The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in New Zealand

Where to Stay if You've Never Been to New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand Queenstown, New Zealand

If it's your first trip to New Zealand for the activities and sightseeing, then you're in for a treat. But the biggest question is often where to stay for a first time visitor to New Zealand. With so many amazing hotels to choose from, it can be tough to make a decision to make the most of your first trip here. That's where we come in! In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you find the best hotels for first-timers in New Zealand. After analyzing all of the hotels based on price, location, amenities, ratings, and more, we have come up with our list of the best hotels in New Zealand for first time visitors. We'll cover everything you need to know about these hotels, including the amenities, location, prices and ratings. So, whether you're traveling solo, with family, or as a couple on a romantic getaway, you'll find the perfect hotel if you've never visited New Zealand beofre. So check out these terrific hotels, many of which have sparkling swimming pools, delicious restaurants, and top-notch amenities, along with the perfect balance of comfort, location, and affordability. So, let's get to it and discover the best hotels in New Zealand for your first trip!

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Mercure Queenstown Resort

Queenstown, New Zealand
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $126 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers

Located at Sainsbury Road, Mercure Queenstown Resort has great rooms from $126 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a casino, and a restaurant. It has a terrific 8.10 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love a fitness center, scuba diving, snorkeling, a bar, and a kid-friendly buffet at this relaxing hotel. We love relaxing in a hot tub after a long day, and the one here is really nice.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Horse riding
  • Airport shuttle
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


The Hotel Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $64 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to New Zealand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Heated pool

A great place to stay is The Hotel Nelson which has nice rooms starting at $64. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, it also has a great guest rating of 8.80 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 40 Waimea Road. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers mountain views, rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and laundry services which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Having a kitchen in the room is a great way to make meals and save money, too. It's also less than the average price for first time trip hotels, so it's a great value.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Kitchen
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


The Spire Hotel

Queenstown, New Zealand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $399 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

We found The Spire Hotel to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $399. We loved that is has skiing, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 9.50 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at Church Lane. You'll also find parking, breakfast, hiking, mountain views, and child care which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. The restaurant serves delicious food, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle rental
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room


Gunyah Country Estate

Darfield, New Zealand
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $132 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

With terrific rooms from $132, Gunyah Country Estate, at Sleemans Road provides skiing, room service, a restaurant, a bar, and hiking. Its terrific guest rating is 9.00 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers mountain views, rooms with kitchens, child care, laundry services, and golf. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. We love the convenience of room service, and it's really nice here.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Kitchen
  • Horse riding
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room


Eichardt's Private Hotel

Queenstown, New Zealand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $1019 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to New Zealand
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Eichardt's Private Hotel has a great guest rating of 8.80 out of 10, and offers skiing, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. The great rooms here start at $1019 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at Marine Parade. Furthermore, it also offers breakfast, hiking, mountain views, rooms with kitchens, and rooms with kitchenettes, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. Being able to prepare food in the room is also very convenient.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Luxury


Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

Queenstown, New Zealand
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $244 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • Family-Friendly

The great guest rating of Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is 8.70 out of 10. This place has skiing, room service, a casino, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $244, and it's located at 8 Duke Street. We also love the a bar, parking, a kid-friendly buffet, mountain views, and child care which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Spa
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Bicycle rental
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments Formerly Alpine Resort Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand
4-star Resort with prices starting at $171 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in New Zealand
  • Family-Friendly
  • Heated pool

A cool place is Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments Formerly Alpine Resort Wanaka because it has great rooms that start at $171. It has an outdoor pool, skiing, a fitness center, outdoor tennis, and hiking, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.70 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at 150-154 Anderson Road. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love mountain views, rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and laundry services at this convenient hotel. Everyone loves a nice pool, and you won't be disappointed with this one.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Kitchen
  • Spa
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Fitness center
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Heritage Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $159 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • Family-Friendly

Heritage Queenstown offers an outdoor pool, skiing, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $159 (before taxes). It's located at 91 Fernhill Road and has earned a guest rating of 8.60/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and laundry services which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. The indoor pool at this hotel is very nice, and is a great place to unwind and relax on your trip.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Indoor pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground


Sherwood Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $103 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to New Zealand
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Family-Friendly

Located at 554 Frankton Road, Goldfield Heights, Sherwood Queenstown has great rooms from $103 (before taxes). It offers skiing, room service, a casino, a restaurant, and a bar. It has a terrific 8.50 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find hiking, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and laundry services which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. It's a great value, as the price is less than the average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Horse riding
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family-Friendly
  • Spa/Wellness
More Great Amenities
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


LKNZ Lodge

Ohakune, New Zealand
Hostel with prices starting at $64 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for first time trip hotels.

A great place to stay is LKNZ Lodge which has nice rooms starting at $64. Offering skiing, a restaurant, hiking, mountain views, and rooms with kitchenettes, it also has a great guest rating of 8.50 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at 1 Rata Street. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers golf, a hot tub, a game room, free parking, and a pool table. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Horse riding
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Hiking
  • Kitchenette
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


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How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in New Zealand?

New Zealand Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$111

After analyzing 764 first time trip hotels in New Zealand, we found the average first time trip hotel price to be a remarkably economical $111. Naturally, this destination has many fantastic first time trip accommodation options with a variety of prices. The price will vary by the hotel's amenities, available dates, and the general location. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in New Zealand.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $190
  • 4-star hotels: $116
  • 3-star hotels: $93
  • 2-star hotels: $54


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