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Yha Wellington City
Wellington's best hostel wins points for fantastic communal areas including two big kitchens and dining areas, games room, reading room and dedicated movie room with high-tech projector...
Little Earth Lodge
Set on a farm 4km from town and right next to Abbey Caves, Little Earth's standards are so high that most other hostels look shabby in comparison...
Housed in a lovely old villa with wooden floors and high ceilings, this excellent backpackers has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and a spa pool...
Auckland Takapuna Oaks
It sounds almost too good to be true: affordable spacious apartments (with full kitchens and laundry facilities) situated at the end of a peaceful peninsula that's close to beaches and a short ferry ride from the city...
Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park
Busy it may be, but this park retains plenty of grassy, green charm...
Waitomo Lodge Motel
Can’t find a bed in Waitomo? This snappily designed motel at the Waitomo end of Te Kuiti is a brilliant alternative...
Le Petit Hotel
Relaxed coffee and croissant breakfasts and Kara the friendly Scottish terrier are among the highlights at this intimate French-themed boutique hotel...
Arden Street House
North of the city up Northeast Valley, this pair of homes atop a (steep) hill share an organic garden and a very welcoming host. With crazy artworks and a porthole in the bathroom, the main B&B is an amazing space...
Fitzroy Beach Motel
This quiet, old-time motel (just 160m from Fitzroy Beach) has been thoroughly redeemed with a major overhaul and extension...
Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park
An appealing campsite with grapevine views, just five minutes' walk to town. It has shady trees and the town pool over the back fence, making it a cooling oasis on sticky days...
Clive Colonial Cottages
Two minutes walk to the beach and almost equidistant from Hastings, Napier and Havelock, these three purpose-built character cottages sit around a courtyard garden on a two-acre garden property...
Bowentown Beach Holiday Park
Having nabbed a stunning stretch of sand this impressively maintained holiday park makes the most of it with first-rate motel units and campers' facilities. The barbecue area even has a water feature.
Quest Carlaw Park
It's in an odd spot but this set of smart, modern apartments is handy for Parnell, the city and the Domain, and if you've got a car you're practically on the motorway.
No, it’s not an Irish pub. This leafy complex has lush gardens, smart furnishings and the beach at the end of the road. The luxury self-contained holiday homes have views to Rangitoto.
Central Ridge Boutique Hotel
Visitors rave about the breakfasts, but there’s plenty more to be effusive about, such as pre-dinner canapés with Central Otago wines, underfloor heating, and spacious, modern bathrooms...
Aesthetes check in and don't want to check out at this bijou hotel on Oriental Parade. Individually decorated rooms are beautified with stylish furniture and contemporary artwork and ceramics, avidly collected by the architect-owner...
Saved only after protracted public protest when the new bypass went through, these two tiny 1880 cottages sit amongst a precious precinct of historic Cuba St buildings...
The Reef Resort
Like the ducks that congregate here in winter, warming their butts in the hot springs, so too do Taupo's apartment complexes jostle for the free thermal waters on this stretch of the lake...
Little River Campground
This sprawling campground near the hamlet of Little River is arrayed around a forest and riverside setting. Accommodation ranges from grassy tent sites through to rustic Kiwiana cabins...
Judges Pool Motel
This older motel has tidy, spacious rooms with kitchenettes. All one-bedroom units have outdoor decks for relaxing beers, although the barbecue area is the best place to talk about the one that got away.
This split-personality hotel offers budget rooms in the original wing (where noise from the adjacent pub can be an issue at times), and fancy rooms in the modern Ocean View building with fabulous views from the balconies...
Admiral's View Lodge
This hillside lodge offers natty units with balconies just begging for a relaxed sunset gin and tonic. Some have spa baths and bay views.