Rotorua filling up fast for Raggamuffin. Look After Me Homestay helps accommodation seekers.

Posted in Press Room, Events NZ
Published: 30/01/2013

There are 12,500 beds available in Rotorua through commercial accommodation providers, but Raggamuffin festival organiser Jackie Sanders said festival-goers tend to leave booking accommodation to the last minute.

Homestay network Look After Me has also been inundated with inquiries from guests seeking affordable accommodation for this weekend.

Founder Dr Julia Charity said they could have filled some of the rooms "three times over". "New rooms are being added to the site daily, so guests should keep checking to see what has become available."

Look After Me is seeking homeowners with guest rooms or sleepouts to help fill the demand.

Dr Charity thinks demand will increase rapidly this month, not only for Raggamuffin, but in the lead-up to Te Matatini and the Rotorua Bike Festival.

Look After Me is an online homestay network, which matches accommodation hunters with like-minded people. Founded on the principle of manaakitanga (hospitality), rooms range from marae-style mattresses in lounges through to guest wings in exclusive lake-edge properties.