private room (2 people).

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V Motel €€

Hotel guide New Zealand V Motel ChristcurchLooking for a (new) modern motel suitable for families and close to the top attractions of Christchurch? Then you are at the right place at V Motel! The rooms are spacious and the staff very friendly! From € 79 per night (two people).

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Sudima Christchurch City €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand Sudima Christchurch city hotelThis 5-star boutique hotel is located on Victoria Street in Christchurch, surrounded by cafés and shops! The rooms are beautiful and oh what are the beds really looking great! You sleep here from € 147 per night (two persons).

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The best and nicest hotels in Wanaka!

Wanaka is situated on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. From here you can make challenging hikes, bikes and much more. You also have a few nice vineyards here, nice to taste wine. It is really a wonderful place to spend a few days. It is one of our favourite cities in New Zealand. Read our hotel recommendations for Wanaka here:

Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park €

Hotel guide New Zealand Wanaka Kiwi Holiday Park WanakaLooking for family-proof accommodation with views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains? Then choose Wanaka Kiwi Holiday park! There is a lot to do here! You sleep here in a nice chalet from € 50 a night (two persons).

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Wanaka View Motel €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Wanaka Wanaka view motelThis motel is located in a prime spot, close to restaurants and shops, but you still sleep in peace! The motel has a kitchen so you can cook well in the evening. You stay here from €84 per night (two persons).

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Peak Sport Chalet €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Peak Sport Chalet WanakaThis beautiful chalet has its own garden with terrace, a small living room and it is within walking distance of Lake Wanaka. There is even a fireplace, how cosy! You sleep here from €88 a night (two persons).

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Where do you sleep in Queenstown? The best accommodations!

Queenstown is very touristy compared to other places in New Zealand. This is the city for adrenaline junkies, you can bungee jump, raft and skydive here. The pubs are also open here until late in the night. There are also many luxury restaurants and shops here.

Queenstown is the winter sports paradise in the winter months. This is the place in New Zealand for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Just like Wanaka, the area is very beautiful, Queenstown is also situated on a large lake surrounded by mountains. Wondering where you can sleep in peace here? Below the nicest hotels in Queenstown.

Sir Cedrics Tahuna Pod Hostel €

Hotel guide New Zealand Sir Cedrics Tahuna hotels QueenstownWant to sleep in a special way and stay within budget? Then book this Pod Hostel, you will not even notice that you are sleeping in a dormitory. The facilities are great at this cosy hostel! You sleep here from € 39 (two persons).

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Highview Apartments €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Highview Apartments QueenstownWant to escape the hustle and bustle of Queenstown but still be within walking distance of this city? Then go for this delightful apartment with fireplace and beautiful view! You sleep here from €108 per night (two people).

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Cherish Bed and Break €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand Cherish BB QueenstownWow, the view of the lake makes this B&B really great! This is the perfect place to relax and be together with your loved ones. You sleep here from €181 including a delicious breakfast (two persons).

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The best hotels and hostels in Te Anau

Te Anau is a tourist village, it is the only access road to Milford Sounds and from here people leave for different hikes: the Kepler, Milford or Routeburn trek. Staying here is quite pricey compared to other places in New Zealand. Our selection for the finest hotels and hostels in Te Anou:

Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers €

Hotel guide New Zealand Te Anou Lakefront BackpackersThis hostel is a 5-minute walk from the town centre. The common areas are large and the bedrooms are spacious with good beds! The staff gladly help you to book all kinds of cool activities. From €42 a night (two people).

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Explorer Motel & Apartments €€

Hotel guide New Zealand Te Anau Explorer Motel apartmensJust a 5-minute walk from the city centre is this pleasant motel located. You stay here in a lovely large garden. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with good heating. You stay here from €77 a night (two people).

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Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments €€€

Fiordland Lakeview Motel and ApartmentsWant to recover from a tough day hiking the Kepler Track? Say no more! Pick one of these large apartments with a lake view and cosy fireplace! You sleep here from €124 a night (two people).

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The most special and unique places to sleep in New Zealand!

Looking for the most special places to sleep on the South Island of New Zealand? Then you are in the right place! Please note that private transportation is recommended to visit these accommodations!

The following hotels are a bit more expensive. Furthermore, the accommodations can be further away from (larger) cities. In this way can enjoy the peace and quietness that nature has to offer! Below, the most special and unique places to spend a night in New Zealand:

Olive & Vine Estate €€€

Hotel guide new zealand Blenheim Appartement Olive Vine EstateDo you want to spend the night in comfort among the beautiful vineyards of the Marlborough region? Then go for this gem where they really know how to spoil their guests! You sleep here in Blenheim, from €189 a night (two people)

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Riverstone Karamea €€€

Hotel guide New Zealand Riverstone Karamea HotelAre you taking the west coast route of South Island? Then, consider to sleep a night in the beautiful hotel Karamea! You can have a nice barbecue here and enjoy the jacuzzi. You can sleep here from € 134 (two people).

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The Canyons B&B €€

Hotel guide New Zealand The Canyons BB QueenstownDo you really want to spend a night in a special place near Queenstown? Then go for this design hotel! Look at this view and that jacuzzi! You absolutely want to sleep here! From €102 a night (two persons).

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