Whether travelling with the family, as a couple or on your own, accommodation can be one of the largest expenses incurred while on holiday. Keeping an eye out for low cost accommodation deals can mean the difference between enjoying your time to the fullest and being left wishing you could have done more. Luckily in New Zealand there are many accommodation options available for all types of traveler.
Holiday Parks, sometimes known as Camp Grounds in New Zealand, are often overlooked by some travelers, but in fact they present a reliable lower cost option for many people. Whether you are looking for an overnight stay, weekend away or extended stay they provide a comfortable, well equipped base from which to explore the surrounding countryside.
Holiday parks usually offer a wide range of accommodation options, from non-powered and powered tent and campervan sites, cabins and backpacker lodges through to self-contained motel units. Costs for each will vary depending the location of the park, length of stay, season and the booking requirements. Communal kitchens, laundry facilities, toilets and showers are all usually part of the deal, along with dining and TV lounge areas and free to use outdoor barbeques.
The added benefit of holiday parks is they are usually set on beautiful landscaped grounds with mature trees, often beside a lake, river or beach in some of the most picturesque parts of the New Zealand. The natural environment provides a great backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation while on holiday. Holiday parks are particularly popular with families, especially when there are playgrounds and swimming pools on offer, but also attract all types of travellers from backpackers and intrepid travellers through to business and retired travellers.
If travelling throughout New Zealand many larger holiday parks with locations across the country will offer membership rewards cards that will enable the user to receive further discounted accommodation, travel, insurance and entry to selected attractions with participating businesses, adding to potential trip wide savings.
To find the holiday park nearest your destination, or to plan your trip see below for some useful resources.
AA Traveller – A subsidiary of the New Zealand Automobile Association, the AA Traveller website is a useful tool for planning your trip. Find accommodation, things to see and do, transport and rentals and visitor information.
NewZealand.com – The official New Zealand tourism website featuring accommodation, transportation, things to do and helpful facts about traveling in New Zealand. NewZealand.com has a good selection of holiday parks throughout the country.
The Holiday Park Association – A trade organisation representing the holiday accommodation park sector in New Zealand. Check out the useful map based directory to find a holiday park nearby.
New Zealand Tourism Guide – An extensive guide to accommodation, attractions and activities, tours or transport and visitor information in New Zealand.
Jasons – A great place to find the perfect New Zealand camping spot or holiday park, explore attractions and activities, read travel articles and destination guides and even share your own travel experiences.
New Zealand holiday park destinations will vary from park to park, but rest assured wherever your travels may lead, a New Zealand holiday park will always provide a warm welcome and a comfortable nights rest.