When travelling for longer periods or with an extended, selecting the right accommodation is crucial. A lost of travellers prefer the independence of self-contained Holiday Apartments – this means that they can prepare their own meals and eat when they feel like it. This blog will go into detail about what holiday apartment accommodation New Zealand has to offer. So what facilities are included and where are the best locations? Also you will find out how to research and how to book. If you like, delve deeper and read more on other types of accommodation options in New Zealand. So let’s being:
Holiday Apartment Accommodation New Zealand Options
First of all, as a traveller you will get a wide variety of accommodation in New Zealand. Many of us like to stay in different types of properties. This means upmarket B & B’s, luxury boutique lodges, vineyard cottages, hotels and of course apartments. The good think thing about apartments & cottages, is that they are self-contained – allowing you being full independence. With these apartments, you will get spectacular views – all within a central location. Of course, like anything, there is a downside to apartment accommodation. If you choose a large apartment complex, the noise level maybe an issue. As we all know, some of these properties have walls that are ‘paper thin’. Remember, in New Zealand, we often build with wooden frames! Waking up to the most spectacular harbour views is a luxury for many travellers. This apartment had views galore and was a good distance from the main road.
Cottage Accommodation in New Zealand
The cool part with country style cottages is that they are often private and totally secluded. A great example is The Old School House at Kina Beach (see photo below). You will be surrounded by vine grapes in a tranquil environment. Kitchen facilities are pretty much standard in cottages and include the basics – a micro wave oven, eating utensils and a pot or two. With cottages, you most probably will not be near shops or restaurants – not within walking distance anyway. Honeymooners just want to whip up a simple meal or platter and enjoy the intimacy. Read more on how to plan the perfect honeymoon.
Classic Apartment style in major cities
If you are staying in major cities such as Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, your cottage options will be limited. City apartments are usually ‘investment properties’, which are either run by major hotel chains or privately owned through online platforms such as AirBB or Booking.com. Most probably, you will not meet the actual hosts. Instead, you will be given a ‘electronic key code’ to self-check-in. With hotel apartments, you may get a reception area to check-in. In a city such as Auckland, what could be nicer than having an inner-city apartment overlooking the harbour. This is a very central location and that means you can walk everywhere to see local sights, restaurants and the nearby ferry terminal.
Luxury Retreats with stunning views and locations
Another level up, are luxury retreats. These retreats are generally larger with 4-5 bedrooms, a full kitchen and multiple bathrooms. The outdoor living areas are gorgeous! In fact these luxury apartments almost always have stunning sea views or valley views. They are a great option for extended families over a longer period of time. Of course, their prices are higher, but when you gather a group of 6-8 persons, it becomes very much value for money. Stand-alone luxury retreats provide very attractive stay-in options – you simply can’t go wrong if you have a separate gourmet kitchen. What could be nicer than having access to sophisticated equipment such as a coffee and bread-making machine. You’ll also get a great choice of top quality pots, pans china and cutlery. And let’s not forget how convenient it is to have a wall-mounted oven with a full gas hob.
New Zealand Accommodation – what does “self-contained” really mean?
Well, for most of us, “self-contained” means being about to sleep in to whatever hour you want. It also means not having to come down to breakfast with ‘bed hair’ or having to converse with other travellers while you are having breakfast. A quiet breakfast with just the one you love is a very gentle way of starting a new and exciting day of travel!
What locations are the best and how to select?
The answer to this question depends on your interests and the amount of time you have available I generally recommend that you stay longer in each location to appreciate the region you are visiting. New Zealand is such a diverse country with many changing landscapes – therefore, mix and matching your accommodation is such a great idea. So if you are staying say 1-2 nights in central Auckland, a hotel or apartment will probably work best for you. If you are on a honeymoon and crave privacy, a vineyard cottage for three nights will be perfect! So, before booking any accommodation, first, select your locations carefully. See handy travel hints for New Zealand.
How to decide and book apartment or cottage accommodation
Now, after carefully choosing your locations, let’s talk about selecting the right accommodation. We all know websites can be misleading. The photos are are lovely and the site seems perfect. But no one is going to tell you about the heavy truck traffic going pass your bedroom window or the paper-thin walls! There are many online reservation platforms around, such as AirBB, Booking.com and so on. Obviously all the reviews and recommendations you are reading online will provide some sort of indication, but will these review really guarantee that ‘5-star’ experience you are looking for? I strongly suggest that you get in touch with a respected local accommodation service or even the hosts directly. By talking to a real person, you will get a pretty idea of what you are dealing with. It is such a good idea to simply pick up the phone and have a chat to someone. In the age of Whatsapp and Skype, it will cost you nothing to do this simple piece of research! Click & book is easy, but you will not always get what you bargain on. Read more on why to use a local agent.
Summary on Holiday Apartment accommodation New Zealand
1. Consider what locations you want to stay in and and why? 2. How much time to you want to stay at each place? and 3. What is the best accommodation type for this location and length of stay? The rest on your accommodation research will really flow from these simple 3 key points. View on how to plan your perfect holiday.
When selecting apartment style accommodation in cities, be aware that not everyone show consideration to their neighbour. The last thing you want is having to deal with constant door slamming. And no one wants to cope with having to listen to late-night drunken conversations on the balcony next door. If you are sensitive to noise, then you might want to consider staying in a standalone cottage, retreat or villa.
Spice up your stay and experience a variety of accommodation options while travelling New Zealand. Make sure you have some contact with ‘locals’ and experience life through their eyes. So, you might finish up a night of two in an inner city apartment, then two or three nights at a vineyard cottage and then a few nights at some local B&Bs or boutique lodge. There are some really ‘cool places’ to stay in New Zealand – sample PurePods – so make the most of it while in NZ!
Happy travelling throughout New Zealand!