Bangkok: Bhiman Inn (55 Phra Sumen Road, Banglampu, Bangkok 10200, Thailand)
Private – 1,080 THB (£23)
7/10 – Lovely hotel in a good location (5 minutes walk from Khao San Road). Warm pool, cheap and nice food. Our only downside is that there was a limited social atmosphere as it was a hotel not a hostel.
Bangkok: Baan Nampetch (402/2 Soi Watt Treehodsathep, Phrachatipatai Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok, Thailand)
Semi Private – 720 THB (£17)
8/10 – Good location within 10 minutes walking of Khao San Road, however it is down a few alleyways. The hostel has directions in Thai for you to show Tuk Tuks and Taxi drivers which is a nice touch. The room is clean, with AC and fan but has only shared bathrooms (very clean). The hotel focuses on a quiet environment and is highly secure.
Chiang Mai: Deejai Backpackers (193/1-2 Ratchamunka Rd., Phasing)
Private – 550 THB (£12)
6/10 – Good location within walking distance of most places. The hostel was ok, however the bathroom smelt of stale water a lot of the time and could have done with a clean. There was a social area, but it wasn’t very busy and didn’t have a buzzing atmosphere. A number of activities and buses could be booked through reception which was good.
Pai: Purple Monkey Backpackers (294 Moo. 8 Vieng Pai, Pai, Thailand)
Private – 350 THB (£8)
7/10 – Good location within walking distance of the main area. The hut was plain and simple but clean. The mattress was on the floor with a mosquito net and a fan. It was quite hot even in rainy season, therefore would upgrade to AC during dry season. A reasonable social area with a bar and pool table, a lively atmosphere in the town at night. Ability to park a motorbike – a bonus when in Pai!
Koh Tao: Crystal Dive Resort Hotel (7/1 Moo 2, Koh Tao, 84360, Thailand)
Private – 600 THB (£13)
8/10 – We got this accommodation for free as Duncan is learning to dive with Crystal Dives. A nice room, with fan and bathroom. Can get quite hot even in rainy season, therefore would upgrade to AC during dry season. We had a number of ants in the bathroom, however they appeared to only be going along our wall and ignoring us. The room is clean and the location is perfect – right by the beach and 5 minutes walk from the pier.
Ban Huaysay: Oudomphone Hotel 2 (Ban Huaysay Neua, City Center, Bokeo, Laos)
Private – 150,000 LAK (£14)
7/10 – The hotel was nice, decent for a border hotel. There were a few restaurants and bars around – not worth a long stop but a good overnighter. A room in our group found bed bugs, however we thought the hotel was clean and well presented.
Luang Prabang: Chansavang Guesthouse (Sisouphanh Road, Ban Aham, Luang Prabang)
Private – 200,000 LAK (£18)
6/10 – The rooms were small but clean. The hotel was nice and in a good location, however nothing special. The was no social area as it was a hotel.
Vang Ving: Seng Aloun Guesthouse (Savang Village, Vang Vieng District, Vientiane Province, Laos)
Private – 200,000 LAK (£18)
8/10 – The rooms were huge, a number of our group had three in a double room. The hotel was clean and next to a number of street stalls selling bacon sandwiches in the ‘hung over’ mornings.
Vientiane: Mixay Paradise Guesthouse (02 Unit 01 Frangcois Ngin Rd, Mixay Village, Chanthaboury District, Vientiane Capital, Laos)
Private – 150,000 LAK (£15)
7/10 – Location was good, walking distance from the market and main area. The rooms were clean and quite. However the hotel was covered in posters telling you what not to do, it was very off-putting and unfriendly.
Kong Lor: Spring River Resort (Ban Tiew Village (Near Konglor Cave), Khounkham District, Khammouan Province, Laos)
Private – 240,000 LAK (£24)
Semi-Private – 120,000 LAK (£12)
5/10 – Our first night we stayed in the ‘riverside room’. The room was huge, and the hut was made from beautiful bamboo. However, the fan in this room was awful and therefore it was boiling overnight. Theses room had private bathrooms.
8/10 – Our second night we moved to the ‘garden rooms’ which were a ‘downgrade’ however the fans worked perfectly. The staff were wonderful and the restaurant serves gorgeous food in large portions. The location is pretty ‘off the beaten track’ but there is a stunning fresh water river and free renting of kayaks. These rooms had shared bathrooms which were cleaned daily.
Thakek: Mekong Hotel (Setthathilath Street, Thakhek 1200, Laos)
Private – 140,000 LAK (£14)
5/10 – Good location for Thakek, but Thakek would not be somewhere we would recommend. Ok hotel for a night – clean enough but not for a long stay. Big rooms but noisy comes in from the street.
Xe Champhone: Phonethavy Guesthouse (unknown)
Private – 150,000 LAK (£15)
Unfortunately I cannot remember this place and it does not appear to have any online presence.
Private – 80,000 LAK (£8)
6/10 – Suitable hotel, clean enough for one night however would not recommend a long stay.
Don Det: Lebijou Guesthouse (Don Det 01000, Laos)
Private – 180,000 LAK (£18)
8/10 – Good location, right by the ferry point and close to a number of bars, bike hires and a pool. The rooms were spacious, clean, and quiet minus people walking directly outside. A decent budget hotel.
Siem Reap: Sakura Village Guesthouse (House 0455, Group 15, Phum Wat Bo, Khum Salakamroeuk, Siem Reap District, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia)
Private – 90,500 KHR / 22 USD (£18)
9/10 – Lovely hotel only 10 minutes walk from Pub Street and the night market. The staff were very friendly, and the rooms were wonderful. Would stay there again.
Sihanoukville: Sakal Guesthouse (Serendipity Rd, Ochheuteal, Sihanoukville)
Private – 80,000 KHR / 19 USD (£15)
9/10 – Good hotel right by the main beach and in the city centre. The showers were very hot and the rooms were massive with a balcony (though the view was a wall).
Sihanoukville: Otres Orchid Beach Report (Otres Road, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia)
Private – 80,200 KHR / 19 USD (£15)
9/10 – Wonderful little bamboo hut right off Otres Beach. It is a bit far from the city centre (15 minute tuk tuk) but on Otres Beach (the best beach in Sihanoukville – better that the city centre). The hut was very warm even in rainy season due to the mosquito net and fan combo. Therefore we would recommend upgrading to AC in dry season. The bamboo hut gave great protection, even in the pouring rain.
Sihanoukville: Monkey Republic (Monkey Republic, Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville, Cambodia)
Dorm – 18,700 KHR / 4.5 USD (£3)
9/10 – Great hostel with a good atmosphere, downstairs is a bar with pool table etc, upstairs has a more relaxed vibe. Dorms were clean and quiet, and the bathroom was clean. The hotel restaurant serves great food for a good price, including some western treasures like PG Tips and Chip Butties!
Koh Rong: Happy Elephant Guesthouse (Koh Toch Village, Koh Rong Commune, Koh Rong Island)
Private – 75500 KHR / 18 USD (£15)
8/10 – Good clean hotel, about 5 minutes walk from the main bars and beach. Staff were very friendly. The hotel is up a steep hill but manageable – only 10 minute walk from pier (with heavy bags). The bar has a nice atmosphere but can be heard in all the rooms, this closed at midnight. Compared to a number of places in Koh Rong this is good hostel.
Kampot: NYNY Hotel (1 Ousaphea Village, Kampong Kandal Commune, Kampot, Cambodia)
Private – 90,600 KHR / 22 USD (£18)
8/10 – Nice clean hotel in a decent locations for Kampot. Not much atmosphere as it was a hotel and therefore very quiet. for travellers, we would recommend staying at either the Monkey Republic (due to our visit in Sihanoukville) or The Magic Sponge as we went here for dinner and spent a long time talking to the manager. Very friendly and helpful, from the US. He mentioned the rooms had hot showers, free beer, and sky TV for around $6 a night.
Koh Tunsay: Yeay Meng Bungalows (Rabbit Island, Koh Tunsay, Cambodia)
Private – 41000 KHR / 10 USD (£8)
7/10 – A bamboo hut on the beach. The island is ‘off the beaten track’ and only has electricity for a few hours a day therefore the room was basic. There was only a bucket shower, but they did have western toilets. The room was clean enough, but not fantastic. We did have an ant invasion which unfortunately got into our backpacks, however the staff were wonderful and moved us straight away. Location is very hard to find and has a ten minute bush walk across the forest of the island.
Phnom Penh: Fancy Guesthouse (169B Chan Reachea (St. 15), Phnom Penh 12205)
Private – 74000 / 18 USD (£15)
7/10 – Clean and decent hotel, not too noisy. The hotel room we stayed in had no windows (however this seem common in Cambodia/Vietnam) but something to be aware of. Location is good, within walking distance of most places.
Ho Chi Minh City: Madame Cuc 127 (127 D Cong Quynh | Pham Ngu Lao Area, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam)
Private – 521,300 VND (£19)
8/10 – Nice and clean hotel. The room was small but suitable – however it had no windows. Central location and friendly staff.
Dalat: Thoi Dai Hotel (138 Phan Dinh Phung – P.2 – Tp.Da Lat, Vietnam)
Private – 350,000 VND (£12)
7/10 – Nice spacious rooms. Unfortunately we had an ant infestation but the staff gave us bug spray and there was no longer a problem. The blankets were big fluffy covers – a bit strange and not 100% sure how clean. Rooms were very cold, however that may just been Dalat in general! Good location, only two minutes from the lake. Would recommend staying in Dalat View Homestay if you don’t mind the walk.
Dalat: Dalat View Homestay (02 bis Thong Thien Hoc, Dalat)
Private – 234K VND (£8.50)
9/10 – Wonderful hotel at the top of the hill in Dalat. The room was clean and fresh with two double beds (all dorms were double bed!) The staff, who only spoke very little english, couldn’t do more to help you and were very friendly. Apart from being a little far from the city (20 mins walking) and down an alley so you have to direct all taxi drivers this place was perfect and great value.
Nha Trang: Mojzo Dorm (50 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Nha Trang, Vietnam)
Dorm – 134,300 VND (£4.90)
10/10 – This hostel was one of the best we have stayed at. The staff were wonderfully friendly and learnt your name within the first five minutes of arrival. The staff answered any questions you had, e.g. local places to eat, would book your tours and help you plan your day. When you arrive they hand you fresh water and a cool towel, there is free bananas, breakfast, filtered water, and beer (between 6-7). They also run a ‘family meal’ in which members of the hostel can sit together for dinner – a great way to meet people. The dorms were clean and the building is in a perfect location. They also have Mojzo Inn for private rooms.
Bai Xep: The Haven Guesthouse (Khu vực 1, Bãi Xếp, Ghềnh Ráng, Quy Nhơn, Binh Định, Việt Nam)
Private – 850,000 VND (£31)
10/10 – Wonderful hotel right on the beach of Bai Xep. The rooms were clean, the staff were very friendly and served wonderful food. A few people we were travelling with stayed in ‘Life’s a beach’ as it was cheaper but decent. Life’s a beach had a great atmosphere so would recommend popping in for a beer.
Hoi An: Thanh Binh II (712 Hai Ba Trung Strett, Hoi An City, Vietnam)
Private – 493,500 VND (£18)
10/10 – Wonderfully huge rooms and a big upgrade compared to the other hostels we had previously stayed in. The room had a bath and shower with wonderfully warm water.
Hoi An: Hoa Binh Hotel (696 Hai Ba Trung Street Hoi An, Vietnam)
Private – 330,000 VND (£12)
3/10 – The worst hotel we have stayed in so far. While the location was good, the staff were never at the desk, the beds were hard, and the pool was cold and right on the street. Alongside this, the street noise came into the room and the hotel had building work from 6am – 9am (why only in the mornings I don’t know). The breakfast menu while full – all orders were met with ‘we don’t have’ and when we did washing the clothes came back dirtier than they went in. It might be ok for an overnight stay, but wouldn’t recommend it.
Hue: DMZ Hotel (21 Doi Cung, Hue City, Vietnam)
Private – 395,000 VND (£14.50)
9/10 – Wonderful room. Big room with a good bathroom. A little strange that the bathroom is clear glass and can be seen from bed, however there is a blind for privacy. Staff were extremely friendly – running to meet us with an umbrella in rain, and breakfast was very good. While there was a window, it was met by a brick wall however this didn’t bother us.
Phong Nha: Heritage by Night Hotel (TL 20, Phong NHA, Sơn Trạch, Bố Trạch, Quảng Bình, Vietnam)
Private – 600,000 VND (£22)
7/10 – Suitable hotel. The rooms were big and the bathroom was clean. Breakfast was good and the pool was fantastic – right by a huge mountain. Good central location with a number of local restaurants. Our biggest complaint was that our door was very hard to shut, and the cleaning staff left our room open by accident (nothing was taken). If we were not leaving that day we would have asked to switch rooms.
Ninh Binh: Nam Hoa Hotel (Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam)
Private – 670,000 VND (£24)
9/10 – Good hotel in a good location. The rooms were suitably sized and the bathroom was good. The AC was strong. Breakfast was free and plentiful, and the staff were very friendly. The hotel also has bikes for hire which is nice to do around Ninh Binh.
Hanoi: Prince 1 Hotel (51 Luong Ngoc Quyen Str., Hanoi, Vietnam)
Private – 575,500 VND (£21)
7/10 – Suitable hotel in a good location. Staff were friendly and the breakfast was good.
Hanoi: Hanoi Zesty Hotel (20B Hang Can,Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)
Private – 312,300 VND (£12)
8/10 – Budget hotel but decent. The rooms could do with some TLC, for example our shower had a gap down the side. However, the room was quiet and clean. The shower worked well and the staff were friendly. Good location right in the old quarter. Ask for a room in the middle, while the rooms at the front were bigger they get a lot of street noise.
Ha Long Bay: Imperial Cruises
Private (3 days, 2 nights) –
9/10 – Brilliant cruise. Recommend to do two nights on the boat. Pick up/drop off from Hanoi – well organised. The cruise around Ha Long Bay goes a different direction to everyone else so you are on your own rather than just surrounded by other boats. Staff were very friendly, the only downside was the drinks were quite expensive (for Vietnam) however this appears to be a trend on all the cruises.
Ubud, Bali: Dewa Bungalows (Jl. Hanoman No.48, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571)
Private – 250,000 IDR (£15.50)
7/10 – The rooms were big and clean, with a decent bathroom (including warm shower), a balcony, and free breakfast. The location was in the centre of Ubud. The attached restaurant was lovely with discounted and reasonable food. The pool was wonderful with sun on it almost all day. While the hotel had a ‘family atmosphere’ the walls were paper-thin and therefore we heard our neighbours talking till the early hours of the morning. We would not recommend booking any tours etc through them as we originally booked our trip to the Gili Islands with them
and once we looked into the company they had 400+ 1 star reviews saying to avoid.
Legian, Bali: Loft Legian Hotel (Jalan Melasti No. 99, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361)
Private without breakfast – 223,000 IDR (£15)
Private with breakfast – 290,000 IDR (£18)
9/10 – We checked in late and the staff were super friendly, giving us all the information we could possibly need. We were also given a welcome bracelet (traditional Balinese custom). Location is in the middle of Legian with a bus stop about two minutes walk away. Rooms were clean and bathrooms were amazing. There was no pool (beach is 5 minutes walk) or atmosphere (it is a hotel not a hostel) but we booked to stay again.
Legian, Bali: The Sun Hotel & Spa (Melasti street, Lebak Bena 123, Legian, Kuta – Bali)
Private with breakfast – 485,000 IDR (£30)
9/10 – Very good hotel. The room was huge, very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was good, the shower wasn’t very powerful but warm. The hotel had a spa, restaurant and pool, though we didn’t use the spa and restaurant as it was pretty expensive. The restaurant had live music till 10pm every night which wasn’t great, however couldn’t be heard from our room. Great location and helpful checking in desk, including helping us book the hotel taxi for a tour around Ubud. Would stay here again. However we would not pay extra to stay near poolside as it looked very noisy with music at night and people swimming early morning. Breakfast isn’t great, luke warm and mostly Indonesian.
Cairns: Travellers Oasis (8 Scott St, Cairns City QLD 4870)
Semi-private – 68 AUD (£42)
10/10 – This hostel was by light-years the best hostel Duncan and I have ever stayed in. The staff were so friendly, when you walk in you feel as if you are home with your family. The rooms were well-kept, clean and comfortable. They have a fridge, AC ($1 per 3 hours) and a fan. The slight downside is there were shared bathrooms only, however they were exceptionally clean and well maintained. The location was about 15 minutes walk into town, but only 5 to the main shopping centre. There were activities every night, but then a bus into town for 10pm so not to keep those who wish to sleep up. I was unfortunately ill during my time here (unrelated to the hostel) but the staff were wonderful. After booking all our tours they helped with rescheduling, cancelling and then rebooking them. Honestly, we cannot find a single fault with this place. Plus there is a pool!
Cairns: Tropic Days (26 – 28 Bunting Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia)
Semi-private – 64 AUD (£39)
10/10 – Tropic Days is the sister hostel of Travellers Oasis. As I was unfortunately ill and Travellers Oasis was fully booked we moved here. The hostel is exactly the same – wonderful. It is only beaten by its sister as it is another ten minutes away from town, however they run free regular buses into town.
Cairns: Dreamtime (189 Bunda street, Cairns)
Semi-private – 60 AUD (£37)
7/10 – Overall, this hostel is not a bad hostel. The staff were friendly and the hostel and rooms were clean and comfortable. There is a pool and events every evening however unfortunately, compared to Travellers Oasis and Tropic Days Duncan and I were a bit disappointed. The wi-fi was only 100mb a day and didn’t work in the rooms, plus the atmosphere didn’t feel as friendly. The hostel is not a bad place to stay, but we would try Travellers Oasis or Tropic Days first.
Airlie Beach: By the Bay (12 Hermitage Drive Airlie Beach, Queensland)
Semi-private – 83 AUD (£50)
8/10 – Good hostel, prime location for any Whitsunday Trips as it is ‘right by the bay’. There is a free pickup and drop off at the Greyhound Bus drop off point. The hostel had a ‘American summer camp’ feeling – can’t put my finger on why. The hostel runs a pub quiz most night, this was entertaining however appeared to often be won by the long-term guests. It was more expensive than most of our other hostels, however the showers were warm, the bedroom was clean and the atmosphere was friendly.
Hervey Bay: Aussie Woolshed Backpackers (181 Torquay Road, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655, Australia)
Semi-private – 58 AUD (£35)
7/10 – Good hostel, the common room was woolshed style which was quite cool. Unfortunately the walls were paper-thin so you can hear everything from the common room etc, however there were rules to be quiet by 10pm and this appears to be stuck to. Showers were warm and the rooms were clean. Free pick up and drop off at the Greyhound Bus drop off point – booking required. To note: look for the ‘Woolshed Backpackers’ not Aussie Woolshed for the pick up.
Brisbane: Banana Bender Backpackers (118 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4000)
Semi-private – 64 AUD (£38)
6/10 – The hostel itself was not too bad. The room itself was nice and clean. The showers were luck of the draw, one shower was lovely and warm and the other shower was just a hose with cold water. The location is about 20 minutesfrom the city centre and only ten minutes from the Greyhound Bus drop off point. The atmosphere was a little cliquey was groups sticking together and a number of long-term guests. Alongside this, the owner is very strict, throwing us out at 4pm half way through a cup of tea. We had literally just got back from town to grab out bags out of storage.
Sydney: The Original Backpackers (160 Victoria St Kings Cross
Sydney, NSW 2011 Australia)
Semi-private – 100 AUD (£60)
8/10 – Good hostel in a decent location to city centre (5 minutes on the tube). The owner is very friendly and talks you through everything you can do in Sydney. The rooms were lovely and were quiet. The kitchen and common area were centered in the middle of the hostel, a lovely big kitchen with an industry oven. The atmosphere was friendly, however a number of people hang around the front smoking weed.
Christchurch: Jucy Snooze (5 Peter Leeming Road, Burnside, Christchurch 8051)
Dorm – 39 NZD (£22)
9/10 – A great hostel located right by Christchurch Airport, only ten minutes walk away. The location was perfect, and the pods were super cheap for the location. The pods were comfortable and private, the bathrooms were clean and the showers were warm. A great stop over hotel, just beware the pods aren’t sound proof so our neighbour’s snoring kept us up.
Most campsites in New Zealand were charged per person so the following prices are per person.
Waihi Gorge: Waihi Gorge (Latitude: -44.002592, Longitude: 171.15469723)
DOC Standard non-powered – 8 NZD (£4.50)
8/10 – Good campsite as a stopover in a location between Christchurch and Queenstown. The countryside was beautiful with walks around the small lake. There was a toilet, sink, and fire facilities. No mobile phone signal.
Danseys Pass: Danseys Pass (Latitude: -44.98498534, Longitude: 170.28793723)
DOC Standard non-powered – FREE
8/10 – Good stop over campsite in a location half way across Danseys Pass – a scenic route to Queenstown. There was a toilet and sink. To note the route is along the windy dirt track of Danseys Pass. No mobile phone signal.
Queenstown: Twelve Miles Delta (Latitude: -45.06744151, Longitude: 168.54651706)
DOC Scenic non-powered – 10 NZD (£5.50) deal of four nights for 30 NZD
9/10 – Great campsite only ten minutes outside of Queenstown. The owners were friendly and know you the moment you arrive. There were a number of toilets and sinks. Beautiful scenic views of the lake and snow topped mountains. Only problem is a number of sand flies/mosquitoes so you were often bitten. No mobile phone signal.
Milford Sound: Cascade Creek (Latitude: -44.89420724, Longitude: 168.07529161)
DOC Standard non-powered – 18 NZD (£10)
6/10 – The campsite was ok, however the layout was not great – felt more ‘parked’ than on a campsite. A number of toilets but no sink, the campsite was also very cold compared to some others we had been to. About 40 minutes away from Milford Sound so felt very overpriced for the site and distance. No mobile phone signal.
Wanaka: Lake Outlet Holiday Park (Lake Outlet Holiday Park, 197 Outlet Road, Lake Wanaka)
Powered – 16 NZD (+ 5 NZD shared for power) (£9 + £2.80 shared)
9/10 – Wonderful campsite only 5 minutes from Wanaka central. The staff were friendly and the site could be pre-booked. We were given the ‘lookout’ spot which had a beautiful view of Wanaka. The kitchen and bathroom facilities were suitable and clean (but only two per site). A hot shower was an additional 1 NZD but very good. Some mobile phone signal.
Gillespies Beach: Gillespies Beach (Latitude: -43.40805133, Longitude: 169.82862366)
DOC Standard non-powered – 8 NZD (£4.50)
9/10 – A very popular site. While there was only 8 designated spots we counted over 30 campers parked. The campsite is about 20 minutes from Fox Glacier and 40 minutes from Franz Josef Glacier, mostly down a gravel road. The site is situated right by Gillespies Beach with beautiful views of snow topped mountains so a lovely spot. There were toilets, a sink, and a small cooking table. No mobile phone signal.
Franz Josef: Franz Josef Campervan Park (64 Cron Street, Franz Josef)
Powered – 35 NZD +5 NZD for two people plus early entry (£20 + £2.80)
8/10 – Good campsite but has a confusing layout for when you first arrive. The sign points to what looks like a hotel car park, and then the ‘office’ sign points to the hotel reception. It turns out this is the correct place and the car park is the campsite. Good spot in the town. Showers were a small cubical with the toilet, they were very hot. Internet is fast but there is only 500MB available per person. Mobile phone signal was available.
Hokitika: Goldborough (Latitude: -42.67586148, Longitude: 171.12339291)
Powered – 8 NZD (£4.50)
7/10 – A nice campsite but in the very middle of nowhere. We were all alone, minus a number of wild birds around the camper. Toilets were decent and there was only a little wind in the park. No mobile phone signal.
Westport: Westport Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels (37 Domett St (PO Box 294), Westport 7866, New Zealand)
Powered – 42 NZD for two people (£23)
9/10 – A good campsite. Kitchen was lovely and the bathrooms were good and warm. There was also a lounge area with a TV plus good Wi-Fi signal throughout the site. The staff were friendly. The Wi-Fi was only 5 NZD for 10GB. Mobile phone signal was available.
Kaiteriteri: Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve (5 Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road, Kaiteriteri 7197, New Zealand)
Powered – 22 NZD (£12)
6/10 – A nice big campsite right by the beach and next to Abel Tasman National Park. Staff were friendly, however the site has banned ‘wicked’ campers. A school trip was visiting so there was a number of loud children with ‘school disco’ music playing. The bathrooms were filled with their camping gear, and the kitchen was full of staff cooking all the food. The park is also filled with ducks. Mobile phone signal was available.
Nelson: Nelson City TOP 10 (230 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand)
Powered – 48 NZD (£26)
9/10 – A good campsite close to town, only a 20 minute flat walk. The staff were friendly and the kitchen was decent with an oven. The bathroom was good and warm. The site was a little small considering it was a big town. You received 250mb of data for free. Mobile phone signal is available.
Pelorus Bridge: Pelorus Bridge (NZTM2000 coordinates: E1647698, N5427996)
DOC Standard Powered – 18 NZD (£10)
8/10 – A huge campsites with a number of areas to stay. In the powered section, there was little wind and a number of quiet areas. The bathroom and shower were good, however there was gaps and therefore cold. Campers were able to used the fully closed showers and kitchen in the unpowered section, 20 minutes walk from the powered site. Cafe is on site and mobile phone signal is sometime available.
Deer Valley: Deer Valley (Latitude: -42.40483627, Longitude: 172.39770877)
DOC Standard non-powered – 8 NZD (£4.50)
5/10 – A basic campsite that unfortunately now charges. The campsite is right next to a main road and therefore you hear traffic throughout the night. There was no lock in the toilet, no mobile phone signal and the wind was very strong. It is one of the only DOC sites available between Nelson and Christchurch, however we recommend booking into a private campsite in a town instead.
Christchurch: 209 on Johns (219 Johns Road, Christchurch 8051)
Powered – 35 NZD (£20)
8/10 – A good campsite close to both the city and the airport. Many people obviously used it as their first spot and the neighbours changed daily. The bathrooms were hot and clean, the kitchen had an oven, and there was a living room with a TV and sitting area and dining area. The long-stay guests were very friendly and the Wi-Fi was strong and fast. There were unfortunately road works just outside, and while not a problem it would have been nice to have been warned. Mobile phone signal was available.
Whitianga: Harbourside Holiday Park (135 Albert St, Whitianga, New Zealand)
Superior Studio with Shared Bathroom – 116 NZD (£64)
8/10 – A good campsite close to the centre of town, less that 10 minutes walk. The staff were very friendly and helpful for local activities. The bathrooms were hot and clean, however the shower timer was a little too quick. The kitchen and lounge were clean and had a number of things within. Wi-Fi was 5 NZD for 24 hours and mobile phone signal is available.