|Subject: Re: Car rental and accommodation in New Zealand|
Nancy, the best site for you might be the NZ Automobile Association http://www.aa.co.nz/index.html click on TRAVEL and you'll find lots of things there, including all types of accommodation, maps, etc.
I think cabins would be fine. I've also stayed at some of the best Backpackers and Youth Hostels anywhere in NZ. Also for most places I wouldn't get too hung up abot booking in advance - maybe a phone call a day or two in advance - that way you can use recommendations from other travellers you meet who have just visited places you're going to.
Have a good trip. Michael Sydney, Australia