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Where to Stay - central otago accommodation 

Stay in a luxury lodge with gourmet meals and stunning vistas of snow-dusted mountain ranges, big skies and empty spaces. Or enjoy the comradeship that comes with sharing facilities and yarns with other travellers at a backpacker lodge. When it comes to booking accommodation for your travel to Central Otago, there is also plenty in-between – bed and breakfast, farmstay, homestay, self contained, holiday home, hotel, motel and holiday park. 

Central Otago’s commercial centres at Alexandra and Cromwell offer the most plentiful and widest variety of accommodation types. They have a particularly broad range of reasonably priced and higher-end motels and hotels; and budget holiday park and backpacker accommodation.

The small townships spread out across New Zealand's Central Otago have limited accommodation options and they can fill up quickly. Most have at least one hotel. Sometimes these will be restored, historic buildings. Most towns will also offer other Central Otago accommodation types, particularly self-contained and homestay.

Farmstays are likely to be in remote areas, possibly well away from towns. They offer a refuge and a glimpse into New Zealand farm life. Locally raised lamb or beef will almost certainly be on the menu, too.

The people of Central Otago are famous for their generous hospitality and this abounds at places of accommodation. Some accommodation is endorsed by the New Zealand tourism industry’s quality rating system, Qualmark. Others carry the region’s brand; A World of Difference.

Given the unique and historic nature of many of the region’s townships and buildings there is a good chance that wherever you stay, it will be a special, one-off experience.
Backpacker Accommodation Bed & Breakfast Holiday Homes
Backpacker accommodation
Central Otago backpackers offer budget ‘shared’ accommodation in a hostel, lodge, or ‘hotel’ where the emphasis is on active travelling experience and facilitating cultural and social interaction for like-minded guests. Facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and laundries are usually shared, although private and en-suite bathrooms are sometimes available. 
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bed & Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast’s in Central Otago provide ‘home-like’ or ‘character’ accommodation. There is an emphasis on the personal interaction between the guest and the host. Breakfast must be included in the tariff. The accommodation may offer meals but these will typically not be included in the nightly tariff. Guests will also have separate facilities to the hosts.
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Holiday Homes
Holiday homes are for single party bookings only. They are self contained, providing fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and may offer a range of added facilities such as TV, stereo, BBQ etc. There may be a variety of servicing options which are explained at the time of booking. Servicing may be daily, every two days or weekly.
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Holiday Parks Country Hotels Boutique Accommodation
Holiday Parks
Central Otago holiday parks offer camping grounds and motor camps usually with built or fixed accommodation such as cabins and tourist flats. All properties provide communal kitchens, toilets, showers and laundries as well as a variety of additional on-site facilities and services. Powered and non-powered sites are provided for tents and campervans.
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Country Hotels
In Central Otago there are many country hotels that provide accommodation and meals for visitors. They are smaller in scale than a standard hotel, often an historic building and will generally have separate dining room/s, lounge and/or public bars. Accommodation rooms may have an en-suite or a shared bathroom. Meal options can be anything from a-la-carte to bistro.
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Boutique accommodation
These properties are often an historic site or landmark. They generally have character and are small and intimate. Breakfast is usually included in the tariff. There is an emphasis on the personal interaction between the guest and the host. Lounge facilities are usually shared with the hosts and/or other guests. Bathrooms are usually en-suite, but may also be private or shared.
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Lodges Motels Serviced Apartments
Lodges
Lodges offer fine Central Otago accommodation and excellent cuisine in comfortable surroundings with the famed kiwi hospitality. Most offer specialist activities or facilities for guests only. Lodges may be purpose built or may utilise large older homes. Many are in more remote waterfront, lakefront, rural or alpine locations. The tariff generally includes breakfast and dinner and may include pre-dinner drinks.
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Motels
Motel units are self-contained providing at least tea and coffee-making facilities and a private or en-suite bathroom and are serviced daily. Often cooking facilities are provided. A studio has one room for both living and sleeping. Other units can have one or more separate bedrooms. All bedding and linens are provided. There is a responsible person constantly in charge on-site.
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Serviced Apartments
Apartments are totally self contained providing fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Central Otago apartments are typically serviced every two to three days. Access to the apartment will normally be via a communal or shared access way and guest parking may or may not be available on site.
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Cottages Farmstays Homestays
Cottages
A ‘cottage’ will often be an additional or spare building on a property that owners choose to make available for visitor accommodation. It is self-contained and provides full kitchen facilities, living space plus separate bedrooms. Bedrooms may have en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Linen may or may not be supplied. Servicing is generally by arrangement with the owner / manager.
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Farmstays
The Farmstay emphasis is on a Central Otago farm experience and must be on a working farm. Kitchen/cooking facilities are not usually provided. Lounge facilities are usually shared with the hosts and/or other guests. Bathrooms are usually en-suite, but may also be private or shared. Breakfast and evening meals are usually included in the tariff.
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Homestays
A Homestay has an emphasis on the personal interaction between the guest and the host. Lounge facilities are usually shared with the hosts and/or other guests. Bathrooms are usually en-suite, but may also be private or shared. Breakfast and evening meals will be shared with the host. The tariff will typically include breakfast and evening meal.
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Hotels Brand Users Qualmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hotels
The Hotel category includes properties with at least one licensed bar and restaurant on the premises or adjacent with charge-back facilities. There is on-site management at all times. All rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities and breakfast is available whether in a restaurant or breakfast room or via room service. Some hotels have conference and banqueting facilities.
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Brand Users
Businesses listed on this website who are approved users of the ‘Central Otago - A World of Difference’ brand are identified by the logo shown within their listing. Every one has agreed to support and enhance our regional values. They are proud to promote and invigorate our distinctive identity and stay true to the regional vision.
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Qualmark
Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All accommodation and tourism businesses that carry the Qualmark, means they've been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence. Qualmark has a star grading system for accommodation and a quality endorsement system for other tourism businesses.
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