Look After Me Blog http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/blog The latest news and articles from Look After Me, New Zealand's Homestay Network and Virtual Hotel Sat, 26 Sep 2020 02:47:45 +1200 en-nz info@lookafterme.co.nz Copyright 2020 World Peace Festival August 2020 - from Rotorua, New Zealand http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/world-peace-festival-august-2020-from-rotorua-new-zealand Ekam World Peace Festival - Rotorua evetns 2020

We invite you to lean in quietly. to meditate and pray for Peace.

Events are 10th, 12th and 13th of August - 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm.  

Part of the Ekam World Peace Festival uniting a village of 10 million people.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +1200
Keep Calm and Carry On - Queen's High Tea Re-imagines Events http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/keep-calm-and-carry-on-queens-high-tea-re-imagines-events Founder and Managing Director of Look After Me – Events and Accommodation Julia Anne, co-Director Colin MacPhee, Her Worship the Major of Rotorua, Steve Chadwick and Prince’s Gate Hotel Events Manager, Stephen Taylor. Photo credit: Michal Mudroncik.New Zealanders are invited to keep calm and carry on. With Queen’s Birthday weekend coming up, many New Zealanders will be wondering what to do. Go out or stay in? Travel or not to travel? Events or no events?

Let’s sit down, have a cup of tea and think about it.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Events NZ
Hobbies and Interests emerge as new travel trend from #HacktheCrisisNZ http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/hobbies-and-interests-emerge-as-new-travel-trend-from-hackthecrisisnz

Once NZ moves to a lower alert level, 62% of New Zealanders are ‘extremely likely’ to travel nationally.

Cleanliness is now the number one factor that will influence guests buying decisions, nudging ahead of price. Location, comfort and wi-fi were also considerations.  

See the article covered by the Local Focus New Zealand Herald - VIEW VIDEO HERE


info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room
Great Write Inn - Dunedin http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/great-write-inn-dunedin #GreatWriteInn - Great Write Inn - Writer standing in the sun with arms outstretched smiling with tag line I've published my first book!  for writer's festivals in New Zealand 2020

Come to New Zealand's only City of Literature, for a "Great Write Inn."

It's an educational workshop for Writers and Authors - with all the fun of a festival.

Tickets coming soon!

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 17 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +1300
It's a Small World for Gift Basket Winner http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/its-a-small-world-for-gift-basket-winner Look After Me, Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and Breakfast, Chic in Merivale, Administrative Professionals

Last year, Look After Me hosted a celebration for Administrative Professionals at the University of Otago.

The winner of our goodie gift basket was Leanne Kirk. 

Leanne won a pamper pack which included a voucher worth $250 to book accommodation anywhere in New Zealand. 

Leanne and her husband John used their voucher when they visited Christchurch enroute, to walk the Queen Charlotte Sound Track.

Leanne stayed at Chic in Merivale, hosted by Cathy Macpherson.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300
How to Get the Most Out of Your Homestay http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-homestay Look After Me, Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and Breakfast

Travelling can be a stressful time; having to book accommodation, worry about transport, trying not to get lost in a new place and then having to find somewhere to eat. Homestay accommodation can alleviate a lot of these worries.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300
January Newsletter 2020 - Happy New Year! http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/january-newsletter-2020-happy-new-year Accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and Breakfast, Digital Hotel, Creative Journeys, Great Write In

It's the beginning of a new year and time to say a big thank you to YOU, our wonderful guests! You've believed in our special brand of hospitality and unique B&B providers. We are so grateful for you and look forward to sharing with you the great opportunities and improvements we have in store for the New Year!


info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Newsletters
How to Choose the Right Host For You http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/how-to-choose-the-right-host-for-you Accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastIt can be tough to choose between all the great hosts and accomodations we have available on Look After Me. Here's three top things to think about when you're choosing a host!

info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300
Great Write Inn http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/great-write-inn #GreatWriteInn - Great Write Inn - Writer standing in the sun with arms outstretched smiling with tag line I've published my first book!  for writer's festivals in New Zealand 2020


Have you always dreamed of writing and publishing a book? 

We help writers on their journey to write, publish and market their first book.

It all starts at our Great Write Inn - educational workshops with all the fun of a festival.

Check out our launch special for Dunedin.

Tickets for our Rotorua and Wellington events on sale 1 April 2020.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Events NZ News
Five Great Reasons to Choose a Homestay When You Relocate http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/five-great-reasons-to-choose-a-homestay-when-you-relocate Lunch accomadationStory by Jenny Holt


Relocating is hard enough without the hassles of finding a temporary home when you arrive in a new place. It is just easier when you have somewhere to go immediately upon arrival of what would be your next place of home. So why not opt for a homestay?

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Guest Blogs
Our Awards http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/our-awards Lightening Lab - Tourism -Look After Me - Finalist 2020Founded 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. 


info@lookafterme.co.nz Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1300 News
Wild Imaginings Homestay & Play Accomodation in Dunedin http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/wild-imaginings-homestay-play-accomodation-in-dunedin Writers festivals New Zealand Wild Imaginings Hui in DunedinDunedin, City of Literature is proving just how apt that name is! November 8th -10th, writers and illustrators will be converging on the city to learn more about their craft.

A wonderful weekend of discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities for children's writers and illustrators is fast approaching. 2019's Wild Imaginings Hui in Dunedin, is set to be a fantastic event for all attendees.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Sun, 20 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Events NZ
The Big (Bad Wolf?) Bed Tax Debate http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/the-big-bad-wolf-bed-tax-debate We hosted a debate on the possible Bed Tax that may be applied across the industry. It was open to home-owners, hoteliers, local businesses, government officials, and anyone interested in bettering New Zealand.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 News Press Room
Accommodation Network Gets Set to Introduce Creative Journeys and Educational Festivals http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/accommodation-network-gets-set-to-introduce-creative-journeys-and-educational-festivals Tourism Ticker talked to Look After Me’s founder and tech entrepreneur, Julia Anne (formerly Charity), on establishing New Zealand’s largest homestay network.

They also discussed expanding to include Creative Events and Educational Festivals and navigating some of the difficulties involved with pioneering the shared access economy in New Zealand.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room
April Newsletter 2019 - Kiwis Looking After Kiwis http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/april-newsletter-2019-kiwis-looking-after-kiwis Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Look After Me, Bed and Breakfast, Digital Hotel

In 2013, New Zealand was voted number one in the world, for how we treat our visitors. 

In 2019, if the world was to vote again, I suspect we would also be voted No 1 for how we look after each other. Hasn't it been heart-warming to see how New Zealanders have united?



info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Newsletters
February Newsletter 2019 - Home Sweet Homestay http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/february-newsletter-2019-home-sweet-homestay Accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastIn 2011 when we launched Look After Me, ahead of the Rugby World Cup, I was told that no one would ever want to stay in anyone else's home, in exchange for money. 

I'm glad I didn't listen to that advice because we've proven it wrong. Our hosts have now looked after over 16,300 guests - mostly spare rooms that guests have booked for short-term accommodation. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Newsletters
Saving For Your Holiday http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/saving-for-your-holiday money, travel, accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastBy Jenny Holt

“Comfortable”, “warm”, and “idyllic” are just a few phrases you’ll hear about travel in New Zealand. Your homestay experience has the potential to be an extremely positive one. Don’t let financial worries get in the way. Manage your money with these helpful tips.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Guest Blogs
Accommodation for Major Events in Dunedin http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/accommodation-for-major-events-in-dunedin Accommodation for all major events in Dunedin 2018This is going to be a huge year for Dunedin with many talented sportsmen and artists performing at Forsyth Barr Stadium. With a whole range of different events, there will be something for everyone!

If you are planning on coming to any of these events check out the details below and book your accommodation early on our new mobile-friendly website www.staydunedin.com

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 News
Discover Accessible New Zealand With A Sense of Freedom And Confidence http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/discover-accessible-new-zealand-with-a-sense-of-freedom-and-confidence Look After Me, accommodation, New Zealand Bed and Breakfast and Homestay, Accessibility, Disability, Accessible TravelThe tourism New Zealand website reports that some $34.7 billion is spent by tourists.  Tourism is clearly big business for this small island, which welcomes visitors both abled and disabled. The North and South Islands of New Zealand offer a wealth of scenic walks or drives, with exciting activities such as wine tasting at any of the many vineyards, whale watching or checking out the volcanic activity at Rotorua.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Guest Blogs
Not A Real Job Podcast http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/not-a-real-job-podcast accommodation, digital hotel, stay dunedin, look after me, new zealand bed and breakfast and homestay, not a real job podcast Dr Julia Charity was interviewed on the Podcast series, Not A Real Job, and explained how her Digital Hotel Business has become a full time job for her. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room
March Newsletter 2018 - Looking After You http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/march-newsletter-2018-looking-after-you Ed Sheeran, Look After Me, Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastA few weeks ago we launched the World's First Digital Hotel, called 'Stay Dunedin'.

It's basically a website, where guests can browse, book and pay for accommodation, just like they would on Agoda, Bookings.com and AirBnB. It's mobile friendly and takes all major credit cards.

At this stage, this is just a trial run for Dunedin. But if this new way of finding and sharing accommodation works, we'll migrate the rest of our Look After Me properties into this new Digital Hotel format. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Newsletters
Accommodation still available http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/accommodation-still-available look after me, accommodation, digital hotel, new zealand homestay and bed and breakfastDespite an estimated 60,000 people expected to visit Dunedin during Easter, plenty of accommodation is still available in the city, providers say.

Otago Motel Association executive member Michael Young, who owns 858 on George Street, said accommodation was still available at the city’s motels over the weekend, as many people had booked before they secured concert tickets and ended up changing their bookings.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room
World's First Digital Hotel Officially Declared Open http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/worlds-first-digital-hotel-officially-declared-open oney, travel, accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastThe evening of Thursday 8 February saw Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.

Entrepreneur, Dr Julia Charity, launched her new digital hotel, with the help of the Mayor of Dunedin, His Worship Dave Cull, and actress Rebecca Gibney. Homeowners can now take advantage of a new web-based platform, to offer their spare rooms and the comfort of their homes for hire.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room
Digital Hotel Opens in Dunedin http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/digital-hotel-opens-in-dunedin oney, travel, accommodation, Look After Me, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and Breakfast, radio, interview, Otago Access RadioDunedin Entrepreneur Dr Julia Charity was interviewed by Jeff Harford on the Oarsome Morning Show about her Digital Hotel business.

Julia tells us about the story behind Look After Me and her latest intitiative in Dunedin. 


info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room
What our guests say http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/what-our-guests-say Guests come and stay with Look After Me - an alternative to AirBnB in New Zealand and only online market place for accommodation and homestays


Over the years we've collected a few stories from guests who have stayed with Look After Me hosts and put them in a video. 


Every property also has its own 'Visitors Book', where guests write about their experience. Here's what some of them have said:

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Guest Blogs
Scientist finds her calling in homestay businesses http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/scientist-finds-her-calling-in-homestay-businesses Look After Me Accommodation network New Zealand. Alternative to AirBnB Plus. Stay Dunedin World’s first digital hotel   Dunedin entrepreneur Julia Charity has come up with the novel concept of a "pop-up" digital 1000-bed hotel in the city to cope with the influx of visitors during major events.

Dr Charity is now looking for at least 400 homeowners willing to host guests for summer events, such as the Ed Sheeran concerts, and beyond.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room
Digital hotel site seeks rooms in Dunedin houses http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/digital-hotel-site-seeks-rooms-in-dunedin-houses Look After Me Accommodation network New Zealand. Alternative to AirBnB Plus. Stay Dunedin World’s first digital hotel   New Zealand Homestay Bed and BreakfastA Dunedin entrepreneur is launching a campaign to increase the city’s accommodation capacity for major concerts and sporting events by giving homeowners a slice of the action.

Dr Julia Charity, a scientist, entrepreneur and recent arrival in the city, is launching a “Sharin’ for Sheeran” campaign, creating a digital hotel under the umbrella of her nationwide Look After Me accommodation network.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Press Room
Accommodation network appoints new Director http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/accommodation-network-appoints-new-director Mike Johnson Director Look After Me Accommodation Network New Zealand alternative AirBnB in New Zealand for Baby Boomer travel World's First Digital Hotel, Mike Johnson, Look After Me, Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and Breakfast, Digital HotelRotorua-founded business, Look After Me, has announced the appointment of a new Director with effect from 1 August 2017.

With over 55 years experience in New Zealand’s tourism industry, Mike Johnson brings a wealth of experience, including twenty-five years owning an international tourism marketing company and involvement with national tourism bodies.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Press Room
June Newsletter 2017 - Let Look After Me Look After You http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/june-newsletter-2017-let-look-after-me-look-after-you Look After Me, Accommodation, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastTravelling? 

Getting a bit sick of the same ol', same ol'? 

Would you like to try something a bit 'different'? 

Have you heard of 'Homestay for Grown-ups'? 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Newsletters
Ed Sheeran Concerts - Look After Me provides accommodation for Dunedin concerts March 2018 http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/ed-sheeran-concerts-look-after-me-provides-accommodation-for-dunedin-concerts-march-2018 Ed Sheeran Dunedin accommodation official partner Look After Me March 2018, Ed Sheeran, Look After Me, Digital Hotel, New Zealand Homestay, Bed and BreakfastNationwide accommodation network, Look After Me is helping fans going to the New Zealand Ed Sheeran concerts.

Director Dr Julia Charity who founded the company just ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup said they were delighted to be helping with the three Auckland and two Dunedin shows in March 2018.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 News
Mother Daughter - a special bond http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/mother-daughter-a-special-bond Home hosted accommodation, Mothers day, Look after me,

Mums and daughters have a special bond, it's a girl thing!

But like any relationship it takes an investment of time.

Sharing words of wisdom, caring for each other as only women can and experiencing life together with the many emotions and 'first's' .

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Events NZ
The benefits of homestay accommodation in New Zealand http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/the-benefits-of-homestay-accommodation-in-new-zealand 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. It is helping pioneer the Sharing Economy in New Zealand and offers a small, boutique local experience.


info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +1200 Events NZ News
How about an Autumn escape in Northland? http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/how-about-an-autumn-escape-in-northland northland accommodation and attractions with Look After Me NZ's homestay networkHere are just a few reasons why you should book your Autumn escape in Northland.

info@lookafterme.co.nz Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +1300 Cycling Holidays Baby Boomers NZ
What our hosts say http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/what-our-hosts-say

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? 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300
To B&B or not to B&B? That is the Question! http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/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 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. 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +1300 News Baby Boomers NZ Competitions Press Room
About the idea http://www.lookafterme.co.nz/article/about-the-idea 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? 

info@lookafterme.co.nz Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 Surveys News