8 great places to stay on a budget


Our pick of great places to stay

Timaru Backpackers, 42 Evans Street

Timaru Backpackers is run by local couple Sandy and Greg - so it's welcoming and friendly. It's also in walking distance to everywhere. There's wifi and tele in all rooms and a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Rates start from $35 per night.

Contact: 0508 227 654 (to make a booking).


Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park, 154A Selwyn Street

Run by Gordon & Alison Collister, Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park is close to everything and offers a range of accommodation from self-contained units to caravan and tent sites. Rates start at $39 for a tent site.

Contact:  0800 242 121 (to make a booking).


Glenmark Holiday Park, 30 Beaconsfield Road

Located a three-minute drive from Timaru, the Glenmark Holiday Park has on-site vans for rent, as well as self-contained units, cabins, motels and tent sites. There's wifi throughout the park. Rates start at $33 for a tent site.

Contact: +64 3 684 3682 (to make a booking).


Temuka Holiday Park, 1 Fergusson Drive

Temuka Holiday Park offers a range of low-budget accommodation from dog-friendly, self-contained sites for motorhomes starting at $8 per night to backpacker cabins sleeping up to five people for $20 per night. Set in a reserve and close to the Temuka River.

Contact: +64 3 615 7241 (to make a booking).


Rawhiti Backpackers Geraldine, 27 Hewlings Street

Rawhiti Backpackers in Geraldine is about 35 kilometres north of Timaru. It features a range of double, single and shared rooms within the one building. There's a shared kitchen and plenty of off-street parking. Rates start at $34 per night for a shared room.

Contact: +64 3 693 8252 (to make a booking).


Geraldine Top 10 Holiday Park, 38 Hislop Street

Set within a park of specimen trees, Geraldine KIWI Holiday Park provides a selection of places to stay. There's powered and standard camping sites, cabins and motel rooms, with rates starting at $34 for a standard campsite. Facilities include a communal kitchen, outdoor bbq - and a BMX track!

Contact: 0800 393 693 (to make a booking).


Grumpy's Retreat 'N' Holiday Park, Orari Bridge

A pet-friendly option, Grumpy's retreat offers standard campsites from $16 per night through to country cottages for $140 per night. You'll find it on the corner of Keen Road and the state highway. There's free wifi throughout the park, a tele and games room, tennis courts and a solar-heated pool.

Contact: 0800 247 8679 (to make a booking).


The Farmyard Holiday Park, 50 Elmslie Road

The Farmyard Holiday Park offers a range of budget accommodation in Geraldine (about 35 kilometres north of Timaru). Options include unpowered sites to fully self-contained cottages. Set in rural countryside, there's a tele room, communal kitchen and wifi in the office. Rates start at $30 for standard caravan and tent sites.

Contact: +64 3 693 9355 (to make a booking).