"Aliens used to live here!" Ben often said as we made our way around New Zealand. And I understand where he is coming from. This is Lord of the Rings land and the South Island especially does look like Middle Earth...
. Campervans (my choice had we not had family to stay with for most of our trip. I had serious "Campervan Envy" while travelling the roads of NZ. It was quiet season, but still, the roads, lookouts and holiday parks were littered with them. All sizes, all colours of van and all demographics behind the wheel. Next time I visit - this will be my preferred mode of transport/accomodation. With "Freedom Camping" being so accessible - this is THE way to travel New Zealand.) .
. Motels - average price is about $160 per night, not including breakfast, wifi or anything aside from a little milk in the fridge for tea, so often way out of our budget.
. Hotels - for another time...
. Backpackers - lots of great ones! But often for the three of us, not much cheaper (and alot louder!) than the next option ..
. Holiday Parks - our preferred choice. Holiday parks in NZ are amazing. Not at all like a "trailer park", NZ holiday parks have an option for all travellers. Part motel, part camp ground, park hotel complex ... most properties are well well equipped with great facilities for kids with pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, laundry and BBQ facilities, sometimes restaurants and bars, free or cheap wifi ... and great rates.