During our two weeks in the Middle Earth (read How to plan a trip to New Zealand) we discovered that New Zealand has hotels and accommodation options to suit every budget and taste.
In New Zealand, except Auckland and other big cities (Wellington and Queenstown mostly), you will find more family-type guesthouses, medium-high quality level, rather then hotels. They are often “dependances” or parts of wonderful villas inhabited by retired people. Our experience was excellent: kind and smiling people; spacious, clean and well-equipped rooms; superb english homemade breakfast.
Where to sleep in Auckland?
In the CBD (Central Business District) the area of largest concentration of attractions, skyscrapers and businesses. Here is the Waterfront, the beating heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants and shops. Auckland offers excellent solutions in apartments and large hotel chains. We stayed at Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel, in the central Queen Street.
View on Queen Street from our room at the Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
The rooms are large, well furnished, equipped with every comfort and hygiene products. The English breakfast (18€), as it was for the whole stay in New Zealand, was purely salty but very varied, excellent food quality and manufacture. Recommended.
Where to sleep in the Coromandel Peninsula? In Whitianga!
If heaven exists, it is similar to Casa Aquila Guesthouse! It is a villa overlooking a private harbour, in a residential area. Huge rooms, superb hospitality, divine breakfast (even my grandmother would have appreciated!). I felt like I was at home, unfortunately it wasn’t mine!
Where to sleep on Lake Taupo
Also in Taupo, we opted for a villa in a residential area, the Regent Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Wonderful hosts, on our arrival they hoisted the Italian flag in the garden as a sign of welcome! Beautiful and big rooms, excellent breakfast, SUPERB lake view! Recommended.
Where to sleep in Wellington
For our stay in the capital city, we opted for the central QT Wellington Musuem in Cable street. It’s an old museum, in waterfront area, subsequently redeveloped as a modern and captivating design hotel. Very cordial staff, enviable position, not huge but decent rooms. Good salty breakfast.
Where to sleep in Nelson, near the Abel Tasman National Park?
In the graceful little town of Nelson, the first stop on the South Island near the Abel Tasman National Park, we slept at the Guesthouse Baywick Inn Bed & Breakfast. Located in a residential area surrounded by countryside, 10 minutes walk from the city center, it consists of a main villa and some out buildings. The hosts were so hospitable and on our arrival they gave us, for free, an extra room to stay more comfortable. Excellent accomodation, homemade breakfast with typical local products.
Where to sleep in Kaikoura
We stayed at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel, a lovely beach front building. The place is nice, with a beautiful patio but the rooms were tiny and the breakfast really minimal.
Where to sleep in Akaroa
In the only New Zealand village with French origin, we stayed at the Akaroa Village Inn. It’s a mini-apartments complex in a stunning location, a few steps from the sea with free private parking (not an irrelevant detail). Large, clean, well-equipped rooms. Common areas are not present and breakfast is not provided. The little reception (where the owners opened an ice cream shop!!!) closes in the afternoon, so it is strongly recommended to communicate your arrival time. Excellent quality / price ratio. Recommended.
Where to sleep in Queenstown
You have to be careful: being the most famous place in the country for holiday, prices rise significantly. You will find any type and qualities accommodations, it depends on your wallet! We opted for the St James Apartment, a mini-apartments complex located just a stone’s throw from the city center. Just climb a ladder from the common courtyard and you will be in one of Queenstown’s main streets. Private parking included in the price (ESSENTIAL). Large apartments, minimal decor. Value for money HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.