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The benefits of homestay accommodation in New Zealand

Posted in Events NZ
Published: 30/11/2015

budget hosted accommodation with Look After Me NZ's Homestay Network

Why choose commercial accommodation when you can have the luxury of staying with friendly hosts at a homestay property?

Now Nationwide, New Zealand's Homestay Network has properties in beach, lake, bush and city locations all over New Zealand. 


Our Awards

Posted in News
Published: 23/11/2015

Founded in 2011, ahead of the Rugby World Cup, Look After Me has won or been a finalist in highly sought after industry awards, often beating out much bigger competitors. These awards reflect our commitment to you, our guests and our hosts. Through these Awards we celebrate the passion our team has for upholding the very best of hospitality in New Zealand. 


About the idea

Published: 19/11/2015

Look After Me - New Zealand's online market place for homestays and accommodation. A pioneer in the Sharing Economy and key driver for change in the tourism industry for New Zealand

Is Look After Me good for New Zealand? What do some on New Zealand's leading business people and key influencers think about the idea? 

What our hosts say

Published: 10/11/2015

This is an amazing experience not only for guests but for hosts too! Find out why our hosts look after our guests. Meet people from all around the world and earn money! What could be better? 

What our guests say

Published: 3/11/2015

Guests come and stay with Look After Me - an alternative to AirBnB in New Zealand and only online market place for accommodation and homestays

Every property has its own 'Visitors Book', where guests write about their experience. 

Here’s what a few of guests say about staying with the Look After Me accommodation Network. 

Impressive Pitch wins Entrepreneur Award at Rotorua X Start-up night

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 9/10/2015

Rotorua Entrepeneur Julia Charity wins Start Up Pitch Awards

Disabled Diving NZ's Hielke Oppers inspired the 100 plus crowd and the judges to win both Best Social Enterprise Pitch and the People's Choice Award at Rotorua X's Start-up Pitch night.

Julia Charity's 'Look After Me' accommodation business, won Best Commercial Pitch at the event, held this week.

Both took a share of the $8000 prize pool of business support services, mentoring and training.

"Small business heroes show courage and ingenuity"

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 30/09/2015

Accommodation online, Look After Me, Small business heroes show courage and ingenuity

Two Rotorua businesses have been named as national finalists in The David Awards for 2015.

Ros Morshead, of Morshead Law is a finalist in the ‘Most Outstanding Lifestyle Business’ for her work in epitomising the ability to use technology to integrate business and lifestyle.

Dr Julia Charity who founded Look After Me – an online market place for accommodation all over New Zealand, is a finalist for ‘The Solo Meo Award’ which recognises a business owner who runs their business single-handedly.

Look After Me is also a finalist for the ‘Most Outstanding Triumph over Adversity’ in recognition for success in spite of challenges beyond the usual.

To B&B or not to B&B? That is the Question!

Posted in Press Room, Baby Boomers NZ, Competitions, News
Published: 14/09/2015

TO B&B OR NOT TO B&b -  That is the question! 

By Monica Lewis

Traveling incites some wonderful sayings. One of my favourite quotes is this; “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

I couldn’t agree more and personally I’d like to read all the pages and see the greenest of grass on the other side. But even though once retired we may have the time to travel, there is the sordid question of means.

When one grows-up, intrepid travel does seem less romantic. Sleeping in a tent or in bunk beds in a dormitory loses its appeal for some of us and understandably so. There are the physical restrictions once the bones have gone weary. 

"Seven Local entries make final cut in Innovation Awards."

Posted in Surveys, Press Room
Published: 10/09/2015

Seven local entries, Look After MeSeven entries from the Bay of Plenty have made it into the finals of the New Zealand Innovation Awards with the winners being named on October 21.


The finalists include Ubco, Scion, Rhondium, Roholm, Terax 2013 and Look After Me, with Alistair Scarfe, head of Robotics Plus, named in the Young New Zealand Innovator category.


'Look After Me - New Zealand's Hospitality at it's best?

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 24/08/2015

Julia Charity Rotorua Inteview Rotorua City News, Talks about AirBnB New ZealandRotorua City News spoke recently to Julia Charity, Founder of Look After Me, New Zealand's accommodation network.

Julia explains why Look After Me specialy describes how the local council has got behind her and discusses inplications for the tourism industry of New Zealand.

What follows is the transcript of the interview. 

To go straight to the interview click here.

Becoming a host with Look After Me

Posted in Baby Boomers NZ, Press Room, News
Published: 19/08/2015

What to do, once you’ve withdrawn from the daily duty of putting bread on the table? Have you ever wondered about turning your home into your business?

A wonderful Robert Palmer song sums it up in the opening line; “the fight to make ends meet keep a man on his feet” (click to hear the song)

Despite our moaning about the traffic when we were obliged to travel to the office every day - maybe now we miss it! Without the deadlines and obligations which in turn give the drive to get started in the morning; what to do with all that available time?  Sure for some there are family demands, clubs or volunteer commitments that help fill the day but those activities take up time and money and give back – let’s say - a non-material return on investment . For some of us the chance to make a bit of pocket money while doing something we love doesn’t sound so bad. 

Q&A: Look After Me founder Julia Charity

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 10/06/2015

Q&A Session With New Zealand entrepreneur Dr. Julia Charity.  She talks with Caitlin Sykes about the online marketplace.

Published in Business section of the New Zealand Herald.

Car sharing business 'part of transport solution'

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 9/06/2015

As a student of transport engineering Oscar Ellison was aware there were lots of cars sitting idle in driveways, but the point was further hit home when he bought his own first car.

Few Spaces Remain As Fieldays near

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 4/06/2015

Accommodation is filling up as farmers and football fans prepare to pour into Hamilton next week.

An overlap of Fieldays and the Fifa U-20s World Cup has seen much of the accommodation snapped up, but there are still some rooms remaining in the city's motel sector. 

Waikato Homeowners opening up hearts and homes for Fieldays

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 3/06/2015

Waikato homeowners are being urged to embrace NZ’s farming community as they pour into the city and help bridge the shortfall in beds needed for Fieldays, the Southern hemisphere's largest agricultural showpiece festival coming to Mystery Creek and FIFA U20 World cup this month.

Discover the real Hobbiton

Posted in Hobbit Tours & Accommodation
Published: 1/06/2015

Experience real Hobbiton, LOTR landmarks & stay in hosted Look After Me accommodationDiscover Middle Earth when you enjoy Hobbiton Movie Set and farm tours in Matamata and at other popular New Zealand locations this year. We have a range of accommodation options where you can stay with locals and enjoy home-cooked meals. 

10 questions with Tourism Entrepreneur – Julia Charity

Posted in Press Room, News
Published: 29/05/2015

New Zealand Rotorua Entrepreneur Julia Charity on line accommodation Network Look After Me peer- to peer platformThis month, NZ Entrepreneur Magazine talks to Dr Julia Charity – Founder of a Peer-to-Peer accommodation platform where guests can book accommodation with like minded hosts.  Now the largest and fastest growing Homestay Network in New Zealand, we ask Julia how she got started, what it’s really like to be an Entrepreneur in New Zealand and her hopes and dreams for the future.

Accommodation for Fieldays - Mystery Creek Hamilton (June 2015)

Posted in Events NZ
Published: 14/05/2015

where to stay at National Fieldays with Look After Me near Mystery Creek. Accommodation in Hamilton, Home hosted accommodation

Heading along to Fieldays at Mystery Creek, June 10-13th? Look After Me has a great range of accommodation ranging from $50-$150. We have properties catering for sales reps, business peole and single travellers? We have hand picked a selection of our properties below perfect for Fieldays accommodation.