Motels, motor inns and motor lodges in New Zealand cluster along main driving routes so they're generally easy to find.
You'll find that motel accommodation in New Zealand, compared to many other countries, is generally of a high standard. Look out for a Qualmark star rated property if you want to be guaranteed a quality stay. There are literally hundreds of motels scattered right throughout the country, so you'll rarely be limited for choice. In larger towns and cities you can often find a motel room on the fly, without having to worry about pre-booking.