Well-known for their hospitality, the best place to really
get to know New Zealanders is in their own home. This
immersion is possible if you stay at any of the bed and
breakfasts that are located virtually in every city and
Accommodations such as bed and breakfasts in New Zealand are
often in family homes, although there are some that have an
annex or cottage available just outside the actual house.
Facilities such as bathrooms in bed and breakfast
accommodations can be shared or private, depending on the
Guests of bed and breakfast may share meals which are
home-cooked with their host. The cost of breakfast is
usually covered in the tariff, but dinner may also be
included by special arrangement at an added cost.
New Zealand guest house accommodations are often in a
renovated older building. It is important to take note that
breakfast is not always included in the guest house room
rate and it would be good to make this point clear from the
Country and farm stays offer travelers the chance to
really experience rural life.
The range of New Zealand bed and breakfasts is wide and
varied with different levels of cost suited to your budget.
There is of course the typical bed and breakfast
accommodation wherein guests can stay in the owner’s private
home but are given their own separate bathrooms and lounge.
There are usually 2 to 4 rooms available.
There are bed and breakfast hotels that are usually located
in larger properties and may even have some features of your
typical hotel, only the atmosphere is cozier.
Bed and Breakfast Inns are housed in even larger buildings
and usually have up to four or more rooms (bathrooms are
ensuite) and there are more facilities and features
available and hospitality is more personal.
Bed and Breakfast accommodations in boutiques, hotels, and
lodges come in every shape and size and give more in terms
of panache, décor, ambience.
Generally luxury accommodation with superb facilities, a bar
available, and full dining facilities in a beautiful natural
Farmstays and Homestays usually accommodate guests in their
own private farms or homes. Guests share and enjoy the
features of the owner’s home. These types of accommodations
usually have 1-2 rooms for guests.
For a chance to enjoy life in the country, country homes are
the best choice. Bathrooms here are usually ensuite and
other features and facilities are made available to guests.
Hospitality in this type of b and b is usually very
Historic Homes have an elegant charm to it not found in the
other types of bed and breakfast accommodations. The
historical value of the architecture is also something not
to be missed, especially when visiting New Zealand for the
Self-contained cottages can be found on farms or on the
premises of the bed and breakfast. Apartments, studios,
standalone cottages are usually available in more urban
parts of the country. You can still opt for breakfast being
provided you or you can forego it.