The 3-star plus Kingsgate Hotel Rotorua (Rotorua - Bay of Plenty - New Zealand). The hotel has 136 rooms in spacious grounds between central Rotorua and the world famous Whakarewarewa. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including a heated outdoor pool, spa, sauna and tennis court. It offers business center, convention center, fax and Internet services Wireless internet is available in public areas.
The property is next to the beautiful Botanical gardens and within walking distance of the University of Otago. Guests have access to the heated pool, spa, and sauna or can relax in the comfortable facilities. The spacious rooms are decorated in a unique and special way, and are non-smoking, with a balcony. The property has a restaurant.
I spent my first two nights in Christchurch here as the other hostels were full. My flight arrived a midnight, and the Base has a 24-hour reception. Base Hostels are known throughout Australia and New Zealand for their nightlife, as they all have their own bar. The atmosphere is young and crazy. The best thing about this hotel is its location, 10 metres from the Cathedral and 50 from the InterCity bus stop. I'd recommend it only if you're a party lover and under 25.
Designed for comfort, style and space, these new luxury apartments are in a quiet area with mountain views. Every apartment has SKY TV, DVD, a fully equipped designer kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven and plates. There is a heated pool in winter, BBQ AREA, TENNIS, and gym.
The Matakauri Lodge is located just five kilometers from Queenstown and is quite easy to reach. It's an Andean-style lodge with great views across the city. It's a relaxing environment and ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet away from a big city.
Of the two YHA in Wanaka, this is the most popular, and in winter many skiers come because there are lockers in the rooms for boots and skis. In summer it is very nice because it is close to the lake, and there are several terraces with great views.
As a hostel, it might perhaps not be the best YHA in New Zealand, as it is a bit small. However, it does enjoy an excellent location, just a few meters away from the sea with great views of the mountains, and is a 20 minute walk to see a colony of seals and 10 minutes from the town center.
Anne and Phillip Woodward, are the second generation of farmers that can be found in an area that did not begin to develop until the 40s of last century. Phillip, like his parents and now her daughter (global recordwoman), had worked for many years shearing sheep, and as a result he could, with his wife Anne, purchase acres of an inhabited paradise. Located in the valley of Waikaretu, the Woodward are the owners and managers of Nikau coffee (March 15, 2010 at its second birthday), a magnificent coffee-hostel which looks like an oasis in the middle of the vast region. They have rooms for six people in total with a double and 4 bunk beds, where the prices range between 30 and 50 dollars per person. In one of the cafés you can taste the excellent and simple cuisine of Anne, which is done using produce from her garden of the neighborhood. In some of them from meats offered (www.Pinnaclelamb.Com) or olive oil (Whangape grove). There is no public transport to be able to get to the region, so it is essential The Woodward live a few meters, so the hostel cafe is open every day of the year. It is advisable to book in advance, and keep in mind that you must pay in cash. If one has not thought to bring cash, this is not a problem. In New Zealand the budget honesty is a value in all people, so you can pay days later at any bank doing a transfer, or leaving the money in the house of one of the friends of the Woodward in any other city or town .
In Kerikeri is where you will find this backpackers Lodge that is run by an English couple. The site is fun and it is 30 Euros/night. The couple helps and advises young people from other countries to organize their "WORK HOLIDAYS" -working vacation to be maintained for their holidays. They are doing a very good job so if anyone has plans to travel to New Zealand and work to survive, they will make things easier.
Turangi is a small town famous for its trout, near Lake Taupo. Just half an hour away is Tongariro National Park, where you can go trekking for a day as much as several days taking the North Park circuit
This is one of New Zealand's best hostels, with a very attentive staff, completely devoted to giving you the best service even though you only paid 10 €. It offers two full serviced floors with 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms, 2 living rooms, and it's just a short walk from the heart of Christchurch and the Cathedral.
The Tulsi is one of the many Indian restaurants in Christchurch, but it is different because it has modern and elegant décor and amazing prices at noon. You can order a curry with rice and naan from 4 €. It is in the center of the city, next to the most popular bars and clubs, and close to the YAG. The menu has a wide variety of curries, I recommend the chicken with mango, and the Tikka Masala is a house specialty. The Lassi is also highly recommended.
In a cline over Paihia Bay, there are small log cabins for 4 people, with well-equipped kitchenette and a divine terrace amidst a pine forest overlooking the bay. The owners seem like very nice people and for 50 euros a night, a bargain for both comfort in one of the most touristic cities of New Zealand. Whether you go in December and January, bookings here is best during high season.
Another tough day on the bike, and it was beginning to hurt, so we decided to stop at the next campsite. Luckily for us it was just 3 km away and it was the Whangarei Harbour Camp Holliday, yeah, here campsites are called Holliday Park. The owner Daves, greeted us and offered the best place (considering it was empty), the fact is that the camp has a kitchen, toilet, shower, dryer, washing machine and heating for just $ 20 (10 €), all inclusive. Best of all is the place because Whangaroa Harbour is but a port with 3 bars 1 hotel and plenty of holiday. The view from this place is paradise and fishermen will have port Maori legends while having a beer at the port club, where you can also eat half a dozen oysters for 5 €. Daves also gave us a small tour to St. Paul's, the highest point from where currencies entire peninsula green islands with crystal clear water. It is a mix between romantic and relaxing. Curiously, we were told that the Spice Girls were brought up here.
Although it's a bit outside the city center, about a 20 minutes walk including climbing a hill, it's a very nice hostel, with free coffee and tea all day, very clean and not too many rooms. The outdoor area has a barbecue and great views of the city.
Just 100 meters from the beach, it costs about 13 € for a bedroom, and is housed in a 2 story exomplex of wood that is nice. It is immaculately clean and the owner is very friendly, with a lively atmosphere.
One of the best hostels in New Zealand, large and very spacious with a huge kitchen where you can always find a multinational environment. A 5 minutes walk from the center of the city and it offers all kinds of services such as a travel agency, bicycle rental, laundry service, internet, wifi, etc.
An ancient Kauri wood house, perfectly preserved, with a garden, barbecue, tables, solarium and hammocks, all at a very moderate prices. The owner Craig, is a long-distance traveler, and organizes visits to the Pinnacles.
It is a mountain lodge with 80 beds, 4 hours of a gruelling uphill walk from the visitor centre. It is the perfect place to relax before tackling the final climb to the pinnacles, which are clearly visible from the lodge. It also serves as a base for walkers who make their rounds several times per days in the valley.