from inexpensive camping, economical guest houses to the full selection
of hotels from one to five star hotels.
If you intend camping the quality of camp sites do vary. There are camp
sites that are very remote and catering for the intrepid tramper. These
sites work on an honesty basis where you pay you daily rent into a box
that is emptied periodically by a Ranger.
There are also towns that will let you camp in their domains - the park,
always inquire first before pitching your tent to save running the risk
of trespass onto the Queens land or Maori reserves.
The facilities on these types of sites are very basic and you should not
expect much more than a toilet which can be a long drop/dunny and if a
shower is supplied it will very likely be cold water.
Camp sites where you pay a fee also vary in quality. One thing that you
can always expect is a kitchen with cooking facilities, toilets, showers
where there is most likely hot water and a hut to eat and socialise in.
What you should always think is " what you pay is what you get".
There are other times where you can be pleasantly surprised and the standard
goes beyond expectation. This you can expect at the Bottlehouse Hotel
in Queenstown where there is an adjacent camping facilities which has
a kitchen and cooking facilities but in the evening you can go into the
hotel and have a drink in the bar which over looks Lake Wakatipu.
Camp sites that are of a higher quality have cabins which are ideal if
the weather gets to inclement. Again the cabins can vary in quality where
you will get linen included in the price.
As well as camp sites having cabins there is the Youth hostel association
where you can sleep in a dormitory. If you wish to take advantage of any
youth hostel establishment you would be well advised to join any youth
hostel association before arriving in New Zealand or soon as you arrive
in NZ, there is an office in down town Auckland.
There are caravan sites that will let out empty caravans which are ideal
if you need to move into accommodation where you want a break from the
weather and hard ground. The pricing for a caravan is usually competitive
and compares favorably with the camp site cabins.
Guest houses in New Zealand tend to be similar to other guest houses
around the world. You get a room, shower facilities either en suite
or communal, bed with linen and cupboard space. In a similar vein as
the guest house are the back packer guest houses, these are geared up
for the more intrepid traveler but worth staying at as you can get to
meet others who are either heading your way or have been where you want
to go and can give advice. As well as supplying accommodation they more
than likely will have a restaurant or cafe that is used by members of
the public so the quality of the cuisine will be high.
Hotels range from the usual basic room with facilities to the five star
accommodation. Hotels can be found all over New Zealand and even in the
most remote areas which is always pleasing to know.
Where ever you choose to stay there will always be accommodation that
will suite your budget unless you plan to travel to the remotest areas
of New Zealand then you might just be lucky enough to be treated to some
warm New Zealand hospitality.
For further information contact the New Zealand embassy or when in New
Zealand get a copy of the accommodation guide listing most of the campsites
in New Zealand.