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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...
Fitzroy Beach Motel
This quiet, old-time motel (just 160m from Fitzroy Beach) has been thoroughly redeemed with a major overhaul and extension...
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...
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.
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...
City Life Wellington
Luxurious serviced apartments in the city centre, ranging from studios to three-bedroom arrangements, some with a harbour glimpse. Features include full kitchen, CD/DVD player, and in-room laundry facilities. Weekend rates are great bang for your buck...
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Handy for those early flights, this motel has a variety of rooms with good facilities. A 24-hour airport pick-up is available at no extra charge. The newly opened Premier Suites are very comfortable and good value.
Hilton Lake Taupo
Occupying the historic Terraces Hotel (1889) and a recent extension, this large complex offers the expected Hilton standard of luxury in non-threatening shades of grey. It's a little out of town but is handy for the DeBretts thermal complex.
The County Hotel
There’s luxury infused between the masonry at this elegantly restored Edwardian building (a rare brick earthquake survivor)...
Palazzo Motor Lodge
Hosts with the most offer a cheerful welcome at this popular, modern, Italian-tinged motor lodge. The stylish studios and one- and two-room apartments feature enviable kitchens with decent cooking equipment, classy wineglasses and a dishwasher...
The George has 53 handsomely decorated rooms and suites on the fringe of Christchurch’s sweeping Hagley Park...
Rustic log cabins on the outside with neutral decor on the inside. Epic lawns for running around on or simply enjoying the mountain views.
Peppers Bluewater Resort
A sprawling resort arrayed around rocky pools and tussocky gardens. Rooms are chic and modern – if sometimes on the small side – but last-minute online discounts make this a place worth considering.
Alpine Glacier Motel
Standard motel offerings in the middle of the township. Two units have spas, and most have cooking facilities. Opt for the newer, more stylish units.
Striking architecture combines with up-to-the-minute decor in this hilltop B&B with expansive bay views. Of the three luxurious suites in the main building, two have their own outdoor spa...