Wellington Hotels and Accommodation

(Wellington, North Island, New Zealand NZ)

Beachfront viewIn general, hotels in Wellington are noticeably more expensive than in other parts of the North Island, although it should be said that the overall standard of accommodation is certainly high. There is a large selection of central lodging in the heart of Wellington, although do be aware that inner-city parking is problematic at the best of times.

Budget accommodation is available in Wellington if you are prepared to look for it. Multi-storey youth hostels and small guest houses tend to provide the best value, while some very reasonably priced hotels reside on Brougham Street, Courtenay Place and Mount Victoria. Motels are spread all around the city of Wellington and there are no actual motel strips as such, as with other New Zealand cities.

Picture of central guest house

Where to Stay

Some of the cheapest accommodation in Wellington features shared bathrooms or smaller rooms at the top of the hotel, although there are plenty of hotels with en suite bathrooms and good views of the city, which only cost a fraction more and are still quite affordable.

Mid-range hotels are in good supply all over the city, with a number of charming B&Bs being located within converted heritage homes. Popular accommodation in Wellington is to be found along Victoria Street, and within the Thorndon and Aro Valley districts.

Also of note are the hotels lining Cable Street, Grey Street and Willis Street. The Holiday Inn Wellington Hotel is a reliable choice and stands on Featherstone Street, where it boasts harbour views and is conveniently near to Lambton Quay. For a spot of luxury accommodation, look to the five-star Duxton Hotel on Wakefield Street, which stands just across from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on Cable Street.

Wellington is very much a busy destination and as such, lodging rates drop significantly for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays, to encourage tourism.