Here are just a few reasons why you should book your Autumn escape in Northland.
Baby Boomers NZ
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 if you have retired we may have the time to travel, there is the sordid question of the '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.
Hosts at Look After Me Homestay Network take a more personal approach to accommodation than your usual motel owners. Check out 3 of our top tips that some of our hosts do, to ensure your stay in New Zealand is memorable.
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The Hawke's Bay is gearing up to showcase the Food and Wine Classic (FAWC) , a 10 day festival of gluttony. With over 50 events planned, from wine tasting to hummus making, picnics on the Parade and Scottish music.
By Monica Louis
What to do, once you’ve withdrawn from the daily duty of putting bread on the table?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.
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.
It's now 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.
One of the below-the-radar categories for tourism across New Zealand is the Bed and Breakfast and Home stay market, which tourism experts suggest could account for significantly more than the officially monitored visitor bed nights. And new online apps and sites are allowing increasing numbers to access private household accommodation.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
Many of our Look After Me hosts are keen gardners and are as excited to welcome you into their garden, as they are into their homes! Considered local experts, they willingly suggest nearby nature reserves, walks and gardens for you to enjoy.
We warmly welcome you to indulge in one of your favourite past-times and enjoy the sights and smells of your hosts efforts, explore their take on gardening.
No matter the season, there's bound to be fruit, flowers and vegetables for you to enjoy.
Holidays for the Baby Boomers
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