Wellington / Accommodation
From five star hotels to budget hostels to backpackers, Wellington has accommodation to suit all budgets. Quality lesbian and gay accommodation options are also available. The compact nature of Wellington city, and its excellent public transport system, means it is easy to get around and you are never very far away from where you need to be.
Wellington has many hotels in the central city. Almost all are within easy walk of key Outgames venues such as the Town Hall (accreditation and conference), Civic Square (where we gather before the opening ceremony) and Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand, where we hold the opening ceremony.)
We've arranged special deals for accommodation, Accor Hotels, starting from under NZ$50 per person per night in a twin or double room. (In addition to giving Outgames participants a discount at a busy time of year, Accor is also making a contribution to our legacy fund to support LGBTI projects in future.) One of the Accor options is an apartment complex where each unit has its own small kitchen if you prefer self-catering.
Motels, Hostels, Homestays
There is a selection of other accommodation to suit a range of preferences. There are some big hostels in the central city; the YHA Wellington has won numerous awards. Small gay and lesbian-owned accommodation can be found at http://www.gaystay.co.nz/.
Te Pae Arahi, who are Maori supporters of the 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames, are investigating marae accommodation. This is a tradition where visitors sleep and eat together as a group. It is a friendly and cost-effective option, ideal for footballers or other teams. Te Pae Arahi invites takatapui and their whanau and indigenous peoples from the Pacific Islands, Australia and Asia to consider this as an option during the Outgames. Contact Te Pae Arahi for requests for Marae accommodation for your group.
Hiring a campervan is an option if you're planning to explore more of New Zealand. In Wellington there is one campervan park in the city and another close by. The city park is on Kumutoto Wharf, near the railway station. It's a great central location, and costs NZ$50 per night. A park at Newlands, around 10 minutes' drive from the city, is $35 per night.
A scheme to offer billeting, where participants would stay with a local person, is currently being explored.
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