Wotif.com is great for finding good prices for accommodation. Often a hotel with surplus capacity will have huge discounts so one can get a nice room for an affordable price.
Through Wotif, I am staying at the Clearwater Resort just out of Christchurch. It’s a gorgeous setting with a two level unit next to the lagoon, and with a balcony which catches all the late sun.
Spent the late afternoon having some drinks with some friends on the balcony. Very nice.