Story: Holidays

A motel

A motel

This 1958 photograph shows one of New Zealand's first motels, at Picton. Motels, which had private kitchens and bathrooms in each unit, and often laundry and other facilities as well, became popular with New Zealanders travelling around the country on holiday as they were cheaper than hotels but more comfortable than other forms of accommodation.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: PICT-000188

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Holidays - Holiday accommodation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013