Backyard Exploration on a Budget

A recent survey from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment revealed that while tourists love New Zealand, they find it highly expensive. Tourists rated New Zealand as a pretty choice place to visit overall but said that our food, beverages and accommodation all took a toll on their wallets. While we can’t do much about the food and drink prices (unfortunately), have found some of New Zealand’s best budget accommodations, so you can explore the land of the long white cloud without breaking the bank.

Wai-Knot Onetangi

Waiheke is an indulgently slow-paced island with beaches and vineyards at every turn. At Wai-Knot in Onetangi you will feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city that you may even forget you’re only a 40-minute ferry away from Auckland CBD. Aspiring sommeliers rejoice, this cosy spot is located within walking distance of Stonyridge Vineyard! If wine isn’t your thing, take a short drive to EcoZip adventures for a zip lining experience and then grab dinner at one of the many renowned local restaurants (we recommend Charley Farley’s for a down to earth atmosphere and yummy eats).

Eco Villa Christchurch

Eco Villa is a cosy slice of heaven in the heart of Christchurch, every detail crafted to make you feel relaxed and at home. It’s located across the road from the “Cardboard” Cathedral and less than 1k from the Re:Start Mall, so you won’t have to venture far to find something to do. But if you feel like exploring further, then enjoy their free bike hire and roam the city all day! There are outdoor baths for visitors to enjoy, and an edible garden supplementing the hosts delicious vegan meals. Although this accommodationis excellent value for money, it’s even more affordable for small groups. We recommend that budget conscious travellers get three or four people together to split costs and share the experience.

The Pear Orchard Lodge Richmond

The Pear Orchard Lodge in Richmond takes everything you know about farms and turns it on its head. The owners have transformed repurposed materials into a barnyard chic accommodation that combines the relaxed appeal of rural life with a little bit of luxury. From a four-bed dorm to a summer cabin with garden view, this lodge has something for every budget. Enjoy local hiking, wine tasting and cycle trails, or just relax on the nearby beaches - this is the perfect place to explore the Nelson region and experience sheer relaxation. And with bunk beds up for grabs at just $46 and private cabins available for under $100, it won’t break the bank either.

Brattdal Chalet Lyford

You can score your own chalet nestled amongst the hills in Lyford for just $80 at the tranquil Brattdal chalet. This is perfect for those seeking a remote getaway. Visit in winter to take advantage of the skiing in the area, or in the warmer months if you’re interested in hiking. The chalet has a classic, comfy wooden feel with quality amenities including a tennis court and terraces with a barbeque, making it ideal for couples looking for some quiet time. The views are spectacular all year round and whether you’re waking up to snow-capped trees or green rolling hills, this location epitomises everything we love about New Zealand’s landscape.

Haka Lodge Auckland


Karangahape Road is an iconic Auckland institution and an essential part of any traveller’s itinerary. Haka Lodge sits right in the middle of it all, giving you easy access to cafes and boutique stores, as well as the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the eclectic K-Road culture. If you’re interested in live music and nightlife, try one of the many bars- Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar best portray the true spirit of the street. With beds at Haka Lodge starting from $30, this is the perfect budget accommodation for those wanting to explore the city.