Autumn Newsletter 2014 - Event Accommodation

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Published: 24/03/2014

At 'Look After Me' we help you find accommodation that best suits who, how and why you're travelling. 

We know that Businesswomen have different needs to Grandmas travelling with the grandies. If you are travelling by yourself, you'll probably appreciate their local knowledge over a glass of wine with your Homestay hosts.  

Or if you're a couple, then a beautifully appointed self-contained unit with privacy yet close to attractions, is probably going to suit you best.

No matter who you are, or why you need to get away, we match you with Hosts who love doing what you love doing. It's ok to be mad-keen-crazy about fishing, golf, cycling, walking, photography, Harleys - we've got you covered!  We'll do our best to find people you're bound to get along with. 

So if you haven't booked with us yet...we invite you to try New Zealand's largest and fastest growing Homestay Network and find out what all the fuss is about.

Our People: Julia Charity

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 22/03/2014

Our People article - Julia Charity founder of Look After Me Hosted Accommodation

This week's 'Our People' is about Rotorua Entreprenuer Julia Charity.

If Julia Charity was a doll she'd be one of the double-faceted kind. On one side she'd appear as the consummate scientist, turn it around and she'd be seen as an entrepreneur.


New Plymouth residents opening hearts and homes - accommodation for Womad

Posted in Press Room
Published: 12/03/2014

New Plymouth homeowners have adopted the spirit of embracing cultural diversity to help bridge the shortfall in beds needed for Womad, the music festival coming to the city this weekend.

look after me at womad 2014 providing hosted accommodationThere are still a few beds available in New Plymouth through commercial accommodation providers but Karen Longstaff, Team Leader at New Plymouth i-site Puke Ariki, says that some festival goers tend to leave booking their accommodation to the last minute. “With commercial accommodation either full, or requiring two-three night minimums, we’re now looking to our lists of homeowners to help out with demand.” Typically Womad festival goers are looking for somewhere clean, comfortable and affordable for the night.”

WOMAD 2014 - Our Accommodation picks in New Plymouth

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Published: 18/02/2014

WOMAD 2014 - our Accommodation picks in New Plymouth

10 years of celebrating music and international culture

Look After Me hosted Accommodation celebrating Womad 2014 in New Plymouth



WOMAD began from a desire to share international music and culture with people, experience culture that is not their own. Music is said to be the international language spanning cultures and barriers. From a dream in 1980 to the humble inaugural event in 1982, WOMAD has grown in popularity and status as 'the event' for many.

Ellerslie International Flower Show 2014 - our accommodation picks in Christchurch

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Published: 16/02/2014

Blooming Marvellous!

Ellerslie International Flower Show is an iconic Christchurch event. With it's earlier start this year (26 - 2 March 2014), it is poised to make the most of day light savings. Ellerslie International Flower Show is held annually in North Hagley Park and is more than just a flower show. Here we mention a few highlights and offer our recommentdations and ideas for accommodation in Christchurch for those attending the Ellerslie Flower Show. 

  Canstruction is a fun new event at Ellerslie this year, with a serious purpose of raise funds, food and awareness of the City Mission. Well done and don't forget to vote. Entries are still open to enter a team.

What flower show would be complete without a fashion show and afternoon workshops with Angela Stone. Get creative and decorate your hat daily hat competitions with spot prizes.

Summer Newsletter - January 2014 - Event Accommodation

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Published: 26/01/2014

Helping you find affordable accommodation at your favourite event this summer

Don't you just love a great event?! We support most major events around NZ. Coming soon are Raggamuffin, Art Deco, Ellerslie Flower Show, WOMAD, Bike Fest and Balloons over Waikato.

Why not stay with friendly Look After Me hosts? They're mostly kiwis just like you. We match you with people who 'get you' and love what you're into to. Hey...they may even be going to the same event!

New Rotorua Cycle Trail Partnership celebrates Cycling and Hospitality

Posted in Press Room
Published: 21/01/2014

NZ's Homestay Network - Look After Me will also now be looking after cyclists travelling along Rotorua’s Cycle Trail, Te Ara Ahi – Thermal by Bike, having proudly become the trail’s Official Accommodation partner in August 2013. Look After Me, NZ's Homestay Network is an Official Accommodation partner for the Rotorua cycle trail, Thermal by Bike (Te Ara Ahi) - providing welcoming, affordable bike-friendly accommodation on this Cycle Trail and other Cycle Trails all around New Zealand. Ideal for cycling holidays.

Published by Destination Rotorua Marketing in Summer 2014 issue of 'In Essence.'

Christmas Newsletter - December 2013 - Take your hobby on holiday

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Published: 17/12/2013

It's not too late to book a holiday and take your hobby, sport or passion with you.

Stay with friendly kiwis just like you who 'get you' and love what you're into to. We offer affordable self-contained units, and in-home hosting with like-minded people.

Rotorua's Essential 50 - Thermal By Bike, Te Ara Ahi, Rotorua's Cycle Trail

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Published: 4/12/2013

As an official partner of the Rotorua Cycle Trail 'Thermal By Bike' we wish to thank Rotorua Daily Post for highlighting Rotorua's new Cycle Trail on Day 3 of their summer series: 'Essential 50 featuring the top Visitor Attractions and local experiences in Rotorua.'Look After Me Homestay Network is an Official Accommodation partner for the Rotorua cycle trail, Thermal by Bike (Te Ara Ahi) - providing welcoming, affordable bike-friendly accommodation on this Cycle Trail and other Cycle Trails all around New Zealand. Ideal for cycling holidays.

Whether you are new to cycling or an old hand, the Te Ara Ahi - Go Thermal By Bike Cycleway is a must-do.

Korea’s Top Ranked Reality TV showcases New Zealand's Homestay Network 'Look After Me'

Posted in News, Press Room
Published: 2/12/2013


‘Dad, where are we going?’  아빠 어디가?  New Zealand  뉴질랜드  Yoon Minsoo and Yoon Hoo   윤민수 그리고 윤후     Homestay accommodation hotel motel Look After MeAn estimated 20,000,000 viewers are expected to watch a Korean Reality TV show featuring New Zealand residents and iconic tourist attractions. 

Korea’s No. 1 reality TV show ‘Dad, where are we going? aired in Korea on Sunday 24 November. Produced by MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), the show features five celebrity fathers and their children as they undertake weekly challenges.


Photo caption: 'Dad, where are we going?' celebrity father Yoon Minsoo and son Yoon Hoo, fishing at Lake Tarawera. 


Homestay Accommodation for Christchurch A&P Show Day

Posted in News
Published: 1/11/2013


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Christchurch A&P Show Day is huge, no its massive!

Your senses will shout vibrant and your taste buds will go wild sampling delicious food and wine; oh yeah, and there are a few horses running around too!

Top tips for Labour Weekend Getaways

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Published: 22/10/2013

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Labour Weekend is a much-deserved long weekend - an opportunity to celebrate the end of a long winter stretch. Here are our top tips for a Labour Weekend Getaway.  

With glimpses of warm summer weather and spring baby animals and blossoms, we suddenly leave our hibernation, say farewell to the fire-lighting routine and make plans for getting out and about.

Garden Festivals of New Zealand

Published: 20/10/2013

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We go potty about our gardens

To say that kiwis are a bit potty is an understatement - we adore our gardens and even more, we love to share them!

From structured professionally landscaped vistas, planned-to-blossom and colour-coordinated year round, to simple elegance of mass species plantings, right thru to forests of native flora and fauna - it is this variety that truly captivates the New Zealand Gardner.  

Julia launches first pitch to Angel Investors in Rotorua

Posted in Press Room
Published: 3/10/2013

Julia Charity lokk after me investor launch

Look After Me's Julia Charity makes her pitch for investment at the first Enterprise Angels Rotorua meeting.

The Dragon's Den has arrived in Rotorua - but for the first entrepreneur to pitch it was an "exhilarating" rather than scary experience.

The Changing Face of Tourism in New Zealand

Posted in Press Room
Published: 1/10/2013

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New government funding, a National Tourism Plan, changes in the way travellers are booking, evolving demographics and a global hospitality revolution, are just some of the factors impacting local tourism businesses. Julia Charity reports.

Go Fish - ideas for fishing holidays

Posted in News
Published: 1/10/2013

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!

Go wow at Wellington's WOW (World of Wearable Arts)

Published: 10/09/2013

World of Wearable Arts, Wellington

World of Wearable Arts (WOW) , accommodation WellingtonLook After Me is in awe of the amazing event that has taken over Wellington. Wellington is putting on a show like no other, a show that needs to be experienced to appreciated for all that it is. As if we NEED an excuse to celebrate, this year's World of Wearable Arts (WOW) is extra special as its the 25th Anniversary.

The highlight of WOW the Awards show , from 26 September 2013 — 6 October 2013 at the Queens Wharf., Wellington. Adding to the experience at Te Papa, New Zealand's Museum, is this showcasing of  'The WOW Factor public programme' starting 21st September thru to 4th October.

Haere mai....and welcome to New Zealand

Posted in News
Published: 4/09/2013

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. [1]

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.