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Two of the main sources of ideas relating to accommodation are the AA
guides and the Jason's Handbooks.

The AA guides provide an extensive outline of all types of accommodation
for all areas as well as local attractions.

Jason's Budget Accommodation gives information about cabins, tourist flats,
cheap motels, camping and caravan sites.  There is also Jason's Motels and
Motor lodges.  Some consider them more comprehensive than the AA book.

There are 2 or three backpackers guides available in NZ as well as YHA
guides.  Normally you only need to book up to a week ahead for backpackers.
However if you ar looking for double rooms or family type rooms in
backpackers, you best book earlier as those are quite scarce.

The Lonely Planet guide to NZ is quite good.  It gives you an idea of what
is available.

As a rule it pays to book accommodation (and transport) well in advance if
you plan on being here during the tourist season (November to March).
Booking is less important with Backpacker style accommodation.

Besides the specific facilities outlined below, there are numerous motels
and hotels of varying quality and price.  Motels provide facilities but no
food: you are expected to provide for yourselves.  They consequently tend
to be cheaper than hotels.  Cabins in motorcamps are usually the next step
'down' from motels.

A couple of hotel prices (these are likely to be out of date!):
Quality Hotel  $100+/room/night
Flag Hotels  $100+/room/night
'non-chain' motels/hotels  $45-80/room/night

For general info on accommodation try:
 http://www.NetTravel.co.nz
or
 http://nz.com/nzint
and take a link off the 'Web Sites of Interest - Links' page to 'Superior
B&B Accommodation in NZ'.

A rather complete list of Bed & Breakfast facilities for all of NZ can be
found at:
 http://www.kiwihome.com/stay/B-B/   [ is that B-B or B+B??? ]

Department of Conservation huts in National Parks have variable facilities,
with charges reflecting this; a few simple shelters are free, the more
comfortable huts (gas stoves, mattresses) are $15/night.

You can always bring a tent...

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B5.2.1  Youth Hostel Association

There are about 50 YHA hostels spread throughout NZ.  YHA are a few dollars
more per night than Backpackers.  The YHA is now on at:
 http://yarrow.wt.com.au/~tourist/nz/yhanz/yhanz.htm

As an indication, This info from Judy Shorten:
"The Auckland Youth Hostel, called City Hostel is excellent.  Twin bed
rooms, small shop and dining facilities on the premises, tourism
information available, etc.  It is approx. $18 per night, and you can also
buy a 20/230 card which allows you to stay 20 days in any YHA around New
Zealand for $230.  You also can request the bus from the Airport to drop
you off right at the door.  There is another YHA in Parnell, a couple of
miles out of the central city area."

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B5.2.2  Backpackers

There are six different booklets on backpackers accommodation to NZ.  It is
advised to get the backpackers you are at to 'forward book' you to the next
place.  Most of them are happy to do it without payment for the service.
The number of groups catering for backpackers is expanding rapidly with
nice new accommodation being built (at least in Christchurch!).  In
Auckland there are also a couple of backpackers advisory centres.

Prices are normally $8-20/night for a room.

Backpacker accommodation in Chch:
 Dreamland           03-3663519  21/23 Packe St
 Foley Towers        03-3669720  208 Kilmore St
 Stonehurst Hotel    03-3794620  241 Gloucester St
 Pavlova Backpackers 03-3665158  50 Cathedral Square
 Charlie Browns      03-3798429  268 Madras St

Backpacker accommodation in Auckland:
 Parkside Backpackers Inn     09-3098999  189 Park Road, Grafton
 Aotea Backpackers Hostel     09-3033350  295 Queen Street,  Central
 Kiwi Hilton Backpackers      09-3583999  430 Queen Street, Central
 Auckland Central Backpackers 09-3584877, fax 09-3584872
    cnr Fort Street & Jean Batten Place, Central
 Central City Backpackers     09-3585685, fax 09-3584716
    26 Lorne Street, Central

Here are the details of who published guides:

NZ's VIP Hostel Network
admin: Backpackers Resorts of NZ Ltd
Box 991, Taupo, NZ
Phone/fax: (07) 377 1157

Budget Backpackers Hostels NZ Ltd
Mark Dumble: 99 Titiraupenga St, Taupo, NZ
Phone/fax: (07) 377 1568
Eric Foley: 208 Kilmore St, Christchurch, NZ
Phone/fax: (03) 379 3014

YHA (Youth Hostel Association) NZ
PO Box 436, Christchurch, NZ
Phone: (03) 379 9970
Fax: (03) 365-4476
* you can get the info from your nearest youth hostel.

NZ Backpacker Hostels Association Ltd
PO BOX 5475, Auckland, NZ

Backpackers Accommodation Down-Under
PO Box 4446, Auckland, NZ
Phone: (09) 303 4482
Fax: (09) 443 8004

ATA (Accommodation Travel Activities)
PO Box 8, Kaikoura, NZ
Phone or fax:(03) 319 5916
             (03) 319 5359 (business hours only)

The main NZ site, 'the "blue" book', appears to be:
 http://www.backpack.co.nz/
It covers quite a lot of the backpackers in NZ but not all.

There is an internet resource called The Internet Guide to Hostelling
which, among other things, contains a list of hostels in New Zealand.  It
is available via WWW, Gopher, FTP, and Email.  The WWW URL is:
 http://hostels.com/rec-travel/hostels/

Try also:
 http://www.hostels.com/hostels/au.nz.html

For information on how to access the guide in other ways send email to:
 info@hostels.com.

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