If you're a single traveller visiting Marlborough for business or for pleasure, or if you've brought your family and want to enjoy the numerous tourist activities in the region, Marlborough has a wide selection of places to stay that will suit any individual budget and comfort requirements. To help you choose the best option for you, we've detailed below what you can expect from the different accommodation types.

Serviced apartments are completely self-contained providing fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. They are typically serviced every two to three days or as otherwise arranged - more frequent servicing may incur additional costs.

Backpacker Hostels & Lodges
Budget, shared backpacker accommodation, where the emphasis is on the active travelling experience, will usually offer a mixture of dormitories, double, twin and single rooms. Facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and laundries are often shared.

Bed & Breakfasts, Homestays & Farmstays
Accommodation with an emphasis on personal interaction between the guest and the host. Cooking facilities are not usually provided. Breakfasts are a feature and are usually part of an all-inclusive tariff. Other meals may be provided on request. At a homestay guests commonly stay in the hosts home, while Bed & breakfasts often have separate quest lodging. At a farmstay, the emphasis is on the farm "experience" and must be situated on a working farm.

Holiday Homes & Cottages (Baches)
Holiday homes and cottages, commonly called a 'bach' are suitable for family or group bookings. They are self-contained, providing fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and may offer a range of added facilities such as TV, stereo, DVD, BBQ, etc., with a variety of servicing options.

Holiday Parks (Camp Grounds)
Holiday parks, also known as camping grounds and motor camps, often offer cabins and self-contained units as well as tent sites and campervan (motor-home or RV) with access to power. All properties provide communal kitchens, toilets, showers and laundries in addition to a variety of additional features. Some parks also offer on-site caravans which may have cooking facilities, but usually no bedding.

A hotel will feature a licensed restaurant and bar, charge back facilities and on-site management at all times. All rooms will have tea and coffee-making facilities and breakfast is provided whether in a restaurant or breakfast room, or via room service.

Lodges & Resorts
Catering to the more discerning tourist, boutique or "character" lodges and resorts offer fine accommodation and excellent cuisine in comfortable surroundings. Many offer additional specialist activities like personalised fishing tours, wine tours, etc. Some lodges in more remote locations have full liquor licences and the tariff may include pre-dinner drinks and canapés, breakfast and dinner.

Motels (Motor Lodges)
Motelsare also know as Motor Lodges in new Zealand. Room or units are serviced daily or as otherwise agreed with the guest. They are self-contained providing at least tea and coffee-making facilities and a private or ensuite bathroom.
It's a Fact...
The Kaikoura coast is host to a number of species of whales and dolphins, including migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. But the undisputed prince among them is the giant Sperm Whale. The Sperm Whale is the largest of all toothed whales and is believed to be the largest toothed animal to ever inhabit Earth, measuring up to 18m long.
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