Budget Accommodation Options In New Zealand

New Zealand is a relatively small country with very manageable travelling distances, however getting from A to B can still be an expensive exercise.  Finding the most cost effective places to stay can be essential when it comes to stretching the budget to its limits.  Luckily NZ offers a diverse range of accommodation options with something to suit every type of traveller.

When it comes to selecting budget accommodation options in New Zealand, this doesn’t have to mean low quality.  The standard of accommodation in New Zealand is generally considered high when compared to other countries, with clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation offered New Zealand wide.

Some of the best budget accommodation options worth considering are:


With many farms situated off-the-beaten-track, farmstays provide an authentic way of experiencing a real kiwi farm up close and personal from the inside.  Farmstay accommodation is usually provided in the family home and best of all you also get the option of taking part in some of the farms daily activities.  This allows you the chance to really muck in and feel like a part of the family, while enjoying the warm hospitality of rural New Zealand.  Farmstays are an excellent choice when travelling with children and a great way to really get hands-on in some of the most remote countryside New Zealand has to offer.

Holiday Parks And Campgrounds

Holiday parks and campgrounds are immensely popular New Zealand wide and provide a good range of affordable accommodation options.  There are usually powered or non-powered sites for tents, caravans and campervans as well as cabins and self-contained units available.  Communal kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are standard for all to use.  These holiday parks are consistently well set up for the intrepid traveller and are often situated within close proximity to local attractions.


Homestay accommodation in a New Zealand great if you are looking for total immersion, as accommodation is provided within the family home.  Always friendly and accommodating your hosts will incorporate you into their daily routines and often meals will be eaten together.  All bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared with the family, adding to the social atmosphere.  Homestays offer an excellent option for people wishing to improve their English language skills.

Holiday Homes

The holiday home or “Bach” as it is locally known is an iconic part of New Zealand’s holidaying history.  Kiwi’s have traditionally used their Bach’s as a quick easy weekend escape from the stresses of everyday life.  Generally holiday homes offer all the comforts of home and are very self-sufficient, providing everything from knives and forks through to firewood if necessary.  They range from simple cottages by the sea to regular homes in the city.  These homes are perfect for larger self-catering groups and are often found in highly sought-after picturesque locations around the country.

Backpackers Hostels

Backpackers accommodation in New Zealand is very popular with young travellers due to the excellent value for money and a reputation for being clean, safe and comfortable.  Most Backpackers offer hostel style dormitory rooms, as well as double or single private rooms; sometimes with their own bathrooms.  Kitchen and bathroom facilities for the majority are usually communal.  Owners and operators are almost always able to offer a wealth of local knowledge and local travel tips.

Useful Resources:

New Zealand Tourism Guide

Backpacker Board

AA Travel

Don’t be tempted to overlook budget accommodation in New Zealand, these comfortable, affordable options are worth considering whatever your accommodation requirements.