5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast
5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast

5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast

© ASURE Aspiring Court Motel

Cheap Accommodation in Haast

After that lengthy drive from Wanaka or Franz Josef, relax in the World Heritage Area of Haast. This might be a tiny community on the edge of the wilderness, but there are still five super cheap accommodations that allow you to enjoy all of its natural wonders while staying on a budget. Motels are deceiving here, offering options for backpackers to campers in their grounds beyond the usual self-contained units, while the odd hidden gem with awe-inspiring surroundings can be found along the Haast Pass. Discover some of our favourites in this list of the best budget accommodation in Haast.

For more budget tips and cheap accommodation in Haast, take a look at The Guide to Haast on a Budget and the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Haast.

1. Wilderness Accommodation

Surrounding a light-filled atrium with all sorts of native plants, Wilderness Accommodation makes you feel like you’re out exploring the epic wilderness when it might be more likely that the rain is keeping your out of it. The accommodation is split into two wings, a motel wing with self-contained rooms (i.e. a kitchenette and ensuite) with a communal kitchen and a backpackers’ wing with cheap and cheerful rooms and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Fox Glacier & Haast.

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5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast© Wilderness Accommodation

2. Haast River Motels & Holiday Park

Bordering the Haast River just off the main highway, Haast River Motels & Holiday Park offers a well-presented range of budget accommodation. From ensuite double/twin rooms to self-contained studios and family apartments, they have something to cover most needs and budgets. Tent and campervan sites are also an option where guest make use of the communal bathroom and kitchen facilities. The playground also makes this a great option for families, as recommended in the 9 Best Family Accommodation in Haast.

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5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast© Haast River Motels & Holiday Park

3. ASURE Aspiring Court Motel

More than just a motel, ASURE Aspiring Court Motel also offers basic private rooms, backpacker dorms and campsites – rooms right across the budget spectrum! Most of the motel suites have fantastic views of the surrounding native bush and soak in plenty of sun, as well as provide all the essential amenities at your fingertips. Should you be on a tighter budget, there are plenty of comfortable private rooms, cabins, tent sites and powered sites with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

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5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast© ASURE Aspiring Court Motel

4. Haast Beach Motel

Located along the beautiful Haast Beach, as featured in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Haast, Haast Beach Motel is a little out of town but that’s all part of the charm. Plus, with a general store nearby should you need supplies for your room’s kitchen, you’re not too far from the essentials anyway. Couples can stay in the well-appointed studio room, while the cheapest option for families is the double-storey family rooms with a kitchenette and bathroom on the ground floor and a bedroom with a double and two single beds upstairs.

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5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast© Haast Beach Motel

5. Wonderland Makarora Lodge

At the other end of Haast Pass, Wonderland Makaroa Lodge offers budget accommodation in a breathtaking environment. Stay on the edge of the Mt Aspiring National Park in an A-frame cabin among the bush gardens and majestic mountain landscape. Your cabin has a small kitchenette with hotplates, microwave, fridge and more, while the cabins have a double bed and two singles, ideal for couples to families. On-site is a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you don’t feel like cooking.

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5 Best Budget Accommodation in Haast© Wonderland Makarora Lodge


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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