Backyard exploration on a budget

We all need a getaway sometimes, but time and money constraints mean that we can’t always just fly off overseas for some relaxation and adventure. It can be easy to forget that in our own backyard we have an abundance of affordable and easy to reach destinations, so has compiled a list of the best budget accommodation in New Zealand that will allow you to recharge without breaking the bank. Rain or shine, beach or bush, there’s something for everyone!

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.

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).

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 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 accommodation is excellent value for money, it’s even more affordable for small groups. We recommend that budget conscious travellers get 3 or 4 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 4-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.

Brattdal Chalet Lyford

Nestled amongst the hills in Lyford, Brattdal is a tranquil chalet that’s 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.


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