We are proud to support significant National Events all around New Zealand and this week's blog we feature accommodation suitable for participants in this years National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton.
Green fingers? enjoy a good potter? nature lover?
What's your happiest memory riding a bike?
Maybe you were very young - or maybe it was just a few weeks ago...
There is something simple and joyous about the sensation of cycling. It reminds me of being a kid - the freedom, the excitement of exploring new places, the fresh air and exercise.
Don't you feel quite 'virtuous' while you're riding? Clocking up all those health benefits, mile after mile. That burgeoning sense of wellbeing, with every inflated breath?
It's about the magic of the moments, not the presents, but if you are thinking about getting something for Mum...please don't get her tea towels or a new vacuum cleaner!
When I was a child my Mum just wanted a nice card and a hot cuppa in bed. I figured that was pretty lame but now I'm a mum I get it, it takes a LOOOOONG time to create a card and a hot cuppa, it meant Dad had to get up and help us, of course taking his sweet time so Mum actually got a sleep-in.
Today is ANZAC Day and all around New Zealand, we are commemorating.
We surveyed some of our hosts and guests (via Facebook) to find out what they were doing and how they were spending the day.
Ever taken one of your special 'grandies' on holiday with you? Grans and Gramps will either groan or glee at the prospect....but even a single night away can create such special memories and strengthen the connection between generations.
Soon it's the school holidays and that's the perfect excuse to take one or two of your grandkids away and really have a wonderful time together.
Great places… warm faces
Searching for a connection that touches your soul?
As a destination, New Zealand stands upon the reputation of its world-renowned hospitality, a view that has just been corroborated by an international survey by the World Economic Forum. New Zealand was ranked highest globally, along with Iceland, on how welcoming they are to tourists. 
At the cultural heartland of New Zealand is the founding principle of ‘manaakitanga’ or hospitality, instilled by our indigenous peoples – the New Zealand Māori. Inherent to their culture is a philosophy where guests and visitors are treated with the highest respect and honour.
Hooked on fishing?
Come and stay with hosts who have access to primo fishing spots. Even better, our mad-keen fishing hosts can't wait to give you their best fishing tips - from a humble kiwi homestay ($60) to a luxury lodges in Hawke's Bay or Gore.
Easter is a great time to build up your bragging rights, biggest catch, longest battle, the largest number in a day and of course 'the one that got away'!!
A fabulous way to try something new, deep sea, lake or river fishing try out new gear, learn the best spots from your friendly host who will most likely will smoke your catch for the price of a cold one!
Want to get off the treadmill but don't know how?
We're all rushing - our days are full and busy. It's a constant juggle to be professionally active, supportive and functional at home, and somehow all through it, stay healthy and sane.
We'd like to invite you to give yourself a mini break - permission to get off the treadmill for a while and to remember what's really important in life. We all have our own version of what a 'retreat' feels like, and there's no right or wrong answer. For some this will be snuggling into a hammock for 3 days and reading a book, for others it will be walking along the beach or exploring nature and appreciating all its wonder. Or maybe for you it is spending quiet, uninterupted time to re-connect spiritually, with access to a yoga mat and a fire....
At Look After Me - NZ's Homestay Network, we're getting into the spirit of Easter in a very special way. Meet 'Sharon' - a typical Kiwi girl trying to book somewhere for Easter.
Here's a song to get us all humming:
[To the tune of Snoopy’s Christmas]
The summer was long, temperatures soared
It was coming up Easter holiday once more
The kiwi thought back to her days in the tent
And called on herself to do it again....
Was the week before Easter, dry as bone
When Kiwi went out in search of a home
For a holiday break, something ‘different’ she thought,
With cheer in her heart, carefully she sought...
Hands up who is looking forward to the Easter Break?
You've got it sorted right? Bookings made, easter eggs bought, animals arranged to be fed?
Nah...me either! If you're a real 'last minute Charlie' like me, and you're still humming and haa-ing about what to do this Easter, we can help. We've been putting together some of our best 'Holiday ideas' to ensure you keep making the most of this fabulous summer we're having (sorry Farmers).
But first - a warm welcome to our new newletter subscribers and allow us introduce ourselves:
Taranaki Arts Festival Trust marketing and communications manager Lisa McMullan said it was a fantastic way to warm up for Womad which runs from tomorrow until Sunday. Womad has sold out in the past and we are doing everything we can to aim for that again."
Ms McMullan said a decent walk-up crowd was also expected and gate sales would be available if the 12,500 tickets did not sell out prior to the festival's opening tomorrow night.
Taranaki Motel Association president Fi Evans said as far as she knew, the region's accommodation was "chock-a-block" and had been for some time. Most accommodation providers had Womad regulars who booked a year in advance, she said. "You've got to be in quick.
"Sometimes we have to send people away to places as close as we can, which is often all the way to Whanganui, because there's nothing here," she said.
To help meet the demand, Kiwi business Look After Me is seeking New Plymouth homeowners with guest rooms or sleepouts to billet paying guests for the weekend.
As a nation, we are aging, becoming increasingly affluent and technologically aware. How then, are these factors fundamentally changing expectations from travellers demanding experiences that are more enriching, meaningful and memorable?
Kia Ora! My name is Krystal and I am a publicist for ‘Look After Me Homestay’ as part of my work experience. Recently, I was given an opportunity by Julia Charity to interview our work placement recruits over the course of the work placement programme. To begin, I had the chance to interview Sunil Bishnoi.
Sunil has joined our work placement programme provided by Julia , in the position as a SEO/ Online marketing. Sunil advises Julia on the creation of on-line promotional material (such as designing google adwords campaign, Search Engine Marketing) for our Homestay Network.
January 2013: Rotorua filling up fast for Raggamuffin. Look After Me Homestay helps accommodation seekers. Story: Alison King
Updates for Look After Me Hosts - December 2012
In this issue: 0800 526 123
Helen Cunningham had no idea that her response to a tiny add in Rotorua’s Weekender would change her life. Enticed by the ‘Knock Knock, Who’s there?’ headline, the job advert was an ‘opportunity’ to work for free, in exchange for work experience.
“I had nothing to lose really,” recalls Helen – an effervescent 22 year old Rotorua woman who has been out of regular paid employment for over three years. With a raft of circumstances that limited her ability to work full-time, Helen was keen and ready to work again but lacked the confidence and experience to apply for some of the local jobs on offer.
Click here to read the on-line version at Nevaeh Magazine which features on page 37 - 40 or click below to read the article on this website
As Dr Julia Charity blows out a single candle on her business’ birthday cake, there is a groundswell of pride. ‘One down, 49 to go,’ she jokes. There aren’t many who can boast a 50 year life plan but this Rotorua scientist-turned-entrepreneur, has taken a very futurist look at her life and speaks with clarity about the contributions she hopes to make to our community and beyond.
Nevaeh caught up with Julia just after she celebrated being in business one year, to find out how she is taking a simple on-line concept out through Rotorua to New Zealand and then potentially the world.
Click here to read the on-line version at Nevaeh Magazine or click below to read the article on this website
The future of NZ theatre is in talented hands.
I’m slowly coming back into reality here in Rotorua after being transported back 2012 years, to Nazareth. I’ve just had the most amazing experience – for a short few hours I’ve been completely caught up in the last few days of Jesus’ life.
I’ve been to the theatre where our local Boys and Girls High School staged Jesus Christ Superstar. The exuberant talent of these teenagers, some as young as 13 was extraordinary. Complimented by creative choreography, superb lighting, symphonic musical score and authentic costumes – it was provocatively entertaining.
We've christened 'The Lady in the Hammock'
Thank you to all our Look After Me hosts, guests and visitors to our site who entered our competition to help name our 'Hammock Girl'.
Many of you voted for our suggestions but we had some great contributions and suggestions. We can now announce that her name is: