We are a family of 7 - 2 adults and 5 kids travelling to New Zealand in November/December, planning to self drive both islands. We generally tend to use holiday homes in Australia when we holiday as we find they have more room and are often more affordable than motels. Just wondering if this is a 'safe' option in NZ - whether there is a high risk of scams with bachs. I know in some other countries this can be the case and one needs to be very careful in checking reviews and checking into the actual owner of the advertised property - do I need to be this careful? Are there any particular websites that you would suggest? Also on a self drive holiday where we may only stay in some areas for 2/3 nights do you think bachs would be suitable, or on these shorter stays should we be looking more at motels?