Filthy hotel rooms and lengthy stays in departure lounges are the Kiwi traveller's biggest holiday woes, a new survey shows.

The survey, commissioned by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI), asked 2000 Kiwis what exasperated them most while travelling.

More than a third of respondents nominated delays in travel as their pet hate, with inferior accommodation second and annoying tourists third.

While many travellers resented being seated beside a toddler on the plane, the survey found fewer than 10 per cent of people thought children the biggest holiday irritation.


SCTI chief executive Craig Morrison said travel-bound Kiwis could perform a few simple tasks to minimise disappointing holiday situations.

"Everyone loves a bargain, but those booking cheap flights and cheap holidays may be more susceptible to unexpected travel interruptions and cancellations.

"Equally, if you can't stand children, then avoid travelling during the school holidays."

Researching accommodation spots, particularly cheap ones, online was also useful - especially for those keen to avoid bedbugs on their holiday.

Last month, Christchurch woman Debbie Roome suffered a painful allergic reaction after being bittern 300 times by bedbugs at the Auckland Airport Kiwi Motel.

The 44-year-old was unable to fly home the day she checked out and had to be put on a 16-day course of antibiotics.

For those who disliked arriving with crowds of holidaymakers, planning an early or later arrival could help, Mr Morrison added.

"If you have some flexibility, you could plan to make the visit midweek rather than the weekend, when visitor numbers swell," Mr Morrison said.

Meanwhile, one Australian travel company believes hotel visitors could encounter some interesting and luxurious treats over 2014 - with its list of hotel trends expected over the year including 24-carat gold iPads for guests.

Creative Holidays said the glitzy tablets were being provided to guests at Dubai's Burj Al Arab and were loaded with information about hotel services.

Teaching staff to read the body language of guests was also likely to become more common, with employees at Affinia Hotels in New York already being schooled in the practice by a "chief comfort officer", Creative Holidays said.

Spa treatments for children over 12, and soap trays based on well-known scents were also on the rise, the company said.