Our Accommodation

Here is a list of the motels we stayed in and what it cost us.

Auckland

None, as we stayed with relatives.

Paihia

Outrigger Hotel

4 nights for 4 adults: NZ$880.00 or AU$692.90 booked via Hotels.com

Outrigger Motel

Outrigger Motel (image for Foursquare)

Outrigger Motel, Paihia

Kitchen corner of main room

Outrigger Motel, Paihia

Beds in main room

Outrigger Motel, Paihia

Second bedroom

Our TripAdvisor.com Review (Summary: Stay there)

Our Hotels.com Review — it seems they either take a very long time to approve a review, or don’t publish negative ones.

Whakatane

None, as we stayed with relatives.

Napier

At the Rocks Motor Lodge

1 night for 3 adults: NZ$149.00 or AU$117.52 booked via Hotels.com

At the Rocks

At the Rocks, Meeanee Quay

At the Rocks

At the Rocks parking

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Bedroom, At The Rocks Motor Lodge

Our TripAdvisor.com Review (Summary = Stay there)

Our Hotels.com Review:

Wellington

Silveroaks Hotel on Thorndon

3 nights for 3 adults: AU$180.69 prepaid via Hotels.com

SilverOaks on Thorndon

SilverOaks on Thorndon

Silveroaks on Thorndon

Stuffy and hot, Silveroaks on Thorndon, Wellington

Silveroaks on Thorndon

You still get shampoo in sachets

Silveroaks on Thorndon

Three people in the room but only two of everything except the mugs, which were not washed one day.

Our TripAdvisor.com Review (Summary = Cheap but avoid if possible)

Contrast the Expedia reviews of this hotel http://bit.ly/ff0zKe (100% positive) with those on TripAdvisor http://bit.ly/fWKO8z (93% negative).

Our Hotels.com Review

Hokitika

Beachside Motel

1 night for 3 adults: NZ$175.00 or AU$137.84 booked via Hotels.com

Beaside Motel

Well-equipped kitchen at the Beachside Motel

Beachside Motel

The living room has a fold-out bed and a divan.

Smaller bedroom

Smaller bedroom

Main bedroom sleeps three.

Main bedroom sleeps three.

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Our Hotels.com Review:

Queenstown

Earnslaw Lodge

2 nights for 3 adults: AU$262.70 prepaid via Hotels.com

Earnslaw Lodge

Our comfortable room at the Earnslaw Lodge, Queenstown

Earnslaw Lodge

View of Lake Wakatipu from the car park (or the more expensive rooms)

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Dunedin

Quality Hotel Cargills

2 nights for 3 adults: AU$195.85 prepaid via Hotels.com

Cramped room at Cargills

Cramped room at Cargills

Cramped bathroom at Cargills

Cramped bathroom at Cargills

Apart from being cramped, the bathroom door was hinged on the right, which means you could stub your toe on the rubber stopper on the floor as you sat down to do your business.

Our TripAdvisor.com Review (Summary = It’s OK)

Our Hotels.com Review

Christchurch

None, as we stayed with a friend.