Motels, motor inns and motor lodges in New Zealand cluster along main driving routes so they're generally easy to find.

You'll find that motel accommodation in New Zealand, compared to many other countries, is generally of a high standard. Look out for a Qualmark star rated property if you want to be guaranteed a quality stay. 

There are literally hundreds of motels scattered right throughout the country, so you'll rarely be limited for choice. In larger towns and cities you can often find a motel room on the fly, without having to worry about pre-booking.

Motel accommodation usually features a selection of studio, one or two bedroom units. Tea, coffee and sometimes cooking facilities are provided and most units have a television. Very affordable, motels are ideal for the more budget conscious traveller who appreciates the ease of a hotel stay.

Larger motels can be similar to hotels, often with a swimming pool, spa, sauna, laundry, and restaurant.