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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...
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...
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...
Capital View Motor Inn
Many of the rooms in this well-maintained, multistorey buiilding close to Cuba St do indeed enjoy capital views – especially the large, good-value penthouse (sleeps five, $220). All are self-contained, and recent renovations have freshened things up.
Doggone handy to all the central sights without being too noisy, Tudor-esque Halswell offers a range of options, including small, affordable hotel rooms with TV, fridge and bathroom...
Slick and well serviced, the lofty Bolton deserves its five stars. Room options are varied but share a common theme of muted tones, fine linens and colourful artwork. Most are spacious with full kitchen facilities and some enjoy park or city views...
Shepherds Arms Hotel
With wall-to-wall heritage buildings and proximity to the Botanic Gardens, Thorndon makes an atmospheric home base. This well-preserved hotel serves its patrons in fitting style, with a restaurant and bar, and good-value rooms upstairs...
Comfortable, affordable accommodation in a heritage hotel. En suite rooms have Sky TV, phone and fridge (try for a room at the back if you’re a light sleeper)...
Marksman Motor Inn
Clean, comfortable studios and apartments across from the Basin Reserve. Can be a tad noisy, but handy for airport runs (or the cricket).
Oak Estate Motor Lodge
A stand of gracious roadside oaks and pretty gardens shield a smart complex of self-contained units: studios, one- and two-bedroom options.
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...
Just off SH1 and only a short train ride or drive from Wellington (25km), this exceptional backpackers right on the beach is immaculate and inviting, with friendly owners super-keen to infuse you with their local knowledge. Kayaks and bikes available...
You’d have to be a zookeeper not to be impressed by this huge zebra-striped building off Courtenay Pl...
An old charmer at the railway end of town, housed in a grand art-deco building. Downtown has clean, bright rooms and plenty of character-filled communal areas (be sure to check out the carved fireplace in the bar)...
In a 110-year-old house, Worldwide is a small hostel that's reasonably tidy, with winning features such as free wi-fi, breakfast, and regular barbecues. It’s youthful, down-to-earth and chilled out.
Barnacles Seaside Inn
Opposite Paraparaumu Beach, this homely YHA hostel resides in a 1920s heritage building. Snug rooms are individually decorated with antique dressers and have sinks and heaters; some have electric blankets and sea views...
Wellington's groovy new hostel is slightly squeezed into its back-lane location, hence some tight but funky communal areas (the lounge is a highlight)...
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel is located in the heart of Wellington, just 500 metres from Lambton Harbour. It features a day spa, a fitness centre and a restaurant with harbour views. Guests can enjoy 100MB of free Wi-Fi per day...
The elegant Rydges Wellington is centrally located on Featherston Street with a spectacular harbour view. It is a 10-minute walk from Wellington Cable Car and a 5-minute walk from Westpac Stadium. Free WiFi is available...
Quest On The Terrace Serviced Apartments
Located in the heart of Wellington, Quest on the Terrace offers modern apartments with free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests have free access to an off-site fitness centre and a small lap swimming pool...
Apollo Lodge Motel
Situated in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct, Apollo Lodge Motel offers 200 MB of free internet access and free off-street parking. Each room includes heating and satellite TV...