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Accommodation Options in New Zealand
Where will you be resting your weary head at night? The most popular accommodation choice for travellers is the hostel. Alternatively, there is the option of budget motels, camping or finding your own flat.
:: Backpacker Hostels
New Zealand has literally hundreds of high quality hostels for you to stay in whilst travelling and working. Unlike the hiking havens in the UK, hostels in NZ have bars, internet access, funky decor and lots of like minded travellers. It has now got to the stage where some hostels have better facilities than hotels! They are a great place to socialise with people who are doing the same thing as you and have areas where you can chill out and plan your travels. Hostel beds start from NZ$19 and you can choose a shared dorm, twins and doubles or your own room.
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:: Budget Motels
If you are travelling with a partner and want a bit of privacy then a budget motel can be another cost effective option. Starting at around NZ$50 a night you can get your own room, kitchenette and bathroom.
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Many people head to NZ thinking that taking a tent is the cheapest solution. In some cases it can be, with the option to camp in hostel grounds or on a free Department of Conservation campsite. However, a camping pitch can sometimes be the same price as a hostel bed with less facilities and the opportunity to get wet! If you are thinking of camping, wait until you get to NZ to get a tent and see what other travellers are doing.
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:: Flats / Flatmates
If you are in NZ on a Working Holiday then why not get a flat with some other travellers or even some local Kiwis. Much like the UK, flatmate ads can be found in all the local and national papers. Staying in one area allows you to explore in depth and see what its like to actually be a Kiwi. Some hostels also have long term stays so you can live in a hostel for a couple of months.
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New Zealand Flatfinder (
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