Bed & Breakfast

A bed and breakfast, often referred to as a B&B, with usually 2-4 guest rooms, is an overnight accommodation in a private home with the owners where guests usually have a separate lounge which may or may not be equipped with private baths. The breakfast, sometimes Continental (coffee, juice, cereal, bread)? and sometimes the full English variety, (eggs and meat)? is served in the morning – all included in the rate.

There are many types of B&B Accommodation to choose from which you will find when performing B&B Searches on this site. To help you understand this wide selection we have provided short definitions of the major types of accommodation below.

bed & breakfast inns:

Generally larger properties with more guests rooms ranging from 4-20. Inns have more features and facilities including En-suite bathrooms, luxury accommodation and also offer personal hospitality. Usually the owner lives on premises. Breakfast is the only meal served and only to overnight guests. The inn may host events such as weddings, small business meetings, etc.


Homestays are where you share the home with the owners. The hosts provide a warm friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy all the features of their home. Many hosts operate Homestays as a form of meeting people and making new friends.


Farmstays offer a unique experience of a country stay where you can enjoy real New Zealand farm life. Often the guests are given the opportunity to have contact with animals and experience the day to day running of a farm or be given a farm tour. Breakfast is usually taken with the family and many Farmstays offer lunch and evening meals, as restaurants are often not close by.

country home:

Country home or country stay is a type of accommodation in private country homes generally under a rural setting which can even be on orchards, vineyards or picturesque sea and mountain settings. You can experience rural New Zealand life with all the features and attractions of the countryside it has to offer.

Boutique Accommodation:

Boutique Accommodation offer delicate themes throughout the property and may offer a little extra in interior decoration, panache or constructed to reflect a period in time, romance or beauty. Many properties astaying within this type of accommodation can often be like stepping back in time. A unique and enjoyable experience.

Historic home:

Historic homes are referred to those accommodations which offer superior service, are very pleasing to the eye and attractive. They can feature any of the above terms but are set apart by their significance to the history of New Zealand architecture.

self-contained accommodation i.e. cottages, stand alone cottages & apartments:

The newest development in the New Zealand bed & breakfast accommodation industry. The cottages may be on farms or in the grounds of the bed & breakfast property. The city equivalent is a self-contained apartment or stand alone cottage. Breakfast can be provided or you can be fully self-contained.

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