10 Unique Places to Stay in New Zealand for International Students

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wanting to get away and stay somewhere different for a weekend? Here’s 10 places that we think international students will love to stay across New Zealand’s two islands.


North Island


Kandiah Alpacas & Farmstay – Waipu
Fancy a getaway to a wing of an eco-friendly solar powered house? This experience includes accommodation for two, and access to a farm with over 28 alpacas and the alpaca farm experience at no extra cost. For an extra $30 you can have a relaxing dinner with your hosts Mark and Pav that will have a Sri Lankan or European flavour, which reflects Pav's background. A unique and Kiwi experience! Accommodation costs are $120 per night for two nights or more.


Woodlyn Park - Otorohanga
You can choose one of four unique places to stay at this specially-designed accommodation area just two minutes from Waitomo Glow Worm caves. Stay at the Hobbit motels, the Waitanic Ship, the Bristol Freightor plane or the Waitanic Express train. Costs range from $180-$255, depending on the accommodation you want to stay in.


Rimu Park Mountain Lodge Carriages - Ohakune
Visit the lodge and stay at two converted rail carriages that were originally built in the 1940’s. These carriages have a mixture of modern conveniences (such as heat pumps, TV’s, and separate toilet and shower room) mixed in with the old Kauri timber roof, original flip seats at the dining table and original single seats the train guards used to use. The rail carriage costs between $210-$230 per night.


The Lighthouse/The Keep – Wellington
Located on the South Coast of New Zealand’s capital city, these two buildings stand out among the plain houses built around the area. The Lighthouse is a three-storey house built to resemble a lighthouse, located in Island Bay. There is a kitchen and bathroom on the first floor, bedroom on the second and a sitting room with stunning view instead of a light on the third. The Keep is closer to the airport, located in Houghton Bay and built from stone. It has a lounge/kitchen on one level, a bedroom with ensuite on the next and a hatch that opens to the roof for views. Both houses can be rented from $170-$230 per night.


South Island


Jailhouse Accommodation - Christchurch
If you are looking for the best budget accommodation and don’t mind having shared common areas (bathrooms, kitchen, lounge/living areas) then this modernised jail is the place to stay. The prison was originally built in 1874, closed in 1999 and was renovated in 2006 when it was bought by local couple Kristy and Grant. Standard rooms will cost anywhere from $29-$80 per night. The only time you’ll want to stay in a jail!


SiloStay – Little River
These old cylindrical silos, made from steel, once housed grain. Now, they have been converted into eco apartments, with nine different silos to choose from! Each silo has a kitchen and living area on the ground floor, before a winding steel staircase to the second floor leads you to a bedroom, bathroom and balcony. A hatch at the top of the silo is opened in summer for passive cooling, while in the winter the wool-insulated walls keep travellers warm. Book now and stay for $200-$230 per night.


The Boot - Nelson

A bed & breakfast location that has been described as something out of a fairy-tale, and appears to be based on ‘the old woman who lived in a shoe’, The Boot is a curious place to stay. Downstairs is the lounge, fireplace, kitchenette and spacious bathroom. Up the spiral stairs is the queen bedroom and balcony. Stay a night at this secluded, unique and special place for $265.


Wacky Stays - Kaikoura
This place offers six different accommodation options, all of them unusual, including; a colonial wagon, house truck, yurt, teepee tent, train carriage and two-bedroom farmer’s cottage. You will also share this property with over 30 different farm animals, from alpaca to chickens. Guests can explore the surrounding area using the bicycles provided and its four kilometres to town. Stay the night for $138-$170.


The Stone Temple - Cromwell
What was once a church has been converted into a luxury two-bedroom, two-bathroom holiday house, standing next to Lake Dunstan. This 140-year-old Gothic structure still has its stained glass windows, bell tower and can be rented for $650 per night (it sleeps up to four people).


Tiny House Retreat – Kaiteriteri Beach
For anyone that has wanted to stay in a tiny house, this is a great place to start! With a minimum weekend stay for around $186 per night, this is a rustic wood cabin that is well suited to two-four people, with two loft bedrooms. A mere two-minute drive away is the Kaiteriteri township and from there you can also get to Golden Bay or Abel Tasman National Park for a day trip.


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Even if we need to step in one day to help you resolve a dispute, we want you to enjoy studying and living in our amazing country as much as we do. To that end, we’ve created this content so that you may continue to explore and experience the best New Zealand can offer.