The New Zealand Backpackers category includes budget "shared" accommodation in a hostel, lodge, or "hotel". Most offer a mixture of dormitories, double, twin and single rooms. Some rooms may include linen, or offer linen hire.
Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) provide "home-like" or "character" accommodation; think a garden cottage, converted villa or a 'homestay' arrangement. Bed & Breakfast accommodation will always include breakfast.
At the top end of the price scale, Exclusive accommodation includes intimate, luxurious and highly individual establishments offering the finest locations, food and wine, facilities, activities and service.
Stay with a New Zealand family, in their home, with Farmstay and Homestay accommodation. Homestays are commonly located in urban areas, whereas farmstays let you experience real Kiwi life on a New Zealand farm!
Freedom camping in New Zealand means pitching a tent or parking a motorhome on public land, without paying. Visitors need to be careful where this is done, as many regions will fine campers staying in undesignated areas.
NZ Holiday Homes are rentable time-share and 'summer house' type accommodation. Typically self contained and un-serviced, holiday homes vary hugely in size and are often located near beaches, lakes and mountains.
A New Zealand Hotel is 'a property with at least one licensed bar and restaurant on the premises or adjacent, with charge-back facilities.' All rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities and on-site management at all times.
The New Zealand Motel category includes a wide range of accommodation - from budget to top end. New Zealand motels typically offer a 'unit' or room with a private bathroom and at least tea and coffee-making facilities.
The Self Contained Units category includes studio units and self contained holiday cottages. 'Self Contained' implies full kitchen and bathroom facilities and can comprise a studio or multi-bedroom layout.
Serviced Apartments range from exclusive luxury suites to affordable family-size accommodation. Serviced daily, apartment accommodation should include a full ensuite bathroom and full kitchen facilities.
A Department of Conservation (DOC) camp site in Momorangi Bay will receive $2.2 million from the Government towards an upgrade, according to Conservation Minister Nick Smith.
The upgrade process has already begun with progress being made on the campground cafe, toilets and water storage and treatment facilities. A new single-lane road bridge has also made access to the site safer for visitors.
Smith recognised the importance of camping in New Zealand and said that the Government is committed to improving 'the Kiwi camping experience.'
'We are building more campgrounds and enhancing facilities at existing campgrounds like Momorangi to ensure families for generations to come can enjoy the great outdoors.'
The grounds, located in Queen Charlotte Sound, have become a favourite for campers with around 24 000 people staying there annually.
The project is set to be complete by March 2015. The next stage of developments will begin at the end of the Summer season, with power to the site being put underground and major improvements being made to the roads. New facilities such as showers and a swimming platform are also in the works.
A Conservation project in the Bay, run by DOC and the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust with sponsorship from Kathmandu Ltd, coincides with these developments. The goal is to promote conservation activities to visiting campers by improving the local nature and landscapes that surround the area.
Smith said that this project showed a 'new direction' for DOC.
'We are putting as greater emphasis on recreation and ensuring New Zealanders can get out and enjoy the great outdoors at an affordable cost .'