Accommodation in New Zealand

Aotearoa, New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud. For Maori New Zealand is considered the most southwestern part of Polynesia and consists of two main islands, the North Island (Te Ika a Maui meaning the fish of Maui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu meaning the waters of greenstone) as well as several small islands.

The main islands are separated by Cook Strait, which is 20 km wide at its narrowest point. New Zealand is a land of incredible contrasts and stunning natural beauty. There is a huge variety of activities in New Zealand; excellent camping, golf, hunting, mountain climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting, windsurfing, and fishing to name just a few. There is also plenty of opportunities to experience real Maori culture.

New Zealand which is known for their down to earth and friendly hospiality has a wide range of accomodations. From motels and bed and breakfasts to mid range hotels to luxury lodges. Popular choice to really experience New Zealands nature is to stay in a private campground (such as the Top 10 Holiday Parks) either camping or by parking up your camper van or motor home.


Where to stay in the North Island?

Auckland

Auckland

With a population of over one million people, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and the main gateway for visitors. The city of sails is surrounded by water and therefore is a popular spot for sailing and water sports.

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Bay of Islands

Bay of islands

The Bay of Islands (240 km north of Auckland ) is one of the most beautiful coastal areas of New Zealand and is world famous for its excellent deep-sea fishing as well as its numerous beautiful beaches and dramatic rock formations.

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Coromandel

Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula is located about two hours’ drive from Auckland and is a refuge for those who want to leave the hustle and bustle of Auckland behind. The peninsula is hilly, has a beautiful nature, with lush forests that are intersected by rivers and beautiful white sandy beaches on both sides.

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Rotorua is New Zealand’s most visited city, located in center of the active volcanic central plateau, and is known for its geothermal activity, such as spouting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and clear rivers. It is also a hub of cultural activity.

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Tongariro

Tongariro

The Tongariro National Park has three impressive volcanoes; Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro. The park is fantastic for hiking and has many diverse trails. In the winter Ruapehu is a popular skiing destination for North Islanders. Tongariro National Park was the first national park in the world to be put on UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Wellington

Wellington

Wellington nicknamed the “Windy City” is a vibrant, cultural and sophisticated city and also the capital city of New Zealand. The city is situated on the beautiful Port Nicholson is just by the Cook Straight which separates the North and the South Islands.

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Where to visit in the South Island?

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

55km north of Nelson is the famous Abel Tasman National Park. The best way to visit the park is to hike (part of) the 51km long “coastal trail”. From the town of Marahau you can be dropped off by water taxi to a certain part of the park (and be picked up from another), allowing you to experience the park walking at your own pace. The nature is very diverse, you walk over hills, along beaches and occasionally you have to cross rivers.

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Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city of the South Island. The city was founded in 1848 by English settlers and exudes a real English atmosphere, partly because of the Victorian and Gothic Revival architectural style and is therefore known as the most English city outside of England. Another name that Christchurch has been ‘garden city of New Zealand, as it has many parks and a beautiful botanical garden.

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Dunedin

Dunedin

Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers in 1848 and given the name “Dun Edin”, named after Edinburgh. There is plenty to see any do in Dunedin from walks in the surrounding green hills to exploring the many beautiful buildings, churches and museums. It is also has a vibrant nightlife (thanks to its large student population).

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Fiordland

Milford Sounds

Fiordland National Park has been called the “Walking Capital of the World” and is home to unique flora, fauna, landscape and geology. Popular hikes include Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. The great lakes Lake Te Anau and Lake Manapouri are not to be missed either!

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Mount Cook

Mt Cook

The Mount Cook National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in New Zealand with spectacular views and 22 peaks above 3000 meters. The park covers an area of 700 square kilometers. Over one third of the park is permanently covered with snow and ice. On one of the 22 mountains is its namesake Mount Cook. This magnificent mountain towers 3,764 meters above sea level and is also the highest mountain in New Zealand.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown is a vibrant city, famous for adventure sports and stunning landscape. Here you can bunji jump. Go white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking or jet boating within tight spaces on the rocky gorge. In the winter Queenstown feels a lot like a Swiss mountain town boasting three world-class ski resorts.

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