New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Trust

Holiday Accommodation Information

A booking for one week or more can be accepted and allocated up to 6 months in advance of commencement of the occupancy date.

This can be made up of more than one location, provided the dates run consecutively.

Minimum booking of 2 nights required at any location.

To make an application all members can –
(a) complete the application form (non ballot)available on the website and then send it using the appropriate instructions; or
(b) telephone the Trust’s Wellington Office providing all details that are necessary.


Bookings of less than one week can only be accepted and allocated within 1 month of the commencement of the occupancy date.

Minimum booking of 2 nights required at any location.

A ballot system applies to the popular summer period of December through to February. You apply for the ballot by putting your application in by 5pm on 31 August. Bookings during this period are Saturday to Saturday only.

To register for the ballot all members can –
(a) complete the ballot application form available on the website and then send it using the appropriate instructions; or
(b) telephone the Trust’s Wellington Office providing all details that are necessary.

In the ballot Group A members will receive preference to allocations over Group B and Group C members. Group E members cannot enter the ballot. Once the ballot has been finalised vacancies are available for allocations under the conditions which normally apply during the remainder of the year.

RATES  (GST inclusive)

$65 per night, or $320 per week

N.B. The weekly rate only applies if the stay is in one location.

All rental moneys must be paid not later than two calendar months in advance of the date the tenancy will commence or where bookings are made within the last two months payment is to be made by the date advised by the Trust at the time the booking is made.

 Note - if payment of the full amount is NOT made by the due date the Trust reserves the right to cancel the provisional allocation and offer the unit to another member.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD), or direct credit. Direct credit can be made to our bank account 020536 0018655 000 using your membership number and name as a reference

Once full payment for any rental has been received by the Trust, papers including inventory listings, will be sent out. These papers must be presented when collecting keys for the unit allocated.

The Trust has units designed to assist people with mobility problems to use the accommodation network. The units concerned are at Gisborne, Napier (Unit 2), Queenstown (Unit 7), Hanmer (Unit 2), Taupo (Unit 5), Mt Maunganui (Unit 1) and Paihia (Unit 8). If you have any disability which precludes you from accepting the allocation of an upstairs unit let the office know when you are making your booking. Upstairs units exist at Paihia and Mt Maunganui. Individual units at Taupo, Dunedin and Queenstown (apart from Unit 7) are multi-level and may be unsuitable for persons who are unable to climb stairs. In addition access to some of the units at Auckland may prove difficult for persons who have restricted mobility.

Members are required to supply certain items such as linen (bed and general), towels, teatowels, cloths and disposable cleaning items including soap powders, toilet paper etc.

The Trust does not employ people to clean a unit after occupancy. All members are required to ensure units are clean and tidy at the time of departure ready for the next member to take occupancy. To assist in this regard a cleaning service is available through the custodian at some localities at a cost of $50.00. If a member wishes to use this service the custodian is to be given 24 hours notice so that the service can be arranged.

Members or their partners must be the ones staying at the units (along with any additional kids/family members/friends you want to bring along). You cannot make a booking on behalf of your friends, your kids or other family if you are not going to be there yourself.

All of the Trust's units are NO SMOKING areas.

Animals/pets are not permitted in or near the Trust's properties, this includes the grounds.