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Kiwi Experience Accommodation

Sleep easy with our recommended accommodation

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Hostels are the perfect accommodation option for backpackers travelling New Zealand. From classic backpackers to ultra modern, to quirky, or recommended hostels are well equipped and comfortable while being affordable and well positioned. We always look for a combo of great location, wifi, atmosphere and rating to ensure you’ll be sleeping easy and catching them zzzzs.

Kiwi Experience driver guides will take care of finding you a comfy and affordable bed that delivers good ol’ Kiwi hospitality as you travel around with us.

Accommodation is not included in your travel pass, but we reserve accommodation for you at every Kiwi Experience overnight stop on the first night; even in peak season when accommodation can be hard to come by. In the sweet spots such as Taupo and Franz Josef, we offer two nights guaranteed… and in the adrenaline capital, Queenstown even offer three. Across certain locations, you may also have the option to treat yo’self to an upgraded room.

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Check out our preferred accommodation suppliers below, and view our bus timetable for pick up times.

North Island

Paihia: Pipi Patch - the Winterless North

Auckland: Nomads Auckland - the City of Sails

Hot Water Beach: Hot Water Beach Holiday Park - dig your own spa pool

Waitomo: Kiwi Paka - Legendary Black Water Rafting and Glowworm Caves

Rotorua: Hot Rocks - with the option to upgrade to a Marae Stay at Tamaki Maori Village

Taupo: Base Taupo (Southbound), Urban Retreat (Northbound)

River Valley: River Valley Adventure Lodge – one of New Zealand's best kept secrets

Wellington: Base Wellington - New Zealand's capital city

South Island

Kaiteriteri: Kaiteri Lodge - the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park

Westport: Bazils Hostel & Surf School - those sweet as Westcoast vibes

Lake Mahinapua: The famous Mahinapua Hotel - over 25 years of history

Franz Josef: Rainforest Retreat - nestled amongst native bush, built to embrace the natural environment 

Wanaka: Base Wanaka - home to "That Wanaka Tree"

Queenstown: Nomads Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand

Invercargill: Tuatara Lodge -  New Zealand's most Southern and Western city

Dunedin: On Top Backpackers - the best student city in New Zealand

Lake Tekapo: Lakefront Lodge - night famous for delivering one of the clearest night skies in the world 

Christchurch: YMCA - the South Island's largest city

Kaikoura: Dusky Lodge - home of Dusky Dolphins and Sperm Whales

Glamping is available throughout the Kiwi Experience route at a variety of overnight stops. When on the bus, your Driver Guide will inform you of the locations and can book you into this on-bus exclusive option.
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