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    Hi

    I am thinking of coming over for 3 - 4 weeks with my family to see what New Zealand is all about and hopefully for a few job interviews. Where are the cheapest places to stay. Has anyone any recommendations. I would like to stay in or near Hamilton and perhaps a week in Christchurch.

    There will be 2 adults and 2 kids
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    Lots of people seem to rate the Top 10 holiday parks ...

    Also, what sort of accomodation do you want? We found lots on Baches, Holiday Homes, Accommodation To Rent: NZ|Australia|Sth Pacific - have no idea how the prices compare though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zummerzet_lou View Post
    Lots of people seem to rate the Top 10 holiday parks ...
    Lou
    We thought the Top 10 parks were like Butlins, too organised and sparkly smiley 'come on campers let's all go and take part in things together.' Or not, in our case.

    Just put out a begging post on the forum, someone will have pity and take you in I'm sure
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    Hi
    We toured NI nov/dec 2005 & feb/mar 2008, 1st visit we used Top 10 several times, if you join (cost $20 in 05 last for 2yrs) you save 10% on all bookings, stayed in cabins and did our own thing, can't stand holiday camps so wasn't like Butlins for us!
    This year we used motels & private rentals. Private rentals booked either through tourist office or in answer to board out side..... great way to meet people, always very helpful in typical kiwi way!
    Average cost about $40 night, all properties we stayed in would have slept 4 or more.
    Didn't book anything in advance even though we spent hours trawling net before both visits! but finding good accom. never a problem.
    Sure you will enjoy!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbles View Post
    Didn't book anything in advance even though we spent hours trawling net before both visits! but finding good accom. never a problem.
    Sure you will enjoy!!
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    The Butlins comparison was meant to be a joke. Our experience was the same as Bubbles though. We didn't book anywhere either, just drove until we were just about where we wanted to be, looked for somewhere to stay along the way then decided how long we wanted to stay there. Half the fun is not knowing where you're going to end up that night and you actually end up finding much more interesting places to stay. Remember that not everyone has the budget for advertising but it doesn't mean they're crappy places to stay. You'll find loads of places off the beaten track and also by word of mouth.
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    I was kind of thinking along them lines of just coming and playing it by ear as I suppose you never know how you are going to like the area and may want to move on but if your booked for a week its costly. Thanks anyway

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    You can go online to the AA website and look up accommodations. After you arrive, you can pick up one of their books for free at the motel. If you're not traveling in the high season or coming into town during a big weekend, you'll probably have no problem finding lodging.

    In Hamiton, we stayed at the Ascot Motel. It's an older motor court, but clean & tidy. We had a little veranda with table & chairs overlooking a bit of lawn with a swing set for the kiddies. There's a pool, but it wasn't in use in Sept. The units have full kitchens, so you can save money on meals. The folks there are very nice. I believe they have some 2 bedroom units. Our 1 BR unit had a big living room with 2 twin beds and a couch. We stayed about 5 nights, and told them we didn't need housekeeping. At the end of our stay, they gave us a discount It wasn't the cheapest ($95NZ?), though it was better than most of the other motels like it ($110 and up).
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    Just checkout the AA website and found the map very useful in showing the various shops location. (click on the business tab to just list just the shops)
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    We are in a similar position, we( the family, 2adults and 3 children) are travelling to NZ in February. We want to explore etc.
    We were considering farmstay/ homestay accomodation to get a feel for real life, and hopefully an idea of how we would like to live.

    The AA site looks good, although I am worrired about not booking places to stay because of accomodating the 3 children.

    Good luck with your plans

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