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Favorite B & B's in NZ?

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1. Posted by janmcn (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

janmcn has indicated that this thread is about New Zealand

Am plannning a trip to NZ for Jan-Feb 2007 and would like to do Farmstays, B & B's, etc. Would love input from folks as to their most memorable ones...not luxury class. ($100-150 NZD/night)

Any other accommodations that deserve our consideration would be fine, too. We'll be 3 weeks...1 week N. Island, 2 weeks South.

2. Posted by hitesh_g (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I can tell from our personal stay experience:

In Punakaiki - Te Puna Bush Haven was awesome - we had the whole house to ourselves - including kitchen facility, laundary etc. Strongly recommend - only minutes from pancake rocks and next to Truman track.

We spent a night in Lake Tekapo - we stayed at HighView Apartments. The owner lived in the lower-floor, and we had the whole upper floor, with Kitchen, 2 bedrooms, washer/dryer, fireplace. And 2-3 balconies, with great view of the lake and the mountains. Also the view from the living room's huge glass window is beautiful.

In Haast, we stayed at the 'world heritage' hotel - it was ok, but I may not stay there again next time I visit that area.

Other places we stayed in hotel chains, mostly BestWestern.

You may message me if you need any other details, for either Island.
My personal recommendation for activities:
Zorb in Rotorua and glacier-hike in Franz/Fox glaciers. And ya - visit to Milford sound - which we could not do :-(

Happy travel planning !

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 612 posts) 10y

Hi Jan,
If you find yourself in the middle of the North Island, at Waitomo, I can recommend Te Tiro Cabins (
They are a 5km drive up the hill out of town, but such an unusual and pleasant surprise for us that we went back specifically on our way south again.