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Accommodation in New Zealand

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Stay in our unique accommodation with local Kiwi hosts. Enjoy their stories and local tips, and share a drink and a meal together. A unique experience that you won't find anywhere else. Our special and extensive collection of accommodation includes:

Bed and breakfasts. Cottages. Eco-lodges. Farm-stays. Vineyards. Luxury lodges. Holiday houses. Villas. Glamping. Glass pods. Boutique-hotels. Tiny houses. And more. Whether you prefer a crisp and contemporary apartment by the beach or camping in a World Heritage Listed National Park, we have found it. Our accommodations are as unique as you are.

8 reasons why our accommodations in New Zealand are unique

1. We have found the best in New Zealand

We have travelled throughout New Zealand and carefully selected all of our accommodations. We have found the best quality, best price and best comfort. We have over 800 accommodations for you to stay in. All unique and special. And we frequently visit them to ensure quality and enhance how you will be hosted as one of our guests.

2. Our hosts make the difference

New Zealanders are world-renowned for their genuine hospitality. Our hosts will welcome you with open arms. They can’t wait to show you their part of the world. And they certainly love a good chat! Or don’t be surprised if they invite you to a barbecue - Kiwi-style! Our hosts are known for sharing their local tips and hidden gems. So, if you want to know where the best restaurant in the area is, ask them! They know their country like no other. And they’d love to share it with you.

Warm Kiwi hospitality | New Zealand holiday
Our hosts will treat you to warm Kiwi hospitality
Luxury accommodation with view | New Zealand holiday
We have found over 800 small-scale accommodations for you to stay in

"I love the small, personal and charming accommodations that end up making you feel like you are at home."

Tobias, Travel specialist

3. Special locations

Our accommodations are located in places you wouldn’t normally find yourselves. A place surrounded by New Zealand’s finest nature. Or next to a secluded beach with no one else in sight. Nestled beside an alpine lake. A funky inner suburb of New Zealand’s capital city. Wherever it may be, you will be able to experience the real and authentic New Zealand.

4. Away from mass tourism

While other tourists are on a cramped bus tour, staying in ‘typical’ hotels and motels. Passing by all the treasures of the country at a breaking speed, you’ll be staying in real accommodations with real people. A place away from the other tourists, away from the busyness. A place where you feel at home and can really connect with the locals.

5. A local experience

We have chosen our accommodation not based on the interior, but for the exclusive local experience, they will provide you. Stay on a local farm and let your hosts, Jim and Monique show you around their property. Learn how to shear a sheep or milk a cow. Sample fresh produce from their homegrown vegetable garden. A real local experience, that is uniquely yours.

Go glamping in Te Urewera Rainforest | New Zealand nature
Go glamping in the heart of the Te Urewera Rainforest
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Cosy accommodation | New Zealand holiday
Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean in Taranaki

"I like to stay in Kiwi holiday houses known as 'baches'. These are houses found in the most beautiful locations."

Michiel, Travel specialist

6. You don’t have to travel far

New Zealand isn’t a huge country, therefore, you can see a lot without having to travel too far. Our accommodations are located just a few hours from each other. And even though, you travel just a few hours, you will find a completely new landscape to explore. From snow-capped mountains, and moss-covered forests to golden beaches and quirky small towns. Endless picturesque scenery. And a backyard filled with local treasures.

7. Our local knowledge

Our travel experts are native New Zealanders, or have lived and travelled the country extensively. Therefore, with our local knowledge and unique small-scale stays, we can create a journey to New Zealand which is uniquely yours. Based on your wishes, desires and individual needs, we can match to accommodation that suits you the best. Whatever you want, whatever you need, we have found it.

Tiny house surrounded by nature | New Zealand nature
Stay in special locations, surrounded by nature
Unique accommodation | New Zealand holiday
We match our unique accommodations with your needs and wishes

8. Exclusive to TravelEssence

Most of our accommodations are exclusive to TravelEssence. You won’t find them anywhere else. And, definitely not during a search online. We work directly with locals and create unique experiences. Would you like to mix and match? Enjoy a range of accommodations during your journey. From luxury lodges, and quirky bed and breakfasts to beachside holiday homes and glamping under the stars. No place will be the same.

We would love to discuss with you further all the possibilities. Our accommodations are more than a comfortable bed and a clean bathroom. It is an experience, a place that connects you with the country and the locals.

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