© Ibis Styles Invercargill
© Ibis Styles Invercargill

12 Best Budget Accommodations in Invercargill 🛌🏼 [2023]

© Ibis Styles Invercargill

Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Invercargill

It’s always a relief for budget travellers once they reach the southernmost city of New Zealand. Invercargill is home to a range of affordable hotels, motels, holiday parks, backpacker hostels and B&Bs, so you can leave the stress of finding cheap accommodation behind at New Zealand’s more touristy spots. Check out some of our top picks when it comes to cheap places to stay in this list of the best budget accommodations in Invercargill.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Invercargill on a Budget, as well as the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Invercargill.

1. ibis Styles Invercargill

Get that international hotel experience at a budget price with ibis Styles Invercargill. This budget accommodation is located in the heart of the city, offering apartments with kitchenettes so you are able to make extra savings on food. Guests also have access to free WiFi, an off-site gym, an in-house movies theatre, a games room, a guest lounge, on-site parking and more. As well as apartments, “Standard Rooms” are available offering a simple yet affordable room for couples and solo travellers – note that these rooms don’t have kitchens. See how this hotel compares to the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Invercargill.

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Ibis Styles Invercargill© Ibis Styles Invercargill

2. Southern Comfort Backpackers

Invercargill also has a small but excellent selection of backpacker hostels, including Southern Comfort Backpackers. Its friendly hosts will make you feel right at home. This restored Victorian villa has a cute garden to hang out in, as well as is close to the city centre and Queens Park – one of the 20 Best Things to Do in Invercargill. There are not too many room types available, but at least you have the basics of shared dorm rooms and private double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. We also like that there are a couple of bikes available for guest use.

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8 Best Budget Accommodation in Invercargill© Southern Comfort

3. Invercargill Holiday Park & Motels

Offering a huge range of accommodation types, there’s something at the Invercargill Holiday Park & Motels to suit most tastes. Apart from campsites, the holiday park offers budget cabins with linen and breakfast-making facilities and access to the holiday park’s communal bathrooms and kitchens. For more comfort, there are ensuite units and self-contained units with private cooking facilities. Other features at the holiday park include a barbecue area, free limited WiFi, laundry, a children’s playground and more. Find Invercargill Holiday Park & Motels on the northern border of Invercargill by Donovan and Anderson Parks.

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Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park© Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park

4. Homestead Villa Motel

For that home-away-from-home experience, check out Homestead Villa Motel. The motel has 35 extremely well-appointed rooms with modern decor and fixings. Units and apartments are roomy and have a range of layouts to suit couples to families. Even the most standard units have a fully-equipped kitchen so be rest assured that you’ll be able to prepare your own meals to save money on eating out. Find this motel just a couple of minutes away from the city centre and a short walk from Queens Park – learn more about Queens Park in 5 Glorious Reserves & Parks in Invercargill.

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Homestead Villa Motel© Homestead Villa Motel

5. 45 on Avenal Motel

Enjoy quiet and spacious accommodation at 45 on Avenal Motel. The motel, located a 15-minute walk from Queens Park, offers four two-bedroom units, making it a top choice for groups and families. There’s also a limited choice of affordable studio apartments and a one-bedroom motel unit for couples or business travellers. Facilities at the motel include free DVDs, a book exchange, free use of a cot and/or highchair, guest laundry and a lawn area with a children’s playground. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Invercargill.

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45 on Avenal Motel© 45 on Avenal Motel

6. Beach Road Holiday Park

Who says you need to stay in the city at all? Beach Road Holiday Park is close to all of the action at the Sandy Point Domain – one of the highlights we list in the 20 Best Things to Do in Invercargill. With nearby access to the beach, a flying fox (zipline) and a children’s playground on-site, your entertainment is sorted especially if you’re travelling with kids. As for accommodation, all of the options are extremely affordable including basic cabins where guests can use communal facilities and tourist flats with all of the essential amenities at your fingertips. Of course, you can camp here too.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Invercargill 🛌🏼 [2023]© Beach Road Holiday Park

7. Kelvin Hotel

From budget to premium rooms, Kelvin Hotel offers hotel rooms right across the spectrum. Their classic double, twin and triple rooms are the most affordable offerings, decorated with simplicity but offering all the basic hotel amenities you would expect. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, Sky TV and WiFi. On-site is also a restaurant and bar open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s more, the hotel is centrally located in Invercargill’s main shopping precinct. For more stays with upscale options, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Invercargill.

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Kelvin Hotel© Kelvin Hotel

8. Monarch Motel

A bright motel in its exterior and the way it captures the sun, Monarch Motel makes an attractive place to stay in Invercargill. While a little out of town, the motel is located just a short walk from the Ascot shopping centre and Stadium Southland. The motel has 22 spacious and stylishly-decorated motel studios and one- and two-bedroom units with facilities including free WiFi, on-site parking, a spa pool, five Sky TV channels, breakfast delivery available and more. See how this motel compares to the 20 Best Motels in Invercargill.

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Monarch Motel© Monarch Motel

9. Lovett Lodge

For an affordable bed & breakfast experience in Invercargill, set your sights on Lovett Lodge. The lodge contains eight bedrooms, including two ensuite rooms, queen, twin, double and single layouts. Attractive features include free continental breakfast, on-site parking, access to a full kitchen, laundry facilities and more. Find this B&B just a five-minute drive from the city centre and a 10-minute walk from Queens Park. For more boutique stays, check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Invercargill.

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Lovett Lodge© Lovett Lodge

10. McIvor Lodge

Nothing says Southland like a deer farm, of which McIvor Lodge is exactly. Retreat to a tranquil country setting just five minutes north of Invercargill and experience affordable luxury at this quaint B&B. Breakfast is, of course, included in your stay where you’ll exclusively be the only guest making use of the room with an ensuite and private entrance. There’s plenty of opportunity to say hello to the stags, while your friendly hosts will also be available to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Invercargill 🛌🏼 [2023]© McIvor Lodge

11. Bavarian Motel

Bavarian Motel is a motel that ticks all the boxes. It caters to business and leisure travellers, featuring quiet double-glazed rooms, free unlimited WiFi and a wide range of rooms with upgrades to superior and executive available. Stay in one of the affordable standard one-bedroom units with a full kitchen and a cosy bed with an electric blanket and feather-down pillows. Amp up the experience by staying in the “Executive” one-bedroom unit with a luxurious mattress-topper, a bathroom with your choice of shower and bath, and a smart TV with streaming services. Family rooms are also available.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Invercargill 🛌🏼 [2023]© Bavarian Motel

12. Tuatara Lodge

This large city centre hostel offers everything from dorm rooms to private double and family rooms, some with ensuites. Guests can make use of the communal bathroom facilities, as well as the large kitchen for self-catering. Otherwise, there is an on-site cafe and bar on the ground floor. Note that rooms are pretty basic here, but do the job for a budget stay in Invercargill. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Invercargill & Stewart Island.

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More About Budget Accommodations in Invercargill

Now that you have found the best cheap budget accommodations in Invercargill, plan more of your visit to New Zealand’s southernmost city:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Invercargill on a Budget.


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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