the frequent asked questions about accommodation
in New Zealand, we had to call the biggest specialist in the
subject, the professor Tautara (photo above).
The Tautara professor is one of the few survivors of the time of the
dinosaus, and it was almost extinct. After having inhabited millions of burrows,
holes, and all the types of natural places you can imagine,
the specie is protected today. This creature
exists only in New Zealand. The only condition for the interview, was that it
has to be made under the sun or on a warm rock,
where Tautaras feels more comfortable during the Winter.
Professor Tautara, can you tell us wich is the
cheapest accommodation in New Zealand?
|A..:As a dinosaur descendent, I can tell you I like
my place in the nature very much, but for a tourist,
I think is a Camping or Caravan Park with prices
starting at about NZ$ 12 per person.
And after the
Caravan Park professor, which is the second
I would say a Backpacker Hostel is the second in my
list. They are very good in terms of confort with a
price range between NZ$ 18 up to NZ$ 60, depending
about the type of the room and the city.
Motels, Motor Inns, and similar Professor ?
are about the same thing. The bigger difference
between a Motel and a Hotel is that the motels and
Motor Inns have a complete kitchen inside your room,
so you can cook your own meal and save money. The
price goes from about NZ$ 70 up to NZ$ 150, for a
couple. Price also varies according the town and the
season of the year (Peak, Off Peak, Shoulder).
Tautara, what do you think about Hotels in New
They are good. Even hotels that looks tired such
as old construction in traditional New Zealand
cities and towns are in reality very good. The rooms
are nice and clean, and everything in the room
usually work very well such as taps, shower, etc...
There are also very modern Hotels in the bigger
cities, as in any city in the world. Prices vary
according not only to the location and status of the
room, but also by the season. Prices start
from around NZ$ 60 per couple and goes up as far as
your credit card can afford.
If I travel
without pre-booked accommodation, Is it easy to find
accommodation along the way?
yes, but during certain times of the year and at
certain cities such as Queenstown during the Ski
Festival, finding exactly of you need can be
difficult some times. I strongly recommend a call by
phone to the establishment, one-day prior your
arrival to make sure there are vacancies.
Tautara, where can I book my accommodation in New
To reserve your accommodation is something very
easy nowadays. You can do on the Internet just by
searching many websites that do this type of
service, or online directly with the establishment.
But if you are already in New Zealand, you can book
any accommodation at the Tourist Information Kiosks,
found in every city or town of New Zealand. Even if
you are in a Motel, Hotel, Backpacker Hostel, or any
other type of accommodation, usually the reception
will be happy to book the next accommodation for
Is There any
other type of accommodation in New Zealand,
yes. There are Farm stay, Bed and Breakfast, and
Cabins in Caravan Parks or similar. The Cabins for
example are very cosy and well maintained. Some have
a good degree of luxury and doesn't cost an arm and
a leg. The location is also very good, with price
around NZ$ 100 for a couple per night. The Tourist
Information Centres know about them very well.
Is it too
difficult to get transportation to the
It is a "Piece of Cake" or "As good
as Gold" in the local sleng. If you arrive in
Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch, There will be
Shuttle services that will take to your
accommodation for a very reasonable price. (ask at
the airport tourist information kiosk). But if you
are travelling New Zealand by bus or tour, they
usually drop you off and pick you up at the
accommodation or nearby where you are stayng. (Just
ring the company and ask). Off course there are
taxis in any town doesn't matter the size.
rent a place for a short stay in only one city?
if you want to stay in only one city for few weeks
you can go to a Real Estate Agency and look for a
short Term, house or apartment in the area. Also you
can look for "Time Share" places that
accept guests starting with one-week stay. Usually
these places are furnished. Again prices will vary
depending upon how many rooms, location, etc... Some
of these places ask for a "Bond" which
will be given back at the end of the stay if no
damage was done to the place.
What you reckon about accommodation in New Zealand
think this great country of ours has everything a
tourist can dream of in terms of accommodation. We
have high standards of accommodation everywhere in
the country, and besides that the hospitality people
are very friendly and helpful with tourists from any
nation. You will be able to chose according with
your budget, nice places to stay no matter which
city or town. Also, because our country is very
safe, there are not many things to worry about. Just
take the normal safety measures you do in your own
country and everything will be fine.