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When travelling in New Zealand on a family holiday you'll find there is an extensive range of excellent accommodation options to suit both your budget and your travel needs.
Family Friendly Motels
Motels are a very popular and practical choice for family itineraries as they offer the flexibility to self cater and spacious living area for end of day relaxation. They are generally a high standard and very affordable.
Key features of motel accommodation in New Zealand are:
* self catering facilities with a kitchen or kitchenette, including cook top, microwave, toaster etc.
* cooking utensils and dining ware
* complimentary tea and coffee, sugar, salt & pepper
* private bathroom with shower and toilet - towels provided
* Television, radio and heating
* studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom options
* on-site parking, usually free
* often outdoor facilities such as children's playground, BBQ, swimming pool
There are a number of high-quality motel chains in New Zealand - including Golden Chain and Bella Vista - ensuring a consistent level of friendly service and good, clean standard. Generally they are owner-operated and offer warm, friendly "Kiwi" hospitality.
Also look out for the Qualmark Quality Assurance mark - this shows that the motels meet Qualmark's quality standards and have been independently assessed on-site for facilities, professionalism and trustworthiness.
Family Friendly Apartments
Apartment accommodation suitable for family holidays is popular in more urban cities and resorts of New Zealand. Sometimes apartments are privately owned and rented out on a time-share basis, others are incorporated into a hotel-style complex.
You can self cater in the modern kitchen provided, generally in-room laundry facilities are included, separate lounge for socialising and bedrooms for peace and quiet. Typically studio, one and two bedroom options are available. A home away from home and especially ideal for multi-night stops so you can stock up with grocery provisions and settle in!
Prices vary depending on location and standard. Apartments are rarely found in small towns and villages, but usually there are motel options in these places. Sometimes special multi-night and seasonal rates are available, particularly during the quieter winter months - with the exception of course of ski resorts which have their high season during the New Zealand winter.
Hotels for Families
Even though hotel rooms more often cater for couples, most will add an extra bed for an accompanying child. This could be a rollaway or sofabed, made up with sheets and blankets. Generally the age limit is 12 years. Some hotels also offer interconnecting rooms which comfortably cater for 2 adults/2 children, but these need to be booked well in advance for availability.
If you are looking for a comprehensive hotel pass, then KiwiCombo Pass offers the choice of self catering motels and full service hotels, with accompanying rental car.
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