Accommodations range from deluxe hotels to local inns and motels, with a variety of luxury lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, farm-stays, backpacker hostels and campgrounds. Because the people are so friendly, we highly recommend that you spend at least a few nights at a bed-and-breakfast or on a local farm. (You'll learn much more about the country by staying with a New Zealand family.) Read More ...
At Mount Cook, accommodations have become more abundant and include the Hermitage Hotel (one of the country's most famous hotels), the New Zealand Alpine Club's Unwin Hut, a campground and a youth hostel. Still, if you plan to overnight there, book ahead: Mount Cook Village is on virtually every tourist's itinerary.
If you are visiting the fjords, the nearby town of Te Anau has plenty of options, and it's an easy day trip to Milford Sound from there.
Backpacker hostels are popular, offering quirky, good-value accommodations everywhere from city centers to remote farmsteads. They are a great place to meet both Kiwis and visitors. The two main hostel networks have information leaflets at airports.
Because so many visitors now tour New Zealand by camper, campgrounds are often crowded in summer. Most campgrounds also offer cabins, which usually contain self-catering kitchens and baths and offer excellent value for money.
Department of Conservation campsites are often situated in remote and beautiful locations. They have few facilities and most operate on an honesty basis, although wardens do visit in peak season. DOC also operates basic, self-catering huts on hiking trails.< Show Less