Looking for the best places to stay in New Zealand? From magical glamping spots to lush hotels to Airbnbs with the most thoughtful touches, this list of the best New Zealand accommodation providers will help you find some epic places to rest your head during your Aotearoa adventure.

You should know that I’m a self-confessed accommodation obsessive. Whether my budget is $10 or $500, whether I’m solo or with friends or family, and whether I’m somewhere totally exotic or planning a staycation in my hometown, I have to find a good place to stay.

Accommodation is so much more than where you spend the night, and staying somewhere special can make all the difference to your holiday. Bye bye boring business hotels that look the same in every country, hello accommodation that actually reflects the destination you’re visiting and makes an impact on you after you leave.

You can see my definitive list of the best places I’ve stayed around the world right here, but there were so many worthy New Zealand accommodation spots that I had to give them their own blog.

So without further ado, here are all the best places to stay in New Zealand!

What makes a New Zealand accommodation provider special?

The best accommodation in New Zealand for you will depend on your personal preferences, whether your priority is value, luxury, location or something different entirely.

Before you click out thinking that these places are going to blow your budget, good doesn’t have to mean expensive! Good accommodation to me means somewhere unique, somewhere that takes your trip to the next level, somewhere that’ll give you a decent night’s sleep.

It might be a boutique hostel with cooking classes each night, or a geodesic dome with insane stargazing views, or a quaint little B&B with fresh farm eggs and friendly owners.

Each of the places on this list has been vetted, photographed and reviewed by me personally. I’ve stayed at more than 80 different accommodation providers in New Zealand, most of which have been in the past year since returning home as the pandemic kicked off. This list is full of the New Zealand accommodation providers that are a step above the rest, and I’d highly recommend adding them to your New Zealand bucket list.

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New Zealand Accommodation: The Best Places to Stay in the North Island

Auckland

M Social

Type of accommodation: Designer hotel

Why it’s amazing: M Social is a new designer hotel right by the water in Central Auckland, in the bustling Viaduct entertainment district. Rooms are large and funky, beds provide a brilliant night’s sleep, the location is ideal for easy access to the city and public transport, and there’s a brand new shopping mall, Commercial Bay, that just opened a short walk down the road.

Address: 196-200 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Check your travel dates and book online here.

M Social Auckland hotel room

Taupo

Taupo’s Treat

Type of accommodation: Homestay on Airbnb

Why it’s amazing: Taupo’s Treat is a quaint little cottage homestay just a few minutes’ drive from the lake. There’s space for a couple or a small family, with a superking bed, a fold out couch that turns into another superking, and a toddler’s bed. There’s also an outdoor bath, access to a vege garden and fruit trees, and free-range araucana fluffy chickens that might lay you some eggs if you’re lucky!

Address: 188 Tamamutu Street, Taupo 3330

Check your travel dates and book online here.

outdoor bath taupo airbnb

The Coromandel, North Island

Slipper Island

Type of accommodation: Glamping & lodge

Why it’s amazing: This hidden gem in the North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula deserves way more hype than it gets, but that’s because even some locals don’t know about it! It’s a short boat ride from the small coastal town of Tairua, and the island is basically private, with a shallow bay perfect for kayaking and easy access to fishing and diving spots. There’s a lodge with a full kitchen and bunk rooms or two safari-style glamping tents if you’re feeling flash.

Bonus tip: You can book for just a couple or a family, but if you want to head over for a special occasion, you only need 30 people to rent out the entire place and have your own private island for a ridiculously low price!

Address: Slipper Island (Whakahau)

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Tairua Airbnb

Type of accommodation: Airbnb

Why it’s amazing: Full disclosure: this beachfront Kiwi bach is actually owned by my parents. But that means I’ve spent a lot of time there and can vouch for it personally!

Tairua is a quaint little town that many tourists pass through on the way to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, but it’s not a hot spot in itself and that’s what makes it great. It has a warm, local feel, there are some excellent eateries, and it’s super chill. I’ve spent almost every NZ summer there and it’s one of my favourite places in the world.

Address: 13 Manaia Road, Tairua

Check your travel dates and book online here.

Tairua Airbnb lounge with view of the ocean

The Bay of Plenty, North Island

Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

Type of accommodation: Hotel

Why it’s amazing: Trinity Wharf is a business-style waterfront hotel in Tauranga, with stunning views overlooking the harbour. But what really sets it apart from other hotels is that it has an infinity pool (!!!) AND rooms start from less than $250 a night.

Infinity pools in New Zealand hotels are hard to come by, with most setting you back a minimum of $500 per night. Believe me, I made a spreadsheet of all the options.

The rooms at Trinity Wharf are modern and comfortable, the onsite restaurant has a great menu and delicious cocktails, and it gives you easy access to all the adventures at the Mount and in Tauranga.

Address: 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga 3110

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Finesse Luxury Glamping, Rotorua

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: Finesse Luxury Glamping has the largest safari tent I’ve ever stayed in, and the owners have thought of every little detail to make your stay amazing. It’s my top pick for the best Rotorua glamping spot, and I can’t wait to go back!

You get a HUGE bed, comfy couch, outdoor kitchen with gas stove, solar-powered lanterns, hot tub, brazier complete with marshmallows and toasting sticks, bean bags and a hammock amongst the trees. Paradise.

Address: 53 Endean Rd Rotorua, New Zealand 3072

Check your travel dates and book online here.


New Zealand Accommodation: The Best Places to Stay in the South Island

Nelson, South Island

Pepin Island Farmstay, Cable Bay

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: This gorgeous glamping spot is located in the middle of a farm on a private island just a short drive from Nelson. Pepin Island has three different huts available, two have outdoor baths and all three have insane views.

A brilliant option if you need an off-grid getaway!

Address: 875 Cable Bay Road, Nelson

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Rabbit Island Huts, Mapua

Type of accommodation: Glamping huts

Why it’s amazing: These well-equipped cosy huts on stilts are about 20 minutes away from Nelson towards Abel Tasman. You’ll get a comfy bed, fridge, tea & coffee-making facilities and you can choose between private ensuite or (very nice!) shared bathrooms. All huts have access to a shared kitchen, lounge and outdoor dining area, as well as an outdoor bath perfect for stargazing on a clear night.

Rabbit Island Huts are also eco-friendly, they were built using sustainable materials and paint, are almost totally plastic-free and the owners are focused on restoring the wetland that surrounds the property.

Address: 305 Redwood Road, Rabbit Island 7081

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Blenheim, South Island

The Nineteenth

Type of accommodation: Luxury holiday home

Why it’s amazing: Who wouldn’t want to wake up in a lush designer home surrounded by vineyards? This two bedroom house is soaked with natural light, stylishly decorated and comes with all the mod cons you need (full kitchen, washing facilities, outdoor BBQ, mountain bikes and golf clubs).

The views are just stunning, I highly recommend getting up early to watch the sun slowly rise over the valley’s wineries.

Address: 131 Marlborough Ridge Drive, Fairhall, Blenheim 7272

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Kaikoura, South Island

Manakau PurePods

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: This sustainably-built glass box is set amongst a working farm in rural inland Kaikoura, about 20 minutes from the town centre. You’ll be off the grid but not without home comforts, like a comfy bed, heating, gas stove, flushing toilet and hot shower.

Cross your fingers for a clear night because stargazing through your glass ceiling is out of this world, it needs to be on your New Zealand accommodation “to-stay” list!

Address: 300 Blunts Road, Inland Road 7373

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Christchurch, South Island

Britten Stables

Type of accommodation: Boutique B&B

Why it’s amazing: Staying at the Britten Stables rocketed to the top of my bucket list as soon as I saw photos of the Moroccan-tiled pool and lush conservatory. The home was owned and renovated in the 70s by legendary motorbike engineer + inventor John Britten, and after being heavily damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes, it’s ben fixed up and is now managed by John’s daughter Isabelle and her husband Tim.

There are a few different guest suites available depending on your needs, all guests have access to the indoor pool and outdoor spa pool plus a guest lounge, and you’ll get fresh bread delivered to your door in the morning. Divine.

Address: 48 Matai Street West, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011

Check your travel dates and book online here.


The Tack Rooms

Type of accommodation: Boutique B&B

Why it’s amazing: The Tack Rooms offer brilliant value for a fully self-contained studio apartment with easy access to Christchurch’s central city. You get loads of space with a full kitchen, washing machine, bath tub and comfortable furniture, and the location is ideal for exploring the best restaurants, shops and nightlife. There’s private off-street parking and you even get access to the fitness centre at the hotel next door.

Address: 365 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Akaroa & the Banks Peninsula

Te Wepu Intrepid Pods, Akaroa

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: Another stunning New Zealand glamping spot to add to your list, Te Wepu Intrepid Pods have three wooden pods on a Banks Peninsula farm overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Each pod has a comfy bed, an outdoor woodfire hot tub, BBQ and bio-loo.

The views here are seriously impressive, make sure you wake up early to catch the sunrise.

Address: Top Of Bantry Lodge Road, French Farm, Akaroa 7582

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Other Canterbury, South Island

Valley Views Glamping Domes, Waitaki Valley

Type of accommodation: Glamping

Why it’s amazing: Valley Views is probably my favourite glamping spot I’ve ever visited. I know, it’s a big call! These geodesic domes are set amongst the rolling hills in rural Canterbury, with a backdrop of mountains behind them. The domes themselves are kitted out with super comfy beds, fairy lights, portable phone chargers and some have a small wood fire, and the shared kitchen has everything you’d need to cook up an off-the-grid feast.

It’s unique, eco-friendly, and the Valley Views team have thought of every single detail to make your glamping trip super special.

Address: 161 Domett Road, Otiake, Waitaki

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Otago, South Island

Cascade Creek Retreat, Milton

Type of accommodation: Luxury cabin

Why it’s amazing: Set in an ultra-private location amongst a working farm in Milton, about an hour from Dunedin, the Cascade Creek Retreat is a luxurious lodge with space for up to six people. The cabin comes complete with super comfortable beds, a huge living area, fireplace, board games, full kitchen and two outdoor bath tubs overlooking a valley.

The retreat is also fully accessible, which is rare for boutique accommodation in the countryside.

Address: Glen Road, Milton 9291

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Queenstown & Wanaka (both of which are in Otago but they deserve their own spot)

Kamana Lakehouse, Queenstown

Type of accommodation: Boutique hotel

Why it’s amazing: Kamana Lakehouse is a newly-renovated luxury hotel with stunning views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The rooms are simple but stylish, with huge beds and eco-friendly toiletries, and the on-site restaurant serves up world-class dishes with one of the most impressive outlooks I’ve ever seen.

Kamana also has private hot tubs exclusively bookable for guests, cheaper than Onsen Hot Pools and much easier to get a spot.

Address: 139 Fernhill Road, Fernhill, Queenstown 9300

Check your travel dates and book online here.


Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, Wanaka

Type of accommodation: Holiday park

Why it’s amazing: If you’re travelling the South Island in a campervan, you have to visit Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, purely for the location. It’s a ten minute drive from the centre of Wanaka, right on the lake with magical views for every van. Wake up early to catch the sun pop up over the mountains, you won’t regret it!

Address: 1127 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Glendhu Bay 9382

Check your travel dates and book online here.

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Goodstays Queenstown

Type of accommodation: Apartment

Why it’s amazing: Goodstays Queenstown manages loads of self-contained apartments and homes in Queenstown, ranging from studios for a solo traveller or couple, through to entire houses fit for large families or a group.

We stayed at this three-bedroom luxury penthouse on Hallenstein Street, a quick walk into the centre of town. The apartment was brilliant, modern furnishings and a decent-sized living area along with a massive balcony that overlooks the town and the lake. It also included free secure parking which is a huge bonus in Queenstown!

Address: All through Queenstown

Check your travel dates on Goodstays here.


Goodstays Wanaka

Type of accommodation: House

Why it’s amazing: Goodstays Wanaka has a tonne of rental apartments and houses available throughout Wanaka.

My parents met me in Wanaka at the end of our South Island trip, and we were lucky enough to stay in this epic brand new house on the way into town. It was three bedrooms, with a gigantic kitchen, garage, outdoor living space and two bathrooms, including one with a huge bath. Ideal after a long day of skiing!

Address: All through Wanaka

Check your travel dates and book online here.


I hope you found somewhere epic for your upcoming holiday, or at least have added some New Zealand accommodation to your bucket list!

I’ll be adding places here as I manage to visit more of the country so bookmark this page or save it on Pinterest to remind yourself to check back later.

Happy travels!

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